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current posts

 
Sun 28th February 2021 09:05 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
27/2/21 - What exciting times we live 1n!!  Even with a full moon and near-frost temperature, more moths in one night (13) than the rest of the year to date put together (10).  Mind you, that's not saying a lot, is it?  There were 6 species, viz:- Hebrew Character (7), Common Quaker (2), plus singles of Dotted Border, Red Chestnut, and FFYs Clouded Drab and Twin-spotted Quaker.
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Thu 25th February 2021 11:49 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 24/02/2021 min temp 7.5c
I waited until the wind and rain had eased before putting the traps out at 2230 and was rewarded with 8 moths of 5 species. Acleris literana ; Dotted Border (3) ; Chestnut ; Small Quaker and Hebrew Character (2).
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Wed 24th February 2021 19:47 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
The first trap of the year attracted eleven moths of five species: Pale Brindled Beauty, Common Quaker (5), Hebrew Character, Chestnut and Grey Shoulder-knot. Also two Agonopterix heracliana spent most of the evening on the office window.
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Wed 24th February 2021 17:03 by Rob Grimmond
Virtual talk on 2nd March
This is a a reminder that the Group's first virtual talk for Members will take place on Tuesday 2nd March, at 7.30 p.m. Chris Iles, our County Macro Recorder will give a talk on Spring Caterpillars. For registrations details , see http://www.somersetmothgroup.org.uk/portal/p/Events
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Wed 24th February 2021 17:01 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
This morning I came across a Ruby Tiger larva trying to cross the lane near our house. My wife and I did our bit and protected it!
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Wed 24th February 2021 08:42 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
23/2/21 - far too windy last night to expect very many moths, so to get singles of Hebrew Character and Common Quaker was actually something of a bonus.  Tough little fellas, these Orthosias !
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Mon 22nd February 2021 18:25 by Nigel Parsons
Berkley Marsh, Frome - 22nd February
At last, some moths - the first for about a month! On 22nd I managed to get 14 moths and 5 species, despite the rain and wind. Spring Usher 3, Hebrew Character 7, Common Quaker 1, Dotted Border 2 and Early Moth 1. Boyed by this outcome I put the trap out again last night, 23rd and was rewarded with 22 moths of 12 species. These included Chestnut 2, Angle Shades 1, Small Brindled Beauty 1, and 3 micros - Agonopterix heracliana agg. 1, Tortricodes alternella 1 and Epiphyas postvittana 1. Also had 4 Early Moths - probably as many as I would see in total for most years. Let's hope it stays mild and dry for while so we can get the traps out again soon.
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Mon 22nd February 2021 18:18 by Nigel Cottle
Mompha divisella - Bishops Hull
This evening I released, into the garden, a Mompha divisella that was at the opaque glass in the side door of my garage . This species has a history here going back to 2018.

In that year a total of 22 was released between 2/4 and 25/4.

2019: 30 between 27/2 and 8/4.

2020: 39 between 10/3 and 8/4.

Why they choose to spend the winter in my garage and what their origin is I know not. The larvae feed on various willowherb sp. of which there is none in my garden.

For further details see my note in Nocturnal Record No. 12 (Summer 2020).

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Mon 22nd February 2021 10:41 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
First decent trapping of the year here, too. 11 macros of 7 species with Grey Shoulder Knot and Oak Beauty being the best of the catch as I failed to record either of these two last year. Along with a Pale Brindled Beauty it means that of the 11 species recorded so far this year 3 were missing from 2020.
I did not reach 11 macros species until 2nd April last year.
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Sun 21st February 2021 11:57 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
First decent trap of the year, 9 spp. Highlight an Acleris umbrana, Acleris ferrugana/notana, Common Plume, Heb.Chars commonest, common and Small Quakers, Chestnut, Early Grey and Satellite. 49.075 Acleris umbrana SD21
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Sun 21st February 2021 09:33 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
20/2/21 - at last, a mild night, no rain and only a half-moon, and lo! and behold!  Moths!!  Well, only three , but that doubles my score of species for the year to date.  Singles of Early Moth, Dotted Border and a FFG Red Chestnut.  This last is apparently the first record for my 10km square since 1965 - I wonder where they've been?
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Tue 16th February 2021 15:42 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
I haven't started trapping yet but found my first moth of the year this morning - a pristine Double-striped Pug. I've had a few records of this species in the second-half of March but nothing as early as this.
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Tue 16th February 2021 13:50 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
15/2/21 - I put the traps out for the first time in a month last night, but only until 10.30, as rain was forecast for the wee small hours.  Result?  Nuffink !!  If it stays mild and dry, I will try again soon, and maybe get a moth or three.  Ever the optimist.
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Tue 16th February 2021 12:14 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
A warm night, but still very few moths. 3 Hebrew Characters, and one each of Agonopterix heracliana and alstromeriana. Looks more hopeful for the rest of the week, but this year so far is abysmal!
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Tue 16th February 2021 12:10 by John Bebbington
Langport, 15 February 2021
At last some moths! 20w actinic lamp; Pale Brindled Beauty 1, Dark Chestnut 1, Common Quaker 1. At least it's a start!
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Wed 3rd February 2021 19:14 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock
Ypsolopha mucronella disturbed while cutting back some dense vegetation in the garden today.
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