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current posts

Sat 30th June 2018 18:00 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Another good night here, with 175 moths of 56 species. FFY were Orchard Ermine, Grey Tortrix, Ancylis achatana, Figure of Eighty, Single-dotted Wave, The Phoenix, Slender Pug, Swallow-tailed Moth (6, my highest count), Small Elephant Hawk-Moth, Rosy Footman, Buff Footman, The Lychnis, Grey Dagger agg., Small Angle Shades (2) and Beautiful Hook-tip (2). Elephant Hawk-Moth seems to be doing well this year, with 47 trapped so far.
Sat 30th June 2018 11:15 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
A good night here too, 50 spp, with lots of FFYs,2 Four-spotted Footmen, 2 Muslin Footman, Swallow-tailed moth, Lychnis, Small Yellow Wave, Scallop Wave, Small Blood-vein and Blood-vein, Double Square-spot, plenty of micros Gold Triangle, 20 Plume,with first for here, Ypon. plumbella, Rhodophaea formosa and Celypha rosaceana.

1445 Rhodophaea formosa 62.024 SDS18 1064 Celypha rosaceana 49.162 SD18

Sat 30th June 2018 09:56 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 29/06/18
An excellent catch in the trap this morning. 65 species! The hot night brought them out and it was a joy to see. Some nice moths too.

Got a European Corn Borer Ostrinia nubilalis which I believe could be a migrant, although it says it is resident in the south now. Does anyone know if it is resident in Somerset? Also a rather worn Dark Sword Grass and a few Silver Y.

The other nice moth was a Scallop Shell. Not one I see often and not that common in Somerset I think.

Other good species for the garden were:

Haworth's Pug, Marbled Green, Muslin Footman, Beautiful Hook-tip, Rosy Footman, Barred Straw, Buff Arches, Common Emerald, Small Emerald, Small Blood-vein, Peppered, Dwarf Cream Wave, Thistle Ermine, White Plume, Clay, Early Thorn, Gold Triangle.

Fri 29th June 2018 13:26 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
28/6/18 - just 34 moths, of 23 species last night, including FFYs Crambus perlella and Buff Footman.

I don't envy you Tim, with such a "bumper" quantity of moths - I would have to lie down in a darkened room to dispel the attack of the vapours !!

Fri.late p.m.  Two FFG Oegoconia quadripuncta (both in the bathroom !) My thanks to Paul WIlkins for accepting the record on the balance of probabilities, without the need for dissection.  They live on !! "

Thu 28th June 2018 21:51 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock Tuesday 26/06/2018
Another bumper catch, despite a nearly full moon. 328 moths of 99 species.  Pride of place goes to my first Lilac Beauty. Also FFG, a Lozotaenia forsterana.  FFY included Cloaked Carpet (2) ; July Highflyer (1) ; Pine Carpet (1) ; Barred Yellow (1) ; Northern Spinach (1) ; Barred Straw (1) ; Wormwood Pug (1) ; Large Emerald (1) ; Common Emerald (1) ; Beautiful Hook-tip (6) ; Clay (1) and Purple Clay (1).  There are a few micros still awaiting confirmation.
Thu 28th June 2018 17:01 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Another good night, with 126 moths of 46 species. FFG was Epinotia tedella and FFY were Nettle-tap, Agapeta hamana, Lozotaenia forsterana, Red-barred Tortrix, Notocelia trimaculana, Anania coronata, Common Emerald, Small Blood-vein, Small Dusty Wave, Treble Brown Spot, Barred Straw (2), Small Rivulet, Green Pug (3), Turnip Moth and Double Square-spot (3).
Wed 27th June 2018 19:06 by Dave Miller
24th June West Sedgemoor/Swell Wood
I've had the trap out regularly but the moths have been fairly unexceptional. Sunday morning was much better with my first Double Line and a very welcome first Orange Moth. Also new was the very pretty pyralid Catoptria falsella. Three Donacaula forficella too. A few micros still to check up upon.
Wed 27th June 2018 16:09 by John Bebbington
Six-belted Clearwing
Apologies but have not done much mothing so far this year!

However following Steve Balcombe's sighting of a six-belted Clearwing in Curry Rivel last year I put out a lure in the adjacent Batty Piece private nature reserve this morning. 3 locations within the reserve, 20 minutes each - 3, 4 and 3 males attracted.
Six-belted Clearwing at lure
Six-belted Clearwing Bembecia ichneumoniformis at lure
Six-belted Clearwing flying to lure
Six-belted Clearwing Bembecia ichneumoniformis flying to lure.

I suspect that this species is likely to be found wherever there is unimproved grassland with plenty of Bird'sfoot Trefoil.
Wed 27th June 2018 15:37 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
26/6/18 - As I was very dispappointed with the previous night's catch, I tried again last night.  The differenve was quite marked, with 19 moths of 15 species (not too bad for just the Actinic trap alone) No fewer than 5 FFYs - Drinker, Yellow-tail, V-Pug, July Highflyer and Burnished Brass, plus another FFG, Small Yellow Wave (2).
Wed 27th June 2018 14:07 by Steve Chapple
Tuesday 26 June - Pen Elm, Taunton
A modest 57 moth species (23 micro) but two NFG: Cherry Bark Moth and a beautiful Eucosma campoliliana (thanks to James McGill for confirmation). Other highlights were a Fern - I had my first here last year, Acleris kochiella, Aleimma loeflingiana (2), Grapholita funebrana, Ancylis achatana, Large Fruit-tree Tortrix and Eucosma cana (2).

Eucosma campoliliana
Eucosma campoliliana
Tue 26th June 2018 16:55 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington 26/06/2018
Caught 360 moths of 84 species in the garden last night! Highlights included: Marbled Beauty, Elephant Hawk-moth (15), Treble Brown Spot (4), Clay, Buff Arches (5), Buff-tip, Foxglove Pug, Cypress Carpet, Common Footman, Grey Dagger, Clouded Silver (4), Common Emerald (3), Green Pug, Swallow-tailed Moth (9), Single-dotted Wave, Common White Wave, V-Pug (3), Buff Ermine (5), Green Silver-lines, Lackey (2), Poplar Grey (2), Sycamore, Coronet, Plain Golden Y, Small Angle Shades (2), Lychnis, Red-barred Tortrix, Scorched Carpet, Beautiful Hook-tip (2), Barred Yellow (FFG), Brussels Lace, Juniper Webber (2)(FFG), Beautiful Plume, Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix (2), and Water Veneer.
Tue 26th June 2018 16:27 by Nigel Cottle
Bishops Hull - night of 25th June
96 moths of 37 species (23 macro, 14 micro). FFG: Pyrausta despicata - FFY: Lunar-spotted Pinion and Uncertain. Bird-cherry Ermine was the most numerous with 31.
Tue 26th June 2018 16:21 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Last night my first trapping session for a couple of weeks produced 84 moths of 31 species. FFY were Ghost Moth (female), Udea prunalis, Rusty Dot Pearl, Mother of Pearl , Buff Arches, Clay Triple-lines, Sharp-angled Carpet (3rd record), Common Footman, The Miller, Marbled Green, Dark Arches (4), The Rustic and Mottled Rustic (2). The most numerous species currently are Riband Wave (10), Buff Ermine (11) and Heart and Dart (13). The Ghost Moth is interesting in that, of 15 records since 2009, only one has been a male, yet they must breed in the garden because I've found caterpillars.
Tue 26th June 2018 14:27 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
25/6/18 - A very poor night last night, with only 11 moths of 9 species, but at least there were two FFYs, Uncertain and Common Rustic agg.  Could have been worse I suppose.
Mon 25th June 2018 13:53 by Steve Chapple
Isotrias rectifasciana from 13th June 2018
Apologies for this late post - I initially dismissed this as a Cnephasia species but luckily I did take a reference picture (poor quality unfortunately). After reviewing it some days later I decided to show the picture to James McGill, he confirmed it as Isotrias rectifasciana, described as 'rare and very local' on our site.

Isotrias rectifasciana
Isotrias rectifasciana
Sun 24th June 2018 15:40 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull - night of 23rd june
72 moths of 32 species (19 macro, 13 micro). FFY: Wormwood Pug and Rustic.
Sun 24th June 2018 10:55 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
23/6/18 - still using the Actinic trap only, so quite low numbers (makes for speedy recording, and early breakfasts too!) Last night just 24 moths, of 21 species (remarkably 19 singletons), including 4 FFYs, Blue-bordered Carpet, Dagger agg., Double Square-spot, and an early Common Footman (probably the first of many).
Fri 22nd June 2018 21:46 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock Tuesday 19/05/2018 Min temp.
Apologies for the late post -- 424 moths of 95 species takes a while to process, and there are still a few micros to be determined. So here goes : 3 FFG : Green Oak Tortrix (1) ; Lackey (1) and Smokey Wave (1).  A further 29 FFY : Ash Bud Moth (1) ; Olindia schumacherana (2) ; Agapeta hamana (2) ; Ananea crocealis (1) ; Scoparia pyralella (2) ; Brown China Mark (2). Macros : Map-winged Swift (5) ; Peach Blossom (2) ; Elephant Hawk Moth (3) ; July Belle (1) ; Small Yellow Wave (1) ; Sandy Carpet (1) ; Beautiful Golden-Y (2) ; Poplar Grey (1) ; Smokey Wainscot (1).  Apart from Garden Grass Veneer, the highest count was Straw Dot (46). For the full list please send money.
Fri 22nd June 2018 14:36 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 21st June
I am a good distance from Yeovil but had a similar experience to John. Large numbers of Brightline brown eye (10) normally I get 1 or 2 and a FFG of Treble brown spot. In total 204 moths of 63 species. 48 were macro spp , Dingy shears the only other FFG. Others included Ghost(female),Angle shades, Clay, Double line and Single dotted wave. The micros included Ringed and Beautiful china mark and Udea prunalis with about 6 still being worked on.
Fri 22nd June 2018 08:53 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
21/6/18 - well, that didn't take long to sort out !!  Just 19 moths, of 14 species, including 2 FFYs, Lilac Beauty and Agapeta hamana, and 1 FFG, a Barred Straw.  Surprisingly the most numerous were 5 Buff Ermines, usually I only get one or two at a time.
Thu 21st June 2018 20:18 by John Day
Yeovil: Thursday 21st June
A special treat among the usual crop of common species (including an emergence of 15 Bright-line Brown-eyes) was the first appearance in my garden of a Treble Brown-spot.Trele Brown-spot
Thu 21st June 2018 11:25 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 20/6/18
33 species in the trap this morning in Middlezoy:

Buff-tip, Elephant Hawkmoth (10 of these!), Lackey, Clouded Silver, Shark, Small Magpie, Heart and Dart, Common Marbled Carpet, Spectacle, Dark Arches, Garden Carpet, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Bright-line Brown-eye, Celypha striana, Celypha lacunana, Clay, Riband Wave, White Ermine, Light Arches, Uncertain, Treble Brown Spot, Heart and Club, Minor agg, Burnished Brass, Bramble Shoot Moth, Flame Shoulder, Single Dotted Wave, Snout, Clouded Border, Swallow-tailed, Buff Ermine, Mottled Rustic, Eudonia lacustrata.

Wed 20th June 2018 17:31 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull - night of 19th June.
73 moths of 37 species (16 macro, 21 micro). FFG Sharp-angled Peacock, FFY Small Dusty Wave and the second Haworth’s Pug (the first being in 2013). In celebration of the fact that this is the first time I’ve trapped more micro than macro species here they are!

Yponomeuta evonymella, Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Crassa unitella, Agonopterix subpropinquella, Ditula angustiorana, Pandemis cerasana, Clepsis consimilana, Epiphyas postvittana, Hedya nubiferana, Eucosma cana, Notocelia uddmanniana, Nephopterix angustella, Anania hortulata, Udea prunalis, Scoparia ambigualis, Eudonia lacustrata, Eudonia mercurella, Calamotropha paludella, Chrysoteuchia culmella, Acentria ephemerella and Parapoynx stratiotata.

Wed 20th June 2018 10:26 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
19/6/18 - I shall only be using my Actinic trap for a couple of weeks, (construction works in the garden making using the MV slightly impractical), so numbers and species will no doubt be much reduced.  Last night no surprise therefore to catch only 35 moths (17 macro, 18 micro) of 21 spp. including two FFYs, a Small China-mark (Cataclysta lemnata) and a Large Fruit-tree Tortrix (Archips podana).
Tue 19th June 2018 19:00 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 19th June
A light rain shower sometime during the night did not appear to affect numbers. 308 moths - 242 macros of 54 species. Eyed and Small elephant hawkmoth finally arrived on my plot as FFGs and after a long absence my second Leopard (2008) and Figure of eighty(2007) were the highlights. 66 micros of 23 species so far. D.forficella, P. conwagana, C.phragmitella, Large fruit tree tortrix(female), Small china mark. 3 more micro species with help from Paul Wilkins, thank you.Delplaqueia dilutella, Crassa unitella, Dichromorpha alpiana.
Tue 19th June 2018 14:29 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR - 18th June.
I ran a 125w MV Skinner at Netherclay until 01:00h this morning. 238 moths of 64 species (43 macro, 21 micro). Small Angle Shades, Small China-mark and Pammene aurana were additions to the site list. An example of the attractive Pyralid Rhodophaea formosa was also taken.

Rhodophaea formosa 180618

Rhodophaea formosa

Mon 18th June 2018 14:21 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
A fair night with 48 spp, FFYs included Ghost male, Short-cloaked Moth, Barred Straw, Blue-bordered carpet, Single-dotted Wave, Common and Blotched Emerald, Bee Moth, Brindled Plume, Thistle Ermine, Udea olivalis, Ringed China-mark & Anania coronata
Sun 17th June 2018 22:21 by David Agassiz
Box moth in Weston-super-Mare
Sun 17th June 2018 11:03 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
16/6/18 - A reasonable catch last night, with 83 moths of 41 species, including 7 FFYs - Beautiful Hook-tip, Fan-foot, Plain Golden Y, Rivulet, White Plume Moth, Clay, and Udea prunalis, plus 2 FFG, a Phoenix and a Grey Tortrix a

Monday 08.35 - last evening's round-up produced a further 12 moths, and 2 species. Nothing new.

Sat 16th June 2018 14:40 by Nigel Cottle
Bishops hull garden - 15th June
41 moths of 25 species. FFY: Heart and Club, Cabbage Moth and Scalloped Oak plus my second-ever Timothy Tortrix and Slender Pug (the first of both species being in 2017).
Fri 15th June 2018 19:49 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock Thursday 14/05/18
A little more manageable 169 moths of 49 species.  FFG was Epagoge grotiana (1).  FFY were : Eucosma cana (1) ; Notocelia trimaculana (1) ; Buff Arches (1) ; Dwarf Cream Wave (1) ; Green Pug (1) ; Mottled Beauty (1) ; Uncertain (1) ; Double Line (3) Small Square-spot (1) and Green Silverlines (1) .  Numerically the Ermines win hands down, with 43 Buff and 13 White.  Others : Poplar Hawk Moth (1) ; Privet Hawk Moth (1) ; Treble Brown-spot (6) ; Sharp angled Peacock (2) ; Broom Moth (4) .
Fri 15th June 2018 13:58 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
14/6/18 - A fresh and slightly breezy night, so fewer moths in the traps this morning - 69 of 31 species, including FFYs Smoky Wainscot and Short-cloaked Moth, plus FFGs Buff Arches, Beautiful Golden Y and Green Silver-lines (only my second-ever personal record, the previous one in 2006 in Lydford).
Fri 15th June 2018 10:27 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 14/6/18
29 species in the trap here in Middlezoy this morning:

Foxglove Pug, Garden Pebble, Buff Ermine, Willow Beauty, Garden Carpet, Celpyha striana, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Heart and Dart, Burnished Brass, Minor agg, Cinnabar, Lilac Beauty, Heart and Club, Buff-tip, Common Wave, Large Yellow Underwing, Clouded Border, Poplar Hawkmoth, Eyed Hawkmoth, Flame Shoulder, Dark Arches, Treble Brown Spot, Snout, Common Marbled Carpet, Common Wainscot, Dwarf Cream Wave, Phycitodes binaevella, Hedya ochroleucana, Eucosma campoliliana.

Thu 14th June 2018 15:09 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
A much quieter night with only 139 macros of 37 species. Highlight was a Red Necked Footman which was only my third ever and first since 2007.
Speaking To Robin Clatworthy recently we both commented on the lack of pug moths around in the South of the county. I don't know what it's like elsewhere but I am only seeing one or two per session which seems much quieter than normal.
Thu 14th June 2018 12:16 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington 13/06/2018
On Tuesday night I caught 256 moths of 59 species! Highlights were: 1 Rhodophaea formosa, 14 Elephant Hawk-moth, 1 White Ermine, 1 Clouded Border, 1 Common White Wave, 1 Coronet, 2 Peppered Moth, 1 Clouded Silver, 3 Green Pug, 2 Ingrailed Clay, 1 Buff-tip, 1 Blood-vein, 2 Small Fan-foot, 1 Lychnis, 1 Poplar Kitten, 1 Small Angle Shades, 1 Beautiful Hook-tip, 1 Treble Brown Spot, 1 Green Oak Tortrix, 1 Sycamore, 1 Common Lutestring, and 1 Buff Arches.
Wed 13th June 2018 22:45 by Chris Iles
Slender Pug
Slender Pug 13062018

Emerged today - collected with sallow catkins at Great Elm in April.  The catkins were at least three weeks later than last year, but the moth emerged pretty much at the same time.

Wed 13th June 2018 18:17 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull area - 13th june
An interesting and quite varied day today:

1. Red-belted and Currant Clearwing to lure at Upcott and Turners Allotments respectively.

2. Mullein larvae at Silk Mills LNR.

3. A Psyche casta larval case on a metal fence post.

4. What I think (having consulted the UKMoths and websites and the excellent Langmaid et al (2018)) is a Coleophora badiipennella case on elm sp. - anybody think different, please let me know.

Mullein 130618


Psyche casta 130618

Psyche casta

Coleophora badiipennella 130618

Coleophora badiipennella

Wed 13th June 2018 10:14 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull garden - night of 12th june
47 moths of 29 species (20 macro, nine micro). FFY: Riband Wave, Shoulder-striped Wainscot and Mottled Rustic.

The micros included a Teleiodes vulgella pair in cop.

Teleiodes vulgella 120618

Tue 12th June 2018 21:42 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock Saturday 09/06/2018
284 moths of 77 species - came as something of a shock.  60 were FFY !  I won't bore you with the whole list but the highlights were : Poplar Hawk Moth (2) ; Privet Hawk Moth (1) ; Small Elephant Hawk Moth (1) Treble Brown - spot (3) ; Blood Vein (1) ; May High Flyer (1) Narrow-winged Pug (1) ; Scorched Wing (9) ; Engrailed (1) ; Barred Red (1) ; Lobster Moth (5) ; Orange Footman (6) ; Burnished Brass (1) ; Brown Rustic (2) ; Ingrailed Clay (6) ; Green Arches (1).  While I was away in Scotland Paul Wilkins Kindly identified by dissection a micro netted in the garden here on 21 May. It turned out to be Hysterphora maculosana, rare in Somerset.  While walking the dogs on Great Hill in the Quantocks on Sunday morning I saw a Male Clouded Buff.
Tue 12th June 2018 18:38 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset 10th June
A FFY stray Small Angle Shades last night raised the tally to 142 moths of 49 species. Still to record Angle Shades though.
Tue 12th June 2018 09:40 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
11/6/18 - A similar catch to 2 nights previously, just over the 100 mark, but only 34 species.  FFYs were Angle Shades, Barred Yellow and Mottled Rustic, and one FFG, a Cyclamen Tortrix (C.spectrana).  The most numerous were Heart & Darts (25) and assorted Minors (18).  Not very exciting, unless you're another H & D or Minor.
Mon 11th June 2018 20:28 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 10th June
340 macros of 65 spp. FFG were Orange and 4 spotted footman, Beautiful carpet and Dogs tooth. Thankful that Ian posted before me as I was very pleased with 8 hawkmoths but alas only 3 species -Elephant, Poplar and Lime. 6 species must have been pretty special i would have loved my G'sons to have seen that. So far 20 micro species identified with about another 20 to go so I might make the 100 species for the first time.FFGs so far Nettle-tap, Eucosma campoliliana.
Mon 11th June 2018 17:50 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Another good night, with 142 moths of 48 species. FFY were Clepsis consimilana, Celypha striana, Celypha lacunana, Agriphila tristella, Garden Pebble, Gold Triangle (2), Flame Carpet (2), Toadflax Pug (2), Mottled Pug, Grey Pug (2), Scorched Wing, Willow Beauty, Buff-tip, Dot Moth, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Poplar Grey, The Coronet and The Uncertain.They bring the species count for this year to 100.
Mon 11th June 2018 12:35 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Best night of the year so far with 275 macros of 60 individuals. This includes a tentative identification of my first ever Round Winged Muslin.
I also had 6 species of Hawk moth for probably the first time ever. Privet, Poplar, Lime and Elephant were joined by Eyed and Small Elephant making their debuts for the year.
The decent weather for the last few weeks has speeded up what had been a slow year and a Slender Pug was my 150th macro species of the year. This is now 8 days faster than average and the second earliest time I have reached that number with it only coming up quicker in 2011 when it came on June 3rd.
I also may have had a European Corn Borer in the trap but didn't pot it up initially and when I went back to check it had flown away. I do not trust my Pyralid id skills enough to confirm the record.
Sun 10th June 2018 15:48 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull - night of 9th June
T Min 13.6°C. 54 moths of 30 species (18 macro, 12 micro).

FFY: Treble Brown Spot, Barred Yellow, Burnished Brass and Spectacle.

FFG: Cochylis nana.

Sun 10th June 2018 12:12 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
9/6/18 - numbers back down again with a bit of a bump last night, with 96 moths of 36 species, including 7 FFYs, Thistle Ermine, Common Wainscot, Mottled Beauty (2), Codling Moth, Light Arches, Bright-line Brown Eye, and Gold Triangle.  A few more to be added this evening after the dusk round-up, so will almost certainly pass the 100 mark. 13 more moths, 2 more species, no more FFYs

Sat 9th June 2018 17:14 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset 7th June
An update to my earlier posting - three strays found later in the day, bringing the total to 108 moths of 48 species. FFY was Cyclamen Tortrix, only my second record.
Sat 9th June 2018 10:47 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Best night of the year so far with 210 macros of 49 species. The best records for me were my first 2 Clouded Brindles since 2010 and my first Pretty Chalk Carpet since 2013. I also had 3 Cream Spot Tigers, a moth I have only ever recorded as singletons before.
It is interesting looking at the changing distribution of Tiger moths. In the first 8 years of recording in my garden the scores were Garden Tiger 94 - Cream Spot 5. In the last 8 years Cream Spot lead by 11 to 5. With Scarlet and Jersey Tiger the change is even more pronounced. Scarlet led Jersey by 40 to 1 in the first 8 years but since then I have recorded 113 Jerseys to just 21 Scarlets.
Fri 8th June 2018 18:43 by Nigel Cottle
Bishops Hull - night of 7th June
FFY: Brussels Lace.

FFG: Bactra lancealana and Rhopobota naevana (Holly Tortrix).

Fri 8th June 2018 17:58 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
At last the floodgates opened up last night - 105 moths of 47 species! FFY were Cydia splendana, Chrysoteuchia culmella, Scoparia ambigualis, Eudonia lacustrata, Eudonia angustea (2), Udea olivalis (2), Blood-vein, Riband Wave, Silver-ground Carpet, Pine Carpet, May Highflyer, Sharp-angled Peacock (2), Clouded Silver (3), Poplar Hawk-moth, Pale Tussock, Heart And Club (earliest record by two days), The Flame (4), Large Yellow Underwing (second earliest record), Ingrailed Clay (2), Setaceous Hebrew Character, Mouse Moth, Marbled Minor agg.,Middle-barred Minor (3), Pale Mottled Willow, Marbled White Spot, Green Silver-lines, The Spectacle, Straw Dot (3) and The Snout. Also of interest were 16 Elephant Hawk-Moths, my highest count.
Fri 8th June 2018 14:54 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
7/6/18 - Curious, in that I didn't feel that it was very much warmer than the night of 5/6, but the moths clearly thought otherwise, and came out in goodly numbers. (Maybe the wind had dropped).  So far, 168 of 46 species, including 11 FFYs, Elephant Hawkmoth (3), Riband Wave (2 of each form), Pale Prominent, Chrysoteuchia culmella, Willow Beauty, Bramble Shoot Moth, Snout (2), Dark Arches, Sandy Carpet, Plum Tortrix (Hedya pruniana), and Eudonia lacustrata, plus 3 FFG, Pretty Chalk Carpet, and Eudonias pallida and delunella.  I expect a few more escapees this evening.

p.m. 8/6 Escapee report - an additional 17 moths, and 2 species, including another FFG, a Cypress Carpet.

Fri 8th June 2018 14:42 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
195 moths last night with 47 macro species plus 16 (and counting) micros with one NFG. Showing the benefit of setting and staying at the trap before nightfall I boxed the 'rare and very local' Telechrysis tripuncta near the trap. Many thanks to James McGill for confirmation. I also successfully assembled a Scarlet Tiger having had three females from larvae collected. Other FFY were: Sandy Carpet, Fan-foot, Barred Yellow (2), Sharp-angled Peacock, Cypress Carpet, Maiden's Blush, Elephant Hawk, Double Square-spot, Flame Carpet, Common Wave - micros to come...

Telechrysis tripuncta 2018
Telechrysis tripuncta
Thu 7th June 2018 14:08 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Wood
Trapped in Butleigh Wood last night, very different population, with commonest being Mottled Beauty, Ingrailed Clay and Light Emerald, with over 10 of each, Small Phoenix and Coxcomb Prominent , FFYs Coronet, Small Fanfoot, Common Lutestring, 2 fresh Green Oak Tortrix and a Tinea semifulvella
Wed 6th June 2018 20:32 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
Tried out a new pheromone trap today with MYO lure. Garden is next to an old Orchard...3 Red-belted Clearings in the trap by 5 pm! 0379 52.011 Red-belted Clearwing SD18
Wed 6th June 2018 11:32 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
5/6/18 - a cold night produced a much smaller catch than the last one - just 41 moths, 18 species, with no FFYs. Never mind, eh?
Tue 5th June 2018 16:44 by Nigel Cottle
Staple Park Wood – night of 4th June.
I trapped at Staple Park Wood until 02:15h this morning. 373 moths of 84 species (66 macro & 18 micro).

Macros: Common Swift, Gold Swift, Scalloped Hook-tip, Peach Blossom, Figure of Eighty, Common Lutestring, Poplar Hawkmoth, Elephant Hawkmoth, Mocha, Maiden's Blush, Flame Carpet, Silver-ground Carpet, Spruce Carpet, Broken-barred Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet, Green Carpet, Water Carpet, Devon Carpet, Blomer's Rivulet, Rivulet, Clouded Border, Sharp-angled Peacock, Tawny-barred Angle, Brown Silver-line, Scorched Wing, Brimstone Moth, Lunar Thorn, Scalloped Hazel, Peppered Moth, Square Spot, Common White Wave, White-pinion Spotted, Clouded Silver, Light Emerald, Little Emerald, Lobster Moth, Marbled Brown, Iron Prominent, Pebble Prominent, Swallow Prominent, Pale Prominent, Coxcomb Prominent, Straw Dot, Pale Tussock, Buff Ermine, White Ermine, Orange Footman, Small Fan-foot, Silver Y, Beautiful Golden Y, Plain Golden Y, Marbled White Spot, Nut-tree Tussock, Alder Moth, Coronet, Treble Lines, Angle Shades, Middle-barred Minor, Pale-shouldered Brocade, Flame, Flame Shoulder, Ingrailed Clay, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Scarce Silver-lines, Green Silver-lines and Marbled Minor agg.

Micros: Incurvaria praelatella, Caloptilia alchimiella, Prays fraxinella, Ptycholoma lecheana, Syndemis musculana, Acleris forsskaleana, Celypha lacunana, Bactra lancealana, Ancylis mitterbacheriana, Epinotia tedella, Notocelia cynosbatella, Pammene fasciana, Cryptoblabes bistriga, Dioryctria abietella, Udea olivalis, Eudonia angustea, Acentria ephemerella and Cataclysta lemnata.

Tue 5th June 2018 11:31 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
Lots of FFYs and a couple of Silver Ys and Diamond-backs. Highlight FFYs- a lovely fresh Green Silver-lines, Scorched Carpet, Silver-ground and Clouded Silver Carpets, Light Emeralds, Cream-spot Tiger and Privet Hawk-moth.

2422 74.008 Green Silver-lines SD18

Mon 4th June 2018 22:11 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
What a difference a few days make! 124 moths of 61 species (46 macro) the FFY 'highlights' being: Marbled White Spot, Small Fan-foot, May Highflyer, Treble Brown Spot, Scorched Carpet, Grey Pug (3), Clouded-bordered Brindle, Brown China-mark, Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix, Nematopogon swammerdamella (2) and Tinea semifulvella.
Mon 4th June 2018 11:28 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
3/6/18 - it's getting steadily better (or harder to deal with) each time.  Last night 85 moths, 37 species, including 7 FFYs - Spectacle (2), Light Brown Apple Moth, Treble Lines, Sharp-angled Peacock (2), Pandemis cerasana, Small Fan-foot and a surprisingly badly-worn Clouded-bordered Brindle, plus one FFG, an Alder Moth.

There will as usual be a few escapees to round up this evening, and add to the total.

11.00 pm The round-up produced a further 28 moths, and 2 species, a Common White Wave, and another FFG., a Figure of Eighty.  Worth staying up for !!

Mon 4th June 2018 10:46 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 3/6/18
42 species in the moth trap this morning, numbers and diversity starting to finally build up!

Highlights were: Elephant Hawkmoth, Foxglove Pug, Burnished Brass, Carcina quercana, Common White Wave, Lime-speck Pug, White Ermine, Cream-spot Tiger, Dagger sp, Gold Spot, Pale Tussock, Diamond-back, Clouded Silver, Flame Shoulder, Purple-bar, Nutmeg, Beautiful China-mark, Tinea semifulvella.

Sun 3rd June 2018 16:57 by Pam Campbell
Hodderscombe Lodge garden
Friday nights moth saw 6 FFY . A total of 90 miths of 26 species . The largest number was 29 Brown Silver - lines and 10 White Ermine . The ffys were Small Square Spot , Shears , Clouded Silver , Clouded Border , Straw Dot and first hawkmoth , a Poplar Hawkmoth .  Numbers down last night at 42 moths of 17 species . Largest number were 12 Treble Lines . I have been enjoying seeing Silver Ys on flowers during the day and especially at dusk .
Sun 3rd June 2018 16:22 by Chris Iles
Kilmersdon, 1 June 2018
This Fox Moth was the best find of a night trapping at Kilmersdon cutting on Friday night - quite some way from other known sites. 

Fox Moth 01062018

Sun 3rd June 2018 16:10 by Nigel Cottle
Draycott Sleights & stoke camp - 3rd June
Prior to today's BC Somerset & Bristol Branch field meeting to Stoke Camp I went for a walk around Draycott Sleights where three Wood Tiger were seen. Otherwise the day was fairly quiet moth-wise with Crambus perlella, Cydia ulicetana, Yellow Shell, Burnet Companion and plenty of Silver Y on the wing.

Wood Tiger 030618

Wood Tiger

Sat 2nd June 2018 17:56 by Nigel Cottle
Bishops Hull - night of 1st June
33 moths of 21 species (18 macro, three micro). FFY: Light Emerald, Sycamore and Setaceous Hebrew Character. FFG: Enarmonia formosana (Cherry Bark Tortrix).

Enarmonia formosana 010618

Enarmonia formosana

Sat 2nd June 2018 14:09 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
1/6/18 - another gradual improvement in numbers, up to 57, of 30 species, with maybe a few escapees to find this evening.  8 FFYs were Silver Y (3), Buff-tip, Straw Dot (2), Middle-barred Minor, Mottled Rustic, Large YU, Brussels Lace, and Eucosma cana. plus a FFG, an Iron Prominent.

p.m. 2/6 Just 3 more moths, no more species.

Fri 1st June 2018 13:34 by Pam Campbell
Hodderscombe Lodge garden
Night of the 30 th May . 62 moths of 24 species with 4 FFY - Common Marbled Carpet , Maiden's Blush , Pale Prominent , Buff Tip . Last night just 35 moths of 17 species with 3 FFY - Coxcomb Prominent , Tawny or Rufous Minor and a lovely Cream - spot Tiger . One other nice moth was a large female Fox Moth .
Fri 1st June 2018 09:00 by Nigel Cottle
Bishops Hull - night of Wed 30th May
58 moths of 31 species (25 macro, six micro). Several FFY’s: C. culmella, Green Pug, Willow Beauty, Peach Blossom, Dark Arches, Coronet and Middle-barred Minor.

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