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current posts

Wed 31st May 2017 21:16 by Chris Iles
Gigantic Common Quaker larva found yesterday feeding on lime, on the University of Bath campus.
Wed 31st May 2017 15:59 by Peter Tennant
Wed 31st May 2017 15:59 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 13 degrees

91 moths of 34 species including FFY - Blood-vein, Clouded Silver, Willow Beauty (2), Pebble Hook-Tip and a Large Yellow Y - no doubt the first of many !

Wed 31st May 2017 15:59 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 13 degrees

91 moths of 34 species including FFY - Blood-vein, Clouded Silver, Willow Beauty (2), Pebble Hook-Tip and a Large Yellow Y - no doubt the first of many !

Wed 31st May 2017 15:13 by Jane Durham pictures again? and it left off my Fox moth picture..the first I've had.  Never mind.
Wed 31st May 2017 15:11 by Jane Durham
Nigel what a magnificent catch.  I had half your number but enough to remember the time it can take at this time of year!Only one question this Argyresthia cupressella?  Picture's not good but am surprised the camera could pick it out as I could hardly see it.
Wed 31st May 2017 14:57 by Nigel Cottle
Priors Park Wood 30/5/17
I ran two traps in Priors Park Wood until 03:00h this morning. 361 moths of 85 species (77 macro & only eight micro). Here goes:

  • Common Swift 1
  • Map-winged Swift 1
  • Incurvaria praelatella 1
  • Tinea semifulvella 1
  • Argyresthia semifusca 1
  • Platyptilia gonodactyla 1
  • Syndemis musculana 1
  • Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 1
  • Udea olivalis 2
  • Scoparia ambigualis 1
  • Scalloped Hook-tip 3
  • Pebble Hook-tip 4
  • Common Lutestring 7
  • Poplar Hawkmoth 11
  • Mocha 3
  • Flame Carpet 1
  • Silver-ground Carpet 9
  • Common Carpet 2
  • Beautiful Carpet 1
  • May Highflyer 6
  • Spruce Carpet 1
  • Broken-barred Carpet 2
  • Phoenix 1
  • Small Phoenix 12
  • Red-green Carpet 1
  • Common Marbled Carpet 12
  • Dark Marbled Carpet 4
  • Green Carpet 11
  • Devon Carpet 4
  • Small White Wave 3
  • Small Yellow Wave 3
  • Blomer's Rivulet 1
  • Foxglove Pug 1
  • Common Pug 3
  • Mottled Pug 1
  • Grey Pug 4
  • Small Seraphim 3
  • Clouded Border 18
  • Sharp-angled Peacock 3
  • Brown Silver-line 46
  • Barred Umber 1
  • Scorched Wing 1
  • Brimstone Moth 2
  • Scalloped Hazel 15
  • Peppered Moth 17
  • Waved Umber 2
  • Mottled Beauty 1
  • Engrailed 1
  • Bordered White 1
  • Common White Wave 3
  • Common Wave 1
  • White-pinion Spotted 2
  • Clouded Silver 2
  • Light Emerald 1
  • Puss Moth 1
  • Alder Kitten 1
  • Lobster Moth 2
  • Marbled Brown 6
  • Pebble Prominent 11
  • Swallow Prominent 1
  • Pale Prominent 4
  • Coxcomb Prominent 5
  • Buff-tip 2
  • Pale Tussock 12
  • Buff Ermine 6
  • White Ermine 11
  • Cinnabar 2
  • Orange Footman 3
  • Small Fan-foot 2
  • Spectacle 2
  • Silver Y 2
  • Beautiful Golden Y 1
  • Marbled White Spot 1
  • Alder Moth 11
  • Poplar Grey 1
  • Small Angle Shades 2
  • Clouded-bordered Brindle 2
  • Flame 2
  • Flame Shoulder 6
  • Ingrailed Clay 13
  • Small Square-spot 2
  • Large Yellow Underwing 2
  • Least Black Arches 1
  • Green Silver-lines 1
  • Marbled Minor agg. 1
Wed 31st May 2017 14:42 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton Min T 14.1°C
126 moths of 56 species (including 19 micros) with 24 FFY including: Green Pug (2), Grey Pug (3), Eyed Hawkmoth, Elephant Hawkmoth, Spruce Carpet, Burnished Brass, Small Yellow Wave and the first (of many?) Common Rustic and Large Yellow Underwing. Migrants were represented with, Rush Veneer (2), Silver Y, Diamond-back Moth (3).
Tue 30th May 2017 18:37 by Nigel Cottle
Bishops Hull 30/5/17
An example of 12.012 (224) Triaxomera parasitella found in the back garden this evening.

Triaxomera parasitella 30.5.17

Tue 30th May 2017 18:20 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 11.8 degrees

176 moths of 33 species including FFY - Heart and Dart, Scorched Wing, Small Rivulet and U.olivalis.

Tue 30th May 2017 15:50 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Clearing skies last night reduced the catch - 29 moths of 18 species. FFG was Satin Wave and FFY were Garden Carpet (2), Brown Silver-line, Buff-tip, The Lychnis (2), The Shark, Knot Grass and Straw Dot.
Tue 30th May 2017 08:44 by Paul Newman
East Lydford
A male Bee Moth on a window last night - FFY
Mon 29th May 2017 21:26 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock Friday 26/05/2017
Best night of the year so far, despite the lightning storm that had me gathering in the traps at 0330.  183 macro's of 53 species and 27 micro's identified so far of 18 species. Several more, hopefully still to come.  FFY :Peach Blossom (3) ; Common Lutestring (1) ; Lead Belle (3) ; Red-green Carpet (4) ; Rivulet (6) ; Small Rivulet (2) ; Dwarf Pug (1) ; Narrow-winged Pug (1) ; Barred Umber (2) ; Light Emerald (1) ; Lobster Moth (2) ; Straw Dot (2) ; Marbled White-spot (9) ; Knot Grass (1) ; Middle-barred Minor (1) ; Flame (1).  Of the micro's so far : Tinea semifulvella (1) ; Monopis weaverella (1) ; Phyllonorycter tristigella (1) ;Tachystola acroxantha (1) ; Scrobipalpa costella (1) ; Pseudargyrotoza conwagana (1) ; Anania lancealis (1) ; European Corn Borer (1) and Garden Grass Veneer (4).
Mon 29th May 2017 18:59 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 28/05/17
Best night of the year so far due to warm, humid night. 57 species!

Some signs of migration with Rush Veneer, Diamond-back, Dark Sword-grass and Silver Y. Also had a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in my gardening nectaring on Red Valerian yesterday afternoon. There have been some rare migrants on the south coast over the past week.

Highlights from last night were:

Alder moth, Sharp-angled Peacock, Cream Spot Tiger, Eyed Hawkmoth, Gold Spot, Chinese Character, Elephant Hawkmoth, Sallow Kitten, Poplar Grey.

Mon 29th May 2017 16:34 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Easily the best night of the year last night. Perfect conditions produced 281 macros of 63 species which included only 5 Common Swifts which are having a fairly normal time here.
May bugs are on the wane with only 17 last night.
Jane, I have recorded 60 Treble Lines so far this year which is about normal here. I am recording the highest number of first generation Setacious Hebrew Characters that I have ever seen which hopefully will turn into a real glut in the late summer.Last night I had 45.
Amongst 14 new for the year species were Brown Rustic, Green Arches, Small Yellow Wave, Elephant Hawk Moth and Shark.
Migrants consisted of 7 Silver Y and a Dark Sword Grass.
Mon 29th May 2017 15:08 by Nigel Cottle
Bishops Hull 28/5/17
T Min 17.1°C. 88 moths of 41 species (23 macro, 18 micro). FFG: Crambus lathoniellus and Acrobasis suavella.
Mon 29th May 2017 13:11 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
Bumper night here 60 app and still sorting micros, a FFG 0646 Telechrysis tripuncta 32.050, an Nb sp- looks like a rarity here, and another 1461 Assara terebrella 62.047. 0646 Telechrysis tripuncta 32.050 SD17 1461 Assara terebrella 62.047 SD17
Mon 29th May 2017 09:57 by John Bebbington
Langport, VC6 - 4 nights' trapping
The year of the Common Swift!
Wednesday 24th May
88 individuals of 29 species - Common Swift 42.

Thursday 25th May
145 idividuals of 33 species - Common Swift 102.

Saturday 27 May
144 individuals of 33 sp - Common Swift 81.

Sunday 28 May
230 individuals of 51 species - Common Swift 118.

Also numerous Silver Y nectaring on our Red Valerian - 10+ on Thursday evening, 20+ Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Sun 28th May 2017 21:34 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 9.9degrees

49 moths of 22 species including FFY - a Lobster, Golden Y, Purple Clay (2) and a Middle-barred Minor.

Sun 28th May 2017 20:56 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton Min T 12.9°C
70 moths of 38 species with a Clouded Brindle (NFG) the pick for me. 20 FFY including: Rivulet, May Highflyer, Cinnabar (3), Flame Carpet, Rustic Shoulder-knot, Puss Moth, Maiden's Blush, Poplar Hawk (2) and a lovely little Nematopogon swammerdamella (pic).

Nematopogon swammerdamella 2017
Sun 28th May 2017 20:35 by Jane Durham
I see I've trapped 71 Treble Lines this past week.  Are they getting more numerous?  Or are others getting those numbers?
Sun 28th May 2017 19:10 by Jenny Vickers
Blatchbridge near Frome 23/05/2017
Two traps again in my friend's garden on the outskirts of Frome.

Heath actinic 31 moths of 19 species with highlights: Scorched Wing (2), Purple Bar (1) new for me, Orange Footman (1), Ingrailed Clay (2) another new for me, and Seraphim (1).

Skinner MV 93 moths of 34 species with highlights: Peppered Moth (1), Scorched Wing (9), Poplar Hawkmoth (1), Clouded-bordered Brindle (7), Waved Umber (1), Small Magpie (1), Spectacle (1), Orange Footman (2), Poplar Grey (1), Treble Lines (1), Buff-tip (1), Gold Spot (1), Flame (1) and Garden Pebble (1).

Sun 28th May 2017 19:00 by Jenny Vickers
Mill House, Frome 22/05/2017
Two traps produced a good haul as follows:

Heath actinic 13 moths of 11 species with highlights being Pale Tussock (1), Swallow Prominent (1), May Highflyer (1) and Sycamore (1).

Skinner MV 57 moths of 34 species with highlights being Puss Moth (1), Pale Prominent (1), Poplar Hawkmoth (2), Figure of Eighty (1), Small Phoenix (1), Light Brocade (1), Poplar Grey (1), Poplar Kitten (1), Small Waved Umber (1), Coronet (1), Gold Spot (1) Seraphim (1), Rustic Shoulder-knot (1), May Highflyer (2), Udea olivalis (1) and Notocelia cynosbatella (2)

Sun 28th May 2017 16:30 by Paul Newman
Jane - I only trapped Orange Footman for the first time last year, so I'm very pleased to see it come back again.  It had me fooled at first, as it doesn't have the characteristic "Footman" look (well, I think so !) and I thought it looked more like a Pyralid.  NIce picture too - you're certainly getting the hang of it now !!
Sun 28th May 2017 15:51 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
While washing up at lunchtime, I saw through the kitchen window a colourful micro on the fuchsia outside. Closer examination revealed Alabonia geofrella, another first. Now that's what I call mothing in style!!!
Sun 28th May 2017 14:41 by Jane Durham
I had an Orange footman too Paul.  It's the first I've seen. Orange footman jd2017
Sun 28th May 2017 13:36 by Paul Newman
East Lydford, 27/5/17
Not a particularly large catch, but quite varied nonetheless - 43 moths, of 26 species, including 8 FFY, Small Clouded Brindle, Brown House-moth, Ghost Moth, Blood Vein(2), Oak Hook-tip, Light Emerald, Udea prunalis, and Orange Footman
Sun 28th May 2017 08:59 by Jane Durham
Help received
Thank you Liz and Paul.  They fit exactly.
Sat 27th May 2017 23:05 by Paul Wilkins
Micro-moths emerged today
Two micro-moth species emerged today, the first was Ectoedemia septembrella from leaf mines collected last autumn from a cultivated Hypericum in the garden and the second, Coleophora alticolella from laval cases collected last autumn/winter on Juncus (approx. 10 moths emerged altogether probably due to the high temperatures yesterday)

0042 Ectoedemia septembrella PW17

0584 Coleophora alticolella PW17

Sat 27th May 2017 22:39 by Paul Wilkins
Re Help needed
Hi Jane

It looks like D. radiella which is the largest of the group so if it's over 10mm then it' most likely.  Your wave is a Small White Wave and your other micro is a Parornix spp and most likely P. devoniella or P. angelicella but they really need to be dissected to confirm as they are all very similar unless reared from a mine on a known foodplant.

Sat 27th May 2017 22:16 by Liz Marsden
Re help needed
I think you are right with Depressaria radiella, they are quite a bit larger than Agonopterix species. For the wave I would have thought Small White Wave. Not sure about the other micro!
Sat 27th May 2017 18:04 by Chris Iles
Home Wood (SWT) 26 May 2017
Loads of moths - something of the order of 200, of which 75 were Common Swift.  Highlights include Oak Hook-tip, Barred Umber, Alder Moth, Gold Spot and Marbled White Spot.
Sat 27th May 2017 17:22 by Nigel Cottle
Bishops Hull 26/5/17
T Min 18.3°C (I don’t think the thermometer’s broken!) with some thundery showers. The best night of the year so far with 55 moths of 31 species (20 macro, 11 micro). Four of the micros were FFG: Syndemis musculana, Stigmella anomalella (Rose Leaf Miner) and two Somerset rarities with only a handful of previous records according to the maps: Ectoedemia decentella and Argyresthia cupressella (Cypress Tip Moth).

Ectoedemia decentella 26.5.17

Ectoedemia decentella

Argyresthia cupressella 26.5.17

Argyresthia cupressella

Sat 27th May 2017 15:35 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
A footnote to my report yesterday. On releasing the moths yesterday evening I discovered two FFY species - Shuttle-shaped Dart and Least Black Arches (the latter my first for three years)! With another Mompha s., the total comes to 53 moths of 29 species.
Fri 26th May 2017 18:05 by Jane Durham
More help needed please
!.  I was looking at Agonopterix but then wondered about Depressaria radiella.  2.  Is this Satin wave?  I do find waves hard. 3.  This may be too small and bad pic to see...wondered if it was Bucculatrix ulmella but just not the right stance.  so...? Depressaria radiellaID needed Satin wave jd2017ID needed Bucculatrix
Fri 26th May 2017 17:48 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 13.2 degrees

62 moths of 53 species including FFY - Straw Dot, Alder, Angle Shades, Snout, Silver Y, Oak Hook Tip, Small Fan - foot, Miller, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Bright-line Brown-eye, A.hamana, V-Pug, Mottled Pug and a Bordered Straw.

Fri 26th May 2017 16:30 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Another decent night, with 50 moths of 27 species. FFY were Mompha subbistrigella, Celypha lacunana, Small Magpie (3), Grey Pug, Peppered Moth, Heart And Dart (2), The Flame (4), Small Square Spot, The Miller, Small Angle Shades (my earliest record by 2 weeks), Clouded-bordered Brindle (2, both colour varieties), Marbled Minor agg., Pale Mottled Willow and The Snout. Nice to get some micros!
Fri 26th May 2017 14:02 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 25/5/17
Numbers back down a bit last night, I suspect it was too breezy, as other conditions were ok (unless the bats got at them) 59 moths of 28 species in all, including 4 FFY - Lychnis, Common Wave, Udea olivalis and Celypha lacunana (2).
Thu 25th May 2017 22:47 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton Min T 13.2°C
62 moths of 38 species last night with NFG - Large Nutmeg and 25 FFY including: Orange Footman (3), Coronet, Silver Y, Yellow-barred Brindle, Clouded-bordered Brindle, Peppered, Treble Lines (3), Epiblema cynosbatella, Argyresthia cupressella and Adela rufimitrella.
Thu 25th May 2017 18:45 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 12.9 degrees

39 moths of 23 species including FFY - Figure of Eighty, U.olivalis, Puss Moth, Rivulet, Lempkes Gold spot, Plain Wave, Smoky Wainscot and a Marbled White Spot.

Thu 25th May 2017 18:10 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock Catching up
Catching up on the last couple of weeks :- The two micro's sent to Paul Wilkins for ID were Caloptilia robustella and Elachista canapennella , both trapped on 11/05 and both FFG.  Three micro's day flying on 18/05 were : Micropterix uruncella(2) ; Micropterix calthella(6) and Glyphipterix simpliciella(1) , all on or around buttercups.  Two traps run on the night of 20 /05 produced 48 moths of 24 species including : FFG Capua vulgana (1) (thanks again to Paul for the ID) , FFY :Rush Veneer (1) ; Garden Carpet (1) ; Common Pug (5) ; Spectacle (1) ; Shoulder-striped Wainscot (1) and I'm pretty sure, an early Triple-spotted Clay.  22/05 : Syndemis musculana netted during the afternoon Lastly,(but not least) 23/05, two traps run on a warm night with a damp hill fog/ low cloud produced 130 moths 0f 55 species. FFY : Gracillaria syringella (1) ; Celypha lacunana (1) ; Cydia splendana (1) ;Udea olivaris (1) ; Elephant Hawk Moth (1) ; Broken-barred Carpet (3) ; Sharp-angled Peacock (1) ; Peppered Moth (1) ; Common White Wave (1) ; Common Wave (2) ; Clouded Silver (3) ; Coronet (form coronula) ; Angle Shades (1) ; Clouded-bordered Brindle (1) ; Antler (1) ; Small Square-spot (2) and best of the lot FFG Alder Kitten (1) and if anyone is still reading this.........Thats all folks !
Thu 25th May 2017 08:56 by Jane Durham
And thank you for that too.  I was relying on finding it in Manley but I see it now in Waring.
Wed 24th May 2017 20:28 by Paul Wilkins
Jane's caterpillar
Hi again Jane

I think your caterpillar is a Pale Brindled Beauty.

Wed 24th May 2017 20:05 by Jane Durham
Paul..thank you
Wed 24th May 2017 20:04 by Jane Durham
of course I meant 20mm!  I was pleased to trap 26 species this morning including Poplar and Eyed HM and a Broken-barred Carpet which I've seen in Wales but not here.
Wed 24th May 2017 20:04 by Paul Wilkins
Jane's moth
I am going to stick my neck out and say that it is a dark form of Clouded-bordered Brindle.  See one below as a comparison and note the three buff coloured dots on the leading edge of the forewing. CBB
Wed 24th May 2017 19:44 by Jane Durham
I'd appreciate help to ID this moth. It's new to me and doesn't appear quite to fit any I can see.  And this caterpillar too.  It was about 20cm and on apple leaf (I realise photo isn't clear) brown moth ID jd2017caterpillarID jd2017
Wed 24th May 2017 17:42 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
A step in the right direction last night, with 42 moths of 27 species. FFG was Bordered White, my 500th species for the garden! FFY were Tachystola acroxantha, Twenty-plume Moth (2), Bee Moth, Common Marbled Carpet (4) Broken-barred Carpet (2), May Highflyer (3, my first multiple record), The Rivulet, Common Pug, Scalloped Hazel, White-pinion Spotted (only second record), Poplar Hawk-moth, Pale Tussock, White Ermine, Alder Moth, Treble Lines, Beautiful Golden Y (1st May record) and The Spectacle.

Bordered White Combe SN

Wed 24th May 2017 14:50 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR 23/5/17
I ran a 125w MV Skinner at Netherclay until 02:30h this morning. 271 moths of 51 species (41 macro, 10 micro). I am not going to bore you all with a detailed list: Spruce Carpet, Ingrailed Clay, Ypsolopha mucronella and Depressaria daucella were all site ‘firsts’.
Wed 24th May 2017 12:23 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
My first 3 figured catch of the year with exactly 100 macros of 31 species. New for the year were Clouded Bordered Brindle, Sandy Carpet, Alder Moth, Iron Prominent, Straw dot and Large yellow Underwing.
Only 42 May Bugs!
Wed 24th May 2017 10:49 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 23/5/17
At last, a good catch !!  So far, 66 moths of 34 species (more to round up this evening) including FFG Early Tooth-striped, and 14 FFY - Scorched Wing (2), Clouded Silver (2),Lime Hawkmoth, Middle-barred Minor (2), Gold Triangle, Ruby Tiger, Straw Dot, Treble Lines (2), Coronet, Small China-mark, Mottled Pug, Common Carpet, Garden Pebble, & Clouded-bordered Brindle.

9.30 pm - The round-up produced another 16 moths, and 3 more species, including 2 FFY, a Flame and Eudonia lacustratsa

Mon 22nd May 2017 21:27 by Chris Iles
Newly emerged...
A couple of Lychnis moths emerged today - I collected the caterpillars in seed-pods of bladder campion back in last July.  Almost time to let them fly off!

Lychnis 77 Lychnis 73

Mon 22nd May 2017 19:51 by David Agassiz
Ridiculously early!
This afternoon I went for a stroll above Sandford Quarry, it was very warm but a bit windy, moths pretty disappointing, however I took one Crambus perlella, which is supposed to be out in July and August.
Mon 22nd May 2017 19:15 by Paul Newman
Well done Jane !!  Looking at the size of the body, and ?possibly white? antennae, I wonder of it's a Poplar Hawk.  Just a wild guess, but certainly the wings didn't inflate, whatever it was - pity.  That makes accurate ID very difficult, if not impossible, doesn't it ?
Mon 22nd May 2017 18:29 by Jane Durham
so it works if you don't press any of the symbols mentioned in the instructions page...just the picture itself. The picture below is of ?a moth.  But perhaps it is, as Nigel thought, a damaged specimen.  All agreed?
Mon 22nd May 2017 18:27 by Jane Durham
one more try!
Mon 22nd May 2017 14:34 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
I may be unable to run a trap currently but I can sit out in the garden and today I saw my first Humming-bird Hawk-moth for 2017 - a new garden record. Also Syndemis musculana FFY.
Mon 22nd May 2017 12:02 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
55 macros of 29 species last night. Purple Bar, Small Phoenix, Maiden's Blush and Ingrailed Clay took me to 100 macro species this year. This is the second earliest I have reached 100 species in the last 15 years. The earliest was in 2007 when I got there on 10th May. That year ended up being a washout and the worst year for moths that I have known. I hope it is not a sign of things to come.
Although moths were not particularly numerous I did have 54 May Bugs in or around the trap. This is easily the largest number I've ever recorded in one night. Perhaps the cider orchards they've planted around my garden are beginning to have some life in them.
Mon 22nd May 2017 10:28 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 21/5/17
FFG: Seraphim & Notocelia rosaecolana
Mon 22nd May 2017 10:00 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 21/5/17
Somewhat better this time - 23 moths of 16 species, including FFY Poplar Hawkmoth, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Common Swift, and Eudonia delunella.  Also a Cockchafer beetle stuck in the rainwater funnel at the bottom of the Actinic trap. A good job I spotted it - that would not have been a nice way for it to go.
Sun 21st May 2017 16:04 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
My first trapping session for almost five weeks (due to weather and holiday) produced 14 moths of 9 species. FFY were Red Twin-spot Carpet (2), Silver-ground Carpet, Green Carpet (2), Mottled Pug (2), Pebble Prominent and Silver Y.
Sun 21st May 2017 16:00 by Nigel Cottle
Dolebury Warren 21/5/17
I led today's BC Somerset & Bristol Branch field meeting to Dolebury Warren where we found: Burnet Companion, Yellow Shell, Speckled Yellow, Green Carpet, Common Wave, Brown Silver-line, Silver Y, Nematopogon swammerdamella, Anania fuscalis and a Small Eggar larval web.
Sun 21st May 2017 09:12 by Jane Durham

Sat 20th May 2017 15:20 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 5.5 degrees

Six moths of six species including FFY - a Lychnis.

Sat 20th May 2017 12:58 by Jenny Vickers
Hi Jane

Where do you live?  If you're not too far away from me (Frome area), maybe I could pop over and go through it with you.  If you'd like to do that, e-mail Paul Newman and he'll give you my e-mail address to make contact.

Sat 20th May 2017 10:58 by Jane Durham
Thank you Nigel.  It was still the same 8 hours it damaged and in fact is an ordinarily wing-sized moth do you think?  All the near wingless ones appear to be smaller than that specimen.
Sat 20th May 2017 09:45 by Jane Durham
Nigel I do all that meticulously but to no avail. Would you mind looking at the pic I uploaded though and tell me what it is.  I've got people waiting for an answer!  Thank you in anticipation
Sat 20th May 2017 09:36 by Jane Durham

Sat 20th May 2017 09:26 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 19/5/17
Again very disappointing - only one moth in the MV trap, a Muslin, and four in the Actinic, another Muslin, Silver Y, White Ermine, and FFY Gold Spot.  Where are they all ?
Sat 20th May 2017 07:32 by Nigel Cottle
Bishops Hull 19/5/17
Two additions to the garden list, both found by day: Psychoides filicivora and Pseudoswammerdamia combinella

Psychoides filicivora 19.5.17

Psychoides filicivora

Fri 19th May 2017 22:00 by Jenny Vickers
Blatchbridge near Frome 18/05/2017
I had a good trapping from my friend's garden on the outskirts of Frome last night. Two traps produced the following highlights:

Heath actinic 23 moths of 15 species with highlights of Scorched Carpet (1), Silver-ground Carpet (1), Mottled Pug (4), Common Pug (1), Grey Pug (1), Nutmeg (1), Rustic Shoulder-knot (1) and Rush Veneer (2)

Skinner MV 53 moths of 31 species with highlights of Eyed Hawkmoth (1), Peppered Moth (2), Scorched Wing (3), Green Carpet (2), Broken-barred Carpet (1), Red Twin-spot Carpet (1), Pebble Prominent (1), Pale Prominent (1), Pale Tussock (1), Clouded-bordered Brindle (2) of which one was the dark form combusta Small Clouded Brindle (1) a lovely fresh Broad-barred White (1), Orange Footman (1), Chocolate-tip (1), Treble Lines (1) another Rush Veneer (1) and Scoparia ambigualis (1).

So far, I'm not finding many micros in this garden. Maybe that will pick up soon.

Fri 19th May 2017 16:15 by Jane Durham was Sue who helped me with photos last year and Jenny & Paul who have recently been helpful and encouraging.  Thank you.  (although I follow all the steps but still to no avail) Today, leaving May-bugs aside, I had 7 macro sp. and 1 Nematopogon Swammerdamella.  But have enjoyed the Common Heaths up on Winsford Hill.
Fri 19th May 2017 15:06 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
20 spp last night but small numbers, FFYs Lychnis, Buff Tip, Silver Ground and Common Marbled Carpets, Treble Lines, Heart & Dart, Common Pug, Buff Ermine, commonest- 7 White Ermine. One migrant-a Silver Y, and a couple of micros, LBAM and Lathronympha strigana.
Thu 18th May 2017 18:36 by Jane Durham
And now I'm attempting again to add a photo.  Thank you Susan for your encouragement.  This emerged about 4 hours before the picture was taken.  Is it a female moth of some sort...or
am I completely up the wrong avenue? Again no picture follows.  If anyone has time/inclination to view recently added photos I'd be very grateful for an answer on this one help!
Thu 18th May 2017 16:20 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe , Min temp 5.5 degrees

Only four moths including FFY - a Small Square Spot.

Thu 18th May 2017 15:20 by Nigel Cottle
Shapwick Heath NNR 18/5/17
A couple of Argent & Sable on the wing along the Sweet Track at Shapwick this lunchtime. Also Drinker and Yellow-tail larvae.

Argent and Sable 18.5.17

Thu 18th May 2017 09:57 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 17/5/17
Still very poor numbers, just 9 moths, including FFY Garden Rose Tortrix (Acleris variegana) and Celypha lacunana (both quite early) Two of the moths looked like carpets (magic flying ones ?), but they got away and I expect to round them up for identification later today.

p.m.  The two flying carpets turned out to be a Silver-ground, and a FFY Common Marbled

Tue 16th May 2017 15:47 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 14.2 degrees

23 moths of 15 species including FFY - Clouded Bordered Brindle, P. conwagana, and a Flame, which seems early.

Tue 16th May 2017 10:58 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 15/05/17
Thanks for the welcome!

Only 9 species in the trap this morning.

Clouded Silver, Poplar Hawkmoth, Angle Shades, Green Carpet, Silver Y, Common Swift, Flame, Buff Ermine and Broken-barred Carpet.

Mon 15th May 2017 23:02 by Liz Marsden
Nr S. Petherton
I've been seeing a few Adela (Cauchas) rufimitrella last week, both at home and at Mount Fancy, Wessex Waterland and Staple Common - always on or near Ladies Smock or Garlic Mustard. At home there is not much of either in flower this year and they seem to show a passing interest in other small white flowers - the one in the photo was resting on Dames Violet - a plant that Orange Tips apparently occasionally lay eggs on, so maybe it also has an attraction!

0152 Cauchas rufimitrella 2

Mon 15th May 2017 16:58 by Jenny Vickers
Eggs, Larvae, Pupae website
Benjamin This website might be of use:
Mon 15th May 2017 16:26 by Paul Newman
Ben - looking at the photos and descriptions in Jim Porter's book "Caterpillars of the British Isles" the distinction between 5- and 6-spot Burnets seems to be that the 5-spot's pairs of black spots in each segment are noticeably less evenly matched than equal in size. So on that basis, I would suggest that yours could well be 5-spots.  However, I am quite happy to be over-ruled by anyone more expert.  I suppose that the ultimate test would be to rear the larvae through to adulthood (they are soon going to pupate) so if you haven't already kept them for that purpose, it might be worthwhile getting some on another visit.  Good luck !!
Mon 15th May 2017 14:02 by Benjamin Bond
Burnet Larva ID
Does anyone know how to ID burnet caterpillars? I found this one at Shapwick Heath a couple of days ago and would like to know what it is. I am guessing it is a Six-spot.

Burnet Caterpillar 2 Burnet Caterpillar 1

Mon 15th May 2017 08:29 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 14/5/17
Back to low numbers again, in spite of the milder night.  Just 7 moths, all singletons. FFY were Eudonia angustea, Buff Ermine and Marbled Minor agg.  Also the first May Bug of the year (not Theresa).
Sun 14th May 2017 17:12 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 8.3 degrees

19 moths of 15 species including FFY - Common Carpet (2), Silver Ground Carpet, Treble-lines and a Great Prominent only our second here since our first in 2004.

Sun 14th May 2017 13:56 by Paul Newman
East Lydford
Three larval webs of Bird-cherry Ermine (Yponomeuta evonymella) on (surprise, surprise) a Bird-cherry tree in our small wood.

Also, this morning I spotted two massive Spindle Ermine (Y. cagnagella) webbings beside the B3153 east of Somerton (between Somerton and the railway bridge) - they are a regular feature along this stretch of road every year. There are usually as many as half a dozen patches of webs, so I may have missed some ( I do try to keep an eye on the road !!)

Sat 13th May 2017 14:04 by Nigel Cottle
Bishops Hull 12/5/17
FFY: Bee Moth & Lychnis.

Welcome to the group Simon.

Sat 13th May 2017 10:45 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
30 moths of 17 species represents a timely improvement for my last trap for a while (back op). Eleven FFY: Sharp-angled Peacock, Common Pug (4), Red Twin-spot Carpet (3), Garden Carpet, Silver-ground Carpet, Broken-barred Carpet, Common Wave, Common Marbled Carpet (2), Cypress Carpet, Pale Tussock, Celypha lacunana (2).
Sat 13th May 2017 09:58 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 12/5/17
An improvement in numbers, but still not brilliant.  22 moths of 14 species (so far - a couple of escapees to round up later) including FFY Silver Y, White Ermine(3), Heart & Dart, Garden Carpet, Pebble Hook-tip, Small Magpie, and Notocelia cynosbatella.
Fri 12th May 2017 18:02 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 11/05/2017 Min temp. 10.1
A milder night with a little occasional drizzle and light wind resulted in a bumper catch..  76 moths of 39 species identified with 3 micro's still work in progress and 6 pugs still giving me a headache !  No less than 23 species were FFY so here goes : Diamond-back Moth (1) ; Crambus pascuella (1) ; Poplar Hawk Moth (1) ; Common Carpet (1) ; Common Marbled Carpet (2) ; Green Carpet (2) ; Small White Wave (1) ; Sandy Carpet (1) Foxglove Pug (1) ; White-spotted Pug ; Brown Silverline (1) ; Scalloped Hazel (2) ; Waved Umber (1) ; White-pinion Spotted (1) ; Marbled Brown (1) ; Buff-tip (1) ; Pale Tussock (6) ; Buff Ermine (1) ; White Ermine (1) ; Ruby Tiger (1) ; Alder Moth (1) ; Treble Lines (1) ; Shuttle-shaped Dart (1).
Fri 12th May 2017 16:49 by Jenny Vickers
Rodden Nature Reserve, Frome 10/05/2017
First of all, welcome Simon. I'll look forward to seeing more posts from you.

A couple of hours spent at my local nature reserve produced several cases of Coleophora serratella on both Birch and Hazel. Also on Birch was this Eriocrania unimaculella larva (photo) which appears to be classified as 'rare and very local' on our website. Other adult micros seen were Pyrausta purpuralis and Notocelia cynobatella.

Eriocrania unimaculella jv

Fri 12th May 2017 13:21 by Benjamin Bond
Platyedra subcinerea at Richard Huish College
Yesterday evening (11th) I found a Platyedra subcinerea at Richard Huish College, Taunton. Is it really as rare as it shows on the maps?! Unfortunately I didn't get a photo of it, but I did get a good look at it.
Fri 12th May 2017 09:17 by Steve Pilkington
Pugs and Carpets - Cocklake
Apart from the risk of sharp shower in the early hours last night had great promise. The trap did get a bit wet but the results did not disappoint. 87 moths 30 spp including 2 micros to identify and 5 pugs. Total of 12 pugs(? spp) and 13 carpets (5 species). New for here were Small phoenix, May highflier, brown silver lines and a Lime hawkmoth.
Fri 12th May 2017 09:11 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 11/05/17
Hi everyone! This is my first post on here, having finally joined the Group. I have been moth trapping in my small garden in the village of Middlezoy since June 2015 and have so far recorded 276 species. The highlight was the Waved Black, a new macro to Somerset.

Had the first decent catch of the year last night. 15 species in total:

Mocha, Waved Umber, Chocolate-tip, Yellow-barred Brindle, Brimstone, Heart & Dart, Common Swift, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Burnished Brass, Dog's Tooth, Spectacle, Silver Y, Green Carpet, Buff-tip and Common Pug.

Wed 10th May 2017 08:56 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 9/5/17
That's three times my catch Ben !!  Just one lonely Shuttle-shaped Dart last night.  Ho hum.
Wed 10th May 2017 08:29 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington 10/05/2017
Caught only three moths in the trap last night - Shuttle-shaped Dart, Brimstone Moth and Early Thorn.
Tue 9th May 2017 15:15 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 7.5 degrees

Seven moths of six species including FFY - a remarkably early Privet Hawk-moth which we rarely see before the end of May.

Mon 8th May 2017 21:47 by Jenny Vickers
Blatchbridge near Frome 06/05/2017
Paul Wilkins has just confirmed though dissection that I trapped Ocnerostoma friesei in my friend's garden on the outskirts of Frome Saturday evening. My Heath trap happened to be under the lone Scots Pine tree in the vacinity! It's classified as ‘Rare and very local' on the SMG website with just one post 1990 record. Thanks Paul for the confirmation.

Also of note, I've seen several Psychoides filicivora adults around the ferns in my garden the last few days. One to look out for.

Mon 8th May 2017 16:54 by Paul Newman
East Lydford
I have just spotted a single Micropterix aruncella on a buttercup flower in my orchard, a FFY.  No sign yet of M.calthella, which is usually the more common of the two species.
Mon 8th May 2017 15:59 by John Bebbington
Langport area (VC6)
The MV trap has been very poor over the last 2 weeks with only a few of the usual spring species - except for a very early Peppered Moth on 5th May. However I have found larvae of 4 species - three common (Hebrew Character, Dingy Footman and Yellow-tail) and one which I suspect is usually overlooked - Coleophora lineolea.
72.044 Dingy Footman larva
72.044 Dingy Footman larva grazing on algae on my shed, Langport

72.103 Yellow-tail larva
72.103 Yellow-tail larva on Hawthorn, Pitney

37.038 Coleophora lineolea la 3
37.038 Coleophora lineolea leaf mines on Hedge Woundwort

37.038 Coleophora lineolea la 1
37.038 Coleophora lineolea larval case

I have also come across two intersting micros. I hadn't seen 28.019 Esperia sulphurella since leaving Surrey in 2004; thanks to Paul Wilkins for the ID.

Walking the dog on Saturday I noticed swarms of 15.078 Phyllonorycter tristrigella on nettles in the shelter of a Wych Elm hedge.

28.019 Esperia sulphurella
28.019 Esperia sulphurella

15.078 Phyllonorycter tristrigella 1
15.078 Phyllonorycter tristrigella
Mon 8th May 2017 09:25 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 7/5/17
Yet another poor night, only 3 moths between two traps. One FFY - a Silver-ground Carpet
Sun 7th May 2017 16:17 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 7.2 degrees

21 moths of 12 species including FFY - Chinese Character (2), Green Carpet (4), Barred Umber and Spruce Carpet(2).

Sun 7th May 2017 08:14 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 6/5/17
Having seen a few moths in the car headlights coming back from a concert at 10pm, I thought I would try a shorter-than-usual trapping session - result ?  5 moths, all common, no FFY, but better than nowt.
Sat 6th May 2017 17:34 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 8.2 Degrees

15 moths of eleven species including FFY - Lesser Swallow Prominent, Scalloped Hazel, Iron Prominent and Pale Shouldered Brocade.

Sat 6th May 2017 10:50 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
A quiet night, just 8 spp, FFYs Scalloped Hazel and Chocolate-tip.
Fri 5th May 2017 15:44 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 7.9 degrees

15 moths of nine species including FFY - a Poplar Hawk and two Peppered Moths.

Fri 5th May 2017 09:08 by Steve Pilkington
A quiet-ish night. 32 moths 16 spp.

Red twin spot carpet was new for this garden. Singles of, and FFY - Pale tussock, Pale pinion, Knot grass, Shuttle shaped dart, Buff and White ermine and Galium carpet (which my predictive text wants to call Valium carpet).

Thu 4th May 2017 21:54 by Jenny Vickers
Frome and Edford Meadows
It was pretty dire trapping last night. More windy than forecast and chilly with it. Just 4 moths from two traps. Hebrew Character (2), Flame Shoulder (1) and White-spotted Pug (1).

I fared better on my butterfly transect today at Edford Meadows moth wise anyway with several Grass Rivulet, Ancylis badiana (2) and a new micro for me Elachista rufocinerea.

Thu 4th May 2017 20:50 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 03/05/17 min temp 7.1c
44 moths of 19 species identified ( a few worn Pugs beat me ) FFY were : Silver-ground Carpet(1) ; Grey Pine Carpet(1) ; Lesser Swallow Prominent(1) and Broom Moth(1) .  Others included Streamer(1) ; Red Twin-spot Carpet(2) ; Small Phoenix(3) ; Water Carpet(1) ; Yellow-barred Brindle(1) ; Early Thorn(2) ; Muslin Moth(2) ; Pale Pinion(1) ; Pale-shouldered Brocade(1).  A nice find climbing up the house wall on the 1st was a Scarlet Tiger caterpillar. Interesting because I've yet to an adult !
Thu 4th May 2017 15:51 by Peter Tennant
Thu 4th May 2017 15:51 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 8.5 degrees

21 moths of 12 species including FFY - Brown Silver-lines, Bright-Line Brown-Eye and Agonopterix assimilella.

Wed 3rd May 2017 15:17 by Roger Edmondson
Berrow correction.
Martin has just pointed out that that Sharp-angled is a Peacock, not a Carpet. Sorry about that.
Wed 3rd May 2017 15:02 by Roger Edmondson
Martin Evans and myself trapped for 3 hours last night on the beach. Cloudy, no wind and still 13oC when we packed up although the sky was clearing. 29 species. 81 moths including: Oblique-striped 1, Angle-barred Pug 1, Light Brocade 2, Silver Y 8, Plutellas xylostella 1, Sharp-angled Carpet 1, Small Phoenix 1, Sallow Kitten 1, Pebble Prominent 9, Poplar Grey 2, Chinese Character 2, Pebble Hook-tip 1, Plus worn singles of the spring species Clouded Drab, Common and Powdered Quakers And a Cuckoo calling continuously over the reedbeds even as we left.
Wed 3rd May 2017 12:08 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
First session for a couple of weeks so all change, 22 moths of 12 spp. lots of FFYs, Brimstone, Flame Shoulder, Green, Scorched, Red Twin-spot, and Broken-barred carpets, Waved Umber, Orange Footman and Silver Y, also a new micro to the garden 0436 16.014 Pseudoswammerdamia combinella.
Wed 3rd May 2017 11:57 by Paul Newman
East Lydford
Just found a female Light Brown Apple Moth (FFY) in a kitchen cupboard - not sure how long it's been there, but still very lively !
Wed 3rd May 2017 11:44 by Peter Tennant
Wed 3rd May 2017 11:44 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 6.9 degrees

16 moths of 13 species including FFY - White Ermine (5) and a Common Pug. We also had another six Twenty-Plume moths.

Wed 3rd May 2017 09:37 by Nigel Cottle
Thurlbear 2/5/17
A few day-fliers at Thurlbear 2nd May: Common Carpet, Micropterix calthella, Pyrausta purpuralis, Pancalia leuwenhoekella, Adela reaumurella and Grapholita jungiella.

Grapholita jungiella 2.5.17

Grapholita jungiella

Wed 3rd May 2017 09:35 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 2/5/17
I was only able to operate the MV trap last night, as the Actinic was sufferng from a case of flat battery.  However, this made little difference to the catch - still low numbers.  Only 9 moths of 6 species, with FFY Shuttle-shaped Dart and Common Pug.  There was also a big Caddis - ? Sedge?
Tue 2nd May 2017 10:24 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe= Min Temp 7.8 degrees

13 moths of three species including FFY - a Pale Tussock.

Tue 2nd May 2017 09:46 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 1/5/17
Still very little to report - 7 moths last night, with a very fresh Brindled Beauty the only FFY.

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