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Sun 31st May 2020 22:36 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 31st May
Less moths more species than 3 days ago. 338 moths 78 species. two FFG so far Anania fuscalis and a Syncopacma sp. probably taeniolella but will need dissection to confirm.

FFY were Paronix anglicella, Large fruit tree torrid, Cyclamen tortrix, Marbled orchard tortrix, Bud moth, Agriphila straminella, Eudonia mercurella, Acrobasis suavella, Riband wave, Brussels lace, Flame, Shoulder striped wainscot, Dark arches, Small clouded brindle (only my third record 06 and 16), Privet hawk and Small elephant hawk. As usual about 6 micros still to resolve!

Sun 31st May 2020 18:29 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington 31/05/2020 and Micro ID
Caught 136 moths of 55 species last night. Highlights: Small Blood-vein, Pale Tussock, Flame, Apple Leaf Miner (4), Common Swift, Lychnis, Poplar Grey (2), Elephant Hawk-moth (6), Treble Brown Spot (2), Poplar Hawk-moth, Buff-tip, Scalloped Hazel, Peppered Moth, Clouded Silver, Coronet, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Least Black Arches, True Lover's Knot, Freyer's Pug (2), and Red-barred Tortrix. I also caught a micro that I can't seem to identify. I'm sure it will be something obvious, but I just can't work it out! I have three photos of it below. Any help would be great!

Tortricidae sp 1

Tortricidae sp 2

Tortricidae sp 3

Sun 31st May 2020 14:18 by William Langdon
Recent Sightings
Been a busy week of mothing, trying to visit some areas of VC5 that I'm unfamiliar with in between work. On the 23rd I went for a walk in the woods near Culbone, hoping (perhaps optimistically) to find Coleophora sylvaticella feeding on Greater Wood-Rush. Sadly no luck, despite a couple of hours checking several hundred panicles, perhaps a search later in the year would be more rewarding. I did however find lots of mines of Elachista regificella, which has been recorded in the area before.

593 - Elachista regificella mine

593 - Elachista regificella mine

On Friday I visited Cannington Camp, one of four areas in Somerset where White Horehound has been recorded. Horehound Plume has been recorded from all the others, and turned out to be present here too, with very high densities of adults in the patch of Horehound below the shooting tower - many small plants 15 x 40cm had 5 or 6 adults sat openly on them, and similar numbers of superbly camouflaged larvae, with larger numbers on the many larger plants. This seems to be the second record for VC5, of this lovely and pRDB moth.

1515 - Horehound Plume - Wheeleria spilodactylus

1515 - Horehound Plume - Wheeleria spilodactylus

1515 - Horehound Plumes - Wheeleria spilodactylus

1515 - Horehound Plumes - Wheeleria spilodactylus

In the evening, I decided to ride my luck and head to Greenaleigh Point to look for larvae of the Scarce Blackneck. The moth is a bit of a SW speciality and seems to have last been recorded in the area by James McGill in 2003. The larvae feed at night on Wood Vetch growing over cliffs (and have recently been found on Tufted Vetch as well in Devon), and after much stumbling about on the shingle (and failing to find any Wood Vetch!) I eventually found 6 feeding on a small patch of Wood Vetch at the western end of the beach (Phil Sterling and Barry Henwood kindly confirmed the ID). This was the only patch of Wood Vetch I actually found (should have checked out the site in the day first!), about 15 plants, so quite a high density of larvae.

2467 - Scarce Blackneck larva

2467 - Scarce Blackneck larva

2467 - Scarce Blackneck larva 2

2467 - Scarce Blackneck larva

Back home, garden trapping has been pretty steady, highlights have been Grey Pug and Fox Moth (both new for the garden), as well as Lunar Thorn and 3 Privet Hawks (having only had 2 in all previous years).

Sun 31st May 2020 13:40 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel 30.5.2020
Trapped until 2330hrs.

54 moths of 23 species. NFY were Gold Triangle, Single Dotted Wave, Clouded Silver, Lobster Moth and Straw Dot. Others of note were Mocha, Treble Brown Spot and Lime Hawkmoth.

Sat 30th May 2020 17:22 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
48 moths of 17 species, highest total of year so far.  30 were Heart and Dart! FFY were White-shouldered House Moth, Celypha lacunana, Purple bar and Spruce Carpet (my first May record since 2012).
Sat 30th May 2020 12:00 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
29/5/20 - much the same as last time as regards numbers, 112 moths, 31 species.  FFYs were Broken-barred Carpet, Green Carpet (2), Lesser YU, Lime-speck Pug, and Flame (2).  Heart & Dart (38) the main contributors again.
Fri 29th May 2020 22:55 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
87 moths of 43 species nothing much of note with 14 FFY: Large Elephnt Hawk-moth, Peppered Moth, Miller, Clouded Border, Currant Pug, Mottled Rustic, Flame, Grey/Dark Dagger agg. (2), Dark Arches (3), Bramble Shoot Moth, Tinea trinotella, Hedya pruniana (2), Nettle Tap and Lyonetia clerkella.
Fri 29th May 2020 18:02 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock Tuesday 26/05
The day started well with no less than 3 FFG micros netted during the day : Micropterix tunbergella ; Cauchas fibulella and Phyllonorycter harrisella. Also hand netted were ; Micropterix aruncella ; Nemaphora degeerella ; a possible Cork Moth (tbc) and 6 Cocksfoot Moths.  - - - Now for the nights trapping.  231 moths of 70 species - with a couple of micros still to determine.  FFY : Bryotropha terrella ; Rusty-dot Pearl ; Udea olivaris (2) ; Eudonia angustea ; Eudonia pallida ; Small Dusty Wave ; Satin Wave (2) ; Purple Bar ; Sharp-angled Peacock ; White-pinion Spotted ; Light Emerald ; Straw Dot (5) ; Mottled Rustic ; Marbled Minor agg. ; Engrailed Clay (2) and LYU (2).  Others of note : Poplar, Privet (2) and Small Elephant (4) Hawk Moths ; Pebble Prominent (3) ; Pale Prominent ; Pale Tussock (11) ; White Ermine (14) ; Bright-line Brown-eye (6) and Shoulder-striped Wainscot (19).
Fri 29th May 2020 08:35 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 28/05/20
32 species in the trap this morning, highlights were:

Broad-barred White, Treble Brown Spot, Common Swift, Elephant Hawk-moth, Cinnabar, Small Square-spot, Beautiful Hook-tip, Barred Straw, Rustic Shoulder-knot.

Thu 28th May 2020 17:35 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR
I ran one trap until 01:30h this morning. 291 of 62 (52 macro, 10 micro).


Alder Kitten (probably the first record for the 10Km square?) and Sloe Pug.

Sloe Pug 270520

Thu 28th May 2020 17:31 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
A good night here, with 40 moths of 22 species. FFG was Maiden's Blush (fourth FFG this month!). FFY were Chrysoteuchia culmella, Garden Pebble, Udea olivalis (2), The Mocha, Clouded Silver, Elephant Hawk Moth, Setaceous Hebrew Character and Straw Dot.
Thu 28th May 2020 15:05 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
27/5/20 - I'm happy NOT to have 300+ Steve - your're welcome to that !!  I am less troubled here, with 105 moths, and 35 species.  FFYs were Swallow Prominent, Fan-foot, Riband Wave. Pale Pinion, Willow Beauty, Barred Straw, Small Elephant Hawk, Common White Wave, Small Square-spot, Udea olivalis and Eudonia angustea.  Still very few Micros, with only the two above, Small Magpie (3), Chrysoteuchia culmella and Light Brown Apple Moth.
Thu 28th May 2020 14:07 by Steve Pilkington
28th May Cocklake
Bumper catch here 356 moths 68 species so far . NFG were Small seraphim, Currant pug, Haworth's pug and Phyllonorycter hilarella.

Large numbers of Heart and dart (91) Sraw dot(20) Pale tussock(15) C.culmella(27) Marbled minor agg(20).

18 FFYs Diamond back, Coleophora trifoli, Eupoecilia angustana,Eucosma cana, Dichrorampha alpinana, Codling moth, Crambus lathoniellus, Beautiful china mark, Udea prunalis, Gold triangle, Common plume, Green pug, Mottled beauty, Lilac beauty, Yellow barred brindle, Plain golden Y, Elephant hawk and Pale prominent. 7 micros in the pending tray

Thu 28th May 2020 11:23 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel 27.5.2020
Trapped until 2330hrs.

51 moths of 23 species. NFY were Thistle Ermine, Lime-speck Pug, Brown Silver-line and Flame.

5 Cream-spot Tigers were a big surprise. Others of note were Bee Moth (2), Figure of Eighty (2), Elephant Hawkmoth (2), Small Elephant Hawkmoth and Large Yellow Underwing (2).

Thu 28th May 2020 11:12 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
A good night with 32 macro and 16 micro spp. FFYs Orange Footman, Dark and Light Arches, Coronet, Lychnis, Mottled Rustic, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Cabbage and Least Black Arches. Some interesting micros - Telechrysis tripuncta, Callisto denticulella, and a garden first Coleophora trifolii, one of the few identifiable without the chop.

37.033 0516 Coleophora trifolii SD20b 37.033 0516 Coleophora trifolii SD20a

Wed 27th May 2020 23:52 by Lewis Mitchell
Yeovil - 26/05/20
26 Heart and dart, 1 Shuttle shaped dart, 1 brimstone, 1 peppered, 1 light brown apple, 1 large yellow underwing, 1 riband wave, 1 common pug, 1 argyresthia cupressella
Wed 27th May 2020 23:49 by Lewis Mitchell
Yeovil - 25/05/20
1 Poplar hawkmoth, 20 heart and dart, 1 small magpie, 1 Brimstone, 1 cydia pomonella, 2 Common marbled carpet
Wed 27th May 2020 23:48 by Lewis Mitchell
Yeovil - 24/05/20
1 Buff tip, 1 Common marbled carpet, 1 tachystola acroxantha, 10 Heart and dart, 1 freyer's pug, 1 flame shoulder, 2 light brown apple, 3 vines rustic, 1 mompha subbistrigella
Wed 27th May 2020 17:01 by John Bebbington
Pammene aurana
Trapping has been pretty dire owing to arc lights on the building site next door but yesterday (26 May) I found a single specimen of 49.379 Pammene aurana nectaring on Hogweed. This appears to be only the second record for my 10km square, the first being by James McGill in 2009.
Pammene auraana nectaring on Hogweed
Pammene aurana nectaring on Hogweed.
I have put the VES lure out in my garden two days in a row but no success despite the proximity of host plants for both Orange-tailed and Yellow-legged Clearwings.
Wed 27th May 2020 16:49 by Ian Mathieson
Reply to Simon
Embarrassingly for me you are dead right. Wood Tiger is another moth I have never seen before and I always assumed it occurred near woodland. This one was in a cleared patch between acres of cereal fields with no wild greenery within sight. Many thanks for your help.
Wed 27th May 2020 09:04 by Sue Davies
Whitefield Butleigh
Yesterday’s afternoon walk to Whitefield. First time I have found Small Eggar larvae in Butleigh, processioning away from the nest. Plenty of day flying moths in the meadow, Small Yellow Underwing, Burnet Companion, all very pale form, Anania fuscalis, Crambus lathionellus, Elachista argentella identified!

Small Eggar larval nest Blackthorn SD20 Small Eggar final instar larvae SD20

Tue 26th May 2020 21:52 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
On the 28th June last year I attracted several Red-belted and Orange-tailed Clearwing with the pheromone lures that I purchased from Anglian Lepidopterist Supplies. This year I thought that I would set the lures out in the garden a little earlier but after an hour with no activity I was about to pack up when to my surprise a Yellow-legged Clearwing (FFG) was attracted to the VES lure. This insect seems to be rarely recorded in this part of Somerset.

Yellow-legged Clearwing Pen Elm 2020
Yellow-legged Clearwing, Synanthedon vespiformis
Tue 26th May 2020 18:27 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
25/5/20 - in spite of the quite warm night and small amount of moonlight, a mere 43 moths ventured out (here at least).  16 species, including FFYs Buff Ermine and Cypress Carpet.  20 years ago, this last would have been quite exciting, now quite usual.  How times change.
Tue 26th May 2020 17:13 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
23 moths of 13 species, typical for this time of year here. The highlight was a FFG Cream-spot Tiger. FFY were Notocelia cynosblastella (first for 4 years), Broken-barred Carpet, Foxglove Pug and Orange Footman (only second record, previous in 2014).
Tue 26th May 2020 15:43 by Paul Bowyer
Crook Peak
Whilst out bug hunting this morning (26th) on Crook Peak I potted Leucoptera malifoliella on the south slopes.

Leucoptera malifoliella

Leucoptera malifoliella

Tue 26th May 2020 11:26 by Simon Phelps
Reply to Ian
Hi Ian, Did you consider Wood Tiger? That looks similar to Spotted Sulphur in terms of the yellow and black markings. Wood Tiger is flying now. Thanks. Simon
Tue 26th May 2020 10:43 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 26th May
183 moths 45 species. FFy were Nematopogon metaxella, Notocelia trimaculana, Small magpie, Wormwood pug, Garden carpet, Barred straw, Willow beauty, Peppered, Large yellow underwing, Middle barred minor, Mottled rustic and Scarlet tiger (daytime)
Mon 25th May 2020 17:54 by Ian Mathieson
Whilst out walking today a moth landed at my feet that I did not recognise. I had excellent views of it through close focus binoculars and it was about the size of a Dingy Footman When I tried to identify in Waring et al the only one that was similar was the extinct spotted Sulphur. Waring mentions that it could be mistaken for a micro moth but doesn't say what species so I cannot check them out. Can any one help me out with Id. Think of a Spotted Sulphur with a vertical half of a figure 8 and orange shading on the leading edge of its forewing.
Mon 25th May 2020 13:37 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel 24.5.2020
Trapped until 2330hrs. 31 moths of 20 species. NFY were Setaceous Hebrew Character, Large Yellow Underwing and Angle Shades.

Others included Elephant Hawkmoth, Cream-spot Tiger, Green Carpet, Dark Arches and Peppered Moth

Sun 24th May 2020 15:44 by Lewis Mitchell
Yeovil - 23/05/20
Last night's catch consisted of 1 small magpie, 1 broad-barred white, 1 orange footman, 1 shuttle-shaped dart and 8 heart and darts
Sun 24th May 2020 12:23 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
Against my better judgement I decided to put the traps out despite the strong breeze, but within half an hour I had recorded a new species for me, a Dingy Shell. The rest of the night yeilded 43 moths of 20 species, including two FFY: Poplar Hawk-moth and Small Square-spot.

Dingy Shell 2020
Dingy Shell Euchoeca nebulata
Sun 24th May 2020 11:50 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
23/5/20 - given the fresh breeze and fairly low temperature last night, I was pleasantly surprised to find a fair catch.  54 moths of 22 species, of which 6 were FFYs - Clouded Silver, Burnished Brass, Rustic Shoulder-knot, Straw Dot, Spectacle and Blood-vein (3).
Sat 23rd May 2020 18:38 by David Agassiz
Very early season
On Wednesday 20th I went for a walk above Sandford Quarry, a nice limestone grassland site on the Mendips. Took a worn striped Coleophora specimen which I took home to ID. I have now dissected it, a female C. conyzae which should still be a larva, the adult is normally on the wing June-July.
Sat 23rd May 2020 17:39 by Lewis Mitchell
Sat 23rd May 2020 15:47 by Lewis Mitchell
Yeovil - 22/05/20
Pale Tussock 1, Vines Rustic 2, Treble lines 1, Flame Shoulder 1, Common Pug 1, Shuttle-Shaped Dart 2, Heart and Dart 13.
Sat 23rd May 2020 09:47 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
Addendum to 21/5 - a further 9 moths & 2 species emerged from their hiding places in the porch last night, one more FFY, a Common Swift.  Final total 127 moths, 27 spp.
Fri 22nd May 2020 22:37 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
127 moths of 51 species - the highest count of the year so far. Nothing exeptional but two more Small Elephant Hawks and another Cream-spot Tiger was pleasing. 21 FFY included: Sandy Carpet (2), Poplar Grey, Flame Carpet, Figure of Eighty, Middle-barred Minor (2), Buff Tip, Cydia fagiglandana, Ephestia unicolorella woodiella, Aethes smeathmanniana, Eudonia pallida Blastobasis lacticolella and Caloptilia robustella (2).
Fri 22nd May 2020 20:15 by Sue Davies
Butleigh garden
Best night of the year by far, 53 spp, lost of FFYs, Straw Dot, Com. Wainscot, Peppered,Spectacle, Small Dusty Wave,Large Yellow UW, White Ermine, Rustic Shoulder-knot, Clouded Bordered Brindle, Light Emerald, Burnished Brass, Gold Spot, Scalloped Hazel, Scorched Wing, Lime HM, Lime-speck Pug,Pthaeochroa inopiana, Lathronympha strigana and Paraswammerdamia alcapitella. Diamond Back and Silver Y.
Fri 22nd May 2020 17:39 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
20 moths of 13 species. Finally some micros! FFY were Diamond-back Moth, Bryotropha affinis (2), Udea fulvalis, Bee Moth and Common Carpet.
Fri 22nd May 2020 14:30 by Dave Ayling
Epinotia trigonella
Epinotia trigonella

Found this Epinotia trigonella at Haddon Hill. A first for me

Fri 22nd May 2020 14:21 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
21/5/20 - By some considerable margin, the heaviest catch of the year to date, with (so far) 118 moths of 25 species.  FFYs (12) were Common Wainscot (4), Chrysoteuchia culmella (2), Light Emerald, Large YU, Garden Pebble (2), Codling Moth, Figure of Eighty (2), Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix (P. heparana) (2), Mottled Rustic (2), Plum Tortrix (H. pruniana), Common Marbled Carpet (3), and Thistle Ermine, plus FFG Turnip Moth.  At last a few micros !

Only (!) 47 Heart and Dart, 18 Marbled Minor agg, 1 May Bug, 1 Ichneumon Wasp and 1 Clearwing made up the grand collection..

Fri 22nd May 2020 13:08 by Lewis Mitchell
Yeovil - 21/05/20
Trap ran between 21:15 and 01:00. Totals as follows: Heart and Dart 7, Light Brown Apple 1, Shuttle-Shaped Dart 1, Sycamore 1, Rustic 1, Marbled Minor Agg 1, Common Marbled Carpet 1, Peppered 1, Cydia fagiglandana 1
Fri 22nd May 2020 11:29 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel 21.5.2020
Trapped until 2330hrs. Very good evening with 48 moths of 23 species. NFY were Seraphim, Buff Ermine, Miller, Dark Arches, Burnished Brass and Snout. Most numerous were Light Brown Apple Moths (16) and Pale Tussock (6).
Fri 22nd May 2020 11:18 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 21/5/20
34 species in the trap this morning. Highlights:

Pale Tussock, Figure of Eighty, Diamond-back, Shark, Mullein, Latticed Heath, Burnished Brass, Buff Ermine, Poplar Grey, Monopis weaverella.

Fri 22nd May 2020 11:02 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Easily the best night of the year with what seemed like the first cloud cover since the beginning of April. It was a bit too windy to be perfect conditions but it did result in 129 macros of 43 different species. Pale Pinion and Shears were the only 2 firsts for the year that I do not always see with the 11 other firsts all being regulars.
These did bring up the hundred of macros recorded this year. This is the 5th earliest I have reached the century in 18 years here and is 6 days earlier than the average. I thought this surprising considering how few moths it has felt like I've actually recorded but looking at the records this year is reasonably typical so far.
Fri 22nd May 2020 07:41 by William Langdon
Higher Vexford
Garden trapping has been fairly quiet recently, with good-sized catches, but nothing particularly unusual. Highlights have been Cochylis nana last night along with my third Privet Hawk Moth here, and Cauchas fibulella feeding on its speedwell foodplant by day earlier this week. Paul Wilkins has kindly confirmed a Coleophora here from late April as otidipennella. This looks like rather a scarce moth in Somerset, but judging from two others from two more sites near home that Paul has confirmed as otidipennella (and numerous similar un-determined ones that I've seen by day), it's quite common in damp pastures where its foodplants - wood-rushes, grow, flying alongside the more abundant Glyphipterix fuscoviridella.

578 - Coleophora otidipennella

578 - Coleophora otidipennella

Yesterday I visited Hurlstone Point in the hope of seeing the lovely Schiffermuellerina grandis. I was very pleased to see good numbers of males flying in the early morning sun (I was there between 8:30 and 10:30) along the track from the car park to the point. They were flying to and fro on the path, lekking in little groups rather like giant midges in sunny patches, wonderful moths! The related Alabonia geoffrella was also flying in smaller numbers. Big thanks to David Aggasiz for advice on where to look.

634 - Schiffermuellerina grandis

634 - Schiffermuellerina grandis

Thu 21st May 2020 19:42 by Sue Davies
Butleigh garden surprise
David Lester spotted this in his garden today! 69.008 [B&F: 1982] Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth (Hemaris tityus) 69.008 1982 Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth (Hemaris tityus) DL20b 69.008 1982 Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth (Hemaris tityus) DL20
Thu 21st May 2020 18:47 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 20/05/2020 min temp 11.1c
A little bit of rain when I retrieved the traps at 4:30 but not enough to deter a bumper haul of 238 moths of 63 species ! The day had started well with a FFG in the form of Small Yellow Underwing , flying in the afternoon sunshine. There were 13 FFY : Thistle Ermine ; Small Magpie ; Garden Grass Veneer ; Oak Hook-tip ; Fox Moth (2) ; Clay Triple-lines (2) ; Broken-barred Carpet ; Sandy Carpet (2) ; Scorched Wing (3) ; Lobster Moth ; Poplar Grey ; Shark and Small Angle Shades.  Good numbers of : Brown Silver-lines (13) ; Buff-tip (10) ; Pale Tussock (15) ; White Ermine (8) ; Treble Lines (47) ; Shoulder-striped Wainscot (26).
Thu 21st May 2020 15:33 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull
Night of 20/5.

FFY: Bryotropha affinis, Chrysoteuchia culmella, Cochylimorpha straminea, Pale Tussock, Peppered Moth, Red Twin-spot Carpet and Wormwood Pug.

Thu 21st May 2020 12:04 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel
20th May 2020 39 moths of 23 species, NFY were Riband Wave, Buff-tip moth and Vine's Rustic. Also Bee moth, Figure of Eighty, Yellow-barred Brindle, Scorched Carpet, Lime Hawkmoth, Small Elephant Hawkmoth (2) and Cream-spot Tiger.
Thu 21st May 2020 12:02 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington 21/05/2020
Caught 75 moths of 30 species last night. Highlights: Azalea Leaf-miner (2), Common Swift (2), Garden Pebble, Green Carpet, Spruce Carpet, Straw Dot, Pale Tussock (4), Seraphim, May Highflyer, and a strange-looking Plum Tortrix . Also 8 Cockchafers.

Strange Plum Tortrix

The strange Plum Tortrix

Thu 21st May 2020 11:45 by Simon Phelps
Coleophora frischella
Coleophora frischella

A few days ago I photographed this Coleophora in a meadow on the outskirts of Middlezoy village. I emailed the image to Phil Sterling, George Tordoff and Neale (Micro County Recorder) and they suggested it is most likely to be either frischella or alcyonipennella. These two were recently split and thus there are no records of alcyonipennella showing on the website. There are 5 records showing for frischella, the last being in 2016. Whilst Neale felt this was more likely to be frischella he agreed with Phil and George that to be sure dissection would be needed. It will be recorded as frischella but with the caveat put in that no dissection was done (this was Neale's advice).

Thu 21st May 2020 08:27 by Steve Pilkington
21st May Cocklake
Clear night here but the moths still turned up. 111 moths 37 species, best count for the year to date. 12 Year firsts Puss moth(2nd record 2017) Cinnabar (surprisingly 2nd only sighting 2007!) Chrysoteuchia culmella, Ringed china mark, Blood vein, Light emerald, Small square spot, Square spot rustic, Uncertain, Herald, Straw dot.
Wed 20th May 2020 17:27 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
19 moths of 12 species. FFY were Buff Ermine (only third May record), The Uncertain (2, only my second May record) and The Spectacle.
Wed 20th May 2020 15:25 by Nigel Cottle
I ran a trap in a private garden in Kingston-St-Mary until 01:00h this morning.

131 of 37 (31 macro, six micro) including:

Nematopogon schwarziellus, Argyresthia cupressella, Small Magpie, Udea olivalis, Rivulet, Clouded-bordered Brindle, Mocha, Orange Footman, Scorched Wing, Mottled Rustic, Scalloped Hazel, Common White Wave, Mottled Pug, Flame Carpet, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Ingrailed Clay, Clay Triple-lines, Willow Beauty, Scorched Carpet, White Ermine and a nicely marked Heart & Dart.

Heart and Dart 190520

Wed 20th May 2020 12:16 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
19/5/20 - at least there was no Great Tit in the trap this morning - maybe it has learnt its lesson.  30 moths, of 14 species this time, a slight improvement on recent catches.  6 FFYs were White Ermine (5), Setaceous Hebrew Character (3), Treble Lines, Vine's Rustic (2), Small Magpie and May Highflyer.  This is only the third time I have ever recorded this last, and the first time actually in May !  As far as I am aware, there are very few Alders (larval foodplant) in my local area, so not too surprising, but at Lydford, where I only had one record, there were Alders within close range. Also in the trap, a solitary May Bug, two small Caddises and an Earwig.
Wed 20th May 2020 09:01 by David Agassiz
Request for tineids
If anyone comes across a live specimen of Tinea trinotella, T. subfulvella or other species I would very much like to have them (alive) to make ultrasound recordings for colleagues at Bristol University.
Tue 19th May 2020 15:56 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Found a FFY Jersey Tiger caterpillar in the garden yesterday.
Tue 19th May 2020 13:41 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
Only 56 moths of 26 species despite seemingly favourable conditions but my first Cream-spot Tiger for 5 years more than made up for any disappointment. Other FFY: May Highflyer, Small Elephant Hawk-moth, Scorched Wing, Foxglove Pug, Hedya pruniana, Notocelia cynosbatella, Argyresthia cupressella and Small Dusty Wave.
Tue 19th May 2020 10:46 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel
17.5.2020 17 moths of 16 species, NFY were Udea olivalis, Common Swift and Carcina quercana.

18.5.2020 22 moths of 9 species. NFY were Nematopogon swammerdamella and Small Elephant Hawkmoth

Tue 19th May 2020 09:41 by Simon Phelps
Coleophora badiipennella
Coleophora badiipennella

A few days ago I found my first ever Coleophora case on Elm in the village of Middlezoy where I live. Phil Sterling and George Tordoff from Butterfly Conservation have said they think it is Coleophora badiipennella. If this record is accepted it would be the 5th (I think from the online maps on here) for Somerset. I will send details to the county recorder now.

Update on 20th May - Neale has confirmed the record.

Mon 18th May 2020 17:34 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Low numbers still but not unusual for me at this time of year; altitude (154 metres) may be a factor. 11 moths of 8 species. The highlight was FFG Coxcomb Prominent, my 535th garden species. FFY were Brown Silver-line (first for three years) and Buff-tip. My micro records are very sparse so far.
Mon 18th May 2020 06:29 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 10th May
Two FFG micros confirmed from 10th May, thanks to David Aggasiz and Paul Wilkins. 0930 Gynnidomorpha alismana which according to the SMG maps has not been trapped before, outside of the Shapwick/Ham Wall complex apart from a 1906 record in Abbots Leigh.

0553 Coleophora striatipennella just a couple of recent records in VC6

Sun 17th May 2020 22:05 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
52 moths of 28 species including my first Large Yellow underwing, beating my previous earliest record by two weeks. Other FFY were: Brown Silver-line, Bright-line Brown-eye, Marbled Minor agg. (2), Common Marbled Carpet, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Rustic (3), Udea olivalis, Nematopogon swammerdamella and a couple of other micros still unidentified.
Sun 17th May 2020 21:18 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 16/05/2020
100 moths of 39 species.  FFY : Treble Brown Spot ; Maidens Blush (2) ; Grey Pug ; Barred Umber ; Bright-line Brown-eye (2) ; Broom Moth (2) ; Heart and Dart (3) and Flame.
Sun 17th May 2020 12:34 by William Langdon
I haven't trapped much lately with the cool, breezy nights - 25 species last night though, with Shears new for the garden. I've still been Moth-ing by day, with an evening walk round Thurlbear on the 15th revealing several cases of Coleophora conyzae on Ploughman's Spikenard, and Coleophora potentillae on Bramble (ID confirmed by Rob Edmunds). Both were new ones for me and had already been recorded nearby in orchard wood by James McGill. There were also several Dusky Plume larvae on the Ploughman's Spikenard, as well as Lathronympha strigana and Euspilapteryx auroguttella larvae on St John's Wort, and Acleris schalleriana on Wayfaring Tree.

521 - Coleophora conyzae larva

521 - Coleophora conyzae larva (detected by the brown blotch it creates).

513 - Coleophora potentillae larva

513 - Coleophora potentillae larva

Yesterday morning I returned to the slumped cliffs at Warren Bay near Watchet where I found good numbers of Small Purple-Barred, another Wood Sage Plume larva and some Epiblemas flying around Coltsfoot that will hopefully prove to be Epiblema sticticana, as well as good numbers of Dingy Skipper. The big highlight was 3 adult Goldenrod Plumes flying in a small hollow filled with the foodplant at the foot of one of the slumps, this is a rather rare (and stunning!) moth that I thought I found a dead larva of earlier in the week, so it was nice to firm it up.

1500 - Goldenrod Plume - Platyptilia calodactyla

1500 - Goldenrod Plume

This was shortly followed by a lovely female Narrow-Bordered Bee Hawk egg-laying on Devil's Bit Scabious, moving systematically between clumps and depositing the green eggs, a great 5 minutes of moth-ing!

1982 - Narrow-Bordered Bee Hawk

1982 - Narrow-Bordered Bee Hawk egg-laying

1982 - Narrow-Bordered Bee Hawk ovum

1982 - Narrow-Bordered Bee Hawk ovum

Sun 17th May 2020 12:21 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
16/5/20 - What one might call a mixed bag last night.  My first ever trapping of a Great Tit was the ?highlight?  I'm not sure which of us was the more surprised !!  There were 16 live moths, plus 2 identifiable remains (Buff-tip and FFY Pale Tussock), plus a few odd wings, 2 Cockchafers and a few Great Tit turds.  The intact moths were 6 Flame Shoulders, another Buff-tip, and singles of Heart & Dart, Poplar Hawkmoth, Clouded-bordered Brindle, Marbled Minor agg., Common Pug, and Silver-ground Carpet, plus FFYs Bright-line Brown-eye, Least Black Arches, and my third micro of the year, (whoopee!) a Light Brown Apple Moth. Not before time.
Sun 17th May 2020 10:15 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull
Night of 16/5.

FFY: Large Yellow Underwing & Vine's Rustic.

Sun 17th May 2020 10:09 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel
Trapped until 2330hrs. 27 moths of 15 species. 10 were Pale Tussock. NFY were Plum Tortrix, Garden Carpet and Small Seraphim. High light - 2 Cream-spot Tigers Cream-spot Tigers
Sun 17th May 2020 08:40 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington 17/05/2020
Low numbers last night. Caught 41 moths of 16 species. Highlights: Muslin Moth, Cydia fagiglandana, Pale Tussock, and Green Carpet. Also nine Cockchafers.
Sat 16th May 2020 22:13 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel
Hi Benjamin I put it on this page originally as a query..Dark Spectacle or Spectacle? Coming from Hampshire I asked friends there and the opinion was Dark Spectacle,but they were not 100% sure. I'm not certain myself, either way. but I'll go with Spectacle.


Sat 16th May 2020 18:31 by Benjamin Bond
Re: Dark Spectacle
Hi Maurice Pugh, I think your photo of the Dark Spectacle looks more like a Spectacle to me.
Sat 16th May 2020 11:45 by Howard Parsons
Still low numbers overnight, 15 moths, 10 species. Treble Line (3), Heart & Dart (3), Shuttle-shaped Dart (2), Muslin Moth, Buff Ermine, Silver Y, Vine's Rustic, Small Dusty Wave, Flame Shoulder and a new species for me, Freyer's Pug.Freyer's Pug 16-5-20
Fri 15th May 2020 13:48 by William Langdon
Had a nice walk along the beach at Watchet on 13/05 to have a look for moths along the slumped cliffs (the coast path above is unfortunately now shut due to winter erosion). I had a few near misses, with what looked to be a Goldenrod Plume larva that was unfortunately dead and couldn't be IDed with any certainty, and some untenanted spinnings on Wayfaring Tree that were probably Acleris schalleriana, but I was very pleased to find 4 larvae of Wood Sage Plume in one slump.

1494 - Wood Sage Plume larva

1494 Wood Sage Plume larva

These feed on Wood Sage in warm, sunny habitats, so the sheltered cliffs are perfect for them. They leave distinctive damage that makes them quite easy to detect, initially eating little holes in the terminal shoot, and then nibbling through the stem below the shoot, causing it to wilt, and then feeding on the wilted leaves.

1494 - Wood Sage Plume larval feeding damage

The distinctive wilted stems.

The adult moth apparently doesn't move very far from the foodplant, so this might be a good way to record the species. This is the second record for VC5 according to the website map! Other highlights were larvae of Anania crocealis on Ploughman's Spikenard, cases of Coleophora discordella (Bird's Foot Trefoil) follicularis (Hemp Agrimony) and gryphipennella (Dog Rose), lots of Spindle Ermine larvae, Alabonia geoffrella and Micropterix tunbergella.

Fri 15th May 2020 12:10 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
14/5/20 - even worse than other recent catches - just 8 moths last night - 3 Muslin Moths, 1 each Hebrew Character, Common Pug and Buff-tip, plus 2 FFY Heart and Darts.  Still no micros (2 this year to date).
Fri 15th May 2020 10:36 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull
Late report from night of 8/5/20.

FFG: 15.007 Caloptilia azaleella (Azalea Leaf Miner). My thanks to Paul for the gen. det.

Wed 13th May 2020 10:06 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
12/5/20 - another night of low numbers, but at least a bit of variety.  14 moths, 8 species, including 4 FFYs - Peppered Moth, Common Marbled Carpet, Oak-tree Pug, and an early Gold Spot.
Tue 12th May 2020 16:30 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
Just found a FFY Buff-tip on my living-room window sill.  In spite of its brilliant camouflage on a tree, it's useless against white gloss paint.
Mon 11th May 2020 21:33 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock Saturday 09/05/20
Apologies for the late posting.  I usually leave a few days between trapping but as conditions were near perfect and the forecast for the next week less perfect, I thought I would have another go.  213 moths of 61 species + a couple of micros to be determined, seem to indicate I got it right.  21 of the 61 species were FFY: Micropterix aruncella -netted in the afternoon ; Monpis weaverella (2) ; Celypha lacunana (2) ; Pyrausta purpuralis ; Crambus lathionellus ; Poplar Hawk Moth ; Privet Hawk Moth ; Flame Carpet (2) ; May Highflyer (3) ; Toadflax Pug ; Mottled Pug ; Scorched Carpet ; Lunar Thorn ; Pale Prominent ; Buff-tip (2) ; Cinnebar (3) ; Marbled White-spot ; Orange Footman ; Brown Rustic ; Shoulder-striped Wainscot (2) and Shuttle-shaped Dart (2). A probable Lead Belle refused to open his wings and show himself properly and with everything appearing so early this year July Belle could not be ruled out!  Also of note ;Cocksfoot Moth ; Chinese Character (3) ; Small Elephant Hawk Moth (2) ; Rivulet (10) ; Scalloped Hazel (3) ; Great and Coxcomb Prominents ; Treble Lines (49) and Least Black Arches (2)
Mon 11th May 2020 15:29 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel
SpectacleDark Spectacle or Spectacle
Sun 10th May 2020 17:43 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Numbers still on the low side but a good variety of species last night - 17 moths of 14 species. FFY were Sharp-angled Peacock (my earliest record by 29 days), Waved Umber (first for 4 years), Poplar Hawk-moth, Pale Tussock, White Ermine and Bright-line Brown-eye. The most numerous beast in the trap was Cockchafer, with 18 specimens, behaving a bit like rowdy gatecrashers at a party!
Sun 10th May 2020 16:15 by Paul Bowyer
Weston-super-Mare Moths
Sun 10th May 2020 16:03 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 10th May
Busy night here with a good number of moths on the outside of the trap and on surrounding vegetation which is always a good sign. 103 moths 48 species.FFY were C.lacuana, Mottled pug,Common marbled carpet,Scorched wing,Mocha,Clouded silver, Common wave, Setaceous hebrew character, Lychnis, Knot grass, and Burnished brass, so far. Still working on 9 micros.
Sun 10th May 2020 15:16 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull
Night of 9/5:

An example of 49.339 Cydia servillana was found in the trap this morning.

Chris Iles has confirmed that this is the third county record and the first for VC5.

FFY: Cinnabar, Iron Prominent, Sycamore, Bright-line Brown-eye and Marbled Minor agg.

Cydia servillana 090520

Cydia servillana

Sun 10th May 2020 13:44 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel
FernTrapped 9.5.2020 until 2330hrs. 37 moths of 23 species. 13 NFY including Bee moth, Oak Hook-tip, Figure of Eighty, Red-green Carpet,Poplar Kitten, Iron Prominent, Light Brocade, Lychnis and Spectacle. NFG was a Fern
Sun 10th May 2020 09:40 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
65 moths of 37 species from both the MV and actinic traps. 15 FFY included: Seraphim, Broken-barred Carpet, Orange Footman (2), Heart and Dart, Diamond-back Moth and Cinnabar. Most of the 15 were much earlier than previous records.
Sat 9th May 2020 12:00 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel
Trapped until 2330hrs 8.5.2020 24 moths of 12 species. NFY were Epiblema cynosbatella, Peppered Moth, Lime Hawkmoth and White Ermine. NFG was Cream-spot TigerCream-spot Tiger
Sat 9th May 2020 10:17 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
8/5/20 - I feel quite deprived, seeing the large numbers elsewhere.  Just 19 moths last night, (admittedly the best for some time, but that's not saying a lot) - 5 Hebrew Characters, 3 Muslin Moths, 2 each Common Pugs and Cinnabars, and singles of Brimstone Moth, Poplar Hawk, Coxcomb Prominent, Clouded Drab and Flame Shoulder, plus FFYs Marbled Minor agg and Pebble Prominent.  Only 3 May Bugs ths time.
Sat 9th May 2020 09:13 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington 09/05/2020
Caught 67 moths of 23 species last night. Highlights: Seraphim (FFG), Muslin Moth (3), Poplar Hawk-moth, Pebble Prominent, Mocha, Pale Tussock, Alder Kitten, Waved Umber, Grey Dagger, Powdered Quaker, Gracillaria syringella, Bactra lancealana. Also caught 17 Cockchafers!
Fri 8th May 2020 20:49 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 07/05/2020
109 moths of 40 species including 13 FFY : Nematopogon schwarziellus (2) ; Incurvana masculella ; Pseudoswammerdamia combinella (is this he longest name for a micro? ) ; Tachystola acroxantha ; Syndemis masculana ; Bee Moth ; Small Elephant Hawk Moth ; Silver-ground Carpet (2) ; Small White Wave ; Rivulet ; Small Rivulet (2) ; Common White Wave ; Spectacle (3) and Lychnis.  Treble Lines (23) and Common Pug (11) were the top scorers.
Fri 8th May 2020 18:21 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull
Night of 7/5.

The highlight was my second garden record of Monopis crocicapitella.

Monopis crocicapitella 070520

Fri 8th May 2020 16:27 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Better last night, with 16 moths of 11 species. The highlight was FFG Lime Hawk-moth, the 8th species of Hawk-moth I've recorded. FFY were Heart and Dart, Shuttle-shaped Dart and Treble Lines. Earlier in the day an FFY Garden Carpet was on the hous wall.
Fri 8th May 2020 11:41 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 8th May
43 moths,23 species.Less cloud than was forecast earlier in the day. A long overdue FFG was Scalloped hazel. FFY were Buff ermine, Heart and dart(4), Rustic shoulder knot, Treble lines(3), Common swift(3), Buff tip, Plum tortrix, Cochylimorpha straminae.
Fri 8th May 2020 10:52 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 7/5/20
10 species in the trap this morning:

Garden Carpet, Light Brown Apple Moth, Udea olivalis, Waved Umber, Lychnis, Muslin, Cochylis atricapitana, Silver Y, Blastobasis lacticolella, Common Pug.

I also found Small Yellow Underwing, Glyphipterix fuscoviridella and Aethes smeathmanniana on an afternoon walk in a wet meadow near my house yesterday.

Thu 7th May 2020 11:04 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
6/5/20 - again small numbers last night (full moon didn't help) - 6 Muslin Moths, and singles of Hebrew Character, Waved Umber, and FFYs Poplar Hawkmoth and Clouded-bordered Brindle.  Also 3 large Caddises and 5 May Bugs, so not entirely a wasted effort.
Wed 6th May 2020 10:10 by Jane Durham
Moths don't appear to have realised they don't need to socially distance themselves. Only 5 this morning, but including Small waved umber for only the second time, and Dingy footman.
Tue 5th May 2020 14:26 by Dave Ayling
Ruddy Carpet this morning
Ruddy Carpet 05052020

On going to fill the bird feeder this morning imagine my surprise on seeing this inside.

Tue 5th May 2020 10:41 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
4/5/20 - well, my local moths don't like strong winds !  Mind you, if I had realised just how draughty it was going to be, I probably wouldn't have bothered.  In the event, just 6 moths toughed it out - 3 Muslin Moths, and singles of Brimstone Moth, Flame Shoulder, and FFY Common Carpet.
Mon 4th May 2020 21:33 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise,Little Quantock 03/05/2019
A filthy night with cloud on the deck and a steady 'mizzle' falling for much of the time. Exactly what the moths seem to like. 58 of 27 species in and around the traps. FFY were : Epiblema scutulana ; Chinese Character ; Elephant Hawk Moth ; Common Marbled Carpet (2) ; Foxglove Pug (2) ; Brown Silverline (3) ; Scalloped Hazel ; Pale Tussock (2) ; Buff Ermine ; Treble Lines (8) ; Setaceous Hebrew Character and Least Black Arches (3).  This afternoon, flying around some Hart's tongue ferns in the garden, 5 Psychoides filicivora. Also, a walk up on Great Hill in the Quantocks turned up several Crambus lathoniellus and a Silver-ground Carpet.
Mon 4th May 2020 21:05 by John Bebbington
It wasn't worth repairing the trap cable! 6 moths of 4 species - Brimstone, Hebrew Character (2), Treble Lines (2), Rustic Shoulder-knot.
Mon 4th May 2020 17:03 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Still low numbers - 9 moths of 6 species. FFY were Yellow-barred Brindle and Iron Prominent.
Mon 4th May 2020 12:02 by Sue Davies
Butleigh garden
Still only 12 spp, but FFY - Angle shades, Common Marbled and Green Carpets, Cinnabar, Pseudoswammerdamia combinella and Bee Moth. First Silver Y in the trap, one seen in the lane on walkabout.
Mon 4th May 2020 10:28 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel
Evening of 3.5.2020

13 moths of 7 species. NFY was a Red-Twin-spot Carpet. Others included Waved Umber and Common Marbled Carpet. Jersey Tiger caterpillar found in garden.Jersey Tiger caterpillar

Sun 3rd May 2020 11:18 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull
Night of 2/5.

17 of 13 in a rather damp trap this morning. Waved Umber, Treble Lines and Common Marbled Carpet were FFY.

A Phyllonorycter schreberella was the second garden record.

Sun 3rd May 2020 10:19 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
2/5/20 - still poor numbers. Just 14 moths, 6 species - 6 Muslin Moths, 3 Hebrew Characters, 2 Flame Shoulders, plus singles Powdered Quaker, and FFYs Cinnabar and Silver-ground Carpet.  Muslin Moths are certainly having a good year, more frequent records than ever before, and greater numbers too.

A late addition in the porch last night - a Shuttle-shaped Dart.

Sat 2nd May 2020 20:58 by John Bebbington
Langport, 2 May 2020
A few nights without trapping thanks to a woodmouse which chewed through the trap cable - only discovered exactly where this afternoon!

Yesterday - 1 May - male Emperor Moth to lure in the garden. Second of the year.

Sat 2nd May 2020 18:09 by Nigel Cottle
northern winter moth
Whilst out walking around the lanes west of Bishops Hull today I noticed some larval feeding damage on Hazel. Further investigation revealed a Northern Winter Moth larva between spun leaves. Thanks to Richard Lewington on Twitter for identifying it.

Northern Winter Moth 020520

Fri 1st May 2020 18:25 by Jane Durham
Plesiomprpha punctilinearia
I forgot to ask if anyone has trapped one before as I understand it is the first UK recording.  But as it doesn't look spectacular, it might have been overlooked.
Fri 1st May 2020 08:44 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 30/4/20
A very strange trap this morning! Only 3 moths from 3 species, one of which was a Poplar Hawk-moth. The other two were Silver Y and Light Brown Apple Moth. Very odd to almost have the only moth in the trap being a Hawk-moth!
Fri 1st May 2020 08:39 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
30/4/20 - some rain in the night (which wasn't actually forecast) put paid to the chances of getting many moths,.  In the end, just 10 - 4 Hebrew Characters, 2 Muslin Moths, 3 Brimstone Moths, and 1 each Flame Shoulder and Common Pug.  Still no micros (only 2 to date this year).

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