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current posts

Tue 31st May 2016 21:36 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock.  30/05/2016
41 moths of 27 species, including one FFG : Barred Umber(1) and a further seven FFY : Tachystola acroxantha (2) ; Red-green Carpet(1) ; Lobster Moth(1) ; Buff-tip(1) ; Alder Moth(1) ; Buff Ermine(1) and Hart and Dart(1).
Tue 31st May 2016 20:46 by John Bebbington
I can't match Steve's numbers here in Langport or at Barrington Court where I trapped last night for the Barrington Nature Week - both locations were poor (and I have left my notebook at Barrington so no list).
We walked the dog in Pitney on Sunday afternoon and found a Small Eggar web with almost all the larvae hanging down form it - apparently a reaction to the strong sun heating up the web. I had never seen this behaviour before.
Small Eggar web on hot afternoon
Small Eggar web on hot afternoon
Tue 31st May 2016 19:15 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 31st May
Total 125 moths, 72 macros 24 species.. Started well with 7 male Ghost moths performing over the grass close to the trap. Others included - Scorched wing (1) Waved umber(1) Small square spot(7) Mottled pug(7) Brindled pug (2) White spot pug(1) Pale tussock(3) and Dusky brocade(1).

53 micros - looks like 18 species as i still have 6 to identify, one of which must be pretty common as i have 36 of them! Others Small magpie(1) Aethes smeathmanniana(1) Nematopogon swammerdamella(1) Bee moth(1) Ringed china mark(female).

Tue 31st May 2016 17:31 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset
Not too bad a night last night, with 30 moths of 19 species. FFY were Micropterix aureatella (in garden during day), Bee Moth (3), Common Carpet, Scalloped Hazel, Elephant Hawk-moth (3), Pale Tussock (2, male and female) and Small Square Spot (2).
Tue 31st May 2016 11:44 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton. T Min 17.7°C
49 moths of 30 species - a really good night with two FFG macros, Purple Bar and a Shears. Seven other NFY: Pebble Hook-tip, Pale Prominent, Common Wave, Spectacle, White Ermine, Lychnis and a Elachista canapennella (to be confirmed).
Tue 31st May 2016 10:13 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 11.3 degrees

Forty moths of 21 species including FFY Coronet, Elephant Hawk-moth, Ingrailed Clay, Middle-barred Minor and a Large Yellow Underwing. No doubt the first of many! We also had our first of the dark form of the Clouded bordered Brindle.

Mon 30th May 2016 22:52 by Chris Iles
Draycott Sleights 30/5/16
After Paul Bowyer recorded Pyrausta cingulata from Sand Point a few days ago, I thought I would look for it at Draycott Sleights where I saw it a few years back.  There were plenty of Pyraustas there but I had forgotten what difficult little moths they are, being small, hyperactive and tricky to tell apart.  Although there were 2-4 species present, and it would not surprise me if all the UK species except sanguinalis occur there, the only one I could make a certain ID of was nigrata - a good find as it is one of the rare ones.

Plenty of Burnet Companions about on the Housegrounds as well.

Mon 30th May 2016 20:21 by Simi Bignall
Endothenia nigricostana
Browne's Pond, Bridgwater 30/5/16 Endothenia nigricostana. Identified by Billy Dykes.

Endothenia nigricostana 30.5.16 (b) Endothenia nigricostana 30.5.16 (a)

Mon 30th May 2016 11:24 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR 29/5/16
I trapped at Netherclay until 02:00h this morning. 189 moths of 42 species:
  • Common Swift (1)
  • Pseudoswammerdamia combinella (2)
  • Celypha lacunana (1)
  • Hedya pruniana (1)
  • Figure of Eighty (2)
  • Red Twin-spot Carpet (2)
  • Silver-ground Carpet (32)
  • Common Carpet (5)
  • Purple Bar (1)
  • Common Marbled Carpet (1)
  • Green Carpet (56)
  • May Highflyer (3)
  • Sandy Carpet (1)
  • Mottled Pug (7)
  • Common Pug (2)
  • White-spotted Pug (1)
  • Grey Pug (1)
  • Oak-tree Pug (1)
  • Green Pug (2)
  • Scorched Carpet (1)
  • Brimstone Moth (8)
  • Common White Wave (2)
  • Clouded Silver (6)
  • Poplar Hawkmoth (1)
  • Elephant Hawkmoth (1)
  • Swallow Prominent (1)
  • Pale Tussock (4)
  • Orange Footman (1)
  • White Ermine (1)
  • Least Black Arches (1)
  • Heart and Dart (3)
  • Flame (12)
  • Flame Shoulder (5)
  • Small Square-spot (2)
  • Setaceous Hebrew Character (1)
  • Bright-line Brown-eye (4)
  • Angle Shades (1)
  • Clouded-bordered Brindle (3)
  • Middle-barred Minor (1)
  • Treble Lines (4)
  • Mottled Rustic (1)
  • Marbled Minor agg. (3)
Mon 30th May 2016 10:28 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 11.3 degrees

Forty-two moths of 22 species including FFY - Peach Blossom, U.olivalis and a Small Magpie.

Mon 30th May 2016 10:17 by David Agassiz
This morning I was pleased to find a specimen of Metalampra italica in my trap in the middle of Weston-super-Mare, yesterday morning there was a small elephant hawk.
Sun 29th May 2016 18:07 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 10.8 degrees

67 moths of 24 species including FFY - Buff Tip, Broom, Seraphim, Flame and Shoulder-striped Wainscot.

Sun 29th May 2016 17:14 by Nigel Voaden
Shipham 28/05/2016
Back visiting parents for the weekend and brought the trap with me which turned out to be pretty worthwhile. 66 moths of 32 species with several new for me and the garden; Argyresthia trifasciata, Tachystola acroxantha, Agonopterix purpurea, Agonopterix arenella, Dichrorampha acuminatana, Eudonia pallida, Grey Pine Carpet, Mottled Pug (5), Treble Bar, Brown Silver-line, Scalloped Hazel, Waved Umber, Muslin Moth (3) and Treble Lines (3). I'm sure most pretty common really but I've never trapped at this time of the year before! Also perhaps of note were Phyllonorycter leucographella (3), Alucita hexadactyla, Red-green Carpet and Scorched Wing.
Sun 29th May 2016 15:33 by Nigel Cottle
Roughmoor 29/5/16
Alabonia geoffrella at Roughmoor this morning.

Alabonia geoffrella 29.5.16

Sat 28th May 2016 21:48 by Paul Newman
East Lydford addendum to 27/5/16
The "interesting-looking " moth that escaped this morning turned out to be a Sandy Carpet - only the second record here, the other one being in 2010.  There were also two other escapees, a FFY Marbled Minor agg and a Green Carpet, as well as an Ichneumon Wasp.
Sat 28th May 2016 17:34 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset
In light of the higher temperatures, I gave the trap a go last night. The result was 26 moths of 18+ species (still a few Pugs to sort out). The highlight was an FFG Alder Moth. FFY were Eudonia angustea, Common Marbled Carpet, Heart And Dart, Bright-line Brown-eye (2), Clouded-bordered Brindle, Treble Lines, Mottled Rustic and The Spectacle (3). Also 5 Cockchafers!
Sat 28th May 2016 15:57 by Nigel Cottle
Somerton Moor 28.5.16
The highlight of a walk around Somerton Moor earlier today was two examples of 1272 Pammene aurana

Pammene aurana 28.5.15

Pammene aurana

Sat 28th May 2016 12:44 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton. T Min 12.8°C
Most prolific night of the year so far with 81 moths of 41 species (inc. 8 micros). Twenty NFYs including my first ever Mullein Moth, other highlights include: Foxglove Pug, Grey Pug, Oak Hook-tip, Notocelia cynosbatella and Nematopogon swammerdamella (pic).

Nematopogon swammerdamella Taunton 2016
Sat 28th May 2016 12:34 by Paul Bowyer
Sand Point
A couple of interesting days at Sand Point this week. Yesterday I had 2 Small Yellow Underwings a first for me at this site, also at least 4 Pyrausta cingulata flying around with the P.purpuralis. Today several Alabonia geoffrella on the wing but the highlight for me was seeing Cauchas fibulella (Adela fibulella). A couple of Silver Y were also present. The garden moth trap continues to struggle with numbers but has shown signs of picking up the last couple of days.

Cauchas fibulella

Cauchas fibulella (Adela fibulella)

Sat 28th May 2016 10:31 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 10.1 degrees

Thirty moths of twenty species including FFY - Heart and Dart and Common Marbled Carpet.

Sat 28th May 2016 10:19 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 27/5/16
Finally a few more moths, although not as numerous as some of you lucky trappers.  28 in total, of 18 species, including 10 FFY - Treble Lines(2), Heart & Dart, Silver-ground Carpet, Buff Ermine, Burnished Brass (2), Rustic Shoulder-knot, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Common Marbled Carpet, Oak Hook-tip, and Celypha lacunana.  There was also one interesting-looking small moth which escaped into the room, and will hopefully be found after dusk this evening when trying to get out of the skylight (the moth, that is, not me).

11.00am just found a late-instar Drinker larva in our "reserve"

Fri 27th May 2016 21:40 by Jenny Vickers
Frome 26/05/2016
Like many others, last night was a marked improvement with 40 moths of 21 species in my Mum's garden in Frome. Of the macros, Pale Tussock was the most numerous (5) with FFY Flame Shoulder (1), Spectacle (1), Silver Ground Carpet (1), Clouded Silver (1), Common Swift (1), Mottled Pug (1). Micro highlights were Argyresthia trifasciata (1) Mompha subbistrigella (1) and Tinea trinotella (1). Many thanks to Paul for some micro confirmations.
Fri 27th May 2016 21:32 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock : Thursday, 26/05/2016
A FFG micro : Glyphipterix thrasonella netted in the afternoon and an Oak Eggar caterpillar wandering in the garden made a nice start to the day. The night catch didn't disappoint,with 77 moths of 39 species including 15 FFY and another 2 FFG. This despite 45 minutes of torrential rain from about 2230. Highlights were Pseudargyrotoza conwagana(1) ; LBAM(3) ; Fox Moth(1) ; Dwarf Pug(1) ; Scorched Wing(1) ; Brown Silverline(2) ; Scalloped Hazel(1) ; Peppered Moth(4) ; Common Wave(1) ; Coxcombe Prominent(1) ; Pebble Prominent(1) ; Great Prominent(1) ; Pale Tussock(14) ; Muslin Moth(1) ; Orange Footman(1) ; Treble Lines(12) ; Small Angle Shades(2) ; Clouded-bordered Brindle(1) ; Pale-shouldered Brocade(2) ; Bright-line Brown-eye(1) ; Shoulder-striped Wainscot(1) ; Shuttle-shaped Dart(1) and Least Black Arches(2).
Fri 27th May 2016 19:58 by John Bebbington
Langport, VC6, Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th
What a difference a night makes! Wednesday night - cold, NE wind; 14 moths of 11 species; lat night warm and humid, 68 moths of 33 species. The impact of the Old Kelways development and light pollution on my garden catch is high!

I had a female Swallow Prominent a couple of weeks ago and she laid a few eggs in the trap - here is one of the larvae.
Swallow Prominent 3rd instar larva
71.017 Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula 3rd instar larva.
The only previous occasion I have seen this larva was in Surrey in the 1990s when I found 2 mature specimens on Aspen - they were brown and twig-like. It will be interesting to see how my current batch develop.

Fri 27th May 2016 16:26 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 11.6 degrees

At last a decent nights trapping. 55 moths of 32 species including - FFY - Lobster, Alder, Yellow Barred Brindle and a Spruce Carpet. To emphasise how miserable these cold nights have been we also had our first Brimstone Moth since May 12!

Fri 27th May 2016 16:17 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Best night of the year so far here with 80 macros of 43 species. Best of the catch was a White-pinion Spotted, only the third year I have recorded it here.
The biggest catch of the night though was a record 38 May Bugs.
Fri 27th May 2016 13:53 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 26/5/16
T Min 13.7°C with occasional outbreaks of rain. 16 moths of 13 species. Green Pug FFY and Epinotia immundana FFG.

Epinotia immundana 26.5.16

Epinotia immundana

Fri 27th May 2016 13:15 by Liz Marsden
Thurs 26th, Nesr S., Petherton
A good warm night for the moths at last!  just over 100 moths of 45 species (10 micro, 35 macro) and around half of them were NFY including the following Carpets - Common Marbled, Garden, Common, Silver-ground, Broken-barred and Sandy - and also a Small Square Spot, Udea Olivalis, Small Magpie, Clouded Silver, Burnished Brass, Treble Lines and Clouded Border. Especially pleased to see a Mocha, Seraphim, Peach Blossom, Herald and Orange Footman. Highest numbers were of Pale Tussock(11) and Green Carpet (9).
Thu 26th May 2016 19:16 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp a miserable 5.4 degrees

Only eleven moths of nine species including FFY a Dark Spectacle and a Setaceous Hebrew Character.

Thu 26th May 2016 15:14 by Rob Grimmond
Wildlife event at Honiton Weds 1st June
Just to follow up on John's post, this is an event being run by the Blackdown Hills AONB. They are a very enthusiastic bunch and are well worth supporting.

I would have helped out but am also attending the event at Barrington Court, this time wearing my birder hat!

Thu 26th May 2016 10:51 by John Bebbington
Wildlife event at Honiton Weds 1st June
I've had an email from James Maben asking for help as follows (I'm aready manning an SMG stand at Barrington Court that day):

We are running a public wildlife event next Wednesday 1st June in Honiton and I’m trying to find a moth expert to help us identify moth caught in our traps overnight.

The event start at 10:30 and so we ideally need someone for a few hours at the start to help us open the traps and record the moths. We can pay travel costs and an hourly fee for anyone that can come along.

If you can help please contact James at

Thu 26th May 2016 09:49 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 25/5/16
Well, I had a 50% increase in numbers last night - THREE moths !  1 each Muslin, FFY Spectacle & FFY Poplar Hawk. 

Just checking my records, by this time last year I had recorded 71 species, this year only 32 - shows just what a poor year this has been so far, doesn't it?

Wed 25th May 2016 14:18 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 6.3 degrees

Only 17 moths of eleven species including FFY - a Small Angle-shades, a Marbled-minor and the first of our 18 years here a Dogs Tooth.

Wed 25th May 2016 13:00 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock : 24/05/2016
Even colder up here in the hills (4.1c) but little wind,hence 21 moths of 11 species. Silver- ground Carpet(2) ; Small Phoenix(1) ; Green Carpet(1) ; Brown Silverline(1) ; Pale Tussock(1) ; Spectacle(1) ; Treble Lines(5) ; Hebrew Character(5) ; Broom Moth(1) ; Flame Shoulder(2) and Small Square-spot(1).  Four FFY made it just about worth the electricity.  Yesterday morning on Cothelstone Hill, several Speckled Yellow flying in the sunshine.
Wed 25th May 2016 08:52 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 24/5/16
T Min 6.9°C. Another cool night. 15 moths of eight species including Buff-tip, Common Marbled Carpet, Marbled Minor agg. and Cydia pomonella which were all FFY.
Tue 24th May 2016 19:32 by Jenny Vickers
Edford Meadows
On my butterfly transect today at Edford Meadows. Not many butterflies about but I was pleased to see the first Chimney Sweeper (2), Small Yellow Underwing (3), Burnet Companion (5+), Grass Rivulet (4) and Nettle-tap (1).
Tue 24th May 2016 16:59 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset
Today I had FFY Pyrausta aurata and Silver-ground Carpet in the garden. I haven't attempted to trap in recent days!
Tue 24th May 2016 11:45 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 8.5 degrees

Eleven moths of seven species including FFY - a Clouded Silver and a Small Square-spot.

Tue 24th May 2016 08:52 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 23/5/16
As before, rubbish!!  Just TWO moths this time - a White Ermine and a FFY Eudonia angustea.
Sun 22nd May 2016 14:37 by Jenny Vickers
Frome 21/05/2016
I was bemoaning to myself the lack of moths again this morning from last nights trapping in my garden in Frome. After taking note of 11 moths of 6 species, I noticed a small moth on the ground outside the trap. It looked worse for wear and when I came to photograph it and after searching through all my books, I was none the wiser. I put the photo out onto the 'Recording Moths UK' facebook page were it was identified as Diplopseustis perieresalis. John Langmaid soon commented that he thought it was a new record for Somerset and asked for details and advised that I should notify our county recorder. Sadly, the moth has since expired. Paul - I'll send it on to you. Diplopseustis perieresalis
Sun 22nd May 2016 11:09 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 8 degrees

Only five moths of four species including one FFY- a Treble Lines.

Sun 22nd May 2016 09:51 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 21/5/16
Just seven moths again.  Two FFY however, a Flame Shoulder and a Notocelia (on MapMate as Epiblema) cynosbatella (a regular visitor here).
Sat 21st May 2016 19:38 by Paul Wilkins
Adults emerged this week
A few adults have emerged over the last week from reared larvae and leaf mines collected in 2015. 2 No. Grey Pug reared from ova, 2 No Stigmella microtheriella from collected mines, 3 No. Endothenia gentianaeana from Teasel collected January 2016 and Phyllonorycter hilarella, P. rajella, both from collected mines.

Grey Pug (Eupithecia subfuscata)

1837 Grey Pug (Eupithecia subfuscata) PW16

Stigmella microtheriella

0111 Stigmella microtheriella PW16

Sat 21st May 2016 06:45 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 12th May
Two micros from our small wildflower meadow, identified by Paul Wilkins:

Dichrorampha acuminatana (1279) and Epliblema cirsiana (1184a). The latter is the more interesting as Paul tells me that it is a recent split from E.scutulana and consequently there are few records for VC5 and 6. From my very average photograph Paul identified it as either scutulana or crsiana but as it was recovered from an area of virtually no thistles but abundant knapweed I took up Paul's offer to examine it to see if it was indeed the 'probably under recorded' E.cirsiana. Thankfully it was a male and Paul made the confirmation.

This will be the last of my £2.80p submissions to Paul thanks to his very helpful guidance on posting micros.... but it was well worth it. Not just for the identification but also the background and feedback that Paul gave which is making persuing micros so much more interesting.

Well done Paul.

Fri 20th May 2016 22:19 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 11.1 degrees

Only 8 moths of seven species including FFY - a Shears and E.scutulana. Also our first Hornet for the year.

Fri 20th May 2016 18:15 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton. T min 13.2°C
A little better here last night with 32 moths of 20 species. Ten NFY including only my second Broken-barred Carpet recorded here. Others include: Dog's Tooth, Currant Pug, Chinese Character, Common Marbled Carpet, Garden Carpet (3) Codling (3), Treble Lines and Buff Ermine.
Fri 20th May 2016 14:53 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock ; Thursday 19 May 2016
Paul, I would like to echo the previous sentiments. Next time I shall use a thicker cardboard.  Overcast skies and a min. temp. of 12.4c, albeit with a stiff SW breeze, I was hopeful of a good haul. I was wrong.  Two traps managed 12 moths between them, all different.  4 FFY : Chinese Character ; Silver-ground Carpet ; Green Carpet and White Ermine. Others included Spruce Carpet ; Small Phoenix ; Pale Tussock ; Hebrew Character ; Flame Shoulder ; Red Chestnut and Least black Arches. Finally a probable Tawny Marbled Minor.
Fri 20th May 2016 10:47 by Jenny Vickers
Paul - Just wanted to thank you for the micro identification criteria page posted by you the other day and the one below on sending you specimens. Much appreciated.
Fri 20th May 2016 10:00 by Paul Newman
Thanks Paul - that makes total sense.  I for one will be using your proposed method from now on.
Thu 19th May 2016 20:55 by Paul Wilkins
The best way to send micro-moths for identification in the post
As many members are already aware I have the facility to dissect and identify some of the more difficult micro-moths for anyone who needs it.

A number of people have already sent their moths to me, however this has raised a couple of issues that I think can be easily overcome. The first is the cost of postage and the other is the loss of specimens (and pots) in the post, so I have created a page in the A-Z Page Index that describes a much cheaper and safer way of sending them.

Please find a link to the relevant page below.

Sending Micro-moths for ID in the post


Thu 19th May 2016 20:25 by Paul Newman
Tim you may well be right - but I think you mean "....dead drunk" I would be concerned at the number of 2-legged "moths" who might appear !!
Thu 19th May 2016 13:37 by Tim Howard
Paul, I think perhaps you are doing something wrong with your moth trapping. Have you thought about using a different bait?. I'm sure that if you were to leave out a nice bottle of single malt next to the trap,provided you let me know in advance, I can guarantee a bigger catch (some of them may be a bit ...dead).  Good luck!
Thu 19th May 2016 12:20 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 18/5/16
Still having poor catches - this time only 7 moths - 3 Muslin Moths, 2 Hebrew Characters & 1 each Green and FFY Red Twin-spot Carpets.  All were in the MV trap, nothing at all in the Actinic.
Thu 19th May 2016 09:34 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 6.1 degrees

A miserable night with only three moths including one FFY - a Garden Carpet.

Wed 18th May 2016 20:15 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
Not a great haul last night but a few more FFYs last night, Peppered Moth, Dog's Tooth, Scalloped Hazel,also 3 Green Carpet, 1 Silver Ground Carpet, Shuttle-shaped Dart,3 Muslin, Early Thorn and 2 LBAM.

2159 Dog's Tooth SD16

Wed 18th May 2016 18:39 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 10.1 degrees

Although we had a warmer night it was disappointing in that we only had seven moths of five species with only one FFY - a Peppered Moth.

Tue 17th May 2016 21:23 by Chris Iles
Some of the various larvae I have been rearing are progressing nicely.

Endothenia gentianaeana, freshly-emerged adult

Endothenia gentianaeana 616311

Slender Pug pupa

Slender Pug pupa

Brick Moth larva

Brick larva

Pink-barred Sallow (?) larva

Pink-barred Sallow larva

Mon 16th May 2016 22:36 by William Langdon
Higher Vexford
Relatively quiet so far, with just the usual spring species on the wing in fairly modest numbers! Netting micros by day at grassland sites has proved productive, with plenty of Micropterix calthella and aruncella (typically swept from Ox-Eye Daisies), Glyphipterix fuscoviridella (abundant at some sites with the foodplant), Cocksfoot Moth, and singletons of Grapholita compositella and an Endothenia sp. at Woolston Moor (near Williton) on Sunday.

4 Micropterix aruncella

4 Micropterix aruncella

1241 Grapholita compositella

1241 Grapholita compositella

Mon 16th May 2016 20:50 by Paul Wilkins
New Micro-moth Verification Scheme
I'm sure most members are aware of the new Micro-moth Verification Scheme which was launched in April by Butterfly Conservation as an important part of the existing National Moth Recording Scheme (NMRS).

However for any members who are not already aware of the scheme and want to know more about it I have created a new page titled Micro Moth Verification which provides links to both the Verification Guidance Notes and an Excel Streadsheet of all British Micro-moth species and the verification requirements for each.

Happy reading.


Mon 16th May 2016 11:38 by John Bebbington
Forester Survey
Although this isn't a sighting it seems the best shop window to make people aware!

Ashen Oleander, a PhD student at Canterbury Christ Church University, is working on developing pheromone lures for a number of rare moths. He had great success last summer in attracting Foresters Adscita statices with a lure developed by a research group in Crimea with moths attracted to the lure within 15 minutes of it being on site.

He is setting up a nationwide surveyy with almost all VCs participating. The work would involve taking the lure (which Ashen would provide) to a minimum of 2 sites in the county during a 2-week interval at the end of June/early July and recording the number of moths attracted, the grid reference and date. The process is quick and will only take about 20 minutes on site. Sites where Foresters have and have not been recorded should be investigated.

SMG members - please contact me ( ASAP if you are uinterested in taking part in the survey so that I can ask Ashen tro provide lures. Numbers are limited (3 or 4 max.) but the lures can be reused.

Mon 16th May 2016 11:33 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp -6.3 degrees.

A chilly night with only eleven moths of seven species including FFY - a Poplar Hawk-moth.

Sun 15th May 2016 18:05 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset
FFG this afternoon - Syndemis musculana in garden.
Sun 15th May 2016 16:41 by Chris Iles
White Sheet Hill, 15 May 2016
White Sheet Hill is a National Trust chalk downland SSSI attached to the Stourhead Estate, administratively part of Wiltshire but by some historical quirk part of the hill is in vice-county North Somerset.  On the chalk downland a range of butterflies rare within the county are common - plenty of Dingy and Grizzled Skippers today - also the tiny downland micro Micropterix aruncella about 2 yards into vice-county Somerset, and this freshly-emerged Satyr Pug on the Wiltshire side of the border.

1828 Satyr Pug

Sun 15th May 2016 12:24 by Roger Edmondson
Sand Point. Thursday12thMay
Late posting for a cold, windy few hours trapping. Only 20 species but 2 Netted Pugs were nice. Orange Footman, Pseudoswammerdalia combinella and a resting Common Blue. Larvae of Early Moth, Winter Moth, Clay, Dotted Border and Marbled White butterflies. Cuckoo and Whimbrel calling but the weather was against us.
Sun 15th May 2016 09:55 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 14/5/16
If things don't improve soon, I'm about to end it all - last night's trapping produced just 3 moths !!  2 FFY Green Carpets and 1 Hebrew Character, plus a Large Sedge caddis lurling at the bottom of the MV trap.  We saw more than this in the car headlights returning from Street at 9.15
Sat 14th May 2016 17:50 by Chris Iles
East Harptree Wood this afternoon - Cydia ulicetana fluttering around gorse, Eriocrania salopiella mines and Coleophora serratella case on birch.
Sat 14th May 2016 10:38 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe- Min Temp 6.8 degrees

Despite the cold we had 25 moths of 16 species including FFY - Chocolate Tip, Mullein, Silver Ground Carpet and a Coxcomb Prominent. We also had ten May-bugs!

Fri 13th May 2016 20:38 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock.  Wednesday 11 May 2016
45 moths of 28 species,including 9 FFY,which were : Oak Hook-tip(1) ; Flame Carpet(1) ; V-Pug(1) ; Foxglove Pug(1) ; Lunar Thorn(1) ; Pebble Prominent(2) ; Silver-Y(1) ; Least Black Arches(3),also FFG ; Common Wave(1). Others of note : Incurvaria masculella(1) ; Esperia sulphurella(1) ; Epiblema scutalana / cirsiana ; Early Thorn(5) ; Lunar Marbled Brown(2) ; Coxcombe Prominent(1)Knot Grass(1) ; Angle Shades(1) ; Broom Moth(1).
Fri 13th May 2016 19:37 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
Further trials of the UV/purple LED on Wed and Thurs nights, Lime and Poplar Hawk-moths, Least Black Arches, Pebble Prominent, very dark form of Pale Tussock, Nut-tree Tussock, Chinese Character, Waved Umber, Brindled Beauty, Muslin, Common carpet, Brindled Pug, Eudonia angustea as well as the usual suspects.
Fri 13th May 2016 18:24 by Denise Wawman
Bratton, 12 May 2016
Finally a few more species: 6 Hebrew Character 2 Muslim Moth 2 Brindled Beauty One each of: Small Phoenix Brimstone Moth Scorched Carpet Lesser Swallow and Swallow Prominent Pale Tussock White Ermine Peach Blossom Chinese Character Flame Shoulder Powdered Quaker Shuttle-shaped Dart Clouded Drab Shoulder Stripe Knot Grass Common Pug White Shouldered House Moth Epiblema scutulana and sadly a dead Alder Kitten caught in a cobweb next to the trap. Lesser Swallow Prominent and Swallow Prominent
Fri 13th May 2016 18:03 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton. Min T 13.2°C
Not huge numbers (43 of 21 species) but some nice moths and 12 NFYs. The best were: Lime Hawk (only my second here), Puss Moth, Waved Umber (2), Least Black Arches (2), May Highflyer, Vine's Rustic, Pebble Prominent (2) and a Mocha.
Fri 13th May 2016 16:11 by Jenny Vickers
Frome 12/05/2016
I see the northerly winds are back!

10 moths of 7 species in my Mum's garden in Frome last night. NFY Shuttle-shaped Dart (1) and Yellow-barred Brindle (1) and Common Pug (1) were the highlights.

Fri 13th May 2016 14:11 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 11.3 degrees

23 moths of 16 species including FFY - Lesser Swallow prominent, Scorched Carpet and a Broken-barred Carpet.

Fri 13th May 2016 09:54 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 12/5/16
And still they don't come to me.  Only 7 moths last night, and no FFY, Muslin(2) Hebrew Character(2), Brimstone, Common Pug, Brindled Beauty. Still, it doesn't take long to deal with the catch.  To be fair, it was quite windy overnight.
Fri 13th May 2016 09:45 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 12/5/16
T Min 12.5°C. 20 moths of 12 species. Flame Shoulder, Common White Wave & Bright-line Brown-eye FFY.
Thu 12th May 2016 18:38 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR 11/5/16
Trapped at Netherclay until 02:00h this morning. 75 moths of 21 species.

  • Green Carpet (27)
  • Brimstone (11)
  • Silver-ground Carpet (6)
  • Oak-tree Pug (5)
  • Least Black Arches (4)
  • Common Quaker & Silver Y (3)
  • Waved Umber & Hebrew Character (2)
  • One each: Poplar Hawkmoth, V-Pug, Clouded Silver, Nut-tree Tussock, Knot Grass, Common Pug, Double-striped Pug, Currant Pug, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Bee Moth, Agonopterix alstromeriana and Semioscopis steinkellneriana

P.S. There was a Painted Lady at Netherclay this afternoon.

Semioscopis steinkellneriana 11.5.16

Semioscopis steinkellneriana

Thu 12th May 2016 17:23 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset
Somewhat disappointing last night after my previous trapping session. 21 moths of 15 species, including FFY Purple Bar, Green Carpet and Swallow Prominent.
Thu 12th May 2016 12:34 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 13.7 degrees

50 moths of 25 species including FFY - Dark Sword-grass, Angle-shades, Pale Prominent, Grey pine Carpet, Oak tree Pug, Grey Birch and 701 A. Ocellana.

Wed 11th May 2016 20:32 by Jenny Vickers
Frome 10/05/2016
I trapped again last night despite the rain and was rewarded with 27 moths of 11 species. Highlights were Waved Umber (2), Early Thorn (1), Cochylis atricapitana (1) and Gracillaria syringella (1).
Wed 11th May 2016 20:25 by Jenny Vickers
Frome 08/05/2016
A belated report of my trapping in my own garden in Frome on the 8th of May.

41 moths of 10 species (one micro still to be identified). The majority of which were LBAMs (33). Highlights were Streamer (1), Lunar Marbled Brown (1), Cydia pomonella (1) and what is probably a migrant as there has been an influx of this moth in the last few days in the southern counties of Cydia strobilella (1) (see awful photo).

Cydia strobilella 08.05.2016

Wed 11th May 2016 18:08 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 13.6 degrees

Only 23 moths of 16 species but they included FFY - a Buff Ermine and a Clouded-Bordered Brindle.

Wed 11th May 2016 13:32 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 11/5/16
FFG Incurvaria masculella found on the outside of the kitchen window this afternoon.

Incurvaria masculella 11.5.16

Tue 10th May 2016 17:26 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset
A belated report on Sunday night's trapping - it took so long to sort out the micros (almost a third of the species)!

It was the best night of the year for me, with 53 moths of 29 species. The best were 3 FFGs - Pseudoswammerdamia combinella, Dichrorampha acuminatana (2) and Grey Pine Carpet. FFY were White-shouldered House-moth, Semioscopis steinkellneriana, Agonopterix heracliana, Agonopterix propinquella, Small Magpie, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Foxglove Pug, The V-pug, Shuttle-shaped Dart (2), Flame Shoulder (2), Powdered Quaker, Angle Shades and Pale Mottled Willow. I was intrigued to find no less than 9 Twenty-plume months in the trap; I've only had a maximum of 2 before.

This morning I also had FFY Pebble Prominent on the house wall.

Tue 10th May 2016 17:24 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
What a difference a few days make! After complaining last week that it was the slowest start to a year I have ever known I have now recorded 24 new species for the year and am just about up to normal for species numbers but still well down for individuals
Best of the catch were Lime Hawk Moth, Least Black Arches, Pine Beauty and Purple Thorn all of which I failed to record last year along with Light Brocade, Chocolate Tip and 3 Lunar Marbled Brown all of which I never see here in large numbers.
Last night was the most productive night of the year so far with 61 Macros of 25 species.
Tue 10th May 2016 15:24 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
I experimented last night with an LED UV/Purple 2W bulb, which would be great for running off a small battery inverter. It brought in 7 Hebrew Characters, 2 Clouded Drab, 1 Common Quaker, 1 Muslin 2 Brindled Beauty, 1 Brindled Pug, 1 Waved Umber and a pristine Purple Bar. It certainly does something.Anyone tried one? LED Robinson 1756 Purple Bar 70.087 SD16
Tue 10th May 2016 14:18 by John Bebbington
Langport, vc6, 9-10 May 2016
A hastily-rigged twin 40w actinic setup for the robinson trap produced a reasonable catch including a new species for my garden - Early Tooth-striped which I hadn't trapped since leaving Surrey in 2004. Also a male Puss Moth.

Tinea trinotella 1
Light Brown Apple Moth 4
Streamer 1
Early Tooth-striped 1
Green Pug 1
Brindled Pug 1
White-spotted Pug 1
Brimstone 4
Waved Umber 1
Chinese Character 1
Puss Moth 1
Swallow Prominent 2
Shuttle--shaped Dart 2
Bright-line Brown-eye 1
Grey/Dark Dagger 1
Hebrew Character 3
Common Quaker 2
Clouded Drab 1

Tue 10th May 2016 14:03 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 10.1 degrees

41 moths of 17 species including FFY - Shuttle-shaped Dart and a Cinnabar.

This afternoon in the greenhouse we found a fresh Puss Moth.

Mon 9th May 2016 15:53 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock Monday 9 May 2016
I ran just the Actinic last night and caught 20 moths of 15 species. All singles except for 5 common Quaker and 2 Flame Shoulder. The rest comprised : Diamond-back Moth ; Garden Carpet ; Spruce Carpet ; Common Pug ; Early Tooth-stripe ; Early Thorn ; Lunar Marbled Brown ; Pale Tussock ; Nut-tree Tussock ; Knot Grass ; Angle Shades ; Clouded Drab and Dark Sword-grass. Also in the trap were 2 Philopotamus montanus (caddis fly) and 1 Oedemera femeralis (beetle).  I found a caterpillar in the garden a few weeks ago and decided to try and raise it, the first time that I have attempted to do so. This morning a very beautiful Angle Shades emerged to a very proud "father"!
Mon 9th May 2016 13:46 by John Chidgey
Spaxton 8/5/16
30 Brimstone, 3 Hebrew Character, 2 Common Quaker then singles of Early Thorn, Swallow Prominent, Brindled Beauty, Purple Thorn, Mullein, Pale Pinion, Common Carpet and Early Grey.
Mon 9th May 2016 11:26 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 15.6 degrees

83 moths of 27 species including FFY - Silver Y, Chinese Character, Scalloped Hazel, Waved Umber, Green Carpet, Pale Tussock, Brown Silver-line and a Lychnis.

Mon 9th May 2016 09:05 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 8/5/16
Another poor night here - just 11 moths between the two traps - seven of the usual Orthosia family, and FFY Lunar Marbled Brown, Common Pug, White Ermine and Muslin Moth.  Very disappointing given the weather conditions.

Also a single St. Mark's fly - normally I only ever see them in the woods - this is a first in my moth trap..

Mon 9th May 2016 08:37 by John Bebbington
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Sun 8th May 2016 23:09 by Liz Marsden
Saturday night, Nr S. Petherton
Many FFYs - 16 species - all looking in pristine condition, including Green Carpet, Lunar Marbled Brown, Puss Moth, May Highflyer, Brindled Beauty, Flame Shoulder, Chinese Character and Chocolate-tip.  Better still were 2 NFG - the Mullein and 0451 Ypsolopha mucronella (which I initially took for a wisp of dried grass!). Altogether 47 noths of 26 macro and 3 micro species.
Sun 8th May 2016 21:02 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise,Little Quantock Sunday May 08 2016
Three day flying micros netted during the day,all FFY.  Incurvaria mascuella ; Esperia sulphurella and the Nettle Tap Anthophila fabriciana. Also the first Red Admiral and Painted Lady. Shame about the forecast for the next couple of days,I was beginning to enjoy this.
Sun 8th May 2016 18:51 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 12.9 degrees

52 moths of 24 species including FFY-Purple Thorn (2), Iron Prominent, Flame Shoulder (3), V-pug (4), Common Pug and a handsome Pale-shouldered Brocade.

Sun 8th May 2016 17:07 by John Bebbington
Langport, vc6, 6-8 May 2016
Night of 6th - 7th was reasonable with 35 moths of 21 species; Diamond-back, Light Brown Apple Moth, Agonopterix alstromeriana, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Yellow-barred Brindle, Small Waved Umber, Waved Umber, Brimstone, Pale Tussock, Swallow Prominent, Cinnabar, Muslin Moth, Least Black Arches, Flame Shoulder, Rustic Shoulder-knot, Clouded-bordered Brindle (ab.combusta which had me puzzled for a while),Hebrew Character, Clouded Drab, Common Quaker, Early Grey, Mullein, Nut-tree Tussock.

Last night was a washout - blown bulb!

First Red Admirals of the year today - one in the garden and one in the field below the house.

Sun 8th May 2016 08:38 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 7.5.16
T Min 14.3°C. Surprised and delighted to find a FFG Small Eggar in the trap this morning. Single-brooded with a January-March flight period so presumably its emergence was delayed for some reason. Larval webs are often found at Buckland Wood so I am going to release it up there during today's BC Fieldtrip.

Brimstone, Lunar Marbled Brown, Small Dusty Wave, Swallow Prominent and Sallow Kitten were all FFY.

Small Eggar 7.5.16

Sat 7th May 2016 22:20 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton. T Min 13.4°C
At last a night with potential! I ran two traps, front (actinic) and back (MV) of my house and was rewarded with a total of 51 moths - less that I had expected - of 23 species. There was a fairly equal split in both traps, numbers and shared species. Of the 13 FFYs there were 3 micros: Caloptilia semifascia, Tachystola acroxantha (2), and a Diamond-back Moth, and 9 macros: Brimstone Moth (2), Alder, V Pug (3), Streamer (2 - always a pleasure), Muslin (2), Flame Shoulder, Green Carpet, Oak-tree Pug (2), Pale Mottled Willow, Swallow Prominent All-in-all a lot better than of late.
Sat 7th May 2016 22:15 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock ; Friday May 06 2016
77 moths of at least 23 species. One miniscule micro that sadly died in the pot so at least I"ll have no qualms about sending it to Paul Wilkins for identification. There were 7 Pugs,mostly faded, that I have photographed for ID purposes. Something to torment myself over in the morning!  Of the others .... Adella reaumurella(1) ; Parsnip Moth(1) ; Agonopterix arenella(1) ; Depressaria daucella(1) ; Acleris hastiana(1). The macros inluded Spruce carpet(2) ; Shoulder stripe(1) ; Streamer(4) ; one headless Brimstone Moth ; Purple Thorn(2) ; Brindled Beauty(1) ; Waved Umber(1) ; Nut-tree Tussock(3) ; Knot Grass(2) ; Clouded -bordered Brindle(1) ; Broom Moth(2).  In addition,1 Twenty Plume Moth in the garden during the afternoon.
Sat 7th May 2016 18:51 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset
Moths at last! My best night of the year so far, with 27 moths of 18 species, most of them FFY. Highlights were Shoulder Stripe (4, my highest count), Early Tooth-striped (1), Brimstone Moth (1), Brindled Beauty (1), Waved Umber (2), Lunar Marbled Brown and Muslin Moth (2 males).
Sat 7th May 2016 18:22 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 11.6 degrees.

60 moths of 29 species including FFY - Nut Tree Tussock, Brimstone, White Ermine, Marbled Brown, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet and Pugs -Mottled and Currant.

Fri 6th May 2016 21:18 by Jenny Vickers
Lullington 05/05/2016
Dismal last night in the village of Lullington. Two traps produced just 3 moths. Hebrew Character (2) and Muslin moth (1).
Fri 6th May 2016 17:57 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
What a difference a week makes. Lots of FFYs, Silver Ground Carpet, Small Dotted Buff, Brimstone, Herald, Pale Pinion, 3 Waved Umber, LesserSwallow Prominent, 2 Brindled Beauty, 3 Muslins, 20-plume Moth, plus Common & Small Quakers, Clouded Drabs and Hebrew Characters.
Fri 6th May 2016 17:36 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe -Min Temp 7.4 degrees

50 moths of 13 species including FFY- Tawny Pinion, Swallow Prominent and a Spectacle.

Fri 6th May 2016 13:54 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Still very low numbers of individuals and species. It is my slowest start to a year ever. By this time last year I had recorded 50 species. This year I'm on only 27 but that does include a very early Eyed Hawk Moth last night.
Thu 5th May 2016 22:40 by John Connolly
Emperor Moths - Lydeard Hill 4/5/16
Several Emperor moths attracted to a pheromone lure at Lydeard Hill on Wednesday. Difficult to be certain of total number but moths attracted at two locations with a maximum of four at any one time. I would think at least eight individuals but possibly as many as twelve or more. A strong breeze made it difficult for them to locate the lure when at close quarters and most didn't stop long before shooting off downwind. For some reason one of them settled and didn't move all the time we were there. Emperor Moth 1 - Lydeard HillEmperor Moth 3 - Lydeard HillEmperor Moth 2 - Lydeard Hill
Thu 5th May 2016 22:08 by Paul Wilkins
Micro Moth Fieldwork - Berrow Dunes 9th May
Just a brief reminder of the next Micro Moth Fieldwork trip to be held at Berrow Dunes (Map Ref. ST294 524) on Monday 9th May to be led by David Agassiz.

Members to meet at 12 Noon outside Berrow Church. The main target species for the afternoon will be Bucculatrix cristatella, Crombrugghia distans and Caryocolum alsinella.

This unique habitat should prove very interesting for many of us. Look forward to seeing you there.


Thu 5th May 2016 10:35 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 4.5 degrees

27 moths of 12 species including FFY - Lunar Marbled Brown and Bright-line Brown-eye.

Mon 2nd May 2016 22:28 by Liz Marsden
Nr. S.Petherton, Sun. 1st May
Two FFY were Pebble Prominent(2), and Nut-tree Tussock(1), also Hebrew Character(3), Common Quaker(2), Waved Umber(2), Angle Shades (1), Early Thorn(1) and Eudonia angustea(1)
Mon 2nd May 2016 19:39 by John Bebbington
Langport, vc6, 1-2 May 2016; NMRS
Despite the far higher overnight temperature (11˚C) there were only 12 moths in the trap this morning:
Light Brown Apple Moth 2
Brimstone Moth 2
Lychnis 1
Hebrew Character 3
Clouded Drab 3
Nut-tree Tussock 1

NMRS: I sent the VC 5 and 6 refresh to Les Hill today.
Mon 2nd May 2016 18:11 by Paul Newman
East Lydford
I found a Shoulder-stripe in my greenhouse this afternoon - I'm not sure which of us was the more surprised.
Mon 2nd May 2016 18:10 by Jenny Vickers
Frome 01/05/2016
A few more moths than has been usual so far this year in my own garden last night in Frome. 29 moths of 8 species. The majority of which were LBAMs (21). NFY were Angle Shades (1) and Brimstone (1) and my first ever Mullein (1). The rest were made up with Hebrew Character (2), Clouded Drab (1), Double-striped Pug (1) and Common Plume (1).
Mon 2nd May 2016 16:21 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock .  Sunday 01 May 2016
Low cloud and some drizzle,with a min.temp.of 8.9c. with these "balmy" conditions I ran the actinic and the 165 MBT traps which produced 42 moths of 14 species,including 7 FFY.and 1 FFG.  Double-striped Pug(2) ; Brindled Pug(4) ; Streamer(1) ; Small Phoenix(1) ; Larch Pug(1) ; Brindled Beauty(1) ; Iron Prominent(1) ; Ruby Tiger(1) ; Nut-tree Tussock(3) ; Clouded Drab(6) ; Common Quaker(5) ; Powdered Quaker(1) ; Hebrew Character(9) ; Flame Shoulder(1) ; Red Chestnut(5).  With warm weather forecast by the end of the week could this be the start of something better?
Mon 2nd May 2016 12:22 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 1/5/16
Same here Paul. T Min 11.2°C and overcast. Nonetheless only a miserable four moths of three species. LBAM (2) and single Common Quaker and Knot Grass, the latter FFY.
Mon 2nd May 2016 09:40 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 10 degrees

Our first warmer night produced 29 moths of 14 species including FFY - Pebble Prominent (2).

Mon 2nd May 2016 09:36 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 1/5/16
Much milder than of late, and not much moonlight, so hopes were high, and were promptly dashed !!  Only 5 moths altogether, 2 Clouded Drabs, and FFY singletons Angle Shades, Brimstone Moth and Pale Prominent.
Sun 1st May 2016 10:43 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 1.8 degrees

14 moths of six species including FFY a Pale Pinion.

Sun 1st May 2016 08:30 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
A miserable 2' again last night with appalling low numbers but at least FFYs 2 Muslin and 1 Dotted Chestnut in company with 1 Hebrew Character and 1 Clouded Drab.

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