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Mon 26th December 2016 09:27 by Sue Davies
Christmas eve
A very mild night in Butleigh brought in just 2 December Moths, a Winter Moth and a Bumble Bee.
Thu 22nd December 2016 08:38 by Paul Newman
East Lydfrod 21/12/16
A very symmetrical catch last night - one each Winter and December moth per trap. (Well, to be more accurate, three of the four were actually nearby or on the wall beside the traps, rather than inside, but never mind).  I saw several moths in my car headlights earlier on in the evening, and was hopeful of a bigger catch, but it was not to be.

Wishing all readers a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

Tue 20th December 2016 15:25 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Mottled Umber on the house wall this morning.
Mon 19th December 2016 19:38 by Paul Wilkins
Red-green Carpet in Peasedown St John
I found this wonderfully fresh Red-green Carpet next to an outside light in Peasedown St John yesterday morning so I have had to share these couple of photographs with you.

1760 Red-green Carpet PW16a 1760 Red-green Carpet PW16

Mon 19th December 2016 08:45 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 18/12/16
Just one lonely male Winter moth in the actinic trap last night, otherwise a barren desert in moth terms.
Sat 17th December 2016 12:25 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 16/12/2016.  Min temp 8.3c
A better night here, with 25 moths in and around the trap.  December Moth (4) ; Winter Moth (2) ; FFG Scarce Umber (1) ; Mottled Umber (15) and Yellow-line Quaker (3). This brings the Year total to 359, which is 59 better than last year. This from 57 nights trapping (1 fewer than last year). So it seems that, here at least, even if the overall total of moths caught this year is down the variety is well up.
Sat 17th December 2016 09:49 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 16/12/16
Both traps run all night - result ?  3 December Moths on the wall beside the MV, but nothing actually inside either trap.  Earlier on there was an Agonopterix heracliana on the kitchen window, only the second record this year, the other one being in July.
Fri 16th December 2016 15:38 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
No trapping of late but found a Rusty Dot Pearl on the house wall this morning. It's my first December record.
Thu 15th December 2016 17:36 by Paul Newman
Thu 15th December 2016 17:35 by Paul Newman
East Lydford
I found a Common Plume (E.monodactyla) in my greenhouse this afternoon.  I doubt if it's the same individual as I found there a few weeks ago, but you never know.
Wed 14th December 2016 22:14 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
11 moths last night with a Cypress Carpet and only my second Mottled Umber here at Pen Elm - numbers were made up with December Moth (5) and Winter Moth (4).
Wed 14th December 2016 10:58 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 13/12/16
Ever hopeful, I put both traps out last night - hopes dashed - nuffink - not even a Winter Moth on the wall or the kitchen window.

7.00 pm A female LIght Brown Apple Moth in the house this evening.

Tue 13th December 2016 21:09 by John Bebbington
The 2017 AGM will be at Ruishton Village hall on Saturday 11th November at 1030am
Tue 13th December 2016 14:18 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield,Wiveliscombe - Min temp 5.8 degrees

Six moths of three species including FFY - Mottled Umber (2).

We were sorry to miss the Moth Group AGM. We turned up at Ruishton as usual on the Saturday!

Sun 11th December 2016 14:57 by Paul Newman
East Lydford (follow-up to 8/12/16)
My mystery micro from Thursday night has been confirmed by numerous attendees at the AGM as a Rusty-dot Pearl.  It was a bit (well, very) pale and lacking in markings, so it could have passed for several different species, in my book at least.  Shows how little I know !
Sat 10th December 2016 21:58 by Chris Iles
Harridge Wood (SWT) 10/12/2016
Two actinics run - overcast and drizzly initially, some heavy rain, then clearing and cooling.

Winter Moth (21)
December Moth
Dark Chestnut

No Mottled Umber!

Sat 10th December 2016 16:10 by Nigel Parsons
Berkley Marsh, Frome
I have spent the last couple of weeks in Berkley Marsh, Frome but due to the generally cold weather only managed to trap on a few nights. Apologies for the late reports but have been off-line for the duration. On 26/11/16 I managed 9 moths - 3 Feathered Thorn, 2 December Moths, 2 Red-line Quakers, 1 Black Rustic and 1 Angle Shades. Only 7 moths on 5/12/16 - 1 Feathered Thorn, 3 December moths, 2 Mottled Umber and 1 Winter moth. However, on 6/12/16, I had an amazing (for this time of year) 61 moths of which 54 (41 males / 13 females) were December moths. I have never seen anything like this before - I am lucky to get 2-3 at best and often none at all. In addition, there were 2 Feathered Thorn, 1 Mottled Umber, 3 Winter moths and a Red-green Carpet. Unfortunately, I am back in Middlesex now and also back to reality - 2 December moths, 1 Winter moth, 1 Feathered Thorn and several Light Brown Apple Moths over 2 very mild nights - and that is an excellent return compared to the average !!! Looking forward to a return to Somerset in the New Year !
Sat 10th December 2016 09:35 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
4 December Moths, 3 Mottled Umbers and a very late Black Rustic last night. This is my first Black rustic since 01/11/16 and a month later than any previous record. It was also the first time I have recorded more than one Mottled Umber.
Fri 9th December 2016 18:23 by Sue Davies
Butleigh garden
Not a singe Dec. Moth after the bonanza 22 on Tuesday...? Just 1 Mottled Umber, 1 Feathered Thorn, 1 Red-line Quaker, 2 Red-green Carpets and 1 Agon arenella.
Fri 9th December 2016 18:15 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 10.5

22 moths of 5 species including FFY -a Satellite.

Fri 9th December 2016 12:05 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 8/12/16
Just 3 moths last night - very disappointing given the mild conditions.  One each Winter Moth, December Moth and a micro to be confirmed in the fullness of time.
Thu 8th December 2016 17:41 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
I've been away for quite a while and consequently haven't trapped for a month. By the looks of the reports I haven't missed that much. It was very mild last night so ran both traps (MV and Actinic) and attracted 10 moths of 5 species: December Moth (4), Feathered Thorn (2), Common Marbled Carpet, LBAM and Diamond-back Moth (2).
Thu 8th December 2016 15:20 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 10.5 degrees

At last a warmer night tempted me to put the trap out and we had December Moth (28), Feathered Thorn (2), and singles of both Red and Yellow lined Quakers,

Thu 8th December 2016 09:02 by Sue Davies
Butleigh garden
Wednesday morning brought 22 December Moths, Red-green carpet and a Mottled Umber - last night by the porch light a Feathered Thorn and Mottled Umber.
Wed 7th December 2016 13:07 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 06/12/2016
I hadn't trapped since 12 November but it was worth the wait. 57 moths in and around the trap including no less than 48 December Moths. Others were : Red-green Carpet (3) ; Winter Moth (1 FFY) ; Feathered Thorn (1) ; Mottled Umber (2) and Yellow-line Quaker (2).
Wed 7th December 2016 10:29 by Paul Bowyer
Weston Moths
Acleris umbrana caught last night in the garden trap here in Weston also Acleris schalleriana, LBAM, December Moth, Red-green Carpet.
Wed 7th December 2016 09:47 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 6/12/16
At last a trapping night.  One Feathered Thorn, and 8 December Moths (FFY) - 7 males, 1 female.
Wed 7th December 2016 09:23 by Nigel Cottle
Bishops Hull 6/12/16
T Min 9.2°C. Three December Moths plus single Mottled Umber and Light Brown Apple Moth.
Tue 6th December 2016 11:52 by John Bebbington
Langport, 5-6 December 2016
After the run of cold nights I put the trap out last night. Nothing unuusual, but 1 Light Brown Apple Moth, 1 Rusty Dot Pearl (presumably bred locally) and 7 December Moth.
Sun 4th December 2016 19:07 by Paul Wilkins
Buttoned Snout, Priston
I have been a bit lacking in the moth department recently so I was very pleased indeed to find this fine Buttoned Snout in my sister in laws shed yesterday. 2480 Hypena rostralis (ButtonedSnout) PW16
Sat 3rd December 2016 17:41 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Feathered Thorn on the house wall today, my first December record.
Sat 3rd December 2016 17:19 by Chris Iles
Leaf mines
Still plenty of leaf-mines to be found, especially where tall hedges on either side of lanes provide shelter and the leaves have not yet been blown away.  The best finds today were Phyllonorycter lantanella on wayfaring-tree at Draycott Sleights, and Ectoedemia rubivora on bramble at Stratton-on-the-Fosse.

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