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current posts

Sat 27th October 2018 09:24 by Sue Davies
Fri am Tree House Garden
Just singles of LYUW, Black Rustic, Beaded Chestnut, Epirrita agg. Straw Dot, Eudonia angustea and a Vestal....morning winter! Vestal and Straw Dot SD18
Fri 26th October 2018 18:55 by Paul Newman
Merveille du Jour
Thanks Chris - this is one of my favourite moths - such a wonderful camouflage on lichens , but not so effective in an egg-box !!  I was highly delighted to get one here.  I had no idea it had been renamed.
Fri 26th October 2018 18:48 by Chris Iles
Merveille du Jour
Hi Paul - I think it's NF10kmSQ - I have never recorded it locally and not through lack of trying, leaving traps overnight underneath oak-trees. link

Fri 26th October 2018 11:02 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
At last the Clifden Nonpareils have found their way to my garden with a very tatty individual in the trap this morning. For the first time I failed to record a Red Underwing this year so the surprising final score is one nil to the blues.
Fri 26th October 2018 10:57 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
For only 36 moths I had a remarkable 22 species last night. New for the year were Turnip, Red-green Carpet and Winter Moth. Merveille du Jour were the most numerous with 4 and seem to be having a good year here.
Fri 26th October 2018 10:42 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
25/10/18 - Quite an improvement on the last two trappings, in terms of variety if not numbers - 18 moths of 8 species including three FFG - Merveille du Jour, Large Wainscot and Spruce Carpet.  I am fairly sure that the M du J is a FFG, but as the MapMate records for this species at my locations are missing before 2015, and as the distribution map is blank, I can't be absolutely certain.  I know I recorded it at Lydford most if not all of the years from 2005 to 2017, maybe not on all that many occasions, but I can't recall it here in Pylle from 2002 to 2004.  Oh well, I've got it now !!
Wed 24th October 2018 08:48 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
23/10/18 - I tried again after the previous debacle, but last night wasn't a whole lot better after all, even if it was a tad less cold (still a full moon, which didn't help).  Just 8 moths, 4 species, no new ones.  Ah well, early breakfast again.
Tue 23rd October 2018 09:37 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
22/10/18 - well, I wasn't expecting a lot, given the cold, and a nearly full moon, but even so, I was slightly miffed to get absolutely nothing in either trap this morning.  I am not a happy bunny !!
Mon 22nd October 2018 21:32 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 21/10/2018
67 moths of 15 species with a couple of micro's to tie down. Two FFY : December Moth (1) and Brick (1).
Mon 22nd October 2018 16:44 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Just 10 moths of 8 species last night but 4 FFY in the form of Red-green Carpet (4th record in 10 years), Black Rustic, Red-line Quaker (2) and Barred Sallow (2).-
Mon 22nd October 2018 14:13 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 22nd October
Quite a cold night but overcast. 49 moths of 17spp. Two FFG Figure of eight(2) and Red green carpet. Figure of 8 is not an uncommon moth in Somerset but it appears that it has not been recorded in my 10K square since the mid 1990's. Others were Large wainscot, Chestnut, Red and Yellow lined quakers, Beaded chestnut, Acleris sparsana, Clepsis consimilana and Straw dot(2) still hanging on.
Sun 21st October 2018 19:26 by Chris Iles
Ectoedemia quinquella mines
New to me and with very few Somerset records - Ectoedemia quinquella - Colliers Way north of Mells.

Ectoedemia quinquella

Sun 21st October 2018 12:15 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
20/10/18 - another quiet night on the Eastern front.  Just 11 moths again, with a little more variety this time, 7 species, but still nothing new, although there was a second-brood Beautiful Hook-tip, something of a surprise.
Fri 19th October 2018 17:34 by Nigel Cottle
Spoladea recurvalis 19th October
Whilst out walking around the lanes west of Bishops Hull today I came across an example of Spoladea recurvalis. This is the second Somerset record, the first being taken by Robin Clatworthy at Merriott on 1.11.2015. It was quite active and in amongst bramble so the photos aren't great.

Spoladea recurvalis 2 191018

Spoladea recurvalis 1 191018

Fri 19th October 2018 15:51 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Snap here, Paul! Having not trapped since late August for holiday and other reasons, I was keen to get going again last night. It did turn out cool though, with clear skies, with the result that I had 11 moths of 8 species. FFY were Dark Marbled Carpet (my latest record), November Moth agg., Feathered Thorn, Beaded Chestnut (4) and Lunar Underwing. At least it didn't take long to sort through them!

In the garden today I had my third Hummingbird Hawk-Moth sighting of the week (twice in the rain).

Fri 19th October 2018 15:45 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
It must have got colder than I had expected last night, as there were just 11 moths, all in the MV trap.  8 November Moth agg., 2 Beaded Chestnuts and a Black Rustic.  Quite poor really.  Still, the dog got an early walk.
Thu 18th October 2018 10:35 by Paul Bowyer
Weston Moths
On night of 16th October I recorded a Blair's Mocha from my garden trap in Milton, Weston-super-Mare. Quite a small moth with forewing length 12mm. Last weekend I picked up some London Plane leaves with the large blister mines of Phyllonorycter platani which is new for Weston.

Blair's Mocha 16-10-18

Blair's Mocha

Thu 18th October 2018 08:48 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
I was just letting my dog out for her final pee last night, when I spotted a small dead moth on the floor of the porch.  It was a FFG Vestal, quite a surprise. I presume it came in the previous night's trapping, but may have just got into the house some other way.  Apart from a few Silver Ys (which I consider as a resident as much as a migrant), this is possibly my first migrant of the year.  They seem to go to other people's traps, don't tney, Tim and Ian ?
Wed 17th October 2018 19:50 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock
142 moths of 25 species. The theme of the night was immigrants - and I'm not talking Brexit !  Two FFG were : Delicate (1) and L-Album Wainscot (1). FFY was Vestal (1). Dark Swordgrass (1) made up the boatload.  Of the rest, Feathered Thorn (3) ; Red-line Quaker (3) ;Yellow-line Quaker (29) ; Lunar Underwing (8) ; Chestnut (10) ; Merveille du Jour (6) ; Black Rustic (20) and a single (perhaps the last?) Setaceous Hebrew Character. The only micro was a Garden Rose Tortrix.
Wed 17th October 2018 18:12 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
73 moths of 30 species with four FFY, a Gem being the pick, plus Yellow-line Quaker (4), Rusty-dot Pearl and Brick. Other moths of interest were: Mallow, Chestnut, Dark Chestnut, Merveille du Jour (3), Heart and Dart, Green-brindled Crescent (3), Red-line Quaker, Silver Y, Mother of Pearl and Plutella porrectella. The highest scorer was Beaded Chestnut with 7 just shading out the LYU and November Moth agg. with 6 apiece.
Wed 17th October 2018 18:02 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
16/10/18 - 74 moths of 20 species last night, but again, nothing new.  November Moth agg. (24) far and away the most numerous, and 13 Beaded Chestnuts next. Lunar UW (3) nearly done it seems.  A very late female Small China-mark appeared, and a very fresh (presumably) second-brood Buff Footman, which I was so surprised to see that I asked Robin Clatworthy to confirm it !!  There's no mention of a second brood for this or other Footmans that I can find, so this must be quite a rare event.  (Not quite in the class of a Radford's Flame Shoulder, but we can't all aspire to such heights).
Wed 17th October 2018 10:48 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
A bit of migrant activity with a Vestal, November moth and Beaded Chestnuts the commonest, with LYUW still in good numbers, 1 Lesser Yellow Underwing, Lunar Underwing almost disappeared. First appearance of Red-line Quaker, Red-green Carpet, Merveille du Jour, Feathered Thorn and a surprise second brood Beautiful Hook-tip. Micros - Carcina Quercana and a Tachystola acroxantha, Acleris variegana and LBAMs. 21 spp in all.
Tue 16th October 2018 20:18 by Chris Iles
Website issue
I think the problem we have been having with displaying maps is also affecting the "What's on the wing tonight" feature.  Surely Common Marbled Carpet should be on it this week, and near the top too?
Tue 16th October 2018 09:25 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Lots of good moths last night including a possible Radford's Flame Shoulder. Everything about it looks right but I still need confirmation. This is possibly a Somerset first although lots have been reported a few miles south on the coast. Other migrants were 2 more Vestals, a Delicate, Silver Y and Gem as well as 2 Palpita Vitrealis or the more accessibly named Olive-tree Pearl.
I have since had the Id confirmed by Robin Clatworthy. According to this website it would appear to be the first somerset record.Radford's Flame Shoulder
Mon 15th October 2018 10:59 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
14/10/18 - well, it wasn't supposed to rain last night, so the forecasters said - what do they know?  Not a lot, I suspect.  Clearly enough rain and wind to keep the moths at home anyway.  Just 19 in the traps this morning, of 9 species, with nothing new.  November Moth agg.  the most numerous (5), and only one Lunar UW this time.
Sun 14th October 2018 19:33 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Despite the strong winds and heavy rain it was so mild that I had to put a trap out after a few nights off. I was rewarded with 120 macros of 21 species with 40 Black Rustics being the most numerous.
Three Vestals on the outside of the trap was a good start and I then found another 3 inside. These were my first of the year and all had dark cross bands suggesting migration from Northern Europe. They were joined by my first Gem of the year as well as a Silver Y and Dark Sword Grass.
Other Firsts for the year were Large Wainscot, Blair's Shoulder Knot and Brick.
October is proving to be a very productive month and I have already recorded more moths than in any October since 2005.
Sun 14th October 2018 09:47 by Paul Bowyer
Sand Point moths
Ancylosis oblitella

Ancylosis oblitella

I ran a single MV trap last night at Sand Point for 3 hours recording 30 species:

  • Green Brindled Crescent
  • Ancylosis oblitella
  • Black Rustic
  • Square-spot Rustic
  • Lesser Yellow Underwing
  • Silver Y
  • Common Marbled Carpet
  • Shuttle-shaped Dart
  • Large Yellow Underwing
  • Gold Triangle
  • Figure of Eight
  • Lunar Underwing
  • Large Wainscot
  • Beaded Chestnut
  • Angle Shades
  • Acleris rhombana
  • Willow Beauty
  • Setaceous Hebrew Character
  • Endotrichia flammelais
  • Feathered Ranunculus
  • Brick
  • Delicate x3
  • Red-green Carpet
  • L-album Wainscot x9
  • Scarce Bordered Straw x1
  • Turnip x4
  • Pale Mottled Willow
  • Feathered thorn
  • Phyllonorycter messaniella x1
Sat 13th October 2018 09:39 by Nigel Cottle
Oleander Hawkmoth
Oleander Hawkmoth in Burnham-on-Sea on 27th September.

Sat 13th October 2018 09:37 by Paul Bowyer
Brean Down 10th October
Dave Nevitt, Rich Andrews and myself trapped at Brean Down for 8 hours recording 59 species on 10th October. NB Ian Clemmett is the new contact for Brean Down taking over from Mark Courtiour. The following were recorded:

  • Barred Sallow
  • Green Brindled Crescent
  • Black Rustic
  • Square-spot Rustic
  • Lesser Yellow Underwing
  • Brown-tail
  • Rush Veneer
  • Light Brown Apple Moth
  • Silver Y
  • Common Marbled Carpet
  • Shuttle-shaped Dart
  • Coptotriche marginea
  • Carcina quercana
  • Large Yellow Underwing
  • Swallowtailed Moth
  • Straw Dot
  • Gold Triangle
  • Figure of Eight
  • Lunar Underwing
  • Large Wainscot
  • Autumnal Rustic
  • Light Emerald
  • Beaded Chestnut
  • Angle Shades
  • Red-line Quaker
  • Double-striped Pug
  • Acleris rhombana
  • Willow Beauty
  • Diamond-back moth
  • Setaceous Hebrew Character
  • Hypsopygia glaucinalis
  • Feathered Ranunculus
  • Garden Carpet
  • Pandemis cerasana
  • Snout
  • Flounced Chestnut
  • Brick
  • Delicate x2
  • Sallow
  • Eudonia angustea
  • Rusty Dot Pearl
  • Red-green Carpet
  • L-album Wainscot
  • Scarce Bordered Straw x1
  • Dark Chestnut
  • Turnip
  • Yellow-tail
  • Box-tree Moth
  • Shore Wainscot
  • Dark Sword-grass
  • Mallow
  • Mecyna asinalis
  • Crocidosema plebejana
  • Common Wainscot
  • Yellow-line Quaker
  • Satellite
  • Spruce Carpet
  • Mullein Wave
  • Pale Mottled Willow
Thu 11th October 2018 19:58 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
79 moths of 25 species with two FFY, Blair's Shoulder-knot (4) and Red-line Quaker. Other moths of interest were: Crocidosema plebejana, Barred Sallow (20), Cypress Pug (2), Cypress Carpet, Chestnut and a (second brood?) Mother of Pearl.
Thu 11th October 2018 11:47 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
10/10/18 - quite a reasonable catch last night, 85 moths of 24 species, including FFY Yellow-line Quaker and Feathered Thorn, and FFG Ypsolopha sequella.  Again, several very late/second-brood species, e.g. Rosy Rustic, Common Wainscot (very fresh), Archips podana, Carcina quercana and Angle Shades (2).  Lunar UW beginning to reduce in numbers, with just 16, and the other fairly numerous ones were Large YU (9), Beaded Chestnut (9), and November Moth agg. (11).
Thu 11th October 2018 11:26 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 10/10/18
Having not trapped for a long time in my garden due to being away and busy with work I was excited to trap last night due to the warm weather. I was even holding out a slim hope for a migrant or two due to the origin of the warm air. No migrants unfortunately but 14 species and a few stunners made me happy:

Common Marbled Carpet, Lunar Underwing, Angle Shades, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Beaded Chestnut, Large Yellow Underwing, Black Rustic, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Green-brindled Crescent, Straw Dot, Willow Beauty, Blair's Shoulder Knot, Mallow, Merveille du Jour.

Thu 11th October 2018 10:14 by Nigel Cottle
Bishops Hull garden. night of 10th October
I joined the Cydalima perspectalis (Box-tree Moth) club last night. Some indication of immigration with three each Silver Y and Dark Sword-grass.

Box-tree Moth 101018

Cydalima perspectalis

Thu 11th October 2018 09:10 by Robert Souter
Tatworth, South Somerset
A second Clifden Nonpareil in a week. A different individual as it didn't have a bald head! A good night with a total of 20 species including Black Rustic, Merveille du Jour, Beaded Chestnut, Spruce Carpet, Red-green Carpet.
Tue 9th October 2018 20:35 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 08/10/2018
144 moths of 32 species. There were three FFY : Green-brindled Crescent (1) ; Blair's Shoulder-knot (1) and Large Ranunculus (1). Of the rest, Pine Carpet (3) ; Grey Pine Carpet (2) ; Spruce Carpet (3), yet another Clifden nonpareil (the fourth in the last month) , Barred Sallow (5) ; Yellow-lined Quaker (16) ; Lunar Underwing (31 - down from 141 six days ago) ; Brindled Green (1) and Black Rustic (17).
Tue 9th October 2018 20:17 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
A really good mix of Autumnal moths last night with four different 'Sallows' including one new one for me, a Dusky-lemon Sallow (NFG), many thanks to James McGill for confirming. Among the 80 moths of 24 species I had Barred Sallow (22 - a record!), Green-brindled Crescent (FFY), Brindled Green, Pink-barred Sallow (FFY), Sallow, November Moth agg. (FFY), Merveille du Jour (FFY), Black Rustic (3), Carcina quercana (2 - FFY) and a Red-barred Tortrix. Beaded Chestnuts (15) have now overtaken the Lunar Underwings (9).
Tue 9th October 2018 10:35 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
8/10/18 - back to normal last night - 72 moths of 18 species, including FFY November Moth agg (6), and FFG Red-line Quaker (2).  Also a (? possibly 3rd. generation ?) Mocha, plus late individuals of Brimstone Moth, Pale Mottled Willow, Angle Shades and Straw Dot.  I suspect that the hot summer may be having some sort of ongoing effect and be producing some unusually extended flight seasons.  Food for thought.  Lunar UW still the commonest (21) and Beaded Chestnuts (10) next in number.
Sun 7th October 2018 21:25 by John Bebbington
Second brood Yellow-tail?
To my surprise I had a male Yellow-tail Euproctis similis on the bedroom window on Friday evening and another different individual in the house this evening.
I have never heard of this species having a (partial) second brood.
Sun 7th October 2018 10:21 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
6/10/18 - what a difference a few degrees make - quite cold last night, so only 14 moths, all in the MV trap.  8 Lunar UW, 4 Beaded Chestnuts and one each Black Rusric and Brown-spot Pinion. Also a couple of Craneflies and Caddises.  Early breakfast this morning!
Sat 6th October 2018 14:45 by Robert Souter
Tatworth, South Somerset
Clifden Nonpareil in MV Skinner trap. My first. 12 species in total including Sallow and Frosted Orange, November moth agg.
Sat 6th October 2018 13:29 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 6th October
Decent night as it stayed overcast and the rain held off until about 7.30am.

179 moths of 32 species. FFG were Scarce silver lines, Flounced chestnut and Acleris sparsana. Others were second generation Yellow tail, Light emerald and Gold spot. Others - Pinion streaked snout, Mottled rustic, Brick, Large ranunculus, Broad bordered yellow underwing, Large wainscot(2) and Green brindled crescent. Late last September I had my first L-album wainscots, two singles within few days of each other - possibly a recapture? A few days later Peter Gawthorpe trapped one in the centre of Cheddar. These were the first for our 10 K square and the first 'in land' for VC6. But this year -5 days ago I trapped 2 but last night I had 9, so it looks like these might be established near here.

Fri 5th October 2018 20:40 by John Bebbington
Ivy Blossom
It's worth looking at Ivy blossom at the moment - it is very attractive to a good range of moths (and slugs, snails, woodlice, millipedes, earwigs and craneflies) at night and this morning there were several specimens of the Ivy Bee Colletes hederae nectaring on our local hedgerow.
Ivy Bee Langport
Ivy Bee (Colletes hederae) nectaring.
The strong stripes and the presence of pollen brushes rather than pollen baskets are diagnostic in the female.
Fri 5th October 2018 17:15 by Sue Davies
Butleigh lane
Lots of 15.032 Parornix finitimella at various stages on Blackthorn. the Larvae shows the characteristic black ringed fore-legs 0308 15.032 Parornix finitimella Mine on Blackthorn 0308 15.032 Parornix finitimella larva
Fri 5th October 2018 11:48 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
4/10/18 - a very similar catch to the last one (2/10) - 100 moths of 15 species, including FFY Green-brindled Crescent (2) and FFG Blair's Shoulder-knot (3).  Lunar UW (49) Black Rustic (10), Large YU (10), Beaded Chestnut (9), and Barred Sallow (5) the most numerous, and only two micros, a second-brood Clepsis consimilana and a Eudonia angustea.
Fri 5th October 2018 10:50 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
In spite of the mild still night, not much here, just 14 spp. Majority Lunar UW and Beaded Chestnut, and seasonal expecteds plus a very fresh Ruby Tiger, Common Wainscot and Acleris variegana.
Thu 4th October 2018 19:40 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 03/10/2018
A mild night plus the wind finally dropping resulted in 256 moths of 27 species. The star of the show was another Clifden Nonpareil which came in at 2130 and settled inside the trap after 10 minutes of frantic indecision. There were three FFY : November Moth agg (1) ; Red-line Quaker (1) and Yellow-line Quaker (5). Plenty of variety this time, with : Pine Carpet (1) ; Red-green Carpet (2) ; Light Emerald (2) ; Straw Dot (2) ; Frosted Orange (1) ; Pink-barred Sallow (1) ; Flounced Chestnut (4) ; Beaded Chestnut (24) Satellite (1) ; Black Rustic (19) ; Antler Moth (1) and Dark Swordgrass (1). Numerically, nothing came close to Lunar Underwing (141).
Wed 3rd October 2018 18:59 by Jenny Vickers
Rodden Nature Reserve, Frome
I was really pleased to finally find the mine of Stigmella aceris on Field Maple at my local nature reserve on the outskirts of Frome today. As far as I can tell from the BC distribution maps and our website, it's a new species for VC6. I've been looking for it for a couple of years now so persistence sometimes pays off!

4.012 Stigmella aceris

4.012 Stigmella aceris mine on Field Maple.

Wed 3rd October 2018 16:41 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
My best night for a while with 192 macros and 28 species. Unlike elsewhere Lunar Underwings were not particularly numerous with just 23. The biggest scorers were still large Yellow (48) and Setacious (27) with a good showing from Black Rustics on 22.
New for the year were Yellow Lined Quaker and Sallow.
Migrants consisted of a single European Corn Borer whilst a tiny Beautiful Hook Tip was an unusual second generation moth.
Wed 3rd October 2018 13:28 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
2/10/18 - the slightly milder night produced 97 moths, but still little variety, just 14 species, and nothing new.  As elsewhere, Lunar UW (50) and Large YU (18) made up the bulk of the total, and there was a beautiful fresh second-brood Burnished Brass, and another Cypress Carpet.
Wed 3rd October 2018 10:40 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
A promising mild and cloudy night produced 125 moths of 28 species with Mallow (FFY), Chestnut (FFY and earliest record), Large Ranunculus (FFY) and Pine Carpet being the pick of the bunch. Lunar Underwing (53), LYU (17) and Common Marbled Carpet (11) being the three highest scorers.
Wed 3rd October 2018 08:19 by Steve Pilkington
Wednesday 3rd October Cocklake
86 moths 14 species. Mostly SHC and Lunar UWs(66). Others Black rustic, Green brindled crescent, L-album wainscot(2), Barred sallow(2), Sallow, Beaded chestnut(4), Lesser YU, Shuttle shaped dart, Turnip, Brimstone, LYU(4) and Gold triangle.
Tue 2nd October 2018 09:07 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
1/10/18 - The Lunars are on the move - 51 out of a total of 71 moths last night, but still little variety, just 9 species in all, no new ones.

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