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Sat 31st March 2018 16:18 by Pam Campbell
Holford church belfry moth
Whilst ringing the church bells for a Holford resident's 100 th birthday today , a Herald flew down and settled on the treble ringers back . We no doubt had disturbed it with our ringing . Everyone was very interested to see it and I especially was pleased to see a moth again !A Herald whilst ringing
Thu 29th March 2018 09:18 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
Another grim week in the garden trap, just expected orthosias, dire compared to last year.
Wed 28th March 2018 19:56 by John Bebbington
Humming-bird Hawk-moth sighting
Hugo Brooke reported a Humming-bird Hawk-moth from Sion Hill in Bath on Sunday last, 25th March
Tue 27th March 2018 15:41 by Nigel Cottle
Braconid Wasp sp.
Parasitised Large Yellow Underwing larva with Braconid Wasp sp. cocoons found in my recycling bin this morning.

Braconid Wasp sp

Tue 27th March 2018 10:32 by John Bebbington
Langport, 26 March 2017
A 3rd instar Garden Tiger larva found while weeding yesterday. In the trap: Small Eggar 1, Oak Beauty 1, Hebrew Character 6.
Sun 25th March 2018 17:26 by Paul Bowyer
More Luffia ferchaultella in Weston
Whilst out walking the dog this morning I happened to notice at least 229 Luffia ferchaultella actively feeding on lichen on top of a concrete post and adjacent wall. Seemed like quite a good count to me so worthy of note.

Luffia ferchautella Milton 25-3-18

Luffia ferchaultella

Luffia ferchautella Milton 25-3-18b

Luffia ferchaultella

Sun 25th March 2018 16:28 by Chris Iles
Coleophora laricella case found today at Stockhill, Mendip.
Sun 25th March 2018 13:41 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock 24/03/2018 Min temp 4.2c
13 moths of 7 species.  FFY were : Yellow Horned (2) ; Shoulder Stripe (1) ; Mottled Grey (1) ; Common Quaker (1) ; Small Quaker (3)
Sun 25th March 2018 12:00 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
24/3/18 - 41 moths last night, 7 species, including one FFY, an Early Moth, and two FFG Acleris cristana. Otherwise, the usual selection of Orthosias, and March Moths.
Fri 23rd March 2018 09:55 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
22/3/18 - Some rain in the night, so few moths, just 4 Hebrew Characters and 8 Common Quakers, and that's yer lot !!
Thu 22nd March 2018 12:40 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm
Sixteen moths of six species - FFY were, Early Thorn, Early Grey and Hebrew Character (all singletons).
Wed 21st March 2018 10:49 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
20/3/18 - Even though a frost was foreast (and happened) I thought I would try with the traps anyway, and Lo! and Behold!  3 moths - 1 each Hebrew Character and Common Quaker, and a very nice surprise, a FFG Pale PInion.

I fully expect to get a quite few FFGs from now on, as my previous trappng here was only from 2002 to 2005, and the species list is only just over 200 from that period.  Also, I wasn't using an MV trap then either.  Watch this space!!

Tue 20th March 2018 20:03 by John Bebbington
December Moth larvae begin to hatch
My December Moth eggs from the end of last year have started to hatch - 3 out this morning. One of them sat still for a few seconds!
First instar December Moth larva
December Moth (Poecilocampa populi) newly hatched larva
Tue 20th March 2018 10:27 by John Bebbington
Late posting!
Tim Howard took a very worn micro at Kestrels Rise on 17th August last year. Paul Wilkins, after exhaustive work, has completed a gen det and the moth turms out to be 35.129 (BF828) Caryocolum viscariella (Gelechiidae). Steve Palmer who runs the Gelechiid recording scheme has kindly allowed me to use one of his images.
Caryocolum viscariella
Caryocolum viscariella ©Steve Palmer
There are only 5 previous Somerset records and the most recent was 2002! The foodplant is Red Campion which is found throughout Somerset There is more info and larval photos on the UK Moths website - and on the Gelechiid recording scheme website at Thanks to Paul and Steve for ID and image.
Sat 17th March 2018 09:50 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
16/3/18.  A decent catch last night, 48 moths, but only 6 species.  22 Hebrew Characters, 13 March Moths, 6 Common Quakers, 5 Clouded Drabs (FFY) and 1 each Dotted Border and Small Quaker.  Given the forecast for the next few nights, I won't bother to put the traps out, as I imagine the moths (if they've got any sense at all) won't be out and about anyway.
Wed 14th March 2018 19:08 by Pam Campbell
Hodderscombe Lodge garden
March 2018 Yellow Horned no.1Last night 4 Oak Beauty , 2 Hebrew Character , 2 Satellite , 4 Small Quaker , and one FFY a Yellow Horned .March 2018 Yellow Horned no.4
Wed 14th March 2018 08:53 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
13/3/18 - At last,some moths, but not a lot.  11 altogether, 5 Hebrew Characters, 3 March Moths, and singletons of Dotted Border, and Common & Small Quaker.  It's a start.
Tue 13th March 2018 18:30 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Last night was my 10th trapping of the year. The previous nine had trapped a total of only 36 moths so it was a pleasant surprise to find a grand total of 45 in the trap this morning. Species were limited but I'm not complaining. The totals were 27 Common Quaker, 15 Hebrew Character, 2 Clouded Drab and a Grey Shoulder Knot.
Tue 13th March 2018 17:38 by Pam Campbell
Hodderscombe , Holford
Only 5 moths last night . 2 Oak Beauty and 3 Satellite .
Mon 12th March 2018 20:14 by Pam Campbell
Hodderscombe , Holford
Saturday night ( 10th )saw 10 moths 2 Small Quaker FFY , 5 Satellite , 1 Oak Beauty , 1 March Moth and 1 Pale Brindled Beauty . Last night 22 moths 1 Pale Brindled Beauty ,10 Satellite , 4 Oak Beauty , 3 Chestnut , 2 March Moth ,1 Hebrew Character and 1 Dotted Border .
Sun 11th March 2018 19:25 by John Bebbington
Langport (VC6) Sat 10 March
First time for a few weeks with the trap - just 5 moths. Oak Beauty 2, Hebrew Character 2, Common Quaker 1.

Plus an Oak Beauty on a lighted window at Strode Theatre this afternoon.

Sun 11th March 2018 16:20 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
I'm glad to see there was some success last night. My first session of the year ended up with no moths in the trap and a White-shouldered House Moth on the back door! I don't think I've ever done so badly. A mix of clear and misty skies and a cool wind perhaps accounted for the abyssmal results.
Sun 11th March 2018 12:15 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
My first session for a month resulted in a surprising 41 moths. Nothing spectacular but a record 17 March Moths and 6 Oak Beauty plus my first Pale Brindled Beauty for three years. Other moths were - Common Quaker (8), Small Quaker (2), Chestnut (5), A. heracliana and a Coleophora ssp.
Sun 11th March 2018 12:09 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 10/03/2018 Min temp 4.1c
A chilly night but the snow has all gone (just).  14 moths of 4 species.  March Moth (6) ; Oak Beauty (2) ; Chestnut (5) ; Hebrew Character (1).
Sun 11th March 2018 12:07 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
First outing for ages, and moths at last, 27 in total, 10 Hebrew Ch. 6 Common Quaker, 2 each of Small and Red-line Quaker, 2 Oak Beauty, 1 each of Clouded Drab, Dotted Chestnut, March Moth and Grey Shoulder-knot and an Anon.alstromeriana
Sat 10th March 2018 09:23 by Nigel Parsons
Berkley Marsh, Frome
Apologies for the very late posting of my only moth trappings during February. 18th - Pale Brindled Beauty 2, Chestnut 1, Satellite 1, Hebrew Character 1 and Agonopterix heracliana / ciliella. 19th - Similar to the previous night but with the addition of Early Moth 1, Dotted Border 1,Chestnut 3, Acleris ferrugana / notana and Acleris cristana. Very welcome to at least make a start on seeing a few moths this year!!
Thu 8th March 2018 10:00 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
7/3/18 - well, I tried !  Having finally got an outside power supply for the MV, and a new battery for the Actinic, and the foreast didn't look too awful, (especially after last week's shenanigans) I put the traps out.  Result? Zero.  Oh well, try again in a couple of days' time.  Nice to be back on track anyway.

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