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Tue 28th November 2017 12:10 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Rusty Dot Pearl sunning itself on the front wall this morning! I don't normally record them as late as this but did have one at the same time of year in 2014.
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Mon 27th November 2017 19:19 by Chris Iles
Winter Moth on the window tonight - the first here since 2013.
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Sun 26th November 2017 23:24 by Chris Iles
Coleophora argentula also at Braysdown today.

Coleophora argentula Braysdown

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Wed 22nd November 2017 22:38 by Jenny Vickers
John I've found Coleophora argentula on Yarrow on Rodden Nature Reserve near Frome this year. I'm sure you're right that it's under recorded.
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Tue 21st November 2017 15:02 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 20/11/2017
27 moths of 8 species. Rusty-dot Pearl (1) ; December Moth (6) ; Red-green Carpet (3) ; November Moth (2) ; Feathered Thorn (1) ; Red-line Quaker (2) ; Yellow-line Quaker (12) and a sleepy Hebrew Character.
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Tue 21st November 2017 14:03 by John Bebbington
Langport, 19th & 20th November
Two poor nights:
Sunday 19th December Moth 2, Sparawler 1, Grey Shoulder-knot 1
Monday 20th Light Brown Apple Mth 3, Common Plume 1, Red-green Carpet 1, Flounced Chestnut 1.
Let's hope that the promised southerlies at the end of the week bring in something exciting!
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Sat 18th November 2017 19:54 by John Bebbington
Coleophora argentula cases on Yarrow
I found these Coleophorid cases on Yarrow on Tuesday - thanks to James McGill for confirming my ID. They are 37.012 Coleophora argentula. Very few records for Somerset although I suspect that they are overlooked as the host plants (Yarrow and Sneezewort) are widespread.

37.012 Coleophora argentula casses on Yarrow
37.012 Coleophora argentula cases on Yarrow, Langport, VC6.
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Fri 17th November 2017 18:15 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe -Min Temp 1.5 degrees

Just two moths FFY - a December Moth and a Grey Shoulder-Knot.

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Thu 16th November 2017 17:37 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Nothing new last night but I did have a very late Brimstone and my 2nd Double Striped Pug of the month.
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Thu 16th November 2017 12:40 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
The last mild night for a while. 29 moths of 11 spp. 7 Feathered Thorn, 6, Yellow-line Quakers, and 1 Red-line. 5 Dec Moths, 2 each of Barred Sallow and Beaded Chestnut, 3 Spruce Carpets a Silver Y, Rusty-dot Pearl, Common Plume and Agon. alstromeriana. Our neighbours have just had to remove a mature dead Silver Birch and Sallow from our boundary...Honey Fungus. Sallows have been very poor here this year.
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Wed 15th November 2017 15:47 by John Bebbington
Langport, 14 Nov 2017
Just 4 moths last night despite seemingly ideal conditions:
Rusty Dot Pearl 1
December Moth 1
Feathered Thorn 1
Silver Y 1
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Wed 15th November 2017 12:30 by Pam Campbell
Hodderscombe Lodge garden , Holford
Red - green Carpet on trap16 moths last night . 1 November Moth agg. 1 Red - green Carpet ,1 Merveille du Jour , 1 Grey Shoulder - Knot , 3 Feathered Thorn , 3 December Moth and 6 Yellow -line Quaker .
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Tue 14th November 2017 11:19 by Pam Campbell
Hodderscombe Lodge garden , Holford
Last night 4 moths plus 2 beetles , loads of small flies and 4 wasps . I had my 2nd December Moth of the season ( 1st one last Thursday ) plus 1 Silver Y and 2 Yellow - Line Quaker .
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Sun 12th November 2017 16:57 by John Bebbington
Silver-striped Hawk-moth from Cleeve Park, Blue Anchor
Having said in my AGM report yesterday that November had been poor so far I checked my emails when I got home and found on from Nigel Powell - he found a Silver-striped Hawk-moth which had settled on his car cover in Cleeve Park, Blue Anchor on Wednesday 8th. Verified by his photographs.
Silver-striped Hawk-moth Cleeve Park
Silver-striped Hawk-moth Cleeve Park 2
Nigel Powell's photographs of the Silver-Striped Hawk-moth. Apparently the only Somerset record this year.
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Fri 10th November 2017 15:49 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock 09/11/2017
Still a few out there if the temperature holds up.  28 moths of 13 species including FFY Feathered Thorn (3).  Others were : Ypsolopha ustella (1) ; Rusty-dot Pearl (1) ; December Moth (2) ; Spruce Carpet (4) ; November Moth agg. (2) ; Grey Shoulder-knot (1) ; Red-line Quaker (1) ; Yellow-line Quaker (8) ; Chestnut (2) ; Satellite (1) and Merveille du Jour (1).
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Fri 10th November 2017 11:28 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Only my 3rd ever Sprawler recorded last night was my 292nd macro species of the year. This equals my previous record but I am not expecting to record any further species this year. All the typical winter moths I recorded in January and it is only Brick and Pearly Underwing that I haven't seen this year that I can realistically hope for now.
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Tue 7th November 2017 10:32 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
23 moths of 11 species on a mild and drizzly night. 3 Mottled Umber was the highlight as I have only had singletons before. Also of note, Red-green Carpet, Merveille du Jour, Silver Y (2), Feathered Thorn (4), Dark Chestnut, Red-line Quaker (2), Cypress Carpet, and a late Large Yellow Underwing.
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Mon 6th November 2017 22:25 by Chris Iles
Phyllocnistis unipunctella mine on poplar, today, central Bath.
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Fri 3rd November 2017 16:58 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield. Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 6.5 degrees

FFY - NO MOTHS

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Fri 3rd November 2017 12:44 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock
Three Yellow-line Quakers and a second generation Grey Dagger agg.  thats all folks!
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Wed 1st November 2017 15:00 by John Bebbington
Items for sale at AGM, 11 November
Mike Ridge, a former stalwart of the Somerset Moth Group and Butterfly Conservation, is unfortunately in poor health and in care and has had to give up his natural history activities.

He has donated much of his equipment to the SMG for sale, and has also asked us to sell some items on his behalf. They will all be available now to SMG members - contact me at john.bebbingtonfrps@btinternet.com - and then remaining items will be available at the AGM on 11th November, and in the afternoon to BC branch members at the Branch AGM.

Items for sale on behalf of Mike Ridge- these are real bargains!
1x Skinner trap NEW and never unpacked -complete with choke and bulb - asking price £100

Items donated to SMG by Mike and sold for SMG funds - all new and unused, half price or better

180 pots 9x4.5cm - asking price 50p each
76 tubes 5x2cm - asking price £1.25 for 10 32 pots 6x4.5cm - asking price 25p each
13 larva boxes 16x12x6.5cm - asking price £1 each
12 plastic boxes 14x11x7cm - asking price £1 each
17 larva boxes 8x7.5x7.5cm - asking price 50p each
6 square plastic boxes7x7x3.5cm - asking price 50p each
15 round plastic pots 6x3cm - asking price 50p each
43 plastic tubes 7x3cm - asking price 10p each

There are also a number of Mike’s books - awaiting reasonable offers - and free booklets and leaflets.

Separately, we have the following softback volumes from ‘The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland’. We are looking to sell them for £30 each -below the current internet prices.
Vol 7 (part 1) Hesperiidae to Nymphalidae
Vol 7 (part 2) Lasiocampidae to Thyatyridae (with Life History Chart of the British Lepidoptera)
Vol 9 Sphingidae to Noctuidae (part 1)
Vol 10 Noctudae (part 2) and Agaristidae
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