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current posts

Sun 29th March 2020 23:56 by Chris Iles
Phyllonorycter quercifoliella emerged today from mine collected last autumn in Midsomer Norton.

0320 Phyllonorycter quercifoliella 29032020

Sat 28th March 2020 14:48 by Paul Newman
Sue - I suspect your Hebrew Characters have decided that my traps are nicer than yours, and have moved up the road to Pylle - sorry !!
Sat 28th March 2020 09:27 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington 28/03/2020
Just 7 moths in the trap this morning! Common Quaker (3), Hebrew Character, Early Grey, Double-striped Pug, and Acrolepiopsis assectella (Leek Moth). Also, I found an Apple Leaf Miner in the garden yesterday.
Sat 28th March 2020 08:57 by Sue Davies
Firethorn Leaf Miner Phyllonoricter leucographella
In the hedge Butleigh on walkabout. Larva on midrib at stem end of mine. 0332 Phyllonoricter leucographella mine 15053 SD20 0332 Phyllonoricter leucographella larva a 15053 SD20 0332 Phyllonoricter leucographella larva b 15053 SD20
Sat 28th March 2020 08:24 by Sue Davies
Butleigh desert
I haven’t been posting not because I am in total hibernation, but my garden moths are. Just 1 Hebrew Character again last night...where have they gone? Back to leaf mines!
Thu 26th March 2020 16:23 by Paul Newman
Arr, we do breed 'em tough up yer in th'Mendips, 'sno !!

10 a.m. 27/3 - update - night of 26/3/20 - a bit breezy, so numbers down a bit.  27 in total, 13 Hebrew Characters, 6 Common Quakers, 6 Clouded Drabs, 1 March Moth and 1 Early Grey.

Thu 26th March 2020 10:54 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Norton moths clearly aren't as robust as their Pylle cousins. Just 5 Hebrew Characters, 3 Early Greys, 2 Small Quakers and singles of Common Quaker and Clouded Drab. It was -3.5c and the sheet under the trap was as stiff as a board with frost.
Wed 25th March 2020 22:24 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
I found a Mompha epilobiella (FFG) flying in the garden yesterday afternoon. Thanks to James McGill for confirming.

Mompha epilobiella 2020
Wed 25th March 2020 18:41 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
I don't normally trap on such cold nights but Paul's figures have been so good that I've just put the trap out with -4c forecast. I'm not expecting much and will update tomorrow.
Wed 25th March 2020 10:25 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
24/3/20 - I don't usually trap on consecutive nights, mainly to give the moths a chance to do their thing without too many illuminated distractions, but in view of the lack of variety on 23/3, I tried again last night, with a modest degree of success and interest.  41 moths in total, 7 species - "only" 23 Hebrew Characters, 8 Clouded Drabs, 3 Common Quakers, 4 March Moths, 1 Twin-spotted Quaker, and 1 each FFYs Dotted Chestnut and Early Grey.  They can all fly in peace for a couple of nights now.
Tue 24th March 2020 21:43 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 23/03/2020 min temp 5.1c
52 moths of 12 species.  Two FFY : Acleris literana (1) and Dotted Border (1).
Tue 24th March 2020 20:26 by Chris Iles
Coronavirus and recording - update from Butterfly Conservation
Updated guidance for butterfly and moth recorders relating to Coronavirus Covid-19


The UK Government delivered a very strong and clear message on 23rd March 2020 with their updated guidance:

• The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

Bearing this in mind, Butterfly Conservation strongly advises that you adhere to the message from the government, and therefore only record butterflies and moths in your gardens. Please do not make any journeys away from your home in order to undertake recording activities, these would be considered as non-essential at the present time.

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and will produce revised guidance when the time is right. Please check for any updates at

We recommend that you continue to follow the UK Government’s response to the situation at

If you have any doubts or queries regarding this advice, please feel free to contact the recording team at

Tue 24th March 2020 10:27 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
23/3/20 - well, that was a bit different (to some extent) 33 moths, of which 27 were Hebrew Characters (almost enough for a quorum in the Knesset) plus 3 Clouded Drabs and 3 Common Quakers.  Where is the variety ?
Fri 20th March 2020 12:14 by Chris Iles
Website maps...
...have been updated with most (not quite all) of the 2019 records.
Fri 20th March 2020 12:13 by Chris Iles
Holcombe, 17 March 2019
Singles of Hebrew Character, Clouded Drab, Shoulder Stripe, Pale Brindled Beauty and Oak Beauty.  The latter was new for the garden (after 6 years of trapping) and also for the 10 km square.
Thu 19th March 2020 21:02 by Pam Campbell
Hodderscombe Lodge garden
On Tuesday night ( 17 th ) I had my 12th trap of the year and , at last , a few moths . 48 moths of 11 species with 5 FFYs including a Dotted Border and Early Thorn . Last nigt 17 moths , no FFY . The total FFYs so far 12 .
Thu 19th March 2020 12:05 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
I just found a FFY Dotted Border in my porch - must have snuck in last evening.
Wed 18th March 2020 20:01 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 17/03/2020 min temp 9c
55 moths of 15 species including 7 FFY.  Diurnia fagella (3) ; Brindled Pug (1) ; Pale Brindled Beauty (1) ; Engrailed (2) ; Grey Shoulder-knot (1) ; Twin-spotted Quaker (4) and Red Chestnut (1).
Wed 18th March 2020 16:45 by Nigel Voaden
Great Breach Wood 17th March
I ran five traps in Great Breach Wood leaving site around midnight, temperature held up to 11 degrees but there was a bit of a breeze. Total of 338 moths of 25 species which for the time of year and conditions was a bit disappointing but considering how late the Spring is perhaps on reflection it was a decent effort. Certainly nice to be among moths again. Acleris cristana was new to me and Ypsolopha mucronella was first I've recorded in the UK. A nice fresh Barred Tooth-striped was welcome as were only my 2nd and 3rd ever Dotted Chestnut but perhaps the biggest surprise was a Scorched Carpet!
Wed 18th March 2020 14:17 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
Onwards and upwards - 32 moths, 7 species (be still, my beating heart !!).  6 Common Quakers, 8 March Moths, 8 Hebrew Characters, 3 Clouded Drabs, 2 Small Quakers, 4 FFY Twin-spotted Quakers and 1 FFY Oak Beauty.  Also a large Caddis Fly and an Ichneumon Wasp.  So nice to get some variety at last.
Wed 18th March 2020 11:39 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
A surprising 86 moths of eleven species from the Actinic and MV traps. Seven FFY: Oak Nycteoline (2), Satellite (my second record here), Small Quaker (9), Twin-spotted Quaker (3), Hebrew Character (10), Early Thorn (2) and on the wall in my garage Mompha bradleyi (FFG) thanks to James McGill for the ID.
Wed 18th March 2020 09:41 by Steve Pilkington
17th March Cocklake First go of the year. 21 moths and nothing to cause a stir in the lepidopteran community. 11 Hebrew character 4 Clouded drab 2 Common quaker Early thorn Early grey and 2 new micros - id made a lot faster by ref to 'Whats on the wing tonight' thankyou. Diurnea fagella and Depressaria daucella.
Tue 17th March 2020 13:55 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
I put out the traps for a few hours until the power cuts started at 11. Not a lot to report except, Oak Beauty, Early Grey (both FFY), March Moth (4) and Common Quaker (4). On the up-side the forecast looks promising for tonight.
Tue 17th March 2020 12:49 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
I usually start trapping ealry in March but last night's session was the first of the year. It produced a grand total of three moths of three species - Early Grey, Hebrew Character and Clouded Drab.
Mon 16th March 2020 19:48 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 15/03/2019 min temp 3c
AT LAST MOTHS! Only 14 of 8 species but they bring the years total so far to 19 moths of 10 species. I have only managed to trap on four nights, prior to last night, catching 4 Chestnuts and a March Moth.  Last nights haul comprised : Shoulder Stripe (1) ; Early Thorn (1) ; Oak Beauty (2) ; Early Grey (3) ; Clouded Drab (1) ; Common Quaker (2) ; Small Quaker (3) and Hebrew Character (1).
Mon 16th March 2020 10:01 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
15/3/20 - A bit better, but still not up to much.  Last night produced 17 moths - 12 Hebrew Characters, 2 Common Quakers and 3 FFY Clouded Drabs.

You're right Ian - I've only managed 50 moths, 10 species this year to date - grim!! Last year to this date, there were 23 species, and 325 individuals, admittedly this included the mass invasion of Common Quakers, 207 in total, the most in one night being 74. 

Mind you, given the amount of rain and wind we've had this year, it's no surprise.

Sun 15th March 2020 18:20 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
What a difference a year makes. By the Ides of March last year I had recorded 460 individuals and 20 different species. This year I've recorded 35 Individuals and 7 species. I guess the rest of the county is seeing the same judging by the lack of posts on this page.
Sat 14th March 2020 21:21 by John Bebbington
Langport,13 March 2020
The best thing about this morning was the arrival of the new guide to caterpillars. The MV trap was a poor second best; Hebrew Character 5, Common Quaker 2, Clouded Drab 1, Chestnut 1.
Tue 10th March 2020 14:15 by Nigel Cottle
Mompha divisella - bishops hull
This morning I released two Mompha divisella and one M. subbistrigella from my garage where they were at the pane of opaque glass in the side door trying to get out.

M. divisella has a bit of a history of wintering in the garage:

2018 - a total of 22 released between 2nd April and 25th April (max. nine on 2nd April).

2019 - a total of 30 released between 27th February and 8th April (max. six on 20th March).

Also in 2019 a total of nine were found active in the garage or house between 20th September and 21st December.

I have only ever had one individual come to light; on 22nd April 2019.

Where they come from and why my garage is a favoured hibernation site I don't know. There is willowherb in the garden but I have never found any larval feeding signs etc.

Mon 9th March 2020 06:54 by Sue Davies
Still pathetic in Butleigh
Just 1 Hebrew Character. You are doing better than here Paul!
Sat 7th March 2020 18:03 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
6/3/20 - a cold night, nearly full moon, so only 5 moths - 2 Hebrew Characters, 2 Common Quakers and 1 March Moth - that's all folks !
Wed 4th March 2020 09:04 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
3/3/20 - at last, some moths.  12 in total last night, almost as many as I have caught altogether so far this year.  6 Hebrew Characters, 3 Common Quakers, and FFYs Small Quaker and March Moth (2).

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