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current posts

Tue 28th February 2017 19:41 by Jenny Vickers
Rodden Nature Reserve, Frome 28/02/2017
I spent another hour or so at Rodden Nature Reserve this morning scrutinising amongst other things, Oxeye Daisy leaves (Leucanthemum vulgare) which produced the mine of Bucculatrix nigricomella. On the SMG status map it appears to be 'occasional and very local' and at a national level is categorised as 'local'.

Bucculatrix nigricomella jv 2017

Sun 26th February 2017 22:42 by Jenny Vickers
Rodden Nature Reserve, Frome 26/02/2017
I spent a couple of hours this morning at Rodden Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Frome looking for early stages. The reserve is closed to the public from the end of January till the end of July but I have permission to do some moth survey work on there year round.

I was successful in finding several larvae of Limnaecia phragmitella in Bulrush seed heads.

Limnaecia phragmitella jv 2017

Sun 26th February 2017 10:13 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 1.5 degrees

After a warm start the night turned cold and by morning there were no moths on the window but at the start we had Hebrew Character (2) Common Quaker (3) Dotted Border. Early Moth and a FFY Grey Shoulder-knot.

Tue 21st February 2017 09:59 by John Bebbington
Langport, VC6, 21 February
Moths at last!
19/2/17 Hebrew Character 1
20/2/17 Agonopterix alstromeriana 1, Hebrew Character 5, Common Quaker 4, Herald 1.
6 male frogs 'singing' in the pond - but no frogspawn yet!
Mon 20th February 2017 21:03 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 19/02/2017 min temp 9.1c
Ten moths of seven species.  March Moth (3) ; Pale Brindled Beauty (1) ; Spring Usher (1) ; Dotted Border (1) ; Chestnut (2) ; Satellite (1) and a possible Acleris cristana , awaiting confirmation from Paul Wilkins.  My sister e-mailed me a photo of a Small Magpie! that she found in her hall this morning at Rockwell Green. Moths definitely do not read Guide books.
Mon 20th February 2017 18:10 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 5.4 degrees

At actinic light in window, Dotted Border (2), Oak Beauty, Pale Brindled Beauty (2) and FFY - an Engrailed.

Mon 20th February 2017 13:19 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton, T min 10 degrees C
A very mild night here so put out the MV trap for only the second time this year. Glad I did as I was rewarded with 10 moths of 9 species: Oak Nycteoline (1, NFG), Common Quaker (2, FFY), Chestnut (1), Dark Chestnut (1, FFY), Early Thorn (1, FFY), Emmelina monodactyla (1, FFY), Agonopterix alstromeriana (1 FFY), Agonopterix heracliana (1) plus one unidentified Tortrix - now identified as the winter version of Acleris kochiella (FFY) thanks to James McGill. A good night!
Sat 18th February 2017 20:17 by Chris Iles
Ectoedemia septembrella
This is an easy moth to record at this time of year if you have ornamental Hypericum bushes in your garden or nearby.  There is a colony mining the leaves of the bush outside my study window.  I have been growing the native foodplant, Perforate St John's Wort, in the garden, but so far the moths prefer the non-native cultivar.



Sat 18th February 2017 15:30 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
First Early Moth of the year for me on house wall.
Sat 18th February 2017 14:20 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 6.2 Degrees

FFY - a Hebrew Character. We also had three Early Moths which are having a good year here.

Sat 18th February 2017 12:30 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
First garden trap for a month- just 4 moths but all FFYs, Dotted Border, Common Quaker, Hebrew Character and Tortricodes alternella. 1025 49.044 Tortricodes alternella SD17
Sat 18th February 2017 09:47 by Roger Edmondson
Bernard Skinner
I have just read that Bernard Skinner passed away last week. Many of us started mothing with a copy of "Skinner" and probably had a Skinner trap too. I didn't know him personally but do remember being in a Gloucestershire woodland with him and the Bristol Moth Group. He had the oldest, dustiest and fluffiest set of egg boxes in his traps that you could ever come across. Every moth came out looking like it had been dusted with talcum powder. One of the greats.
Fri 17th February 2017 22:16 by Benjamin Bond
Moth Trap at Shapwick Heath NNR
The next moth trapping night at Shapwick Heath NNR will be this month on Sunday the 26th. We will be meeting at the Avalon Marshes Centre at 4:30pm. Again, anyone is welcome to come. Unfortunately, last month was cancelled because of bad weather, so hopefully this month will be fine.
Fri 17th February 2017 14:16 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 5.2 degrees

FFY an Oak Beauty.

Thu 16th February 2017 14:05 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 4.2 degrees

All FFY - Early Thorn, Dotted Border, Common Quaker, Chestnut (2) and a Dark Chestnut.

Thu 16th February 2017 12:02 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
Only two moths last night, a Chestnut (FFY) and my very first Spring Usher (NFG).
Wed 15th February 2017 21:50 by Tim Howard
Stop press.  An escapee from last nights catch surfaced in the lounge this evening...a Spring Usher. Also, Paul Wilkins has confirmed the ID of Acleris hyemana.
Wed 15th February 2017 17:51 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 14/02/2017.  Min temp 7.8c
Six moths between the two traps including the first micro of the year.  March Moth (1) ; Pale Brindled Beauty (1) ; Early Moth (2) ; Dark Chestnut (1).  The micro is - I think - Acleris hyemana ,but this is awaiting confirmation from Paul Wilkins.
Wed 15th February 2017 10:12 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 8.3 degrees

The first warm night of the year produced one FFY moth a Pale Brindled Beauty.

Tue 14th February 2017 22:32 by Roger Edmondson
Sand Point
Martin Evans and I trapped for a couple of hours tonight. 9C dropping to 7C. Mist cleared. 3 traps. Not a sausage. On the way back to Bristol, we drove some country lanes to see if anything was flying there. Not a moth. This may be the first time ever we've gone out mothing and not seen one. Roger
Tue 14th February 2017 22:27 by Pam Campbell
Back in Somerset now and enjoying a few Northern Hemisphere moths . 13.02.17 trapping 1 Chestnut and 1 Small Brindled Beauty . Photo of a Cabbage Tree Moth from The Coromandel Peninsula , New Zealand taken in Nov. 2016New Zealand moth no . 1
Thu 9th February 2017 19:46 by John Bebbington
Overwintering Brimstone Moth larva
This larva came in on my dog on Monday morning. I'm pretty certain that it is a Brimstone Moth. It is feeding on Rose at the moment.
Overwintering Brimstone Moth larva
70.226 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) overwintering larva
Wed 8th February 2017 11:47 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield,Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 1.4 degrees

Our first moth for the year!  An appropriately named Early Moth.!

Tue 7th February 2017 13:56 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
I had an Early Moth at the office window last night. Only my second record here for this species - the first being three years ago and in very poor condition so it was great opportunity to get a better picture.

Early Moth Theria primaria

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