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Fri 31st May 2019 20:28 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 30/05/2019 min temp 14c
213 moths of 66 species (includes 2 Coleophora sp. still to ID) 20FFY :Agapeta hamana (1) ; Aethes cnicana (1) ; Celypha lacunana (2) ; Hedya pruniana (1) ; Eudonia angustea (1) ; Crambus pascuella (2) ; Lime-speck Pug (1) ; Grey Pug (3) ; Barred Umber (2) ; Sharp-angled Peacock (2) ; Willow Beauty (1) ; Little Emerald (1) ; Burnished Brass (1) ; Coronet (1) ; Rustic (1) ; Small Angle Shades (1) ; a very early Rosy Minor ; Ingrailed Clay (2) and LYU (1)…….missed out Chinese Character (1).
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Fri 31st May 2019 18:59 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
Certainly the best night of the year so far for me with 138 moths of 61 species. The best was a pristine Alder Kitten (NFG). Too many FFY (31) to list but the highlights were: Figure of Eighty, Broken-barred Carpet, Treble Bar, Buff Tip (not seen last year), Gold Spot, Rivulet, Poplar Kitten, Elephant Hawkmoth (only the second hawk of the year), Phycitodes binaevella, Argyresthia cupressella (2), Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, Eupoecilia angustana, Pseudoswammerdamia combinella, Syndemis musculana and a Tinea trinotella.

Alder Kitten 2019
Alder Kitten
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Fri 31st May 2019 15:14 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
The forecast suggested that last night would be the best trapping night of the year so far and it proved to be correct. It's a bit churlish to complain after the string of single figure catches earlier in the month but despite it being the best night numbers were still a bit lower than expected. It may not have been helped by a Great Tit that got itself stuck in the trap.
162 individuals of 40 species with no particular highlight.There were 9 firsts for the year including Peppered Moth, Lime speck Pug and Maiden's Blush. Most numerous were Heart and Dart with 40 and 33 Treble Lines. Weight wise the bulk of the catch came from 62 May Bugs.
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Fri 31st May 2019 10:53 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
30/5/19 - A marked improvement on recent trappings (at last) with 50 moths, 22 species.  Eleven FFYs were Eyed Hawkmoth, Small Elephant Hawkmoth, Small Square-spot, Dark Arches (3), Setaceous Hebrew Character (4), Clouded Silver (3), Broken-barred Carpet (2), Vine's Rustic, Celypha lacunana (2), Water Veneer (Acentria ephemerella), and a Scoparia/Eudonia (to be confirmed (if and when I can catch it later !!).
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Thu 30th May 2019 11:01 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 29/5/19
Finally some moths! I can relax now! Thanks for the message of support Ian.

Had 33 species in the trap this morning:

Treble Brown Spot, Small Dusty Wave, Pale Tussock, Mottled Pug, Lime-speck Pug, Yellow-barred Brindle, Willow Beauty, Cream-spot Tiger, Minor sp, Light Brown Apple Moth, Udea olivalis, Heart and Dart, Flame Shoulder, Treble Lines, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Garden Pebble, Waved Umber, Silver Y, Bright-line Brown-eye, Common Swift, Pyrausta aurata, Agapeta hamana, Common Marbled Carpet, Clouded Border, Oak Hook-tip, Cochylis atricapitana, Sharp-angled Peacock, Cypress-tip Moth, Monopis crocicapitella, Nephopterix angustella, Rhodophae formosa, Hedya pruniana, Freyer's Pug.

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Mon 27th May 2019 09:37 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
26/5/19 - yet another dire catch.  This time only 10 moths.  The bright side is that there wre 3 FFYs - Plum Tortrix (H. pruniana), Small Magpie and Mottled Pug, plus one FFG, a Light Brocade.
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Sun 26th May 2019 20:13 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 25/05/2019 min temp 12.2c
Worth getting up at 0430.  199 moths of 57 species. FFG : Ypsolopha nemorella (1).  FFY : Diamond-back Moth (2) ; Syndemis musculana (1) ; Fox Moth (1) ; Mocha (2) ; Garden Carpet (2) ; Foxglove Pug (1) ; Mottled Pug (3) ; Scorched Wing (3) ; Peppered Moth (2) ; Lobster Moth (1) ; Marbled Brown (1) ; Swallow Prominent (1) ; Buff Ermine (6) ; Cinnebar (10) ; Spectacle (1) ; Marbled White Spot (2) ; Clouded-bordered Brindle (1) ; Marbled Minor agg (1) and Flame (1).  A supporting cast that included Elephant Hawk Moth (6) ;Lead Belle (1) ; Toadflax Pug (1) ; Buff-tip (2).  Oh - and 7 maybugs.
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Sun 26th May 2019 14:17 by Nigel Cottle
King's Cliff Wood
I trapped at KCW until 01:30h this morning. 167 moths of 55 species (47 macro, eight micro): Pseudoswammerdamia combinella, Ptycholoma lecheana, Eulia ministrana, Agapeta hamana, Celypha lacunana, Dichrorampha acuminatana, Thistle Ermine, Scoparia ambigualis, Oak Hook-tip, Lime Hawkmoth, Mocha, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Silver-ground Carpet, Common Carpet, Small Phoenix, Common Marbled Carpet, Green Carpet, Devon Carpet, Small White Wave, Rivulet, Small Rivulet, V-Pug, Oak-tree Pug, Common Pug, Seraphim, Clouded Border, Scorched Carpet, Brown Silver-line, Scorched Wing, Brimstone Moth, Scalloped Hazel, Brindled Beauty, Waved Umber, Engrailed, Common White Wave, Clouded Silver, Marbled Brown, Lunar Marbled Brown, Iron Prominent, Pebble Prominent, Swallow Prominent, Coxcomb Prominent, Chocolate-tip, Pale Tussock, White Ermine, Cream-spot Tiger, Orange Footman, Nut-tree Tussock, Treble Lines, Hebrew Character, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Flame, Flame Shoulder, Ingrailed Clay and Dark Dagger/Grey Dagger.

Ptycholoma lecheana 250519

Ptycholoma lecheana

Eulia ministran 250519

Eulia ministrana

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Sun 26th May 2019 13:04 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
Tried out a lure in pheromone trap for Grapholita Lobarzewskii on our fence next to old cider orchard. 4 in it this morning plus a Pammene albuginana male, thanks to Paul Wilkins for gen.det 49.356 BF1249 Grapholita lobarzewskii SD19 49.365 BF1229Pammene albuginana SD19
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Sat 25th May 2019 11:53 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
Improving here too but still slow. Managed 32spp last night with lots of FFYs Commonest spp in order were Orange Footman, Treble Lines, Common Swift and Vine's Rustic. First Poplar HM, Turnip, Com.Wainscot, Scorched Wing, Clouded Border, Willow Beauty, Mottled Rustic, Mottled Pug. Micros, Thistle and White Ermine and nice specimen of Ephestia unicolorella.
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Sat 25th May 2019 11:42 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
24/5/19 - better, but not quite up to standard for the end of May, by a long chalk.  26 moths of 17 species, including 9 FFYs, Common Swift (2), Cinnabar, Clouded-bordered Brindle, Light Emerald, Peppered Moth, Sharp-angled Peacock, Buff-tip, Dog's Tooth, and a very early Heart & Club.  No micros again, and only one May Bug, plus a Green-bodied Clearwing (very pretty).
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Sat 25th May 2019 10:20 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 25th May
162 moths 42 species so far, 4 micros in the 'too difficult at the moment' box. FFG Seraphin. Treble lines(25) Heart and dart(17),Setaceous hebrew character(26) dominated. Poplar hawk(2) Buff tip Light emerald(2) Clouded silver Mottled beauty Willow beauty Comon swift(5) Mottled pug(3) White pinion spotted(2) Orange footman Pale mottled willow Ingrailed clay Pebble prominent(2) Garden pebble(3) Notocelia trimaculana Heyda pruniana Light brown apple Celypha lacuana.
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Fri 24th May 2019 20:00 by Sue Davies
Canada Farm this afternoon
A lovely couple of hours with 3 Argent and Sable, a Sharp- angled Peacock and Scoparia subfusca and a couple of ?tortrix 70.120 BF1787 Argent and Sable Rheumaptera hastata SD19
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Fri 24th May 2019 19:46 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Things are picking up here this week at last. 28 species on Monday, 11 species on Wednesday and 42 macro species last night of 94 individuals. The best moths of the week have been an Obscure Wainscot, Cream Wave and a Dusky Brocade none of which are annuals. Lots of common regulars back last night including Large Yellow Underwing, Dark Arches, Common Wainscot and Elephant Hawk Moth. It also included a tardy Hebrew Character, a combination of moths I've probably never recorded before.
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Fri 24th May 2019 19:10 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 23/05/19 min temp 11.1c
Wind gusting to 20mph so only one trap used and tucked in behind the now fully in leaf Beech hedge.  Success !  112 moths of 27 species ( one micro still to ID ) FFG : Clouded Buff (1) ; FFY: Pseudoswammerdamia combinella (1) ; Teleiopsis diffinis (1) ; Orthotaenia undulana (1) ; Thistle ermine (1) ; Udea olivaris (1) ; Treble Brown Spot (1) ; Lead Belle (1) ; Yellow-barred Brindle (2) ; Buff-tip (1) ; Shoulder-striped Wainscott (16) ; Broom Moth (1) ; Bright-line Brown-line (1) ; Heart and Dart (3) ; Small Square-spot (2) and Setaceous Hebrew Character (1).  Good numbers of Silver-ground Carpet (7) ; Brown Silverline (12) and Treble Lines (42).  And I nearly didn't bother!
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Fri 24th May 2019 15:58 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
I ran two traps (MV and actinic) and attracted an improving 66 moths of 35 species. 16 FFY included: Grey Pug (3), Cinnabar (2), Sandy Carpet, Orange Footman, Spotted Shoot Moth, Plumb Tortrix and Plumb Fruit Moth
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Fri 24th May 2019 09:46 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull
Night of 23/5.

23 moths of 15 species including the first Large Yellow Underwing of the year.

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Fri 24th May 2019 08:29 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 24th May
First Scarlet tiger emerged in the garden this morning.
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Thu 23rd May 2019 10:06 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
22/5/19 - A slight improvement, but still poor.  15 moths, 9 species.  FFYs were Spectacle, Marbled Minor agg., & V-Pug.  May Bugs (8) still doing well, even if the moths aren't.

11.30 am Just found a FFY Monopis weaverella in my porch window - last year I only had second-generation specimens in Aug/Sept.

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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 yet heavily wooded, 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 (6), Scalloped Hazel, Heart and Dart, Codling and Eudonia angustea (2).
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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.
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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

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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.
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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?

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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

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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!
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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.

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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.
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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)
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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.
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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

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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

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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 pingramnewman@gmail.com

Many thanks in advance.

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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) !!
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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
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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
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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.
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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

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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.
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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?
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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

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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.
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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

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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
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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

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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

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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.
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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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