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current posts

Tue 21st May 2019 12:32 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton and Mortree, Normandy
It's not just here that numbers are down. I trapped for the last 4 nights - 3 in lush, rural Normandy and last night here at Pen Elm. The three nights in Normandy yielded a miserable 22 moths in total, of 18 species and no micros! The highlight a Black-veined Moth. Last night was a little better here with 25 moths of 13 species - 7 FFY were: Pale Tussock, Mocha, Treble Lines, Scalloped Hazel, Heart and Dart, Codling and Eudonia angustea (2).
Tue 21st May 2019 08:54 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
20/5/19 - still no improvement - 7 singletons last night, Brimstone Moth, Knot-grass, Muslin Moth, Common Pug, Swallow Prominent, and 2 FFYs, Treble Lines and Heart & Dart.  6 more May Bugs, but no earwigs.
Sun 19th May 2019 18:05 by Nigel Cottle
Fry's Hill
Today I co-led the BC Somerset & Bristol Branch field meeting to Fry’s Hill. There was plenty of moth interest with at least nine Thisanotia chrysonuchella being the highlight. Also recorded: Glyphipterix simpliciella, Alabonia geoffrella, Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, Cydia ulicetana, Crambus lathoniellus, Cream Wave, Common Wave, Common Carpet, White-pinion Spotted, Light Emerald and Burnet Companion.

Thisanotia chrysonuchella 190519

Thisanotia chrysonuchella

Sun 19th May 2019 11:49 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
18/5/19 - another poor night, even though it was a fair bit milder.  Just 5 singletons, Flame Shoulder, Least Black Arches, plus 3 FFYs, Knot Grass, Common Marbled Carpet and White Ermine.  Even the Hebrew Characters stayed away.  2 May Bugs, 2 small Caddises and an Earwig made up the sum total of livestock.
Sun 19th May 2019 07:31 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 19th May
Another cloudy evening followed by clear skies at midnight. 32 moths, 9 species. FFG was Light feathered rustic. Count dominated by Treble lines (18) only Mocha and Vines rustic different from last week.

My numbers for the first half of May are very similar to last year, 2018 -13,5,6,10 species, 2019 -8,11,9. Last week of May into June .....28,41,48,66 species....better things to come?

Sat 18th May 2019 14:26 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR
Several Dyseriocrania subpurpurella blister mines on Pedunculate Oak at Netherclay today - the first site record.

Dyseriocrania subpurpurella 180519

Sat 18th May 2019 14:17 by Ian Mathieson
Simon, I have been experiencing similar low numbers to you. I thought last night was looking reasonably good but by midnight there was a full moon and clear skies. The result this morning was just 7 moths. I have not got into double figures for a fortnight. I hope it is just the cold nights and clear skies that is keeping the numbers down and the slightly better mothing weather forecast for next week will see numbers improve.
I have had to drive past your village a number of times this month in the early hours and have been struck by the lack of moths on the levels. In better times I love seeing huge numbers of moths as I drive between Westonzoyland and Langport. There may be a problem but I do not think it is with your trap!
Sat 18th May 2019 10:29 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 17/5/19
Shockingly low numbers in the trap last night, only 6 moths of 5 species! Am slightly baffled as to why the catch was so low. The weather seemed ok and I am pretty sure my trap is working ok. Anyone else getting low numbers?

Treble Lines, Vine's Rustic, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Flame Shoulder, Cochylis atricapitana.

Fri 17th May 2019 20:32 by Tim Howard
A stray rounded up this evening was another FFY : Clouded Border.  Also, I have heard back from Paul Wilkins re two Micro's sent for ID confirmation. Epinotia immundana caught on 22April and Hysterophora maculosana hand netted on 10 May while flying around bluebells (the moth that is, not me).  Many thanks, as ever to Paul for his efforts and expertise. Both of the micro's were new for the garden.
Fri 17th May 2019 14:29 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 16/05/2019
47 moths of 17 species. Three FFY : Green Carpet (1) ; Larch Pug (1) and Lychnis (1). Others were: Poplar Hawk Moth (2) ; Spruce Carpet (1) ; Common Pug (12) ; Brown Silverline (1) ; Brimstone Moth (1) ; Scalloped Hazel (2) ; Great Prominent (1) ; White Ermine (1) ; Muslin Moth (1) ; Treble Lines (16) ; Hebrew Character (1) ; Shuttle-shaped Dart (1) ; Flame Shoulder (2) and Least Black Arches (1)
Fri 17th May 2019 14:09 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
16/5/19 - still not much in the way of numbers, just 5 singletons last night - Hebrew Character, Waved Umber, Least Black Arches, FFY Coxcomb Prominent and FFG Scalloped Hazel, plus 3 more May Bugs and a large Caddis.
Thu 16th May 2019 15:38 by Nigel Cottle
buckland wood 16th may. Part II.
I came across several Agonopterix liturosa larval spinnings on St. John's Wort sp. during my wanderings around Buckland Wood. Few Somerset records by the look of it.

Agonopterix liturosa 160519

Thu 16th May 2019 15:34 by Nigel Cottle
buckland wood 16th may
Several common moth species on the wing at Buckland Wood this lunchtime:

Micropterix calthella, Glyphipterix fuscoviridella, Ancylis badiana, Cydia ulicetana, Grapholita jungiella, Pyrausta purpuralis, Crambus lathoniellus, Silver-ground Carpet and Burnet Companion.

Ancylis badiana 160519

Ancylis badiana

Wed 15th May 2019 15:37 by Nigel Cottle
Kingston St Mary Garden
I ran a 125w MV Skinner until 00:45h this morning.

61 moths of 24 species (19 macro, five micro):

Nematopogon metaxella, Tachystola acroxantha, Depressaria daucella, Alucita hexadactyla, Epiphyas postvittana, Lime Hawkmoth, Mocha, Green Carpet, Small White Wave, Rivulet, Sandy Carpet, V-Pug, Oak-tree Pug, Common Pug, Scorched Carpet, Brimstone Moth, Scalloped Hazel, Waved Umber, Pale Tussock, White Ermine, Nut-tree Tussock, Treble Lines, Flame Shoulder and Marbled Minor agg.

Wed 15th May 2019 09:40 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
14/5/19 - Yet another poor night, with just 11 moths of 7 species.  However, there were three FFYs - Mocha, Pale Tussock and Poplar Hawkmoth.  Only 3 May Bugs this time, plus an Earwig and a large Caddis.  Variety, if not numbers.
Wed 15th May 2019 08:08 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington 15/05/2019
Only 40 moths of 14 species last night. Flame Shoulder, Shuttle-shaped Dart (5), Brimstone Moth (3), Common Pug (4), Light Brown Apple Moth (16), Garden Carpet, Muslin Moth, Tachystola acroxantha (3), Buff-tip, Least Black Arches, Buff Ermine, Swallow Prominent, Double-striped Pug, and Mottled Pug. Also 18 Cockchafers.
Tue 14th May 2019 08:56 by Steve Pilkington
Looking at the recent reports this must count as a half decent haul. 22 moths 16 species in two traps. Lime hawkmoth, Angle Shades, Knot grass, Hebrew character, Treble lines(4), Brindled pug, Flame shoulder, Shuttle shaped dart(2), Common swift(2), Muslin, Setaceous Hebrew character, Purple bar, Garden carpet, Common marbled carpet, Silver ground carpet and a solitary micro Psuedoswammerdamia combinella which was new for here when I first trapped it in Apri.l
Mon 13th May 2019 19:04 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 12/05/2019 min temp 7.9c
Things are picking up here. I netted Micropterix calthella and Cauchas rufimitrella in the garden during the afternoon and the traps produced 39 moths of 18 species.  FFY were : Poplar Hawk Moth(1) ; Small Elephant Hawk Moth (1) ; Rivulet (2) ; Great Prominent (1) ; Pale Tussock (1) ; White Ermine (1) and Pale-shouldered Brocade (1).  Top score was shared between Treble Lines (11) and Maybugs. Also of note in the trap a Black Sexton Beetle.
Mon 13th May 2019 17:51 by Paul Newman
Barrington Court (Nat.Trust) Nature Event 28th to 30th May
Following on from my previous request (8/4/19) for some volunteers to man a stall for SMG at this year's event, I am sorry to have to say that I have to date had only one positive response.  If no-one else is prepared to help the Group, it will mean that we have no representation at this event for the first time, which will be a great pity.  If anyone feels that they can help out, even if only for one day (or more !!), or at a pinch, a half-day, please let me know a.s.a.p. so that I can contact those involved.

For more information, or to offer your time, you can reach me on 01749 838624, or e-mail me at

Many thanks in advance.

Mon 13th May 2019 09:21 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
12/5/19 - pretty dire here too Jane, with just 13 moths, 6 species, and nothing new.  It comes to something when there are more May Bugs (6) than Hebrew Characters (5) !!
Mon 13th May 2019 08:44 by Jane Durham
Minehead Sun 12
Not one!  Where are they all?  Up your end of the county by the look of things
Sat 11th May 2019 20:10 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock.10/05/2019 32 moths of 13 species. One FFG : Toadflax Pug (1). A further four FFY : Silver-ground Carpet (1) ; Common Marbled Carpet (2) ; Brown Silverline (1) and Treble Lines (3). Others included Small Phoenix (1) ; Brindled Beauty (2) ; Muslin Moth (4) -having a good year , and a late Clouded Drab.  …………………….11/05/2019 Day flying in the garden this afternoon : Esperia sulphurella (1) ; Pyrausta aurata (3) and a Hummingbird Hawk Moth
Sat 11th May 2019 10:01 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
10/5/19 - Yet another poor night, although not quite as dire as the last two trappings (4 and 2 moths respectively).  This time, 14 moths of 8 species, including FFY Nutmeg and Shuttle-shaped Dart.  Better than nowt.
Mon 6th May 2019 18:24 by Jenny Vickers
Rodden Nature Reserve, Frome 06/05/2019
I went searching for the cocoons of Bucculatrix cristatella on Yarrow leaves at my local nature reserve near Frome today with some success (2 cocoons). It appears to be a good record for the county and is designated as Nationally Scarce B so definitely one to look out for. 14.001 Bucculatrix cristatella

14.001 Bucculatrix cristatella cocoon on Yarrow leaves

Mon 6th May 2019 14:12 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 05/05/2019 4.1c
A similar result here, Paul. A last minute decision to put out the traps having seen that the wind had dropped. Just 19 Moths of 5 species. One FFY : Scalloped Hazel (1).  Muslin Moth (10) made up the majority of the rest , with Double-striped Pug (1) ; Hebrew Character (6) and Shuttle-shaped Dart (1) as supporting Cast.
Mon 6th May 2019 09:34 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
5/5/19 - hardly worth the effort - just 4 Hebrew Characters and a FFY Swallow Prominent.  Well, it was cold, but I thought not too much so.  Never mind, eh?
Fri 3rd May 2019 15:54 by Nigel Cottle
Buckland Wood
Chilly and overcast conditions at Buckland Wood today but a few micros were on the wing:

Glyphipterix fuscoviridella, Grapholita jungiella, Cydia ulicetana, Pyrausta purpuralis and Micropterix calthella.

Glyphipterix fuscoviridella 030519

Glyphipterix fuscoviridella

Grapholita jungiella 030519

Grapholita jungiella

Thu 2nd May 2019 13:09 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
1/5/19 - a poor result for last night's trapping.  Only 13 moths, of four species, with nothing new.  Oh well, try again n a day or so.
Thu 2nd May 2019 10:52 by Paul Bowyer
Weston Moths
A noticeable increase in moths whilst bug hunting recently. Several colonies of Adela reaumurella seen around Weston. Luffia ferchaultella seems to be frequent on street trees and had the first one for the garden last month on the house wall. Merveille du Jour caterpillar found on Oak and nearby Acrocercops brongniardella on the wing in Weston Woods plus a couple of Figure of Eight larvae on Hawthorn at Sand Point.

Figure-of-Eight caterpillar

Figure of Eight

Merveille du Jour caterpillar

Merveille du Jour

Wed 1st May 2019 21:03 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
Only 43 moths of 23 species from two traps, a Pebble Prominent and Poplar Hawk the only FFY macros. Two welcome FFY micros were Cochylis atricapitana and Esperia sulphurella my first 'live' specimen - I found my only other record floating in the water butt earlier in the year.

Cochylis atricapitana 2019

Cochylis atricapitana

Esperia sulphurella 2019

Esperia sulphurella
Wed 1st May 2019 14:47 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR
Netherclay LNR this lunchtime. The magical sight of 100+ Adela reaumurella dancing around an Oak, one Small Yellow Underwing and a Coleophora serratella larval case on Birch.

Adela reaumurella 010501

Adela reaumurella

Coleophora serratella 010519

Coleophora serratella

Wed 1st May 2019 14:18 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR. Night of 30th April.
I ran a 125w MV Skinner until 01:30h this morning. 72 moths of 27 species (25 macro, two micro). Agonopterix alstromeriana, Elachista rufocinerea, Mocha, Common Carpet, Streamer, Green Carpet, Double-striped Pug, V-Pug, Brindled Pug, Oak-tree Pug, Common Pug, Seraphim, Clouded Border, Scorched Carpet, Brimstone Moth, Brindled Beauty, Waved Umber, Engrailed, Pebble Prominent, Pale Prominent, Nut-tree Tussock, Common Quaker, Powdered Quaker, Hebrew Character, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Flame Shoulder and Least Black Arches.

Elachista rufocinerea and Streamer were the first site records.

Elachista rufocinerea 300419

Elachista rufocinerea

Wed 1st May 2019 12:42 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Surprisingly low numbers last night as it seemed a reasonable night. A Lobster Moth and Pale Tussock were my only firsts for the year but an appropriate appearance was made by my first May Bugs.
Wed 1st May 2019 10:38 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 30/4/19
Slight increase in numbers but still low and yet to get going here in Middlezoy. 11 species last night:

Waved Umber, Early Grey, Swallow Prominent, Hebrew Character, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Muslin, Brimstone, Tachystola acroxantha, Turnip, Clouded Drab, Mottled Pug.


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