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Fri 30th October 2020 15:30 by Sue Davies
TreeHouse Butleigh
An amazing night, min 14' landed 19spp, Highlight a garden first Oak Rustic, late Straw Dot, Dark Arches, Common Wainscot. Usual Autumn regulars plus Cypress Carpet, Acleris sparsana and Clempsis consimilana. 73.223 2246a Oak Rustic Dryobota labecula SD20 49.069 1041 Acleris sparsana SD20
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Fri 30th October 2020 10:46 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
29/10/20 - very mild last night, so I was hopeful of good numbers, but the almost-full moon scuppered my hopes.  11 moths, of 7 species, with FFYs Feathered Thorn (2) & Green-brindled Crescent.  Also a UFO to be confirmed in due course.
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Wed 28th October 2020 14:31 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
27/10 20 - Last night was my first trapping since 24/9, due to increasingly poor vision, resulting in eye surgery on 5/10 - one eye much improved, the other to be done some time, depending on the surgeons'/consultants' schedules - I live in hope !!

The traps produced just 12 moths of 9 species, with 5 FFYs - Merveille du Jour. November Moth agg., Beaded Chestnut (2), Chestnut and Red-line Quaker, and a FFG Red-green Carpet, a surprise really, not to have seen one here before, as they are quite common.  There was also a very late Large YU.

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Wed 28th October 2020 10:36 by Nigel Voaden
Leaf Mines 19-24/10/2020
A visit to my parents last week was good value for leaf mines, consolidating highlights into a single post;

Shipham area (various dates), 30+ Phyllonorycter nigrescentella, Phyllonorycter acerifoliella, Stigmella catharticella and Phyllonorycter esperella were all species I've not recorded in this area before.

King's Wood, Winscombe (20/10/2020), 2 Stigmella samiatella mines on Sweet Chestnut were eventually located whilst presumed Ectoedemia atricollis feeding on a cherry was a surprise. I've never recorded this species on cherry before.

Westhay Moor SWT (20/10/2020), Stigmella basiguttella, Tischeria dodonaea and Caloptilia falconipennella were all new species for me whilst other notables included Ectoedemia heringi and Coleophora orbitella.

Great Breach Wood (21/10/2020), mines of Mompha terminella (also new to me) were abundant. Other scarcer species I've recorded previously at this site included Stigmella catharticella, Ectoedemia arcuatella, Ectoedemia rubivora, Bucculatrix frangutella, Caloptilia cuculipennella and Phyllonorycter lautella among a total of 46 species on a wet afternoon.

Priddy Pools (24/10/2020), plenty of Entuecha acetosae, the hoped for target were present.

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Mon 26th October 2020 11:20 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
First trapping here for a few weeks, min 7'. Just 7spp, FFY- Chestnut, Merveille du Jour, Green-brindled Crescent, Epirrita egg. Also Red and Yellow-line Quakers, and a very late fresh Shuttle shaped Dart..? third generation. Plenty of mines and larva of Stigmella salicis on Willow in the field behind the garden.

04.035 0068 Stigmella salicis mines SD20 04.035 0068 Stigmella salicis larva SD20

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Fri 23rd October 2020 16:42 by Paul Bowyer
Weston Moths
Palpita vitrealis, White-point, Gem and Cosmopterix pulchrimella in my garden trap at Milton, W-s-M this morning. 16 species recorded in total.
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Fri 23rd October 2020 15:56 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 22/10/20 min temp 9.2c
Despite some heavy rain before midnight a good haul.  109 moths of 20 species.  Rusty-dot Pearl ; Spruce Carpet (9) ; Red-green Carpet (17) ; November Moth agg. (11) ; Clifden Nonpareil (my third this year) ; Silver-Y ; Red-line Quaker ; Yellow-line Quaker (42) ; Brick ; Satellite (FFY) ; Merveille du Jour (5) ; Brindled Green Crescent (3) .
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Thu 22nd October 2020 18:05 by Steve Chapple
Staplegrove, Taunton 21 10 20
James McGill sent me this picture of a Palpita vitrealis he trapped in his Staplegrove garden, his first since 2013. He also had another Clancy's rustic last night. Two species I have still yet to record, a mile away, here in Pen Elm.

Palpita vitrealis JM2020
Palpita vitrealis
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Thu 22nd October 2020 17:50 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
While cutting back a Jasmine climber this morning, I cam across a pristine Swallow-tailed Moth. It's the first time I've recorded the species out of the period late June to August, so it must be a second brood specimen.
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Wed 21st October 2020 20:52 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
33 moths of 18 species on a very mild and, latterly, very wet night. Only one FFY, a solitary Gem.
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Sun 18th October 2020 17:45 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Last night produced just 10 moths of 6 species. FFY were November Moth agg. and The Chestnut (2). Also of interest was a late Double-striped Pug.
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Sun 18th October 2020 15:36 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
24 moths of 15 species last night from both traps. Five FFY: Merveille du Jour (2), November Moth agg. (3) Blair's Shoulder-knot, Chestnut, Green-brindled Crescent (2). Another spectacular Clifden Nonpariel was a late season surprise.

Clifden Nonpareil underside
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Mon 12th October 2020 17:31 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock 11/10/2020 Min temp 5.6c
58 moths of 21 species.  FFY: November Moth agg. (2) ; Pink-barred Sallow and Merveille du Jour (2). Ohers of note : Grey Pine Carpet (2) ; Feathered Thorn ; Clifden Nonpareil ; Barred Sallow ; Sallow ; Red-lined Quaker (2) ; Yellow-lined Quaker (6) and Lesser Yellow Underwing.
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Fri 9th October 2020 17:47 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Interesting to see that moth numbers a few miles west of me are so much more positive than here. A November moth last night pushed my year's total to 254 species. This is easily the lowest number of species at this time of year since the disastrously wet summer of 2007.
A second Clifden Nonpareil was a good moth but I was rather hoping it would have red rather than blue underwings as I have not recorded that species yet this year!
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Fri 9th October 2020 17:07 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Meagre pickings here last, where it turned clear and cold early on. The result was 10 moths of 7 species, two of which were FFY - Beaded Chestnut and Barred Sallow. Of interest was my first October record of Light Emerald and my first October record of Garden Carpet since 2013. Total number of species for the year so far is 263, the highest since 283 in 2016.
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Fri 9th October 2020 14:40 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 08/10/2020 Min temp 4.1c
A colder night than forecast but a fair turnout anyway.  66 moths of 17 species.  FFY : Clifden Nonpareil and Red-line Quaker.  Others of note : Pine Carpet ; Red-green Carpet (19) ; Barred Sallow (5) ; Flounced Chestnut ; Brindled Green (2) and Oak Nycteoline.
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Mon 5th October 2020 08:46 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
A much depleted catch last night, just 7 spp, FFY Large Wainscot and worth it for a Clifden Nonpareil!
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Thu 1st October 2020 19:54 by Nigel Parsons
Berkley Marsh, Frome - 1st 0ctober
Whilst tidying up a shed this afternoon I disturbed a moth. On potting it up I realised it was a Buttoned Snout, a species I had not seen before but which I had been hoping to see as there is hops growing in the local hedgerows. I gather this moth is not often seen in light traps which probably explains its absence over the last 12 years of trapping in this locality.
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