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current posts

Thu 28th February 2019 19:50 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
25 moths on a very damp and misty night, only four species but my first February Small Quaker (7 and FFY).
Thu 28th February 2019 15:48 by Paul Newman
Thanks Nigel, I'll give it a go
Thu 28th February 2019 15:34 by Nigel Cottle
Hummingbird Hawkmoth
A Hummingbird Hawk on the wing in Bishops Hull this afternoon.

Also just seen a Twitter report of one in a garden at Wadeford nr. Chard last weekend (precise date not given).

Thu 28th February 2019 10:00 by Nigel Cottle
Our new CMR is doing an excellent job with a temporary fix for the blank maps issue. Thanks Chris.

Go to: Home > A-Z Page Index > Distribution Maps (Temporary Page)

Thu 28th February 2019 09:06 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
27/2/19 - another large catch last night, 82 moths, but again little variety, only 6 species.  53 Common Quakers, 22 Hebrew Characters, 3 Clouded Drabs, 1 Dotted Border, and FFYs, Small (1) and Twin-spotted (2) Quakers.

The distribution map for the Twin-spotted Q is completely blank, soanother one to be sorted.

Wed 27th February 2019 21:01 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock Tuesday 26/02/2019
Despite the temperature dropping to 5c a good catch. 64 moths of 15 species. FFY were : Ypsolopha mucronella (1) ; Diurnia fagella (1) ; Shoulder Stripe (1) ; Early Grey (2) ; Clouded Drab (3) ; Small Quaker (9) and Twin-spotted Quaker (1). The rest comprised : Acleris literana (1) ; Mottled Grey (1) ; March Moth (4) ; Oak Beauty (6) ; Dotted Border (2) ; Chestnut (7) ; Common Quaker (22) and Hebrew Character (2).  Confirmation from Paul Wilkins that the micro trapped on 12/02 was a male Acleris ferrugana - a FFG.
Tue 26th February 2019 09:50 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
25/2/19 - Quite an astonishing number of Common Quakers last night, 74 between the two traps. (I hve never before recorded more than 10 in one night, until this month).  Others were 10 Hebrew Characters, singles of Early Moth, March Moth, Pale Brindled Beauty and Dark Chestnut, plus 2 FFY Clouded Drabs.  Late breakfast this morning.
Sun 24th February 2019 10:10 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
23/2/19 - well, that's more like it !!  63 moths , but actually little variety, as there were only 5 species - 44 Common Quakers (eat your heart out, Chris), plus 11 Hebrew Characters, 4 March Moths, 3 Dotted Borders, and a FFY Dotted Chestnut. 

6.20 pm 24/2 Another Common Quaker just landed on my head from the porch light - presumably went a.w.o.l. this morning when I was rounding up last night's catch.  It didn't hurt (either of us !!)

Sat 23rd February 2019 22:36 by Chris Iles
Holcombe, 23 February 2019
7 Common Quakers, 2 Hebrew Characters and a Small Quaker.  All remarkably early - I have only had a handful of February records of the first two, and have never had Small Quaker in the garden before in March, never mind February.
Sat 23rd February 2019 10:46 by Nigel Cottle
Humming-bird Hawk-moth
Just had a email from John Andrews in which he mentions that he had a Hummingbird Hawk feeding on Viburnum in his Chilton Trinity garden yesterday 22nd Feb.
Fri 22nd February 2019 15:37 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 21/02/2019
19 moths of 9 species : Acleris literana (1) ; Early Thorn (1) ; March Moth (2) ; Brindled Beauty (1) ; Oak Beauty (1) ; Dotted Border (5) ; Chestnut (2) ; Common Quaker (5) and Hebrew Character (1) Late addition, flying around the lounge in the evening, a Mottled Grey.
Fri 22nd February 2019 10:23 by Nigel Parsons
Berkley Marsh, Frome - 15th and 16th February
Apologies for the late posting. On Friday 15th I found 5 micros flying at dusk in my wooden shed - all turning out to be Agonopterix heracliana. The trap produced only 6 moths, but included a FFY and only the second record for this site, Ypsolopha mucronella. On Saturday 16th there were 11 moths in the trap but of 9 species which included 3 FFY, Common Quaker, Hebrew Character and Grey Shoulder-knot.
Fri 22nd February 2019 08:52 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
21/2/19 - finally into double figures last night, but only just.  12 moths of 5 species, 8 Common Quakers and singles of Hebrew Character, Pale Brindled Beauty, Depressaria daucella and FFY March Moth.  Things are looking up.
Thu 21st February 2019 14:10 by Dave Nevitt
Stone Allerton
Good cloud cover last night resulted in a better catch of 23 of 7sp including Depressaria daucella, Pale Pinion, Shoulder Stripe and first Clouded Drab of the year.
Thu 21st February 2019 14:02 by John Bebbington
Langport, VC6, 21 February 2019
My first record of Duponchelia fovealis in the house yesterday. We have bought house plantd from 3 different sources, one in Devon, over the last month, so I have no idea where it originated! It has been too flighty to photograph so far.
Thu 21st February 2019 10:20 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
13 macros last night made up mainly of Common Quakers and Hebrew Characters but amongst them was a very welcome Small Mottled Willow. I have seen that they've been recorded on the coast in small numbers this year but wasn't expecting one here. I missed out on it last year and the last time I recorded it in February in 2004 it was the first of a good number of migrants.
Thu 21st February 2019 09:20 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull. night of 20th Feb.
Just two Common Quaker and an Early Grey - the latter my earliest record by some 18 days.
Wed 20th February 2019 09:00 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
19/2/19 - Just 2 FFY Common Quakers last night, Still awaiting the effects of milder nights - maybe when the moon wanes things will look up.
Tue 19th February 2019 18:10 by Chris Iles
Common Quaker
Common Quaker emerged today, from a larva collected last May at Holcombe Wood.

Common Quaker 19022019

Mon 18th February 2019 18:19 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Quercus Ilex mines
Found a mature Holm Oak in the village covered in mines of Ectoedemia heringella, clearly spreading west rapidly. 0036a Ectoedemia heringella SD19
Mon 18th February 2019 13:36 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
My first trap for a while and was rewarded with 16 moths of 7 species: Spring Usher (only my second record), Dotted Border (not seen last year), Oak Beauty, Chestnut (2), Hebrew Character, Common Quaker (9) and Agonopterix heracliana.
Mon 18th February 2019 09:41 by John Bebbington
Jack Astley
Sad news from Bill Urwin - Jack Astley, who was a founder member of SMG, died recently aged 96. His funeral is on Wednesday at Yeovil crematorium at 1:20 pm.
Mon 18th February 2019 08:58 by Paul Bowyer
The Tissue
Yesterday I was in a cave in Cheddar Gorge and discovered 56 Tissue Moths and 7 Herald Moths hibernating. We were looking for Meta menardi and Meta bourneti but only found M.menardi. There were also several interesting Diptera and Hymenoptera too.

Tissue 17th February

The Tissue

Mon 18th February 2019 08:38 by Nigel Cottle
Night of 15/2: Early Moth (1) and Double-striped Pug (1).

Night of 17/2: Common Quaker (4) and Hebrew Character (1).

Sun 17th February 2019 09:41 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
16/2/19 - even more diappointing here, just a solitary Hebrew Character, signing up for the lonely hearts club I suspect.

Sunday 3 p.m.  A slightly dozy queen wasp inside my porch window - it must be getting warmer.  I don't recall finding one this early in the year before.

Sun 17th February 2019 08:43 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
A disappointing night, the clouds rolled away, moon came out and it stayed windy. Just a Dotted Border, 3 Common and 1 small Quakers and Flies! Quakers - Common and Small
Sat 16th February 2019 22:32 by Chris Iles
Ectoedemia heringella
Plenty of Ectoedemia heringella mines on a sapling holm oak near the Bishop's Palace, Wells.  Strangely they ignored the much larger holm oaks on the fringe of Tor Hole Woods on the other side of the road.
Sat 16th February 2019 16:38 by Paul Bowyer
Weston Moths
The Luffia ferchaultella are back on the wall of the Dairy in Locking Rd, Weston-super-Mare after being absent since early summer last year. I counted 257 on 17th February and 425 on 18th February.
Fri 15th February 2019 22:34 by Neale and Emma Mellersh
13.5degrees here at lunch time so out went the trap for first time this year. Its getting cold and the sky is clear So Far we have Spring Usher Agriopis leucophaearia. Its a first for the garden and here is hoping the cloud comes in later in the night.
Fri 15th February 2019 10:39 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
14/2/19 - well, the moths were staying at home with a bottle of red to celebtrate Valentine's Day I think.  Whatever the reason (more likely the low temperature), there were only 2 in the MV trap, a Dotted Border and an Early Moth.
Thu 14th February 2019 09:05 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
A bit of a surprise last evening, there were 3 more moths in my porch window, which must have escaped from the previous night's trapping when I was looking the other way.  Another Dotted Border, another Hebrew Character and an Acleris cristana, only my second record.  Yotal now 7 of 5 species.
Thu 14th February 2019 08:22 by Nigel Parsons
Berkley Marsh, Frome - 12th February
A second visit to Berkley Marsh this year and another opportunity to put the moth trap out. The previous effort produced only 3 moths (Dark Chestnut, Angle Shades and Mottled Umber on 11th Jan) but Tues. 12th Feb provided an unexpected but welcome 21 moths (all but 4 outside the trap) of 9 species - Satellite 1, Hebrew Character 1, Early Moth 9, Dark Chestnut 1, Pale Brindled Beauty 2, Spring Usher 1 (first since 2012), Dotted Border 3, Chestnut 2 and the only micro, Agonopterix hericliana agg. 1. Tomorrow and Saturday look promising so hoping for a few more moths before returning to Middlesex.
Wed 13th February 2019 18:29 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 12/02/2019 min temp 6.5c
12 moths of 9 species. All, bar Chestnut, FFY. Agonopterix heracliana (2) ; Tortricodes alternella (1) ; March Moth (1) ; Pale Brindled Beauty (1) ; Dotted Border (1) ; Chestnut (3) ; Grey Shoulder Knot (1) and Satellite (1).  The final species is probably either Acleris ferrugana or A.notana. One for Paul Wilkins and his scalpel.
Wed 13th February 2019 15:22 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
4 moths here as well. Unsurprisingly 3/4 of them were firsts for the year. Common Quaker, Early Moth and Satellite were the firsts with a Chestnut completing the total. Early Moth was welcome as I missed out on it here last year.
Wed 13th February 2019 10:13 by Dave Nevitt
Stone Allerton
Six moths on a warmer night last night. 3 Early Moth, 2 Common Quaker and a Chestnut. Roll on the spring !
Wed 13th February 2019 09:56 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
12/2/19 - at last, some moths.  Only four, but that's twice as many as in the first 6 weeks of the year together.

Dotted Border, Early Moth, Pale Brindled Beauty and Hebrew Character.  It's a start.

Tue 12th February 2019 21:27 by Jenny Vickers
Rodden Nature Reserve, Frome 11/02/2019
Yesterday I spent an hour or so looking for early stages of micro moths on my local nature reserve on the outskirts of Frome. One of my target species was Bucculatrix nigricomella which is found on Oxeye Daisy. I eventually found a couple of mines and this larva preparing to pupate.

Bucculatrix nigricomella JV 2019

14.002 Bucculatrix nigricomella larva on Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

Other early stages found were Coptotriche marginea mine on Bramble and feeding signs and silken web of Carcina quercana on both Bramble and Pendunculate Oak.

Tue 12th February 2019 09:39 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
The first trapping for 3 weeks - still no moths.  To be fair it was cold enough for a slight frost.  Tonight's forecast looks more promising - I'll try again.
Fri 8th February 2019 17:49 by Ian Mathieson
Norton Sub Hamdon Annual Review
With moths at a premium I have had time to complete my 2018 records. I have a crude method of rating the year based on number of species recorded and the abundance of some of the most common. Although my method is flawed it does give a result that I can generally agree with.
I have been trapping in my garden for 16 years now and my base score is my first year here in 2003 with a rating of 100. The 2018 rating was 86 making it my 11th best year.
For anybody interested the top 5 years were
  • 2004 with a rating of 122
  • 2006......................117
  • 2005......................109
  • 2009......................108
  • 2010......................105

  • The worst 5 years have been
    • 2007.......................48
    • 2016.......................68
    • 2012.......................71
    • 2013.......................81
    • 2008.......................83[.

  • I don't know if it proves anything but it is concerning that there does appear to be a downward trend.
Wed 6th February 2019 00:04 by Chris Iles
Holcombe, 5 February 2019.
Pale Brindled Beauty 05022019

Pale Brindled Beauty at house lights this evening.  Surprisingly, it appears to be new for the 10km square.


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