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current posts

Wed 31st July 2019 20:44 by Chris Iles
Metalampra italica
Fluttering around the carport this evening.  Only a recent arrival in the county.

Metalampra italica 31072019

Wed 31st July 2019 20:30 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
What seem like a fairly unpromising night turned out better than expected with two FFG macros amongst the 50 species: Crescent and Slender Brindle. Both at first sight looked like more common species in the ealy morning haze. I also had a nice Agapeta zoegana, Copper Underwing (2), Agriphila tristella (3) and Agriphila selasella all FFY.

Crescent SC19
Crescent Celaena leucostigma

Slender Brindle SC19
Slender Brindle Apamea scolopacina
Wed 31st July 2019 09:17 by Steve Pilkington
A backlog of micros to report from 22nd July to 29th. Most identifications confirmed or made by David Aggasiz, thankyou David. All are FFG - Onocera semirubella, Brachmia blandella, Eulamprotes atrella, Opostega salaciella, Mompha epilobiella, Helcystogramma rufescens, Endothema oblogana, Bucculatrix maritima and Argyresthia goedartella.

The micros peaked on the 25th when I had 41 species which included most of the above. Others of note were second only Catoptria falsella, Calamatropha paludella(3rd record) and Crasa unitella (3rd record).

Wed 31st July 2019 08:06 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 30/7/19
51 species in the trap this morning. Highlights were:

Purple Bar, Garden Pebble, Jersey Tiger, Marbled Beauty, Sharp-angled Peacock, Coronet, Rosy Rustic.

Mon 29th July 2019 10:23 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
28/7/19 - a very quiet night for this time of year.  Just 78 moths of 26 species, including 3 FFYs - Rosy Rustic, Euzophera pinguis and Agriphila tristella (3).  Maybe a few more this evenig, but only a few !

p.m.29/7 a further 10 moths and 4 species, including FFG Least Carpet and FFY Acrobasis advenella.  One more Geometer to determine (it's a bit faded !)

Sun 28th July 2019 16:30 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington 28/07/2019
Caught 208 moths of 56 species last night. Highlights were: Pale Mottled Willow, Gold Triangle, Garden Carpet, Silver Y, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Small Clouded Brindle (3), Cloaked Minor, Dingy Footman, Scalloped Oak, Garden Pebble, Early Thorn, Smoky Wainscot (2), Fan-foot, Small Dusty Wave, Mocha (2), Common Carpet, Single-dotted Wave, Knot Grass, Spectacle, Jersey Tiger, Nut-tree Tussock, Currant Pug, Cabbage Moth, Apple Ermine, Elephant Hawk-moth, Peppered Moth, and Oak Nycteoline.
Sun 28th July 2019 08:00 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Having seen the migrants on Atropos and on the Portland Bird Observatory Websites from the previous few nights I was hoping for some exciting moths this morning. The results were slightly disappointing with the only migrant being a Vestal. Not quite in the Small Marbled class but it was a first for the year along with Buff Footman, Flame Carpet and Iron Prominent.
This is the first year I haven't recorded Iron Prominent in the spring and I am yet to record Pale Prominent or Coxcomb Prominent both of which I normally record in both generations. Another common moth I haven't seen this year yet is Cabbage Moth. After recording a peak of 160 of them in 2003 their numbers started dropping and I've seen no more than 3 in each of the last 5 years. Why would such a ubiquitous moth suddenly become so scarce?
Sat 27th July 2019 15:28 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
26/7/190 - An average sort of night this time, with 181 moths of 46 species. including FFYs Lesser Broad-bordered YU, Straw Dot (3), Ringed China-mark and one FFG, a Dusky Sallow. Although this last is actuallly quite common in the County, I have only recorded it once before (in Lydford) in 2015.  Common Rustic agg. (35) and Common Footman (33) the most numerous, and Dingy Footmen now becoming more populous with 11 including one f.stramineola.

p.m. 27/7 A further 29 moths and 4 species, including FFY Scoparia ancipitella, and 9 more Common Footmen.

Sat 27th July 2019 14:37 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
To add to an already amazing year here at Pen Elm I had a Small Marbled last night. Not too much more of real interest out of the 63 species but I did have four FFY: Four-spot Footman, Bordered Beauty, Rosy Minor and Ostrinia nubilalis.

Small Marbled SC2019
Small Marbled, Eublemma parva
Fri 26th July 2019 13:23 by Nigel Cottle
Yponomeuta sp.
Recently there have been a couple of reports of Willow Ermine, Apple Ermine & Orchard Ermine on this page.

Current thinking is that adult Yponomeuta rorella (Willow), Y. padella (Orchard), Y. malinellus (Apple) and Y. cagnagella (Spindle) can only be reliably separated by DNA analysis. Even gen. det. is not conclusive.

The only other way to be sure of what species you have is to find larvae on the foodplant and breed through.

Indeed a comment in the Verification Guidelines for these four species states: "Occupied larval web or bred only"

Fri 26th July 2019 13:04 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock. Monday 22/7
Another huge catch - 773 moths of 110 species. Three FFG : Orchard (1) and Willow (2) Ermines and a Leopard Moth.  FFY : Bird Cherry Ermine (1) ; Apple Ermine (2) ; Carcina quercana (2) ; Nut-bud Moth (1) ; Endotricha flammealis (1) ; Drinker (1) ; Common White Wave (1) ; Large Emerald (1) ; Coxcombe Prominent (1) ; Black Arches (5) ; Garden Tiger (1) ; Rosy Footman (20) ; Buff Footman (2) ; Dingy Footman (3) ; Smokey Wainscot (7). Good numbers of : Agapeta hamana (25) ; Mother of Pearl (40) ; Garden Grass Veneer (112+) ; Common Footman (86) ; Scarce Footman (21) ; Uncertain/Rustic (77) ; Dark Arches (33) ; Heart +Dart (52) ; True Lovers Knot (17) and LYU (27)
Fri 26th July 2019 09:27 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 25/7/19
Less moths in the trap this morning when compared to Tuesday night. 61 species, the highlights:

Magpie, Buff-tip, Nut-tree Tussock, Bordered Beauty, Small Waved Umber, Mocha, Agapeta zoegana, Scalloped Oak, Engrailed, Grapholita janthinana.

14 species weren't caught on Tuesday night, therefore bringing my total from Tuesday and Thursday night to 103 species!

Thu 25th July 2019 17:59 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull. night of 24/7
FFG: Digitivalva pulicariae.

FFY: Dun-bar, Least Yellow Underwing & Copper Underwing.

Wed 24th July 2019 18:22 by Ian Mathieson
Micro Id
Thanks Paul. The trap was placed in the shadow of Birch and Alder so your Id looks spot on. The common name of Bronze Alder Moth is very apt.
Wed 24th July 2019 17:50 by Paul Newman
Ian - looks to me like Argyresthia goedartella, although I am happy to be over-ruled by those more in the know than I am !!  According to Phil. Sterling's book, it flies June to September, is common, has a forewing length of 6mm, and has a gold/brassy appearance. Larval foodplants Birches and Alder. 

To confirm, try sending your photo to Micro Recorder Neale Mellersh e-mail

Wed 24th July 2019 17:23 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Very busy night last night with 688 macros of 80 different species. Surprisingly few highlights other than the sheer numbers in the trap. Best of the lot was Kent Black Arches for the 2nd year in a row with Black Arches, Least Yellow Underwing, Small Rufous, Haworths Pug and Rosy Minor being firsts for the year.
Most numerous were 119 Common Rustics and 109 Large Yellow Underwings.
I also had hundreds of Grass Moths and at least 50 Mother Of Pearl. When I looked at the traps at midnight there were hundreds and hundreds of Apple/Orchard Ermine in and around the trap. Although many had gone by the morning it was still probably the most numerous moth.
I try to ignore the micros as I just don't have the time or the experience but this one caught my eye as it scrabbled around the trap last night looking like a grain of gold. I would be grateful for an Id- perhaps it will persuade me to start doing them properly. Unknown Micro 2
Wed 24th July 2019 11:08 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 23/7/19
Best night ever in the garden last night (and best night of trapping I have ever had anywhere) with 89 species.

Macro highlights:

Latticed Heath, Chinese Character, Ruby Tiger, Dagger, Marbled Green, Dun-bar, Spectacle, True Lovers Knot, Brussels Lace, Early Thorn, Garden Tiger, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Iron Prominent, Pale Prominent, Least Yellow Underwing, Pebble Hook-tip, Crescent, Tawny-barred Angle form nigrofulvata, Scorched Carpet, Lesser Cream Wave, Plain Pug, Small Rufous.

Micro highlights:

Gold Triangle, Anania crocealis, Carcina quercana, Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, Sitochroa palealis, Blastobasis adustella, Lyonetia clerkella, Crassa unitella, Brachmia blandella, Elachista maculicerusella, Cydia splendana.

Wed 24th July 2019 08:43 by Steve Pilkington
I trapped on the 22nd and 23rd Different locations on the plot anticipating the unsettled weather for the next couple;e of days.

22nd - 69 species. Ringed china marks were abundant(20). One FFG was Catoptria falsely. A few FFY - Black arches, Nut tree tussock, Least YU, LBBYU, Oak hooktip, Rosy footman and Ruby tiger.

23rd -63 species so far with about 5 micros to resolve. Delighted to have both Peppered moth and insularia in the same trap. The last time I saw the dark form was on Draycott Sleights with Mike Ridge in 2007 or thereabouts. FFG was a Dot moth - at last and FFY were Small scallop, Small emerald and Small china mark.

Tue 23rd July 2019 20:56 by William Langdon
Higher Vexford Area
Amazed to net another Scarce Light Plume at Willet Hill last night, and then another in the garden this evening - they're evidently about! Other highlights at Willet Hill were Agonopterix assimilella and lots of Trifurcula immundella, both already found here as larvae earlier in the year.
Tue 23rd July 2019 18:42 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Last night I had 261 moths of 40 species, plus a few yet to be checked. FFY were Carnation Tortrix (2), Garden Pebble, Euzophera pinguis, Buff Arches, The Mocha, Common Carpet (2), Peppered Moth, Black Arches, Dingy Footman, Buff Footman, Ruby Tiger (3), Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, The Coronet, Pale Mottled Willow (2) and Nut-tree Tussock. Chrysoteuchia culmella (67) and Heart and Dart (68) are still making up the bulk of the count.
Tue 23rd July 2019 17:26 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull. night of 22nd July
The second garden record of Lesser-spotted Pinion (the first was on 3.8.2015).

FFG: Zelleria hepariella and Batia lunaris.

Batia lunaris 220719

Batia lunaris

Mon 22nd July 2019 22:26 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
89 species from a combination of MV and actinic traps last night. The highlight was a fresh Kent Black Arches (FFG) and Brachmia blandella (2) another FFG - many thanks to James McGill for confirming. Other FFY were: Gem, Small Emerald, Magpie, Dot, Black Arches, LBBYU, Square-spot Rustic, Ruby Tiger, Jersey Tiger, Brown China-mark, Haworth's Pug, Water Veneer, Matiella fusca, Agapeta hamana, Calamotropha paludella, Endotricha flammealis, Acrobasis advenella, Crassa unitella and Garden Pebble. 

Kent Black Arches SC19
Kent Black Arches Meganola albula. (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Brachmia blandella SC19
Brachmia blandella. (Fabricius, 1798)

Chris, I had a Lesser-spotted Pinion here on 15th July 2016 and as you could expect (Pen Elm) there are plenty of elm around this location and probably the most common tree species.
Mon 22nd July 2019 20:30 by John Bebbington
Langport, 19 July 2019
My second L-album Wainscot oof the year plus FFG Grey Arches on Friday night. First Jersey Tiger of the year last night.

Yesterday we had 14 Humming-bird Hawk-moth larvae on our Bedstraw plants but this morning the two largest had been caught and devoured by spiders so the remaining 12 are now safely boxed with ample food!
Mon 22nd July 2019 09:39 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 20/7/19
44 species in the trap on Saturday night. Highlights were:

Meal Moth, Dagger sp, Peppered, Cabbage, Southern Wainscot, Euzophera pinguis, Dog's Tooth, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Lackey, Dingy Footman.

Mon 22nd July 2019 08:58 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
Addendum to 20/7/19 - 13 more moths and 5 more species rounded up p.m. 21/7 including FFG a (male) Four-spotted Footman.
Sun 21st July 2019 20:34 by William Langdon
Recent Sightings
Very pleased to find a single example of Crombrugghia laetus (Scarce Light Plume) on the cliffs near Watchet today - seems to be the first VC5 record, and maybe the third Somerset one given this one in North Somerset earlier this year as well (

1492 - Scarce Light Plume - Crombrugghia laetus

Also there today were several Six-Belted Clearwing, Schreckensteinia festaliella, Gracillaria syringella, Epiblema costipunctana, Mecyna asinalis, Pyrausta aurata, Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, Aethes tessarana, Synaphe punctalis, Chalk Carpet, and Grapholita compositella.

Garden trapping has been good in the last couple of weeks, with at least 65 species every night (and a high of over 90 on the 7th) to the skinner MV. Highlights have been a number of new species for the garden - Marbled White-Spot, Water Veneer, Wood Carpet, Ruddy Carpet, Nephopterix angustella, Crescent Plume, Argolamprotes micella, Scoparia subfusca, Light Arches, Red-Barred Tortrix, Double Lobed, Small Rufous, Black Arches, Small Dotted Buff and a spate of moorland species that must have wondered down off the Quantocks in the warm weather - Beautiful Snout, Catoptria margaritella, Chevron, Four-Dotted Footman and Monochroa cytisella.

Sun 21st July 2019 13:04 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull
At least two of the Hummingbird Hawkmoth eggs laid on Hedge Bedstraw in my garden on 10th July have successfully hatched. The resultant larvae are currently c4mm and c8mm in length. Porter (2010) states that this species is easy to rear in captivity but I'm going to leave them in situ.

Hummingbird Hawkmoth 210719

Sun 21st July 2019 10:32 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
20/7/19 - a very quiet night here, with just 115 moths of 25 species, including 3 FFYs - Dingy Footman, Dot Moth and Lesser Cream Wave.  The latter is only the second record here, and I never recorded it at my former home in East Lydford.  45 Common Footmen were by far the most numerous species.
Sat 20th July 2019 17:06 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
Another Moth-fest last night, 39macro and 29 micro spp. Common Footmen still the most numerous, closely followed by Uncertain agg. 23 Elephant HMs and 1 Privet. Nothing very new but Mocha, Fern, Drinker, Clay, Marbled Green, Small Phoenix, Early Thorn, Common Emerald. Amongst the micros 4 Catoptria pinella, Ypon. plumbella, Notocelia udmanniana, Brachmia blandella, Acleris forsskaleana and a Plutella xylostella. Also an odd Argyresthia probably albistria (thanks to David Agassiz) escaped in the mayhem so not one for Paul!

1313 63.099  Catoptria pinella SD19 20.023 BF422 Argyresthia albistria SD19

Fri 19th July 2019 11:30 by Chris Iles
Lesser-spotted Pinion
I have been rearing this 'occasional and local' species from larvae found on elm leaves in the spring, and now have recorded it from four sites in the north-east of the county.  I have never recorded it at light, and there are very few records from this part of the county, mostly dating to pre-Elm disease days.  My larval finds suggest to me this is not a rare species, but does not travel very far from its foodplant and may not get recorded at light unless the trap is close to elms.

Looking at the distribution map, the species seems to be commonest around Taunton and along the West Somerset coast, where it does turn up in people's gardens.  If it has turned up in your garden, is there plenty of elm nearby?

Lesser-spotted Pinion (Tellisford)

Thu 18th July 2019 22:22 by Chris Iles
Small Ranunculus has reached Glastonbury - 2 eggs on prickly lettuce in fairly typical habitat, in the car park of a used car showroom in the middle of an industrial estate.
Thu 18th July 2019 10:44 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
17/7/19 - numbers back up again somewhat, in spite of the full moon and a bit of rain .  191 moths of 44 species, of which 3 FFYs, Privet Hawkmoth, Common White Wave and Currant Pug.  C.culmella out in force again, with 52, and Common Footman (25) also doing well.  I had 4 Acleris forsskaleana, which is a bit of a surprise, as I have never caught more than one at a time before.  Also, Clay (4 this time) are havng a good year it seems.

p.m.18/7 - the evening round-up produced another 17 moths and 1 more species - nothing new.

Wed 17th July 2019 14:53 by Nigel Cottle
Kingston St. Mary garden. night of 16 July
Last night I trapped in Kingston St. Mary for four hours. 254 moths of 77 species (50 macro, 27 micro) including Double Line, Lozotaeniodes formosana, Ypsolopha scabrella and Catoptria falsella.

Lozotaeniodes formosana 160719

Lozotaeniodes formosana

Ypsolopha scabrella 160719

Ypsolopha scabrella

Catoptria falsella 160719

Catoptria falsella

Tue 16th July 2019 11:33 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
15/7/19 - You're probably right, Tim - last night with an almost full moon (due tonight 16th.) produced a mere 100 moths of 25 species.  Just 3 FFYs, Garden Tiger, Rosy Footman and Small Blood-vein.  36 Common Footman (?-men) were again the most numerous.  More to find again this evening no doubt.  (One advantage of opening the traps in the porch - the moths hide among the coats!!).

p.m. 16/7 Only one stray, a Common Footman - very odd not to have more.  Oh well.

Tue 16th July 2019 00:31 by Chris Iles
Exmoor Mires, 6 July 2019
I spent 6 July on the Exmoor mire restoration sites at the very western edge of the county, with the original intention of searching for dragonflies.  However, it proved a far better day for butterflies and moths.  A few species not often reported here proved to be quite common and widespread, whilst there was one very notable find.

Small Argent & Sable, with the mire at Comerslade in the background.  It was present at most of the sites visited, and abounded on Codsend Moor.
Small Argent and Sable 06072019

Catoptria margaritella, found fairly widely in small numbers.  It crops up fairly widely across Exmoor, not just on mire sites.
1314 Catoptria margaritella

Crambus uliginosellus at Codsend Moor, only the second VC5 record, the other being in 1915.
1297 Crambus uliginosellus

Mon 15th July 2019 20:24 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock Sat.13/07/19
I think the 3/4 moon may be the reason for the lower catch Paul.  I "only" had 388 to work through - while watching the cricket.  One FFG : Slender Brindle (1).  Eight FFY : Agriphila straminella (2) ; Water Veneer (1) ; Oak Hook-tip (1) ; Pine Carpet (1) ; Phoenix (1) ; Satin Beauty (1) ; Heart and Club (2) and Lesser BBYU.  Others of note : Ghost Moth ; Northern Spinach ; Barred Straw ; Small Yellow Wave ; Swallow-tailed Moth ; Beautiful Hook-tip ; Poplar Grey ; Small Dotted Buff ; Clay (2) and Dark Sword-grass.  Most notable was the lack of LYU - only two.
Sun 14th July 2019 13:21 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
13/7/19 - much quieter last night, for reasons not obvious.  Just 136 moths so far, of 35 species, including a FFG Leopard Moth - I have only ever recorded this moth once before, in 2007, at my former home in East Lydford.  Quite a surprise.  Three FFYs, Buff Arches, Scalloped Oak and Shoulder-striped Wainscot.  Common Footman (27) the most numerous this time.

p.m. 14/7 - a further 19 moths rounded up, including a FFY Meal Moth, Pyralis farinalis, and 8 more Common Footman.

Sun 14th July 2019 11:19 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 14/7/19
A good morning today, had 60 species in the trap. Highlights were:

Marbled Beauty, Marbled Green, Cypress Carpet, Vestal, Scalloped Oak, Rosy Footman, Brussels Lace, Muslin Footman, Yellow-tail, Buff-tip, Swallow-tailed moth, Shark, Rusty Dot Pearl, Buff Arches, Anania coronata, Dingy Footman, Dusky Sallow, Smoky Wainscot, Acrobasis marmorea, Rhodophae formosa, Acrobasis suavella, Catoptria falsella, Crambus pascuella, Agonopterix alstromeriana.

Sat 13th July 2019 12:15 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Good trapping in the last week with more than 300 macros in the trap on every occasion. These numbers would have doubled if I had included the grass moths and other micros. I take my hat off to those of you who do record them. I must have had 50 Mother of Pearl moths yesterday morning trying to unsettle the ones I wanted to record. Variety has also increased and I recorded my 200th species of the year on 7th July just 19 days after recording my 150th. That was the average date but the 200 came up a clear week earlier than the average.
Recent highlights have been Brown Rustic, Dark Umber and my first ever Four Dotted Footman. I must admit that this moth has not really come to my attention before and I initially thought it was a small Four spotted Footman. When I did properly identify it I was surprised to see how widespread it is in the county and makes me wonder why it's taken nearly 20 years to come to my garden.
A pupa that I found amongst Alder Buckthorn I had collected from the garden for Brimstone caterpillars has hatched into a Tissue. This is a moth I have only recorded occasionally at light and not for several years so it is good to find it breeding in the garden.
Fri 12th July 2019 17:30 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
I seem to be back into the swing of trapping now! Last night produced 300 moths of 43 species. I had my largest haul of Chrysoteuchia culmella - 125 - and some will have been missed. They were supported by 44 Heart and Dart. Also of interest were The Shark (2), Clouded Border, Chinese Character and Dot Moth. Since I resumed trapping so late in the year I've decided not to report FFYs at this stage.
Fri 12th July 2019 16:47 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
11/7/19 - a similar night to other recent ones, just over 200 moths, and 41 species, of which there were 4 FFYs, Yellow-tail (2), Anania coronata, Apple Ermine (2), and Grey Tortrix agg.  C.culmella taking over as the most numerous, with 56.  Probably a few more to round up this evening, as usual.

p.m. 12/7 another 22 moths & 2 species.  Nothing of note to add. Totals now 231/43.

Wed 10th July 2019 23:32 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
A really good night with 77 species and no less than four FFG macros: Large Emerald, Four-dotted Footman, Small Dotted Buff and a Tawny Shears. Lots of FFY including: Leopard (only my second record here), Short-cloaked Moth (2), Rosy Footman (2), Muslin Footman (4), Large Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Dun-bar, Yellow Tail, Rusty-dot Pearl (2), White Plume Moth, Acleris kochiella, Eucosma campoliliana, Aethes rubigana, Pammene fasciana, Anania lancealis and Crambus perlella (3)
Wed 10th July 2019 14:14 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull
Yesterday afternoon a Hummingbird Hawkmoth paid a brief visit to my back garden. Another one turned up this lunchtime and spent some time egg-laying on the Hedge Bedstraw.

Hummingbird Hawkmoth 100719

Wed 10th July 2019 10:56 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
9/7/19 - MV trap back in action last night, after a spot of DIY.  So far 197 moths of 40 species, including 8 FFYs, Swallow-tailed Moth, Coronet, Rivulet, July Highflyer, Broad-bordered YU, Common Emerald, Mother of Pearl (3), and Acleris forsskaleana.  Not QUITE as many H & Dart, Dark Arches, Uncertain, or C.culmella, but even so there were over 20 of each, accounting for half of the total catch.
Wed 10th July 2019 07:26 by Sue Davies
Monday7th TreeHouse Butleigh
Left lures out in the garden all afternoon and collected these...Orange-tailed & Red-belted Clearwings. Orange-tailed Clearwings SD19 Red-belted Clearwings SD19
Mon 8th July 2019 11:43 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
7/7/19 - A minor disaster befell my 15-year-old home-made (not by me, I hasten to add) MV trap last night, as the bulb assembly collapsed into the trap.  Not good news, especially for the dozen or so moths that got cooked by the heat from the bulb (which stayed lit).  The result was a mere 37 moths (including the dead ones) of 20 species in the MV, although the Actinic fared better with 71 of 17. (Total species overall 29).  The only FFYs were a Drinker, and a noticeably small Common Rustic, which I have recorded as a "Lesser", rather than "agg".  Common Footmen were the most numerous, with 23.

DIY repairs to be done I think !!

I had a 'phone call last evening from a former SMG member, Tony Pennington, who had an amazing 35 Elephant Hawks in his trap the other night.  Quite remarkable, as Tony seldom traps these days .

Mon 8th July 2019 10:06 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 6/7/19
Another good night on Saturday here in the garden. I had 57 species. Had an incredible 79 Dark Arches and 42 Heart and Dart!

Highlights were:

Gold Triangle, Rosy Footman, Blood-vein, Buff-tip, Eyed Hawkmoth, Light Arches, Double Lobed, Broad-barred White, Haworth's Pug.

Sun 7th July 2019 21:17 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock Friday 5/7/19 min temp 14.2c
Back in the saddle after last weeks bonanza. This time a "meer" 531 moths of 99 species. FFG was a Small Plume (subject to confirmation) and Eudemis profundana. FFY were : Anania lancealis (1) ; Udea prunalis (3) ; Rush Veneer (1) ; Garden Pebble (2) ; Agriphila inquinitella (1) ; Single-dotted Wave (1) ; Scalloped Oak (1) ; Lobster Moth (2) ; Common Footman (3) ; Beautiful Hook-tip (4) ; Beautiful Golden-Y (1) ; Shark (1) ; Dun-bar (1) and Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (1).
Sun 7th July 2019 18:36 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
My second trapping session of the year produced 205 moths of 30 species. Highest counts were of Heart and Dart (44) and Dark Arches (29, my highest ever). Also of interest were 13 Elephant Hawk-moths and a True Lover's Knot (my 4th record and first since 2013 when I had 3). Yesterday lunchtime a brief foray into the garden produced The Phoenix, Garden Tiger and Hummingbird Hawk-moth within one minute!
Sun 7th July 2019 18:14 by Steve Pilkington
Highlight here was a FFG Kent dark arches. Looking at the website map and the sightings records it first appears in 2009 (Pam Campbell). The next one, taken from the maps, is 2014, then 2015(2) 2016(3)2017(5) 2018(3).So getting more frequent and being located in increasing numbers of 10K squares. Apart from the numbers (600+/87 app), this was one of those lovely colourful trappings - lots of bling - it made me wish I had my g'children here. Swallowtails(4) Herald, Elephant hawk(4) Small elephant, Poplar hawk(3) Garden tiger, Ghost(female) Magpie and lots of Emeralds.

One other FFG was Brown tail.

17 - FFY were Garden tiger, Chinese character, Small dusty wave, Swallowtail(4), Broad bordered yellow underwing, Poplar grey, Grey dagger, Herald, Fan-foot, Ghost' Yellow tail, A.forsskelana, Chilo phragmitella, Anania crocealis, Rhodophera formosa, Ostrinia nubialis and Plutella xylostella. With a handful of micros still to resolve.

Sun 7th July 2019 17:26 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
My second trapping session of the year produced 205 moths of 30 species. Highest counts were of Heart and Dart (44) and Dark Arches (29, my highest ever). Also of interest were 13 Elephant Hawk-moths and a True Lover's Knot (my 4th record and first since 2013 when I had 3). Yesterday lunchtime a brief foray into the garden produced The Phoenix, Garden Tiger and Hummingbird Hawk-moth within one minute!
Sat 6th July 2019 22:02 by William Langdon
VC5 Sightings
Having returned from University, the trap has been out in the garden on 3 nights - just over 100 species in total. Nothing hugely exciting, but a few species new for the garden - Green Arches (long-awaited) and Phycitodes binaevella, while Privet Hawk and Lilac Beauty were only the second here.

Apart from these three nights, most of the mothing has been by day.

Up at Haddon Hill on 23/06: Lead-Coloured Pug (2), Orthotaenia undulana (6), Catoptria margaritella (1), Bilberry Tortrix (8), Psyche casta larva (1), Olethreutes arcuella (1), Common Heath (2), Argyresthia brockeela (1), Smoky Wave (12), Cydia ulicetana (1), 4-Dotted Footman (1), Argyresthia retinella (3).

On some fantastic grassland by the West Somerset railway near Watchet (ST056426) on 24/06, highlights were Dichrorampha sequana (1), Pyrausta despicata (2), Aethes tessarana (3), Homeosomona sinuella (1), Delplanqueia dilutella (2), Endothenia nigricostana (2), Elachista subocellea (1), and Dowdy Plume. Some of these seem to be real rarities in VC5 - a testament to what a great spot this is, as are the nearby slumped cliffs, with Little Thorn and Narrow-Bordered Bee Hawk by day. It'd be really worth doing some trapping to see what turns up, though sadly I don't have any kind of mobile set-up, if anyone does, I'd be very interested!

Today, a single Six-Belted Clearwing to a lure in a nice meadow near Hoccombe, and then more luck with the Clearwing lures at Ash Priors Common, with 3 Red-Belted, 3 Orange-Tailed, 1 Yellow-Legged and 1 Red-Tipped! The latter two look to be the second modern VC5 records. Surprisingly, no Six-Belted here but perhaps a bit late in the day and windy when I tried.

Sat 6th July 2019 18:05 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington 06/07/2019
Caught 402 moths of 75 species last night! Highlights were: Small Dusty Wave, Small Fan-footed Wave (2), Elephant Hawk-moth (14), Snout (2), Spectacle, Swallow-tailed Moth (6), Small Yellow wave, Dot Moth (2), Scalloped Oak (2), V-Pug, Peppered Moth, Common Carpet, Barred Straw (2), Poplar Hawk-moth, Sycamore, Light Arches (3), Clay (3), Buff Ermine (3), Carden Carpet, Green Pug (2), Peach Blossom, Treble Brown Spot, Small Blood-vein (2), Single-dotted Wave, Common Emerald, Grey Arches, Cabbage Moth, Pale Mottled Willow, Coronet, Fan-foot, Hypsopygia glaucinalis (2), Palpita vitrealis (FFG), Beautiful Plume, Ash Bud Moth, Cherry Fruit Moth, and Lychnis (4).
Fri 5th July 2019 22:39 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
78 species and counting, FFY included: Obscure Wainscot (2), Buff Arches, Marbled White-spot, Scalloped Oak (3), Common White Wave, Common Emerald (2), Single-dotted Wave, Brindled Plume, Bryotropha terrella, Acleris forsskaleana, Plutella porrectella and Scoparia basistrigalis (2),
Fri 5th July 2019 17:33 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
4/7/19 - another warm night, and a goodly catch, if not spectacular.  217 moths of 39 species, including 5 FFYs - Burnished Brass (2), Elephant Hawkmoth, Yellow Shell, Gold Triangle and Codling Moth.  As before, the bulk made up of Heart & Dart (53), Dark Arches (40), Uncertain (21) and Common Wainscot (21).  Probably some more to round up later on.

a.m. 6/7/19 last evening's round-up produced a further 25 moths and 5 species - nothing new or exciting.

Thu 4th July 2019 12:26 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull
As previously reported I trapped three FFG on the night of 28/6 (Acrobasis consociella, Cocksfoot Moth and Red-necked Footman)

This has now increased to six FFG following the determination of Syncopacma larseniella, Phycitodes saxicola and Monochroa tenebrella by Paul Wilkins.

Thanks Paul.

Wed 3rd July 2019 19:21 by Steve Pilkington
3rd July. Clear night and the temperature dropped. 265 moths 59 species. I also had a large haul of Uncertain(23) I have not checked back but I am pretty sure this will have been the largest by far of this species from a trap on my plot. Other big numbers were the usual suspects -LYU(23), Dark arches(42) Heart and dart(43) and SHC(14).

FFG was Shark. FFY Privet hawk, Magpie, Dun-bar(2) Small fan foot, Agraphila straminella, Scoparia basistrigalis,C.plebejana and Large fruit tree tortrix.

Wed 3rd July 2019 14:52 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
2/7/19 - much the same in terms of both numbers and variety - 151 moths of 26 species.  Only two FFYs - Double Square-spot and Eudonia pallida.  46 Heart & Dart and 23 Dark Arches the most numerous, and a surprising number (19) of Uncertain.  I doubt if I have ever had more than 8 or 10 of these at a time before.

addendum - 5 more moths rounded up last evening, including an unusually marked FFY Dun-bar.

Tue 2nd July 2019 14:37 by Paul Newman
I feel for you Tim, I get an attack of the vapours if I get past 300 - I shudder to think what over 1000 is like.  Well done for dealing with them !!
Mon 1st July 2019 20:49 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise - Belated report for Friday 28/06
Apologies for the delay but I have been lying down in a dark room for 24 hours. At 0400 on Sat morning I checked the first trap and uttered "O MY GOD".  I have identified 753 moths so far from the two traps - not counting the c 200 Garden Grass Veneers. There were also up to 100 moths, mainly micro, that were too worn to ID. A total haul of over 1000 moths!  Three FFG : Brindled Plume (1) ; Cherry Bark Moth (1) and Red-necked Footman (1).  48 FFY (highlights) Yarrow Plume (1) ; Pseudargyrotoza conwagana (13) ; Scoparia ambigualis (1) ; Catoptria pinella (1) ; Buff Arches (1) ; Elephant Hawk Moth (3) ; Small Dusty Wave (2) ; Clay Triple-lines (1) ; Vestal (2) ; July Belle (1) ; Northern Spinach (3) ; Barred Straw (1) ; Swallow-tailed Moth (1) ; Barred Red (2) ; Clouded Buff (1) ; Grass Emerald (2) ; Small Emerald (1) ; Four-dotted Footman (1) ; Miller (1) ; Dot Moth (2) ; Clay (1) ; Double Lobed (1) ; True Lovers Knot (1) and Green Silverlines (1).  Heart and Dart (109) ; LYU (96) were top scorers.  Next time I trap it will be a ticket only event with bouncers to keep out the LYU which I think of as the Hells Angels of the moth world. Now, I think I'm going to lie down again.  I nearly forgot, 126 species identified so far.
Mon 1st July 2019 16:18 by Steve Pilkington
26th June. Large numbers but insufficient time to count the LYU, Dark arches, SHC and Heart and darts. 73 species.

FFG was Cream wave, Beautiful plume, , Lozotaenia forsterana, Swammerdamia albicapitella, Eucosma hohenwatiana and Neosphaleroptera nubilana.

FFY were Barred yellow, Blue bordered carpet, Scalloped oak, Early thorn Aethes tesserana, Dichromorpha plumbana, Mompha ochracaella and Swammerdamia pyrella. .

1st July 275 moths 58 species. FFG Argyresthia brockaella and Endothema ericetana.

FFY Common wave, Cloaked minor, Silver Y, Plain golden Y, Lackey (only my third of this species '06 and '16), White plume, Cyclamen tortrix, Barred fruit tree tortrix, Homoeosema sinuella, Red barred tortri and Clepsis consimilana.

Mon 1st July 2019 11:05 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
The end of June finally brought good numbers of moths to my garden with 369 macros on 23rd, 523 on 25th, 204 on 27th and 392 on the 29th. At least 60% of these have been Heart and Darts, Large Yellow Underwings or Dark Arches and it is encouraging to see them at their most numerous for a number of years. However variation in species is still disappointing and some common varieties are in very short supply or even not appearing at all. I am yet to see a single Buff Tip and have only only had 2 Peppered moths. Hawk Moths are also in low numbers. Elephant Hawk had been 90% down on this time last year but I did have a more encouraging 8 in the trap on Sunday morning.
The sunshine has allowed good numbers of Currant Clearwings on a patch of Thyme. They are quite flighty and accurate numbers are hard to get but I think they have reached double figures on occasions. Currant Clearwing on Thyme
Mon 1st July 2019 11:02 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
30/6/19 - Nothing like your catch Steve, but that seems to be the norm here - reasonably good numbers, but relatively few species.  Same again last night - 158 moths, 31 species. including 1 FFG, a Beautiful China-mark, and 4 FFYs, Common Footman (2). (he first of probably many), Short-cloaked Moth, Bright-line Brown-eye, and Hypsopygia glaucinalis.  36 Heart & Darts, and 26 Dark Arches again the main contributors.
Mon 1st July 2019 10:51 by Steve Chapple
Belated Friday night (28th June) report
I couldn’t resist putting out the traps on Friday night despite the fact that I had two very busy family days ahead and other commitments. The downside was that I've had very little sleep, domestic issues..., 300+ moths to sort and missed a lot of Glastonbury, the upside was a record 92+ species, one NFG, a beautiful Phtheochroa rugosana, and lots of FFY including: Miller (2), Lilac Beauty, Lime-speck Pug, Fan-foot, Heart and Club (5), Double Square-spot (3), Double-lobed (2), Coronet, Small Elephant Hawkmoth, Clay, Flame Carpet, Homoeosoma sinuella, Hypsopygia glaucinalis, Dioryctria abietella, Gold Triangle and Beautiful Plume. Eyed Hawkmoths (6) have done well here this year, and also Striped Wainscot with three on Friday night.

Phtheochroa rugosan SC19
Phtheochroa rugosana (under artificial light)

Dioryctria abietella SC19
Dioryctria abietella

Update: At the final count there was 103 species - by far my largest species count here at Pen Elm. Many thanks to James McGill for identifying Piniphila bifasciana, another NFG micro.

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