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current posts

Wed 30th September 2020 08:53 by Maurice Pugh
Trapped until 23.30hrs both nights.

28.9.2020 9 moths of 5 species. NFY was a Beaded Chestnut.

29.9.2020 15 moths of 10 species. NFY was a Merveille du Jour.

Tue 29th September 2020 17:34 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
I found Cosmopterix pulchrimella mines, larvae, pupae and an adult last week on the IOW, on Pellitory-of-the-wall. I brought a few mined leaves home and another one emerged yesterday. Beautifully marked.

Cosmopterix pulchrimella SD20

Tue 29th September 2020 08:59 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
A warm 12’ min last night but only 15 spp. After the Crane flies, more than 50 Lunar Underwings, 7 Straw Dots and FFY 2 Large Ranunculus and a Beaded Chestnut. Also a Pinion-streaked Snout and Cypress Pug.
Sat 26th September 2020 09:43 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
Robin Clatworthy

Having been without my computer for the last three weeks, I was unaware of Robin's passing until yesterday.  I have read the various tributes on these pages, and can add very little, except to say that, like Ian, I had numerous occasions to call on Robin's vast knowledge and expertise.  He was always ready to chat for ages about myriad subjects, and never patronised my ignorance.  Wonderful man, who will be greatly missed.

Back to more mundane things, I have obviously been unable to report on my trappings, and there are several such gaps to fill in, but I won't bore everyone with the minutiae.  Just two FFGs to report - on 13th. Sept.  an L-album Wainscot, and on 21st., an Acleris holmiana.

Thu 24th September 2020 14:23 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
A reasonable night which included my first Sallows of the year as well as my earliest ever Merveille de Jour. This took my total number of macro species this year to 250. Only 2012 and 2013 have taken longer to reach this total. The average date for the previous 6 years is 11th August.
Other moths of note were a very fresh Lesser BBYUW, possibly a second generation, and a 3rd generation Ruby Tiger.
Wed 23rd September 2020 14:13 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
21 species on a mild and damp night, five FFY's were recorded: Acleris sparsana, Pink-barred Sallow, Barred Sallow, Sallow and my earliest recorded Beaded Chestnut.
Tue 22nd September 2020 19:49 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock
Possibly the last favourable night for a while, if the forecast can be believed.  164 moths of 39 species. One FFG : Orange Sallow.  Five FFY : Barred Sallow ; Sallow ; Beaded Chestnut (3) ; Brick and L-Album Wainscot.  Others of note : Ypsolopha parenthesella ; Y. sequella (2) ; Palpita vitrealis ; Flounced Chestnut ; Brindled Green ; Large Ranunculus and Autumnal Rustic.
Tue 22nd September 2020 17:18 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
I trapped on Sunday night then again last night (front garden and back garden).

Sunday was very uneventful, with 68 moths of 12 species (35 Lunar Underwings). Of most interest were two Bright-line Brown-eye caterpillars, one green, the other pale brown, found in the garden in the day.

Last night produced 78 moths of 13 species. The best was a FFG August Thorn. 52 Lunar Underwings made up the bulk of the catch. They've had an excellent year this year. I recorded only 15 last year but have now recorded 161 so far this year, which beats my previous best of 144 in 2014.

Tue 22nd September 2020 13:32 by John Day
Tuesday 22nd September by John Day
Following up from my earler post. This was the first sighting of this species here and perahaps an unusual one for a town garden. This, to me, sums up the interest in moth trapping - you never know what will turn up!
Tue 22nd September 2020 09:53 by John Day
Tuesday 22nd September by John Day
Autumnal Rustic (first record for site)
Mon 21st September 2020 21:06 by Steve Chapple
A tribute to Robin Clatworthy from James McGill
Robin Clatworthy

Robin's first moth record was on 23rd April 1952, a cream-spot tiger on Cannington Hill. More than 60,000 records followed, a remarkable legacy including the last Somerset records of white-spotted pinion, false mocha, and most amazing of all, orange upperwing. Robin had limitless enthusiasm for moths and was an inspirational friend who is sadly missed.

James McGill

Mon 21st September 2020 14:10 by John Bebbington
Robin Clatworthy
I too was very sad to hear about Robin's death. He was a tremendous source of knowledge and an inspiring colleague who contributed an immeasurable amount to our knowledge pf Somerset's moths. I had too few sessions of trapping with him, but those I did manage, including the one illustrated at Berrow, were very enjoyable. He was also very good in his explanations to the public - for example at the Barringon Court Nature Days.
Robin Cltworthy trappinng at Berrow
Robin Clatworthy trapping at Berrow, July 2016.
Mon 21st September 2020 00:22 by Ian Mathieson
I am so sad to hear of Robin's passing. He was my go to contact with any moth that I needed identifying or confirming. On numerous occasions I have popped round with a moth and ended up sitting in his conservatory for a couple of hours talking during which his vast knowledge of moths and other wildlife was apparent.. Due to Covid I haven't seen him since March but we did speak when he confirmed a Splendid Brocade at the end of June. He was always happy to help and never made you feel foolish when presenting him with a potential rarity that turned out to be nothing of the sort. I will miss him enormously.
Sun 20th September 2020 21:34 by Bill Urwin
Sad News
I learned today of the passing of Robin Clatworthy, a sad loss indeed of one of the longest serving Somerset mothers. I spent many happy sessions with him at various sites across the county and he had a wealth of stories right back to when he went trapping as a boy with A.H. Turner. He found an amazing number of Somerset rarities in his garden in Merriott including the superb Ringed Border.

RIP Robin.

Sun 20th September 2020 14:41 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington 20/09/2020
Caught 135 moths of 20 species last night. Highlights; Angle Shades, Black Rustic, Dusky Thorn, Light Emerald (2), and Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (2).
Thu 17th September 2020 20:58 by Bob Fleetwood
Night of 14th: a Radford's Flame Shoulder in my garden.

Night of 16th: a Clifden Nonpareil and a Dark Crimson Underwing in my garden and a Clifden Nonpareil in Paul Chapman's garden.

All three species (unsurprisingly) were first sightings for me.

Thu 17th September 2020 13:18 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 16th September
35 species, large numbers of Lunar underwing, Setaceous hebrew character, Large YU and Square spot rustic.

FFG was Scarce bordered straw. FFY were Large wainscot, European corn borer, Eudonia angustea and Argyresthia goeddartella.

others were L-album wainscot(5), Bulrush wainscot, Small blood vein and Pale mottled willow.

Thu 17th September 2020 08:55 by David Agassiz
Migrants in Weston
The night of 15th Sept Rhodometra sacraria (Vestal) and Thaumatotibia leucotreta (False Codling) showed up in my trap, the previous 3 nights Palpita vitrealis - probably the same one returning.
Thu 17th September 2020 07:31 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
A single Clifden Nonpareil yesterday meant I had now recorded it for 4 years in a row. My one individual pales next to Pam's 4. That must have been so exciting to see!
Possible migrants yesterday were 3 European Corn Borers and a Latticed Heath, my first for 5 years.
Wed 16th September 2020 21:38 by Pam Campbell
Hodderscombe Lodge garden
Although only 44 moths of 14 species last night , I did have 2 Vestal , 16 LYU ( actually highest count this year ) 10 Lunar Inderwing , 1 Frosted Orange ,1 Centre - barred Sallow but best of all 4 Clifden Nonpareil . I couldn't believe my eyes !
Wed 16th September 2020 17:34 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
I've trapped twice in the last few nights.

Sunday 13th produced 46 moths of 18 species. FFG was Svennson's Copper Underwing. Careful checking of Copper Underwings finally paid off! FFY was Dark Marbled Carpet (quite regular here in September).

Last night, 15th, produced my second-best catch of the year, 170 moths of 24 species. FFY were Strawberry Tortrix and The Vestal. Other migrants were 2 Dark Sword-grass, the first time I've had more than one. In the battle of the Yellow underwings, Lunar Underwing (62, my highest count, the best since 2014) just pipped Large Yellow (60). Dusky Thorn is still around in reasonable numbers (8 last night).

Wed 16th September 2020 14:43 by Nigel Cottle
Kingston St. Mary Garden
I ran one trap in Kingston St. Mary until 01:00h this morning by which time the mist/fog was quite thick.

161 moths of 36 species.

Macro (24 species) incl.: Small Blood-vein, Copper Underwing, Rosy Rustic, Orange Sallow, Centre-barred Sallow and Brindled Green etc.

Micro (12 species) incl.: Coptotriche marginea, Caloptilia semifascia, Tachystola acroxantha, Blastobasis lacticolella, Clepsis consimilana, Acleris cristana and European Corn-borer etc.

Acleris cristana 150920

Acleris cristana

Wed 16th September 2020 13:59 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm and Staplegrove, Taunton
I had a very creditible 90 moths of 29 species last night with a Black Rustic and European Corn-borer (2) both FFY. Best of all was my first ever L-album Wainscot and a new record for my 10K square.

L-album Wainscot 2020

James McGill, about a mile away in Staplegrove, just sent me this picture of a Clancy's Rustic his fourth record and first since 2010.

Clancy's Rustic 2020

Tue 15th September 2020 15:36 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull
It’s been fairly quiet here of late but last night’s Pandemis cinnamomeana was NFG. Other micros in the trap this morning: Swammerdamia pyrella, Tachystola acroxantha, Agonopterix alstromeriana, Agriphila geniculea, Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner, Gold Triangle and LBAM.

Pandemis cinnamomeana 140920

Pandemis cinnamomeana

Sun 13th September 2020 08:34 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel 12.9.2020
Trapped until 23.30hrs 49 moths of 16 species, most numerous were Square-spot Rustic (20) and Large Yellow Underwing (5)

NFY were Lunar Underwing and Clifden Nonpareil

Fri 11th September 2020 16:46 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Numbers dropped again last night- 36 moths of 12 species. FFY was Large Ranunculus, my first record for three years. Brimstone Moth is having its best year here since 2014 (54 this year).
Fri 11th September 2020 14:49 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR. Night of 8th Sept.
I trapped at Netherclay until 01:00h Wednesday morning. 219 moths of 35 species.

Macro (24 species) incl.: Dusky Thorn, Copper Underwing, Rosy Rustic, Barred Sallow, Brindled Green, Common Wainscot and Small Square-spot.

Double-figure counts: Square-spot Rustic (53), Light Emerald (26), Green Carpet (26), Brimstone (20), Snout (17) and Centre-barred Sallow (11).

Micro (11 species) incl.: Large Fruit-tree Tortrix, Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix, Agapeta hamana, Epinotia tenerana and Anania crocealis.

Thu 10th September 2020 12:00 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
I've had a good few days. For many years I have been growing nicotiana with not a lot of success or it flowers too early. This year I got my timing right and was rewarded with my first ever Convolvulus Hawk-moth. Hoping to get better pictures tonight.

Convolvulus Hawk-moth SC2020
Convolvulus Hawk-moth Agrius convolvuli
Wed 9th September 2020 21:36 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
A Dark Spectacle this morning (not seen since 2014) joins a growing list of species absent for 5/6 years: Cream-spot Tiger. Mouse Moth, Pine Beauty, True Lover's Knot, Toadflax Pug, Ear Moth agg. Warm Spring?

Dark Spectacle 2020
Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia
Wed 9th September 2020 18:22 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Unexciting catch last night of 70 moths of 18 species. No FFY but of interest were 2 pristine Green Carpets, 8 Dusky Thorns, continuing the good run this year by this species, and my first September record of Small Blood-vein. Large Yellow Underwing was the top species with 25.
Wed 9th September 2020 17:24 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 8th September.
Decent numbers for the time of year 211 moths 36 species. Highlight was a second Clifden NP following the first 2 weeks ago. Brimstone, Large yellow underwing, Setaceous HC and Square spot rustic dominated. FFY were Centre barred sallow (11) and Lunar underwing.

Red underwings may doing well around here. Only ever had 2 before the last in 2017. This year 4 already. Amongst the micros - Nephopterix angustella and Acleris kochiella. .

Mon 7th September 2020 12:07 by Sue Davies
Acrolepia autumnitella
19.014 0476 Acrolepia autumnitella emerged yesterday from larvae found on Bittersweet growing in shade by pond behind our garden in August. 19.014 0476 Acrolepia autumnitella mines Bittersweet SD13Aug20 19.014 0476 Acrolepia autumnitella larva Bittersweet SD13Aug20 19.014 0476 Acrolepia autumnitella SD20
Mon 7th September 2020 10:11 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
Amongst a meagre batch of the 'usuals' was a fresh Clifden Nonpareil. My second record here and in consecutive years.

Clifden Nonpareil SC2020
Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini
Mon 7th September 2020 09:02 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel
Trapped until 23.30hrs 6.9.2020

55 moths of 22 species. Most numerous were Square-spot Rustic (15), Brimstone (7) and Large Yellow Underwing (6). NFG was a Pale Eggar. NFY were Barred Hook-tip, Centre-barred Sallow and Barred Sallow.

Sun 6th September 2020 11:38 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
5/9/20 - quite pathetic really - just 33 moths, 9 species, nothing new.  Oh well, try agan soon.
Fri 4th September 2020 10:07 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington 04/09/2020
Caught 256 moths of 39 species last night. Highlights; Dusky Thorn (3), Light Emerald, Cypress Pug, Chinese Character, Oak Hook-tip, Centre-barred Sallow (3), Lime-speck Pug (2), Treble-bar, and Argyresthia semitestacella.
Thu 3rd September 2020 20:27 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
An excellent 121 moths of 50 species on a very mild night but nothing too exciting. The six FFY's were: Centre-barred Sallow, Spruce Carpet, Toadflax Pug, Treble-bar, Svensson's Copper Underwing and Prays ruficeps (Dark Ash Bud Moth).

Prays ruficeps 2020
Prays ruficeps
Wed 2nd September 2020 17:29 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Conditions not ideal but last night I managed 40 moths of 11 species. FFY were Rusty Dot Pearl and Frosted Orange. 28 Large Yellow Underwings made up the bulk of the catch.
Wed 2nd September 2020 13:38 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
1/9/20 - a poor night last night, cold and a nearly full moon the cause.  Just 27 moths of 10 species, nothing new.  Setaceous HC the most with 7.

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