Latest Sightings

Archives:

November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006

current posts

 
Fri 30th September 2016 17:54 by Nigel Cottle
Thurlbear Quarrylands 30/9/16
I found a couple of Phyllonorycter lantanella mines on Wayfaring Tree at Thurlbear today; also a handful of Silver Y and Rush Veneer.

Phyllonorycter lantanella under 30.9.16

Phyllonorycter lantanella upper 30.9.16

link
Fri 30th September 2016 08:55 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 29/9/16
Similar numbers to recent catches - 88 in total , but only 10 species.  The bulk made up of 49 Lunar Underwings, 13 Black Rustics and 11 Setaceous Hebrew Characters.  Only one FFY, an early Red-line Quaker.
link
Thu 29th September 2016 20:25 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock. 28/09/2016
A mild night, but a fine misty drizzle up here in the clouds produced 91 moths of 24 species, with one micro still to ID. Migrants included Diamond-back Moth (1) ; Rusty-dot Pearl (2) ; Silver-Y (2) and Dark Sword-grass (1).  FFY were Flounced Chestnut (3) and Black Rustic (5). Others of note : Copper Underwing (3) ; Second generation Small Angle Shades (1) ; Barred Sallow (1).
link
Thu 29th September 2016 18:01 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton. T Min 17.6°C
It was 17.6°C at 4.30am when I retrieved the trap. Nothing exceptional but a good haul of 28 species from 108 moths. Three FFY: Large Ranunculus (didn't see one last year), Barred Sallow and a Merveille du Jour. Other moths of interest were a Shoulder-striped Wainscot (very late or a migrant?), Wax Moth (3 this year), Acleris sparsana (2) and a Rusty-dot Pearl.
link
Thu 29th September 2016 16:29 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 13.7 degrees

Sixty four moths of 18 species including FFY - a Brick. Only 21 Lunar Under-wings.

link
Wed 28th September 2016 10:18 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 27/9/16
A small increase in numbers compared with last time - 79 moths, but only 16 species.  37 Lunar Underwings and 10 Black Rustics were the most numerous, and a second Mallow (after 3 years' absence before this year).  I have a UFO awaiting determination - watch this space.

The mystery turns out to be a Brindled Green (FFY), very fresh, very dark green, but not very clear markings.  Thanks to Robin Clatworthy for the confirmation.  This is only the fourth record here.

link
Tue 27th September 2016 22:34 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
118 moths of 21 species last night with 2 FFY: Blair's Shoulder-knot and a Black Rustic. 37 Lunar Underwing and 34 LYU made up the bulk with 4 Silver Y being the only migrant.
link
Tue 27th September 2016 16:00 by Nigel Cottle
Somerton Moor 27/9/16
There's obviously been a large emergence of Nettle-tap on Somerton Moor. I counted 550 in 45 minutes before deciding I'd had enough! There must have been 1000+

Anthophila fabriciana 1 27.9.16

Anthophila fabriciana 2 27.9.16

link
Mon 26th September 2016 18:18 by Peter Tennant
whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 8.3 degrees

86 moths of nine species including FFY - Black Rustic (2). We also had 48 Lunar Under-wings

link
Mon 26th September 2016 16:02 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 25/9/16
Quite a lot of rain in the earlyish hours, but by then hopefully the moths were safely tucked up in their egg-boxes.  50 moths in all, but only 10 species, the majority made up of 26 Lunar Underwings and 10 Black Rustics.  FFY were Barred Sallow and Pink-barred Sallow.  Only 2 Black Beetles this time.
link
Sun 25th September 2016 19:59 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
No trap last night but I left the light on in the office and was rewarded with just two moths but both FFY - a Brindled Green and Acleris sparsana.

Acleris sparsana 2016
link
Sun 25th September 2016 16:34 by Chris Iles
Holcombe, 24 September 2016
The highlights of a small catch in the garden were Turnip Moth and Large Ranunculus.

2252 Large Ranunculus 24092016 2087 Turnip Moth 24092016

link
Sun 25th September 2016 00:11 by Chris Iles
Home Wood (SWT) 24 September 2016
Amongst a fairly small catch to a single actinic, 3 Orange Sallow and 2 relatively fresh Green Carpets.

Orange Sallow 3 24092016 Orange Sallow 2 24092016 2271 Orange Sallow 1 24092016

link
Sun 25th September 2016 00:02 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
Quite a change from a week ago, 41-Lunar Underwings by far the most numerous, but only 14 spp, other FFY Black Rustics and a large Ranunculus topped the bill. Only migrants were 2 Silver Ys. A very Fresh Small Blood-vein in the garden yesterday afternoon.
link
Sat 24th September 2016 09:40 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 23/9/16
It must have been a bit less cold last night than I had thought it was going to be.  Twice as many moths as the previous night - 72 of 20 species, roughly evenly divided between the two traps, and of these there were 26 Lunar Underwings. Only one FFY - a Mallow, the first here for three years. Also 46 small black beetles, all but 3 in the actinic trap (they must prefer ultra violet light) plus an Ichneumon wasp (none of the stripy kind) several Caddises and a few Craneflies - quite a mixed bag all told.
link
Fri 23rd September 2016 18:05 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 7.3 degrees

64 moths of 13 species. Most interesting that we had 28 Lunar Under-wings and only 15 LYUs.

link
Fri 23rd September 2016 17:25 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington 23/09/2016
I thought I was going to miss out on Convolvulus Hawkmoth this year, but yesterday I found one on a wall next to a street light in the middle of Wellington!

Convolvulus Hawkmoth 1

Convolvulus Hawkmoth 2

link
Fri 23rd September 2016 16:53 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
A Sallow and two lovely (second brood?) Carcina quercana the only moths of note - both FFY.

Carcina quercana 2016
link
Fri 23rd September 2016 16:21 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Since I can't trap over the next couple of nights I gave it a go last night. It was hardly worth the effort, with just 35 moths of 6 species (18 of them Lunar Underwings). It seems like October already!
link
Fri 23rd September 2016 13:11 by Paul Newman
Jane - it's possibly a bit cold for many moths at the moment - numbers seem to be quite low generally.  What we need is a nice warm muggy night to bring them out in force !!  Most wasps are quite docile if you don't make them cross by flapping around or squashing them. I find I can pick them up gently in bare hands, and release them without any problem.  My regular Hornet visitors are even more dopey and are almost tame.  However I won't disturb their nest - I believe the old adage to be very true !
link
Fri 23rd September 2016 11:47 by Jane Durham
ps wasps don't appear to have attacked the moths this time..just lack of moths in there. Why am I getting so few?  Are they put off by the presence of wasps?  I haven't been stung this year so far but am extremely cautious on picking up egg boxes!
link
Fri 23rd September 2016 11:44 by Jane Durham
Thank you Paul.  I'll try the fruit idea!
link
Fri 23rd September 2016 11:01 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 22/9/16
Rally chilly last noght - only 32 moths, 13 species, including FFY a Beaded Chestnut.

Jane - there must be a nest fairly near to you to get such large numbers. I imagine that they're quite dozy after a cold night out, so there's not too much chance of you being stung, but it's still not a very nice situation.  You could suspend operations for a few weeks, but that would spoil your fun !!  Have they been attacking the moths ?  Possibly try a plate of nice juicy ripe (chopped-up) plums or peaches beside the trap to distract them from going into the interior - just an idea !!

link
Fri 23rd September 2016 10:22 by Jane Durham
Minehead 22.09.16
Help!  Only 3 species last night +?100 wasps.  Is it best to leave trapping entirely till cold weather kills them?  The number of wasps has been slowly increasing but this was the worst ever. No nest apparent.
link
Thu 22nd September 2016 19:08 by Jenny Vickers
Frome, Sycamore Drive 21/09/2016
Two traps set in my Mum's garden.

Again, very little in the Heath actinic trap. Just 8 moths of 5 species, the highlight being Brown-spot Pinion.

The Skinner MV performed better with 60 moths of 15 species. Lunar Underwing was the most numerous (16) with highlights being: Barred Sallow (2), Black Rustic (1), Large Ranunculus (1) and a beautifully fresh Merveille du Jour, a first for me.

link
Thu 22nd September 2016 19:02 by Jenny Vickers
Frome, Portway 20/09/2016
Just the one trap used in my small garden. A small tally of 14 moths of 9 species. The only one of note being Large Ranunculus (1) and a late but very fresh looking Carcina quercana.
link
Thu 22nd September 2016 18:57 by Jenny Vickers
The Mill House, Frome 17/09/2016
A flurry trapping over the last few days, so this is the first of three posts.

Two traps set at the Mill House.

The Heath actinic I thought was hardly worth the electricity (just 4 species of moths) until I spied a Vestal under the last egg box making the total up to 5. A new moth for me.

The Skinner MV produced more moths, a lovely male Pale Eggar (1), Copper Underwing (1), Rosy Rustic (1) and Eudonia angustea (3) being the highlights.

link
Thu 22nd September 2016 17:36 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
FFY Large Ranunculus on wall of house today. I've never had one in the trap!
link
Thu 22nd September 2016 15:43 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR 22/9/16
Whilst searching for leaf mines at Netherclay this afternoon I came across an example of 159 Antispila treitschkiella on Dogwood. The larva cuts out an oval hole which, in this case, measures 5mm along its longest axis. The hole made by A. metalella larvae measures 5.5-7mm and the female of that species makes 'practice' slits in the leaf before the egg is laid; the oval is too small and there are none of those slits here so that species can be ruled out.

Antispila treitschkiella 22.9.16

link
Thu 22nd September 2016 15:35 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR 21/9/16
I ran a 125w MV Skinner at Netherclay until 01:30h this morning. 104 moths of 26 species incl. second brood Light Emerald, Riband Wave and Small Fan-footed Wave. The only addition to the site list was an example of 227 Monopis laevigella (Skin Moth).
link
Thu 22nd September 2016 11:56 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 10.8 degrees

127 moths of 24 species including FFY - a Barred Sallow and a Pink-barred Sallow.

link
Wed 21st September 2016 20:57 by John Bebbington
LAngport, VC6, 21 September
Another Convolvulus Hawk-moth nectaring on our Nicotianas this evening - I managed a couple of photos, using flash and a red torch mounted on the camera lens, but I could really only guess the focus! 2 successes and numerous failures.
Convolvulus HM nectaring 1
Convolvulus HM nectaring 2
link
Wed 21st September 2016 20:37 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock. 20/09/2016
65 moths of 21 species, the highlight being a Cypress Carpet (FFG). Others of note : Olindia schumacherana (2) ; Eudonia angustea (3) ; Silver-Y (7) ; Frosted Orange (2) ; FFY Lunar Underwing (16).
link
Wed 21st September 2016 12:10 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 20/9/16
FFG Gypsonoma dealbana; Sterling et al state that this is a single-brooded species late May – Aug but that it has also been seen in late-Sept and mid-Oct. Black Rustic was FFY.

Gypsonoma dealbana 20.9.16

link
Wed 21st September 2016 10:36 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 20/9/16
Similar numbers to the last few nights - 84 moths, but only 17 species.  The Lunar Underwings are off to a good start this year (18 last night), and there were more Black Rustics than usual (9) The only other moth of interest was a late second-generation Oak Hook-tip, only the second record here this year.  Only 5 Black Beetles, one Hornet, and a solitary Cranefly came in (I'm expecting lots !!).
link
Wed 21st September 2016 07:57 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake
Thanks to Paul Wilkins confirming Plutella porrectella in my catch on the 20th another new micro for this garden.
link
Tue 20th September 2016 21:12 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
I've been away so I hope I haven't missed the Convolvulus invasion. I've had many of the scarcer migrant species but that and the Hummingbird Hawkmoth have, so far, stayed away. Monday night yielded 62 moths of 25 species with the highlight being four Vestal. Other FFY were Centre-barred Sallow, Beaded Chestnut (1) and Lunar Underwing (5).
link
Tue 20th September 2016 18:19 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 13 degrees

91 moths of 16 species including FFY - a Beaded Chestnut.

link
Tue 20th September 2016 15:46 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 20/9/16
An example of Choreutis pariana (Apple Leaf Skeletoniser) that I found in Bishop's Hull today:

Choreutis pariana 20.9.16

link
Tue 20th September 2016 13:35 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake
170 moths 29 species. Mostly Setaceous HC and LYUs. Like Paul I also had a Beautiful hooktip. 1 Barred sallow amongst the Centre barreds. Grey pine carpet , Rosy rustic, Pale mottled willow, Vestal. Ash bud moth was new for here.
link
Mon 19th September 2016 20:27 by Paul Newman
East Lydford addendum to 18/9/16
Just 8 more moths in this evening's round-up of the morning's strays, and three more species, including one interesting moth, a second-generation Beautiful Hook-tip.  Paul Waring's book makes no mention of a second generation, but UK Moths website states that a small partial one occasionally occurs.  I have only experienced this happening once before, in October 2006, after the hot summer. Whilst this year hasn't been especially hot, it has been very dry here, so maybe that's what is needed.
link
Mon 19th September 2016 17:40 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
My results last night were almost the same as Paul's - in my case 64 moths of 16 species! I did manage one FFY, Common Wainscot. Large Yellow Underwings made up just over a half of the catch. I'm just getting a couple of Lunar Underwings a catch, when it would normally be in double figures (e.g. 17 on almost the same date last year).
link
Mon 19th September 2016 14:45 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 18/9/16
Not a lot happening these days (or nights) just 64 moths, 17 species, and no FFY.  A single Vestal and 3 Silver Y were the only migrants.
link
Sun 18th September 2016 20:36 by John Bebbington
Langport, VC6, 18 September
Two more Convolvulus Hawk-moths nectaring on our Nicotiana plants so far this evening
link
Sun 18th September 2016 17:50 by Nigel Voaden
Shipham 18/09/2016
Long time since I was last in the area, put the trap out at my parents house in Shipham and was pleasantly surprised to get 90 moths of 31 species. Nothing new for the garden but single Feathered and six Large Ranunculus were the best. Firethorn Leaf Miner, Cypress Carpet and Cypress Pug are all fairly regular at this location and recorded again but still noteworthy.
link
Sun 18th September 2016 12:30 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 10.3 degrees

45 moths of 18 species including FFY - a Large Ranunculus.

link
Sat 17th September 2016 15:52 by John Chidgey
Spaxton,17/9/16
A Red Underwing on the white painted wall of my house this lunch time.
link
Sat 17th September 2016 15:07 by John Bebbington
Langport, VC 6, Friday 16 September
Another Convolvulus Hawk-moth nectaring on our Nicotianas at around 20.15hrs, despite very cold conditions and strong winds. Its manoeuvrability was impressive!
link
Sat 17th September 2016 10:41 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
I took my possible Feathered Ranunculus to Robin Clatworthy yesterday and when he finally stopped laughing he told me that it was a Flounced Rustic. He did try and sugar the pill by telling me that it wasn't a typical example from around here but was much more like ones he had trapped down on the coast at West Bexington. He showed me some proper Feathered Ranunculi from his collection and even with the fading of the years they all still had a hint of green and feathered antennae, none of which my flounced Rustic had.
link
Sat 17th September 2016 09:48 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 16/9/16
Cold + breezy + full moon = low numbers, as all good mathematically-minded moth-ers will tell you.  Just 38 moths, of 15 species with only one FFY - two Lunar Underwings, one in each trap, and just one Vestal and a tatty Silver Y to represent the migrant community.  Also a single Hornet and 3 small black beetles adding a little variation.
link
Fri 16th September 2016 16:16 by John Bebbington
LAngport, VC6, Wednesday 14th September
Convolvulus Hawk-moth(s) again nectaring on our Nicotiana flowers on Wednesday evening (14th October) - four visits at around 15-minute intervals. May have been the same individual.
link
Fri 16th September 2016 15:02 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
I thought I was going to miss all the Convolvulus Hawk Moths that appear to be around the country but I found one this morning on the fence next to the trap. The only other migrants were a wasp eaten Vestal and 7 Silver Ys. I also recorded what I have tentatively identified as Feathered Ranunculus. If it is confirmed it will be my first garden record and the first for my 10km square
link
Fri 16th September 2016 14:28 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
Some nice migrants last night, a female Gem, Vestal, Dark Sword-grass as well as a couple of Silver Ys and Rusty-dots. Also a Bordered Beauty, Gold Spot and Eudonia pallida.
link
Thu 15th September 2016 19:33 by Nigel Cottle
Priors Park Wood 14/9/16
Only managed a couple of hours at Priors Park Wood last night before the generator gave up the ghost. So only 45 moths of 14 species including Pink-barred Sallow, Grey Pine Carpet, Red-green Carpet and Spruce Carpet. The evening wasn't a complete write off because two examples of Platyptilia gonodactyla (Triangle Plume) were also caught.

Platyptilia gonodactyla1

Platyptilia gonodactyla2

link
Thu 15th September 2016 17:36 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Numbers down last night, with 74 moths of 20 species. FFG was Ypsolopha mucronella. FFY were Lunar Underwing (2) and Rosy Rustic. There were some migrants - Rusty-dot pearl and no less than 4 Vestals. It's the first time I've recorded more than one.
link
Thu 15th September 2016 11:45 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington 15/09/2016
This is my first post so I hope it is OK. I caught 24 species from 137 moths last night, but 79 of these were Large Yellow Underwing and Light Brown Apple Moth. One FFG - Dark Spectacle. Others included FFY - Brindled Green, Lunar Underwing and Light Emerald.
link
Thu 15th September 2016 10:01 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 14/9/16
Again quite cold last night, so low numbers.  Only 46 moths of 20 species, and nothing of note but a second-generation Pale Mottled Willow.  One wasp, two black beetles and four caddis flies provided some variety.
link
Wed 14th September 2016 21:35 by Paul Wilkins
Field trip to Shapwick Heath - 12.00 noon Sunday 18 September
Just a brief reminder that there is a field trip planned for this coming Sunday the 18th September at Shapwick Heath to be led by David Agassiz to search primarily for the larvae of micro moth species and in particular Ethmia quadrillella and Thiotricha subocellea.

Start time 12.00 noon and to meet at Ham Wall car park where Ashcott Road South from Mere becomes Station Road. (ST 449 397)

Anyone is welcome and suitable clothing and footwear is recommended. Unfortunately I am unable to join you on this occasion but I hope the current good weather continues and you have a very successful and enjoyable afternoon.

Best wishes

Paul

link
Wed 14th September 2016 19:54 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock Tues. 13/09/2016
A poor haul, considering the mild, muggy night. 82 moths of 28 species with 1 FFG : Vestal (3) at last!  The only other FFY was Lesser Yellow Underwing (1) - again at last. Others of note were a second brood Olindia schumacherana , 8 Snout and a Burnished Brass.
link
Wed 14th September 2016 19:40 by William Langdon
Higher Vexford - 14/09/16
A good night for migration - 2 Vestal, 4 Silver Y, and an L-Album Wainscot (a migrant here?), as well as Pinion-Streaked Snout, and Ypsolopha scabrella and parenthesella new for the garden among 32 other species.
link
Tue 13th September 2016 21:28 by Paul Newman
East Lydford - addendum to 12/9/16
The evening round-up produced a further 15 moths, but no more species - totals now 156/27.
link
Tue 13th September 2016 16:54 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Numbers better last night, with 98 moths of 28 species. FFG was Silky Wainscot (probably from the lake in the valley bellow). FFY were Nettle-tap, Common Plume, Pine Carpet, Centre-barred Sallow (3), Copper Underwing, Frosted Orange and Vine's Rustic. I didn't record the C-B Sallow or Frosted Orange in 2015, so that's a good outcome.

I was contacted by a friend in the village this morning. She gave an excellent description of a Convolvulus Hawk-Moth nectaring on Nicotiana yesterday evening! I'm very envious, having never recorded this species - I'm waiting to see whether it returns!

link
Tue 13th September 2016 10:02 by Nigel Cottle
Clifden Nonpareil 12/9/16
Andy Slade trapped a Clifden Nonpareil in Burnham-on-Sea last night:

https://twitter.com/Burnhambirder/status/775588857958064129

https://twitter.com/Burnhambirder/status/775765834920755200

link
Tue 13th September 2016 09:06 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 12/9/16
Reasonably manageable numbers last night - 141 of 27 species.  Only one species FFY - a pair of Copper Underwings.  Singleton migrants Vestal, Rusty-dot Pearl and Rush Veneer plus 5 Silver Y - not very exciting.  The Silver Ys were all quite fresh, so I suppose technically not "migrants" - who knows ?  Nine Gold Triangles - presumably second generation starting up.
link
Mon 12th September 2016 16:34 by Nigel Cottle
Wimbleball Lake 12/9/16
Found this final instar Green Silver-lines larva at Wimbleball today - couldn't really miss it!

Green Silver-lines 12.9.16

link
Sun 11th September 2016 20:17 by John Bebbington
Langport, VC6, Sunday 11 September
Spoke too soon! We have just had three Convolvulus Hawk-moths nectaring on our Nicotianas at the same time!
link
Sun 11th September 2016 19:57 by John Bebbington
Langport, VC 6, Friday 9 September
Over 360 moths of 20 species on Friday night but of these 335 were Large Yellow Underwing, Square-spot Rustic and Setaceous Hebrew Character. 4 Silver Y but they were all very fresh and probably home-bred.

I have had 2 reports,, with photos, of Convolvulus Hawk-moths from last week - one from Dunster (Sarah Sully) and one from Winsford (Melanie Patch) both on photographed on 11th September.

I have over 30 plants of 3 kinds of Nicotiana in full flower and very strongly scented - I have avoided putting the trap out near them but so far no viisitors!!

link
Sun 11th September 2016 18:27 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 7.8 degrees

The coldest night of the autumn so far and only 36 moths of 15 species including FFY - a Lunar Underwing. .

link
Sun 11th September 2016 09:21 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 10/9/16
Much colder last night, so numbers down - just 44 moths, 14 species.  The first Black Rustic of the year heralds the onset of Autumn !
link
Fri 9th September 2016 21:40 by Bob Fleetwood
Clevedon 8 September
Last night a few of the usual migrants plus my second Convolvulus Hawkmoth of the year.
link
Fri 9th September 2016 20:37 by Paul Newman
East Lydford - addendum to 8/9/16
A further 18 moths tonight, including 7 more Snouts, and 2 more speces, both FFY - a Garden Pebble and a Yellow-barred Brindle.

My hornets are clearly much better behaved than yours, Tim - only one dismembered Flame at the bottom of the trap.  Maybe they feel well disposed to us, as we have generously provided an old bird box for them to nest in.  They're very docile, and don't mind me picking them up to release them (bare hands, I might add !!) Mind you, I ain't gonna disturb their nest !

link
Fri 9th September 2016 18:56 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Monday 6th September 2016.
Paul, I hope the Hornets were not as deadly as the four I had which left enough wings and body parts to build my own Frankinsteins mothster.  Counting the living, I had 300 moths of 65 species including 5 FFG : Apple Leaf Miner(1) ; Eupoecilia angustana (1) ; Acrobasis consociella (1) ; Pyrausta aurata(1) ; Eudonia pallida(1) ; Tawney Speckled Pug (1). Others of note : Parsnip Moth (1) ; Lesser wax Moth(1) ; Grey Pine Carpet (2) ; Spruce Carpet (7) ; Pine Carpet (1) ; Green Carpet (9) ; 44 Brimstone Moths ; August Thorn (1) ; Dusky Thorn (13) ; Pinion-streaked snout (1) ; Silver-Y (4) Centre-barred Sallow (1) and 39 LYU.  Also in the trap 7 Pantatoma rufipes ( Red legged or Forest Bug )
link
Fri 9th September 2016 10:53 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 8/9/16
A topsy-turvy catch last night.  I found 93 moths in the Actinic trap, and normally I would expect at least double that in the MV, but in the event there were only 74.  The former catch comprised 18 species, of which 38 LYU, 14 Square-spot Rustic and 13 Setaceous HC were the most numerous, plus 42 small black beetles trundling around at the bottom of the trap.  In the MV there were 22 species, including only 8 LYU, but 8 Brimstones and 15 Setaceous HC.  In addition there were 4 Hornets, the first (of what will assuredly be many) Crane-fly, and only 1 black beetle.  Second-generations are appearing, with Small Square-spot (10) Maiden's Blush, and Lilac Beauty FFY).  Also FFY Garden Rose Tortrix, with both the all-white basal area and "ring" basal area specimens.
link
Thu 8th September 2016 18:23 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 14.3 degrees

32 species including FFY- Autumnal Green Carpet.The Brimstone Moths are having a good year here.  We had 24 last night and earlier in the week 42, Whet made last night special was that one fresh specimen of the usual pattern was entirely white.

link
Thu 8th September 2016 11:35 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
5 Silver Ys and a Vestal were the only migrants last night
link
Wed 7th September 2016 22:29 by Chris Iles
Braysdown 7 September 2016
Udea ferrugalis and the gall of the Hemp-agrimony Plume, Adaina microdactyla, this evening.
link
Wed 7th September 2016 19:24 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR 6/9/16
I ran a 125w MV Skinner at Netherclay until 01:00h this morning. Clear and relatively cool compared to Monday night; the cloud obviously rolled in at some point after I had packed up. 227 moths of 40 (30 macro, 10 micro) species. The only addition to the site list was an example of 1093 Apotomis betuletana.

Buckland Wood 7/9/16

Recorded a total of 53 Silver Y on the Buckland Wood transect this afternoon.

link
Wed 7th September 2016 11:09 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 6/9/16
Slightly surprisingly low numbers, considering the mildness of the weather - so far 100 moths, of 25 species, including FFG Birch Mocha, and FFY Centre-barred Sallow, Rosy Rustic(4) and Cypress Pug.
link
Wed 7th September 2016 10:19 by Sue Davies
Tuesday Night Butleigh garden
Another disappointing night, 30spp, just a couple of Silver Y migrants, 2 Pale Eggars, 2 Nephopterix angusteas and a FFG- Caloptilia alchimiella/robustella agg 0286or7 Caloptilia alchimiella or robustella SD16
link
Wed 7th September 2016 10:12 by Sue Davies
Monday Night Worley Hill
Left two traps out, both trashed by badgers tops tipped off so very few moths left, so disappointing for a perfect night but a Svensson's Copper Underwing, def black palps with white tips and hindwing fitted the bill, and a Clay Triple-lines.

2298 Svensson's Copper Underwing SD16

link
Tue 6th September 2016 22:27 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton. T Min 19.8°C
T min. 19.8°C and cloudy and more moths (180) than I have had for some time but still down on previous years. 48 species (18 of which were micros) was extremely pleasing with the pick being: Mouse Moth (NFY), Lilac Beauty, Large Fruit-tree Tortrix, Garden Rose Tortrix (2, NFY) and only my second Wax Moth here. Migrants were represented with Silver Y (8), Rush Veneer and Rusty-dot Pearl (2).
link
Tue 6th September 2016 13:37 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake
Large numbers here as well. A ridiculous 630 - 193 Setaceous hebrew characters, 142 LYU, 71 Brimstone and 43 Square spot rustics. A single night flying butterfly - a Green veined white. New for here were Bordered beauty, Spruce carpet, Double striped pug and a Svensson's copper underwing. I have examined the palps of 20+ underwings this season and finally have a good candidate. Others - Light emerald (6), Peach blossom, Angle shades(6), Beautiful hook tip, Gold spot, Beautiful china mark(4) and Rusty dot pearl(4)
link
Tue 6th September 2016 11:44 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Absolutely perfect conditions at last produced some quantity but with very little quality.  473 macros of 39 species was the most I've recorded this year. I was hoping for some of the Convolvulus Hawk Moths that are currently being trapped in Dorset but my only migrant was a single Silver Y.
131 Large Yellow Underwings, 69 Square Spot Rustics,68 Setaceous Hebrew Characters and a record 60 Brimstones made up the bulk of the catch.
link
Sun 4th September 2016 09:09 by Paul Newman
East Lydford addendum to 2/9/16
The round-up of strays from the morning's catch produced a further 8 moths, and 2 more species, a FFY Pale Eggar and a Common Plume.
link
Sat 3rd September 2016 18:54 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Having not trapped for several days, the temptation was too great last night! The reality was a let down, with 58 moths of 21 species. FFY were Orange Swift, Acleris laterana, a late Currant Pug and Setaceous Hebrew Character (2).  Almost half of the total was made up of Large Yellow Underwings (28)!
link
Sat 3rd September 2016 10:03 by Paul Newman
East Lyford 2/9/16
Same story, cold night, low numbers.  This time only 47 moths, 16 spp.  The only one of slight interest was a second generation Light Emerald.
link
Fri 2nd September 2016 11:22 by Sue Davies
Butleigh garden
Fairly low numbers of 37 spp, but some nice moths, FFY Pale Eggar, reappearance of Dark/grey Dagger, Light Emeralds,several each of Canary-shouldered and Dusky Thorns, a Copper Underwing and micros- 2 Nephopterix angustella, a Large Fruit-tree Tortrix and Cyclamen Tortrix.

0977 Large Fruit-tree Tortrix SD16 0993 Cyclamen Tortrix SD16

link
Thu 1st September 2016 20:13 by Bob Fleetwood
Clevedon 31/8/2016
A Convolvulus Hawkmoth in my garden trap last night, no doubt attracted by the Nicotiana plants strategically planted right next to the trap.
link
Thu 1st September 2016 10:07 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 31/8/16
Another chilly night, and low numbers.  45 moths of 22 species, with nothing remarkable.  Only 2 FFY, a Rusty-dot Pearl and Agriphila geniculea.
link

Copyright © Somerset Moth Group 2018 Privacy Policy Terms of Use Cookies