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current posts

Wed 31st March 2021 18:22 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 30/3/2021 min temp 12.2c
Smashed the 100 moth barrier for the first time this year.  110 moths of 24 species.  FFY were : Twenty Plume Moth ; Yellow Horned ; Water Carpet ; V Pug ; Mottled Pug (8) ; Early Tooth-striped ; Brindled Beauty ; Engrailed agg. ; Nut-tree Tussock and Red Chestnut (3).  Spring has sprung.  - for now.
Wed 31st March 2021 17:12 by Mike Strange
30/03/2021 BoS
Moving the trap to a different position last night resulted in 12 Moths of 5 species. 6 Early Greys. 3 Double Striped Pug, 1 Common Plume, 1Common Quaker and 1 Light Brown Apple Moth FFY.
Wed 31st March 2021 14:08 by David Agassiz
Town centre catch
Even in my garden last night 16 spp including Ancylis comptana and Plutella xylostella, a couple of nights earlier yielded Depressaria badiella and Early Tooth-striped.
Wed 31st March 2021 12:40 by Nigel Cottle
Night of 30/3.

36 of 10 here including 12 x Double-striped Pug and FFY Shoulder Stripe and Scorched Carpet.

Wed 31st March 2021 11:43 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel
Tuesday 30.3.2021 trapped until 23.30hrs. 18 moths of 9 species. White-shouldered House moth, Light Brown Apple Moth x2, Twenty-plume moth x 5, Common Plume x3, Red-green Carpet, Oak-tree Pug, Double-striped Pug x 3, one Small Quaker and one Hebrew Character.
Wed 31st March 2021 10:50 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Wood
A very warm cloudy night produced 18spp, FFYs Scorched Carpet, Dotted Border, Engrailed, Shoulder Stripe, D-S Pug, Pale Pinion and Agon. ocellana. Small Quaker still by far the most numerous >50.

32.007 0701 Agonopterix ocellana SD21

Wed 31st March 2021 10:09 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
30/3/21 - the milder night made a big difference to the catch - 39 moths of 10 species, including 3 FFYs - Brindled Beauty (2), Double-striped Pug and Pine Beauty. This last is only the second record here, after one last year.  Othosias still dominant, Hebrew Character (10) and Common Quaker (11) the most numerous.

Lots of other beasties too - 2 Caddises, 6 Green Clearwings, a Sexton Beetle (Necrophorus humator) and two other beetles, plus thousands (well, a couple of hundred) of small gnats/flies.  An entomologist's paradise.

Wed 31st March 2021 10:08 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 31st March
What a difference a day makes. On the 30th 10 moths 5 species. 31st -70 moths 19 species. It was slightly warmer last night with just a little bit of cloud cover early on for the first few hours.

FFG were Dotted border and Acleris cristana. FFY were Double striped and Brindled pug, Engrailed, Powdered quaker and early thorn(16). Others were Pale pinion, Dotted chestnut, Shoulder stripe, Brindled beauty and Early grey(4). Numbers made up with Clouded drab(10) Hebrew character(9) and March moth(9).

One micro to identify.

Tue 30th March 2021 11:09 by Mike Strange
29/03/2021 BoS
Very disappointing last night with just 1 Early Grey.
Tue 30th March 2021 11:02 by Nigel Parsons
Berkley Marsh, Frome - 30th March
Apologies for the late posting of records. Although I have managed 7 trappings so far this month some have not been very productive. The best was 15th with 67 moths of 13 species which included Oak Beauty 5, and 1 each for Pale Pinion, Chestnut, Dotted Border, Pale Brindled Beauty and Acleris schalleriana. The next best night was 20th with 59 moths of 11 species, this time including singletons of Dark Chestnut, Twin-spotted Quaker, Diurnia fagella and another Pale Pinion. Other species of note during the month were Early Thorn and Angle Shades on 14th, Depressaria radiella (Parsnip Moth) on 18th and Powdered Quaker on 23rd. I have also been keeping an eye out for moths to shed windows, with 6 micro species so far, those of note being Agonopterix purpurea and Pammene giganteana, both new to me. Looking forward to putting the trap out again tonight and tomorrow before it gets cold again!
Mon 29th March 2021 10:26 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
Over 30 (32) moths and over 10 (12) species both for the first time this year. A very early Silver Y was a surprise and four other FFY were Nut-tree Tussock, Powdered Quaker, Oak Beauty and Early Thorn (3).
Mon 29th March 2021 08:55 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
28/3/21 - Another disappointing night, but not really a surprise, given the full moon and a bit of a breeze.  Just 15 moths, 4 species, nothing new.  Common Quakers (8) the most numerous by far.
Sun 28th March 2021 17:41 by Mike Strange
27/03/2021 BoS
Cold but calm last night resulting in 4 Moths. 1 common Plume 1 Common Quaker 2 Hebrew Characters.
Sat 27th March 2021 18:43 by Mike Strange
26/03/2021 BoS
A wet and windy night resulting in 1 Common Quaker
Fri 26th March 2021 08:26 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
It’s been nil for the last week. I hoped a warmer last night would be better, it wasn’t! Just 4 moths, Common, small and Twin-spot Quakers and a Hebrew Character...roll on next week.
Thu 25th March 2021 18:41 by Mike Strange
24/03/2021 BoS
A cold night resulting in 1 Early Grey and 1 Hebrew Character.
Wed 24th March 2021 19:09 by Mike Strange
BoS 23/03/2021
Just 2 Early Greys last night.
Wed 24th March 2021 08:53 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
23/3/21 - not so good here, in spite of the milder (?less cold?) night.  Just 13 moths - Hebrew Character (9), Clouded Drab, Early Grey and Twin-spotted Quaker (2).  The Twin-spots were again differently marked, one with nearly-merged spots like last time.
Tue 23rd March 2021 19:20 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 22/3/2021 min temp 6.5c
Best night of the year so far. 61 moths of 15 species. Three FFY : Early Thorn , Pale Pinion and Grey Shoulder-knot.
Tue 23rd March 2021 11:27 by John Bebbington
Langport, VC6, 21st March
A poor night; 20w actininc yielded Early Grey 3, Common Quaker 1, Small Quaker 1, Hebrew Character 1. Not only encroaching housing development but next door has his security light on all night!
Tue 23rd March 2021 09:15 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
22/3/21 - Quite cold last night, so numbers well down - just 16 moths, 4 species, nothing new.  8 Hebrew Characters, 6 Clouded Drabs, and singles of March Moth and Small Quaker.  Oh, and a caddis fliy, just for variety.

The forecast is for a milder nigt tonight, so I will try again - maybe get something worthwhile - you never know.

Mon 22nd March 2021 11:16 by Mike Strange
BoS 21/03/2021
3 species last night. 3 Early Grey, 3 Double Striped Pug FFY and 2 Hebrew Character.
Sun 21st March 2021 16:29 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
12 moths of 7 species last night. FFY were Light Brown Apple Moth and Early Grey (4).
Sun 21st March 2021 16:03 by Nigel Cottle
Night of 19/3.

10 of six including Streamer.

Streamer 190321

Sun 21st March 2021 10:27 by Mike Strange
20/03/2021 BoS
3 Moths last night. 2 early Greys and 1 Small Eggar. Small Eggar FFy and garden.
Sat 20th March 2021 08:54 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
19/3/21 - much the same as last time in terms of numbers (22), but a slight improvement in species (7), including FFYs Oak Beauty and Early Thorn. Two slightly different Twin-spotted Quakers had me temporarily puzzled, as their "Twin Spots" were almost merged into one - I'm easily confused at times !
Sat 20th March 2021 08:49 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 20th March.
32 moths 8 species. Pale pinion was only my 4th record . Early grey, Shoulder stripe, Hebrew character (10) Common quaker(8), Twin spot quaker, Small quaker(2) and Clouded drab(8).
Sat 20th March 2021 08:34 by John Connolly
Manor Road, Taunton Friday 19th March
10 moths of 7 species last night to my 40w actinic skinner trap. 2 Common Quaker, 1 Double-striped Pug, 1 Brindled Beauty, 1 Clouded Drab, 1 Small Quaker, 2 Common Plume and 2 Oak Nycteoline (new for my garden) which had me puzzled for a while as they looked like completely different moths.
Fri 19th March 2021 12:28 by Mike Strange
18/03/2021 BoS
Only two moths last night. 1 Early Grey, FFY, on wall next to light trap and 1 micro in trap.
Fri 19th March 2021 11:00 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Wood
I left my 15w actinic and 4w LED traps out all night. 6 spp in the Actinic mainly Small Quaker 20+. There was a bumper catch in the LED about 50m away, 13 spp, FFY Twin-spot Quaker, Brindled Beauty, Brindled Pugs, Early Thorn and more than 50 Small Quakers everywhere! There were no species solely in the actinic. The LED was the clear winner.
Thu 18th March 2021 09:27 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
17/3/21 - A considerable improvemnent all round - better numbers and a little more variety.  26 moths, of 6 species, including FFYs Early Grey, Small Quaker and Sarellite (my first for two years). Mind you, if it weren't for Hebrew Characters (19) the catch would have been quite small.
Wed 17th March 2021 19:03 by Mike Strange
Cold but calm last night. 1 off Common Quaker and 1off Micro as yet to be identified last night. Also had a plume moth which i believe to be Brindle Plume on the 15th, awaiting confirmation on I.D.
Tue 16th March 2021 19:00 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Best night of the year so far. 35 macros of 8 species. 11 Hebrew Character, 9 Common Quaker, 5 Clouded Drab, 4 Early Grey, 2Early Thorns, 2 Chestnuts and singles of March Moth and Small Quaker.
Tue 16th March 2021 18:31 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
Twenty five moths last night represented the best night of the year so far. Five FFY: Diurnea fagella, Oak Nycteoline, Small Quaker (2), Double-striped Pug and March Moth (6).

Oak Nycteoline 2021
Oak Nycteoline - Nycteola revayana
Tue 16th March 2021 17:49 by Sue Davies
Tree House, Butleigh
Numbers increasing, 23 moths of 7spp. Mostly 15 Small Quakers, 2 each of March Moths, Hebrew Character and 1 each of Com. Quaker, Early Grey, Oak Beauty. FFY Diurnea flagella,
Tue 16th March 2021 16:37 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
At last some moths! 13 moths of 9 species. FFG was Agonopterix subpropinquella.  FFY were Diurnea fagella, , March Moth (3), Red Chestnut (first for four years), Small Quaker (2), Common Quaker (2), Twin-spotted Quaker, Hebrew Character and Dark Chestnut (4th record). While checking for moths on the wall, I was pleased to find a Scarlet Tiger larva!
Tue 16th March 2021 12:36 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 15/03/2021 min temp 8.5c
40 moths of 14 species was a bit more like it.  FFY : Shoulder Stripe ; Double-striped Pug ; Oak Beauty (6) ; Early Grey (2) ; Clouded Drab and Twin-spotted Quaker (2). Others of note : Acleris literana (2) ; Mottled Grey (5) ; March Moth (5) ; Dotted Border (3) ; Chestnut (5) ; Common Quaker (5) ; Small Quaker and Hebrew Character.
Mon 15th March 2021 11:33 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
First good catch of 2021 with double figures of Hebrew Character and Common Quaker whilst Twin-spotted Quaker, Small Quaker and Early Grey were firsts for the year.
Sun 14th March 2021 19:08 by Mike Strange
Trap got switched on by mistake last night resulting in 1 off Hebrew character at TA8 1LU. 2nd for the year with one on 9th March. Also a single Clouded Drab on Feb 24th making a total so far this year of 4 Moths altogether.
Sat 13th March 2021 16:47 by Mike Strange
1off Early Thorn at TA8 1LU last night. Newish member, Joined last year and have been honing my I.D. skills before posting.
Tue 9th March 2021 10:04 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
8/3/21 -- Another cold night, but a few more moths than last time.  14 altogether, 6 Hebrew Characters, 6 Common Quakers, and singles of Clouded Drab and FFY March Moth.  Looking forward to some milder weather, although I'm not happy with the forecast of gales in the next few days/nights - the moths will not be impressed..
Sun 7th March 2021 10:02 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
6/3/21 - Hardly worth the electricity - one each Hebrew Character and Common Quaker - still too cold I suppose, but forecasters are saying warmer, wet and windy soon - proper March stuff then.
Fri 5th March 2021 09:04 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
4/3/21 - just made it to double figures last night (well it was pretty cold) - just 6 Hebrew Characters and 4 Common Quakers.  Barely a quorum for an ecumenical conference.
Thu 4th March 2021 18:44 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
Good night, FFY Oak Beauty, Clouded Drab, March Moth and Ypsolopha mucronella, also Hebrew Ch. Common and Small Quakers
Thu 4th March 2021 12:53 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
First migrant of the year last night, a very tattered Dark Sword Grass.
Wed 3rd March 2021 12:52 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 02/03/2021 min temp 4.5c
Good job it was a seed eater in the trap Paul, or it might have been a morning jigsaw puzzle with wings.  Here, I had 11 moths of 6 species.  FFY: Mottled Grey ; March Moth (3) and Common Quaker.  The others were : Dotted Border (2) ; Chestnut (2) and Small Quaker (2).
Wed 3rd March 2021 09:51 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
2/3/21 - Life is full of surprises, as they say.  In terms of moths, just 15 of 3 species - 9 Hebrew Characters, 5 Common Quakers and an Early Moth, plus an Ichneumon Wasp.  The surprise?  A Goldfinch in the Actinic trap !!  I have had an occasional Blue or Great Tit, but never one of these.  Made my day.
Tue 2nd March 2021 08:43 by Sue Davies
Many larvae of Endothenia marginana in found in Teasel heads at various sites in Butleigh. Characteristic anal comb to distinguish from E.gentianaeana. 49.188 1099 Endothenia marginana larva SD21 49.188 1099 Endothenia marginana larva anal comb SD21

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