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Wed 30th June 2021 23:11 by Paul Chapman
Final June catch up. I was able to join Bob Fleetwood and Tim Bond at Bob's National Trust survey site near Failand. A huge full moon kept numbers well down to two battery operated actinics but slightly under 30 species included Nemapogon clematella, Mocha & Beautiful Golden Y (pics). Also Pretty Chalk Carpet, Common Lutestring, Scorched Carpet & Barred Yellow.

Nemapogon clematella (Failand)

Mocha (Failand)

Beautiful Golden Y (Failand)

Wed 30th June 2021 22:59 by Paul Chapman
Finally finished the list from Gordano Valley NNR on 10th June. Five traps run overnight. The final list was 152 species with the highlights including Infurcitinea argentimaculella, Moraphaga choragella, Tubuliferodes josephinae, Teleiodes luculella, Carpatolechia alburnella, Ptycholoma lecheana, Celypha aurofasciana, Strophedra weirana, Scallop Shell, Small Seraphim, Brindled Whitespot, Red-necked Footman, Obscure Wainscot and Grey and Green Arches. But the highlight is a Pammene which seems consistent with suspectana. Pic attached also with pics of Moraphaga choragella, Red-necked Footman and Scallop Shell. In the field again soon there hopefully and now in excess of 210 species recorded from surveying on this Natural England site so far this year.

Pammne suspectana (probable)

Moraphaga choragella

Red-necked Footman (Gordano Valley NNR)

Scallop Shell (Gordano Valley NNR)

Wed 30th June 2021 22:32 by Paul Chapman
A busy month so not been keeping up. However, three traps being run regularly in Clevedon so a few highlights from the month not yet posted. After our first Toadflax Brocade, Tim Bond soon added the second on the night of the 19th June (pic); otherwise, Tim's highlights were Mullein Wave (11th June) & Light Brocade (also 19th June). Bob Fleetwood's highlight was a Dark Spectacle on the night of the 7th June (pic); and from my trap, the best for me was White Satin on the night of the 28th June (pic) with Leopard and Blue-bordered Carpet on the night of 27th June.

Toadflax Brocade (Clevedon North Somerset 19.06.21)

Dark Spectacle (Clevedon 07.06.21)

White Satin (Clevedon 28.06.21)

Wed 30th June 2021 18:07 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Best night of the year so far, with 111 moths of 35 species. FFY were Bramble Shoot Moth, Bud Moth, Euzophera pinguis, The Spectacle, Green Arches (2nd record) and Beautiful Hook-tip. In the garden this morning I flushed FFY Lozotaenia forsterana. A good day or so for micros! The year list is now up to 142 species.
Wed 30th June 2021 14:22 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
29/6/21 - more like normal last night - 110 moths so far, of 38 species, including 10 FFYs, Smoky Wainscot (5), Lilac Beauty, Dingy Footman, Riband Wave, Beautiful Hook-tip (4), Clay (3), Mottled Beauty (2), Grey Tortrix agg., Bramble-shoot Moth and Light Brown Apple Moth.  There will be more to add later, as a few escaped into the porch to be rounded up tomorrow morning.  They like to hide behind the coats until it's dark again.

I'm not a fan of large numbers, it's too much like hard work.  150 in a night is plenty.

Wed 30th June 2021 10:42 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Best night of the year so far with 259 macros of 51 species. I still feel the species and numbers are on the low side considering the weather conditions but it is at least moving in the right direction. Firsts for the year included Small Angle Shades, Scarlet Tiger, Grey Arches and Lackey.
After a short break in Cumbria last week ( which included seeing a Mountain Ringlet, my 58th and last British butterfly species ) weekend trapping included a Fanfoot on 27/06/21 which was my 150th macro species of the year. This is 11 days later than the average over the last 18 years. The 50 came up 25 days later but the 100 was only 9 days behind.
One of the peculiarities of such a late season is having species in the trap that don't normally see each other. I cannot recall ever having Pale Tussock at the same time as Buff Arches or Peach Blossom as I have had this week.
Yesterday I saw a single Currant Clearwing on a patch of Thyme in the garden. I have recorded them there for the last 4 years but again this is the latest date that I've seen it.
Wed 30th June 2021 10:34 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Best night of the year so far with 259 macros of 51 species. I still feel the species and numbers are on the low side considering the weather conditions but it is at least moving in the right direction. Firsts for the year included Small Angle Shades, Scarlet Tiger, Grey Arches and Lackey.
After a short break in Cumbria last week ( which included seeing a Mountain Ringlet, my last British butterfly species ) weekend trapping included a Fanfoot on 27/06/21 which was my 150th macro species of the year. This is 11 days later than the average over the last 18 years. The 50 came up 25 days later but the 100 was only 9 days behind.
Tue 29th June 2021 08:23 by Mike Strange
27/06/2021 BoS
Bumper Night for here last night with a total of 89 Moths with many being new to me. Should keep me busy, on a cold damp day, identifying them all! Thanks Paul, for the confirmation on Anania Coronata.
Sun 27th June 2021 20:28 by Paul Bowyer
Horner Wood 26/6/21
A roundup of yesterdays trip to South Somerset near Minehead. After managing to find one of Will Langdons Golden-rod Plumes near Watchet in the afternoon I made my way up to Exmoor to search for Small Argent and Sable. It took a couple of false alarms with Common Carpet netted twice but third moth netted was indeed the target moth. Also at the same site were Neofaculta ericetella and Coleophora alticolella. Whilst in the area I decided to run a trap at Horner Wood which could have been quite good if the temperature hadn't dropped so much. In the end two traps by 1am had produced highlights of: Northern Spinach, Pseudatemelia josephinae, Triaxomera parasitella, Archips xylosteana and Choristoneura hebenstreitella

Choristoneura hebenstreitella

Choristoneura hebenstreitella

Hi Mike, I agree with your A.coronata, it doesn't look quite right for A.stachydalis so I think the ID is safe.

Sue, your Pelochrista looks convincing to me, nice record.

Sun 27th June 2021 20:22 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock 26/6/21 min temp 13.5c
Up at 0330 to beat the forecast rain (and the birds).  223 moths of 68 species. One FFG : Eucosma campoliliana, and a further 11 FFY : Pyrausta purpuralis ; Crambus perlella ; Dwarf Cream Wave (3) ; Clouded Border ; Grass Emerald ; Common Footman ; Shark ; Uncertain (2) ; Clay ; Heart and Club ; Triple-spotted Clay (3).  Most numerous were Flame (10) ; Shoulder-striped Wainscot (13) and Heart and Dart (46).  The downside was sleeping through the F1 Grand Prix this afternoon.
Sun 27th June 2021 11:37 by Mike Strange
One that had me trawling the internet to identify was what i believe to be Anania Coronata.Possible Anania Coronata Still awaiting confirmation (or not)
Sun 27th June 2021 10:38 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Micro
One from last week awaiting consensus on ID… 49.263 Pelochrista caecimaculana (Chalk-hill Bell) an Na sp with only one previous Brean Down record. 49.263 Pelochrista caecimaculana (Chalk-hill Bell) SD21 49.263 Pelochrista caecimaculana (Chalk-hill Bell) SD21 b
Sat 26th June 2021 16:40 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Last night I had 60 moths of 22 species. The highlight was a FFG Little Emerald. FFY were Purple Bar and Common Footman. I was interested to see Paul and Sue's comments on Heart and Club. My 'big' year for this species was 2015, when I recorded 147. Typically I don't normally get more than 3 around per session - never as many as Heart and Dart. Last night I had 31 of the latter and 3 Heart and Club! Earlier in the day I found a FFY Brindled Plume, only my 3rd record, the previous being in 2017.
Sat 26th June 2021 10:41 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
25/6/21 - still dire !!  Just 35 moths of 26 species, but at least there were 5 FFYs, Small Fan-footed Wave, Barred Straw, Uncertain, Eudonia lacustrata and Common Footman.

Interesting comment Sue, that Heart and Club outnumbered Heart and Dart in your trap - I have never ever had more than three "Clubs" in one night, either here in Pylle or in East Lydford, so it seems that, around here at least, they are unlikely ever to be the more dominant species.  Curious in a way, as you and I aren't that far apart geographically !

Fri 25th June 2021 10:27 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
A warm, wet, still night brought in 40spp. FFYs Privet and Elephant HMs,Beautiful Hook-tip, Small Blood-vein, Fern,Common Emerald, Lychnis, Buff-tip, Barred Straw, Prays fraxinella, Blastobasis lacticolella, Udea prunalis. Heart and Club have overtaken Heart and Dart as the commonest sp.
Thu 24th June 2021 16:14 by Mike Strange
Heart and Dart still predominant species. One that caused me a few problems with I.D. was Garden Pebble, Evergestic forficalis. But with a little help from the experts on the Internet I eventually got there!
Thu 24th June 2021 15:17 by Nigel Cottle
Night of 23/6.

I ran two traps until 01:00h this morning. 188 moths of 54 species (38 macro, 16 micro).

Nematopogon metaxella, Tinea trinotella, Paraswammerdamia nebulella, Ptycholoma lecheana, Epinotia bilunana. Common Swift (21), Mocha, Barred Yellow, Barred Straw, Dingy Shell, Beautiful Hook-tip, Small Angle Shades etc.

Thu 24th June 2021 09:54 by David Agassiz
Ground Lackey at Weston
I was rather surprised to find this specimen of M. castrensis (Ground Lackey) in my trap this morning. It is only known from East Anglia, except for a record from Axmouth, Devon. Malacosoma castrensis
Wed 23rd June 2021 17:25 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
The BBC weather app suggested a cloudy night but surprise, surprise, it was a clear night! 36 moths of 14 species. FFY were Blastobasis lacticolella, Barred Yellow (first for 4 years), Brussels Lace and Large Yellow Underwing. Heart and Dart (15) made up the bulk of the catch.
Wed 23rd June 2021 16:26 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock 22/6/21 Min temp 7.9c
Cooler night and close to a full moon but still 118 moths of 49 species. Six were FFY : Ghost Moth ; Cloaked Carpet ; Barred Yellow ; Mottled Beauty (2) ; Brussels Lace and Double Line.  Only Buff Ermine (12) and Heart and Dart (18) made double figures.
Wed 23rd June 2021 09:26 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
22/6/21 - well, back down to earth with a resounding thump.  A mere 9 moths last night, after over a 100 last time. Most odd.  Anyway, these few comprised 8 species, of which Heart and Club (2) were FFY, and an Ingrailed Clay a FFG.  But where were all the Heart & Darts?  A mystery, never to be solved.
Mon 21st June 2021 19:00 by Mike Strange
20/06/2021 BoS
After a rather wet night here I was pleasantly surprised at the number of moths. 66 in total. 10 species. 47 Heart and Dart. 2 Large Yellow underwing. 2 Elephant Hawk Moth FFY. 2 Riband Wave. 1 Common Pug. 1 Grey Dagger FFY. 4 Rustic Agg. 2 Mottled Rustic FFY & FFG.  1 Dark Arches FFY. 1 Heart & Club FFY & FFG.
Sun 20th June 2021 16:10 by Paul Bowyer
Mid June Mothing
A bit of a downturn in Moth fortunes of late but here are the latest highlights:

East Harptree on 15th June: Olindia schumacherana, Tischeria ekebladella, Adaina microdactyla, Cydia fagiglandana, Alabonia geofrella and Clouded Magpie.

Burrington Combe on 17th July with churring Nightjars for company: Surprised to see Eucosmomorpha albersana again with another two to light also: Elachista albifrontella, Blastodacna hellerella, Cream Wave, Pretty Chalk Carpet, Broken-barred Carpet and lots of Small Elephant Hawk-moth (seem to see lots of these wherever I trap). Several good flies on the ground sheet including Pelidnoptera fuscipennis, Oedalea flavipes and Dicrotendipes pulsus.

Dolebury Warren on 18th July: Satin Wave, Brussel's Lace, Clouded Magpie Cosmiotes stabilella and Stigmella obliquella.

My only new moth lately was from a walk this morning at Loxton Wood when a Isotrias rectifasciana flew across the path in front of me and landed in full view on a leaf.

Isotrias rectifasciana 20-6-21

Isotrias rectifasciana

Sun 20th June 2021 12:45 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 19/6/21
20 species in the trap here in Middlezoy, highlights:

Small Elephant Hawk-moth, Buff-tip, Pine Carpet, Cypress Carpet, Mottled Rustic, Rustic, Uncertain, Snout, Diamond-back, Flame.

Had 36 Heart and Dart!

Sat 19th June 2021 17:25 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Cooler last night but still had 58 moths of 26 species. FFY were Celypha lacunana, Scoparia pyralella (3rd record, first since 2016), Udea prunalis, Riband Wave, Barred Straw, Sharp-angled Peacock, Lunar Thorn (4th record, first since 2014) and Willow Beauty.
Fri 18th June 2021 17:59 by Steve Pilkington
Friday 18th June Cocklake
291 moths 71 species. FFG was Nemapogon clematella. 23 were FFY Nematapogon metaxella, Agonopterix yetian, Barred fruit tree tortrix, Bramble shoot moth, Rhodophera formosa, Euzophera pinguis, White plume moth, Common footman, Scarlet tiger, White spotted pug, Brussels lace, White pinion spotted, Large yellow underwing, Flame, Pale shouldered brocade, Smoky wainscot, Sycamore, Coronet, Uncertain, Plain golden Y, Figure of Eighty and Small elephant hawkmoth.
Fri 18th June 2021 16:21 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
207 moths of 79 species including 26 FFY including: Puss Moth (2), Freyer's Pug (2), Barred Straw, Barred Yellow (4), Peach Blossom, Poplar Kitten, Elephant Hawkmoth, V Pug, Green Pug, Clouded-bordered Brindle (2 including the dark form), Poplar Grey (3), Pebble Prominent, Notocelia trimaculana, Grapholita janthinana, Ancylis achatana, Paraswammerdamia albicapitella and Beautiful Plume.
Fri 18th June 2021 16:04 by John Bebbington
Green Down NR 16th June
A single very tatty Bordered Straw nectaring on White Clover.
Fri 18th June 2021 15:17 by Mike Strange
Period 12th to 17th June inclusive 2021 BoS
232 of 16 Identified species. 188 Heart and Dart with the highest daily total being 55 on 17th June. 2 Garden Carpet. 1 Buff Ermine. 2 Brimstone. 4 Figure of 80. 3 Willow Beauty. 6 Rustic agg. 2 Blood vein. 3 Large Yellow Underwing. 2 Common Pug. 1 Brindled Pug. 1 Clouded Border. 1 Magpie Moth. 1 Pale Tussock. 1 Satin Wave. I have more to identify. unfortunately been having problems with computer and camera. camera has reverted back to Jan 1980 for some reason so those i photographed for later I.D. and was relying on exif for date are posing a problem!
Fri 18th June 2021 13:21 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
17/6/21 - A much cooler night had me expecting fewer moths.  Oh well, what do I know?  103 moths of 38 species, almost 50% up on the last trapping.  There were 7 FFYs - Rustic, Knot Grass, Brussels Lace, Large YU, Snout, Chrysoteuchia culmella and Pandemis heparana, plus a FFG Common Lutestring.  42 Heart and Dart the main reason for the increase in total.

Addendum a.m. 19/6 - the escapees from 17/6 totalled 8 moths and 3 more species, with FFYs Pandemis cerasana and Eucosma cana.

Thu 17th June 2021 21:28 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock - night of 15/6/21
245 moths of 86 species. 29 FFY : Nematopogon metaxella ; Bryotropha terrella ; Hedya pruniana ; Celypha striana ; Eucosma cana ; Bramble-shoot Moth ; Garden Pebble ; Eudonia delunella ; Peach Blossom ; Elephant Hawk-moth ; Treble Brown -spot ; Beautiful Carpet ; May Highflyer ; Broken-barred Carpet ; Small Rivulet ; Willow Beauty (2) ; Clouded Silver ; Light Emerald ; Alder Kitten ; Swallow Prominent ; Burnished Brass ; Beautiful Golden-Y (2) ; Grey Dagger agg. ; Miller ; Dark Arches (4) ; Marbled Minor agg. ; Grey Arches ; Purple Clay and Large Yellow Underwing (2). Others of note : Chinese Character ; Poplar, Privet and Small Elephant Hawk-moths ; Dingy Shell ; Scorched Wing (4) Bright-line Brown-eye (12) Broom Moth (5).  At 208 species for the year I am just 9 behind this date last year. I wouldn't have thought that possible three weeks ago.
Thu 17th June 2021 14:23 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
Having recently found a Taleporia tubulosa larval case on our street sign, today I found three Psyche casta larval cases and another Taleporia tubulosa case all on the same sign.

Psyche casta case
Wed 16th June 2021 18:04 by Nigel Cottle
Night of 15/6. I ran a couple of traps until 01:30h.

321 moths of 84 species:

Nematopogon metaxella, Incurvaria masculella, Platyptilia gonodactyla, Epermenia falciformis, Celypha striana, Epinotia demarniana, Cydia fagiglandana

Ghost Moth, Pebble Hook-tip, Figure of Eighty, Common Lutestring, Lackey, May Highflyer, Broken-barred Carpet, Purple Bar, Small Phoenix, Devon Carpet, Dingy Shell, Small Yellow Wave, Larch Pug, Small Seraphim, Sharp-angled Peacock, Tawny-barred Angle, Grey Birch, Lobster Moth, Marbled White Spot, Alder Moth, Small Angle Shades, Grey Arches, Green Arches and Green Silver-lines etc.

Wed 16th June 2021 17:44 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Another decent night last night, with 63 moths of 32 species. FFY were Eudonia angustea, Chrysoteuchia culmella, Grey Pine Carpet (3rd record and first since 2 in 2016), Tawny-barred Angle (3rd record) and Peppered Moth (2). In the garden this morning I found a nice Puss Moth and, on the front door, FFY Treble Brown Spot. Year list now 117.
Wed 16th June 2021 11:04 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
15/6/21 - another averagely good night last night - 76 moths so far, of 35 species, including 8 FFYs - Dark Arches, Privet Hawk, LIme Hawk, Reddish Light Arches, Mottled Pug, Ringed China-mark, Archips podana, and Sharp-angled Peacock, and a FFG Brown Silver-line. This last is a fairly common moth which doesn't seem to have come my way before, although it has been recorded fairly locally in the past.

At last, passing the 100 species mark for the year to date (101).

Tue 15th June 2021 12:32 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 9th and 12th of June
Trapped for the first time this year! Terrible of me to start so late, but the weather in April and May put me off.

Had 38 species on the 9th and 27 species on the 12th. Highlights were:

Broken-barred Carpet, Small Square-spot, Purple Bar, Elachista maculicerusella, Bactra furfurana, Dark Spectacle, Dog's Tooth, Sharp-angled Peacock, Clouded Brindle, Notocelia rosaecolana, Epiblema cirsiana.

Tue 15th June 2021 12:24 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
23 macro and 13 micro spp last night in garden MV, no excitement but a nice pristine Cydia fagiglandana. My Endothenia marginana emerged yesterday from Teasel larva with anal comb collected in March. FFYs Buff and Thistle Ermine, Gold Spot, Uncertain agg. Purple Bar, Straw Dot, Brussel's Lace, Notocelia cynosbatella and N .trimaculana agg. and Eudonia lacustrata.
Mon 14th June 2021 20:02 by Steve Pilkington
12th June 150 moths 42 species.Highlight was an Obscure wainscot. Looking at he Large Atlas it seems to indicate the there are records for this moth in Somerset post 1970 and post 2000, but our website does not list a map for it. FFY were Grey pug, Bactra lancealana. Dichrorampha alpinana, Common plume, Middle barred minor and Mottled beauty. Others Eyed, Poplar and Elephant hawkmoth,

14th June 144 moths 60 species. FFY were Pseudoswammerdamia combienella, Brown china mark, Water veneer (100's dead in the trap), Turnip, Beautiful hooktip, and a Privet hawkmoth.

During the afternoon a lure attracted a Red belted clearwing.

Mon 14th June 2021 18:20 by Paul Bowyer
Goblin Combe 12th June
A good trapping session at Goblin Combe on the weekend. The trap only ran for an hour and 40 minutes but long enough to record some nice moths. Best of the bunch were two Eucosmomorpha albersana a species associated with Honeysuckle. A Copper Underwing larva was found by torchlight at dusk. This species can be readily separated from Svensson's by the line on the side of the body, complete in Svensson's and incomplete near the head in Copper Underwing. Moths that came to light were: Blomer's Rivulet, Pine Carpet, Satyr Pug, Alder Moth, Coleophora laricella, Bucculatrix ulmella, Caloptilia alchimiella, Ectoedemia subbimaculella, Pempelia inscriptella, Rhyacionia pinivorana, Strophedra weirana and Capua vulgana (all but the first two confirmed by dissection).

Eucosmomorpha albersana

Eucosmomorpha albersana

Copper Underwing larva

Copper Underwing larva

Mon 14th June 2021 17:51 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Another good trapping session last night - 78 moths of 36 species. FFY were Small Magpie, Figure of Eighty (2), Common Carpet, Grey Pug (1st for 3 years), Clouded Border, Elephant Hawk-moth (3), Heart And Club, Cabbage Moth, Mottled Rustic and Dark Spectacle (1st for 4 years). Heart and Dart now making up the bulk of the catch (23 last night).
Mon 14th June 2021 09:50 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton- Saturday 12th
49 species of 108 moths. Clouded Brindle was only my second record here. Other FFY notables were, Clouded Silver, Gold Spot, Flame Carpet, Scorched Wing (2). Moths doing well here this year are Green Carpet (7), Pale Tussock (8), Small Square-spot (11).
Sun 13th June 2021 16:30 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
11th June - 75 moths of 37 species. FFY were Nematopogon metaxella, Cork Moth (2nd record,1st in 2015), Red-barred Tortrix, Codling Moth, Narrow-winged Pug (2nd record, 1st in 2015), Yellow-barred Brindle, Scorched Wing, Common White Wave (1st since 2017), Cream-spot Tiger (now annual), The Flame, The Coronet, Dark Arches, Middle-barred Minor and Silver Y.  Interesting to record some species I last had in 2015, which turned out to be an excellent year - here's hoping! It's certainly been my best year for Pale Tussock (17) and Treble Lines (23).
Sun 13th June 2021 16:07 by Paul Chapman
Completed the list from a good trapping session with Dave Nevitt, Paul Bowyer, Richard Andrews, Bob Fleetwood and Tim Bond with a total of 120 species. A total of 52 species were new for the year for me. Species included Micropterix turnbergella, Nemphora deegerella, Nematopogon schwarziellus, Tinea semifulvella, Bucculatrix ulmella, Glyphipterix forsterella, Carpotolechia proximella, Phalonidia manniana, Ancylis mitterbacheriana, Epinotia demarniana, Spotted Shoot Moth, Common Lutestring, Treble Brown Spot, May Highflyer, Broken-barred Carpet, Dingy Shell, Little Thorn, Grey Birch, Lobster*, Chocolate-tip, Orange Footman. Gold Spot, Alder Moth, Coronet, Least Black Arches & Green Silver-lines*. *pics

Lobster Moth (Gordano Valley NNR)

Green Silver-lines (04.06.21)

Sun 13th June 2021 10:20 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
12/6/21 - Not too bad, but given another mild night and near-new moon , it should perhaps have been better.  66 moths so far, of 33 species, including 6 FFYs - Pale Mottled Willow, Straw Dot (2), Willow Beauty, Middle-barred Minor and Udeas olivalis and prunalis.  3 Poplar Hawks the highlight, and Heart and Darts starting to proliferate with 15.
Sat 12th June 2021 15:22 by Paul Chapman
Tim Bond added a new species to our patch macro moth list last night with this superb Toadflax Brocade. A species increasing that has been awaited eagerly in recent years. Two field trip lists from the Gordano Valley NNR on Friday 4th June and Thursday 10th June both with in excess of 100 species are being finalised so hopefully, highlights follow shortly.

Toadflax Brocade (Clevedon North Somerset)

Fri 11th June 2021 20:08 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 10/6/21 min temp. 14c
Quantity , Variety and Quality ... at last. 180 moths of 71 species with 3 FFG and a further 20 FFY.  FFG were Dingy Shell ,Grass Rivulet and Cream-spot Tiger.  FFY were : Anania lancealis (2) ; Garden grass veneer (4) ; Ringed China-mark (3) ; Riband Wave (2) ; Green Pug ; Ochreous Pug (only my second) ; Sharp-angled Peacock ; Tawney-barred Angle ; Common White Wave (2) ; Pale Prominent ; Straw Dot (4); Middle-barred Minor (3) ; Light Brocade (only my second) ; Shears ; Small Square-spot (3) ; Setaceous Hebrew Character and Double Square-spot.  A couple of other FFG have now been confirmed by Paul Wilkins after dissection. On 25 May a Phyllonorycter maestingella was hand netted in the early evening and on 1st June Pammene suspectana was in the trap. The latter being a first for VC5 and only the second for Somerset (the first was in 2004). Thanks to paul and to Neale Mellersh for the record history.
Fri 11th June 2021 19:13 by Mike Strange
10/06/2021 BoS
38 Moths of 10 species last night. 28 Heart and Dart, 1 Marbled Minor agg, 2 Bright line Brown eye, 1 Flame Shoulder, 1 FFY and FFG Bee Moth, 1 FFY and FFG Lime Speck Pug, 1 Common Pug. 2 Micros as yet to be identified.
Fri 11th June 2021 16:45 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
On Wednesday night (9th June) I had 70 moths of 27 species, the best tally of the year so far. FFG was Thistle Ermine and FFY were Tinea semifulvella, Agriphila tristella, Small Elephant Hawk-moth (first time recorded before EHM), Poplar Kitten (5th record and first since 2015), Lobster Moth, Pebble Prominent, Ingrailed Clay (2), Shoulder-striped Wainscot (3rd record, first in 2018), Alder Moth (3rd record, last in 2017), Marbled Minor agg. (3), The Rustic, Vine's Rustic and Pale Mottled Willow. Heart and Dart records have leapt from 2 on Sunday to 23 on Wednesday! Four Buff-tips was also a good total here. Mottled Pugs have done well with 7 recorded - best total since 17 in 2015.
Fri 11th June 2021 16:04 by David Agassiz
No surprise that it was good last night with suitable weather which produced 33 species in my town centre garden. On the last egg tray in the trap it was a welcome surprise to find a Striped Hawkmoth.
Fri 11th June 2021 10:20 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
10/6/21 - in spite of a mild, muggy night with a new moon, only 53 moths of 26 species could be bothered to attend.  There were 5 FFYs, Burnished Brass, Elephant Hawk, Clouded Silver (2), Small Fan-foot and Syndemis musculana. Only one other micro, a Plum Tortrix (Hedya pruniana).  Even the Heart & Darts only managed 9.
Fri 11th June 2021 09:20 by Paul Bowyer
June Moths
On 2nd June I went to Hellenge Hill and found a male Scythris picaepennis. There was also a small number of Coleophora albicosta on the wing a species I recorded the previous week at Hurlstone so one that appears to be quite frequent around gorse.

At Weston Woods on 3rd June I found some Spindle Ermine webs on Spindle. This is a species new to me as I have been reluctant to record it as an adult. Also dozens of Ectoedemia heringella were on the wing. I've tried rearing these before but only hymenoptera emerged.

On 4th June just before a moth trapping session at Walton Common I netted a little micro amongst sedges in woodland that was a Glyphipterix. An unusual habitat for G.simpliciella so I asked Paul Chapman to look at it and he confirmed it was Glyphipterix forsterella

Glyphipterix forsterella

Glyphipterix forsterella

At Brean Down on 10th June I bumped into 26 plants of White Horehound, upon closer inspection I counted 15 larvae of Wheeleria spilodactylus. The area seemed to have some nice plants so went back in the evening and ran a trap for 5 hours recording: 9 Crescent Dart, 2 Mullein Wave, 1 Yellow Belle, 3 Delplanqueia dilutella/inscriptella, 11 Small Elephant Hawk-moth, 1 Dark Sword-grass and 3 Aethes hartmanniana.

Aethes hartmanniana

Aethes hartmanniana

Fri 11th June 2021 09:12 by Maurice Pugh
Trapped on the following dates until 2330hrs

6.6.2021 21 moths of 14 species NFY were Small China-mark and Snout

8.6.2021 39 moths of 20 species NFY were Eudonia mecurella, Small Elephant Hawkmoth, Common Wainscot and Rustic Shoulder-knot

9.6.2021 22 moths of 14 species NFY were Large Tabby, Treble Brown-spot, Light Emerald, Dark Arches and Straw Dot

10.6.2021 38 moths of 22 species NFG was a Tinea trinotella NFY were Agapeta hamana, Udea olivalis, Water Veneer, Scoparia ambigualis, Small Magpie, Small Waved Umber, Elephant Hawkmoth and White ermine

Fri 11th June 2021 08:44 by Steve Pilkington
Thursday 10th Cocklake
146 moths 54 species so far, 6 micros, out of a good haul of micros 20+) this night, still to be identified.

A surprising addition FFG was a Pine hawkmoth, a very worn specimen. I am in a 10K square which does not have any conifers in the vicinity, so it must have travelled. 7 FFY were Barred straw, Clouded border, Shark, Knot grass, Snout, Elephant hawkmoth, Sallow kitten and Gynnidomorpha alismana.

Additional micros thanks to David Agassiz- Bactra furfana, Paraswammerdamia albicapetella, Eupoecilia angustana, Ephestia woodiella

Thu 10th June 2021 20:58 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
A marked improvement with 61 species from 120 moths. One NFG, a Ptycholoma lecheana, and 30 FFY that included: Alder Moth, Pine Carpet, Broken-barred Carpet, Willow Beauty (2), Buff Tip, Cypress Carpet, Grey Pug, Small Clouded Brindle, Straw Dot, Marbled White Spot, Chinese Character, Crambus lathoniellus, Ephestia unicolorella woodiella, Notocelia cynosbatella (5), Ringed China-mark, Udea olivalis (2).
Thu 10th June 2021 19:42 by Robert Souter
Tatworth, South Somerset Wed 9 June
A good haul in mild conditions with 38 macros and 14 micros. FFY included Lobster Moth, Brown Silver-Lines, Coronet, Small Saraphim and Yellow-barred Brindle. However, the highlight has to be the Golden Pearl Anania verbascalis which Neale has kindly confirmed is the second record for Somerset. Golden Pearl Anania verbascalis
Thu 10th June 2021 18:45 by Mike Strange
09/06/2021 BoS
47 Moths of 12 species. Predominant being Heart and Dart at 28. Hilights, 1 Poplar Hawk Moth, and 3FFY Willow Beauties.
Thu 10th June 2021 11:30 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
First recording for some weeks, a big change with 46 spp with lots of FFYs, including Cypress & Broken-barred Carpet, Small Phoenix, Mottled and Haworth's Pugs, Common Swift, Burnished Brass, Spectacle, Pebble Prominent, Oak & Pebble Hook-tip, Scorched Wing, Small Square-spot, Ingrailed Clay, Cream-spot Tiger, Scrobipalpa costella, Tinea trinotella, Monopis obviella, Parasammerdamia albicapitella, Ephestia woodiella, Ringed China-mark, Red-barred Tortrix. Commonest - Treble lines and Orange Footmen.
Wed 9th June 2021 12:54 by Nigel Cottle
Night of 8/6.

I ran three traps in the vicinity of the car park at Lydeard Hill until 02:00h this morning.

224 moths of 58 species including a cracking male Clouded Buff, Barred Hook-tip, Peach Blossom, Fox Moth, Small Elephant Hawkmoth, Northern Spinach, Clay Triple-lines, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Purple Bar, Small Phoenix, Tawny-barred Angle, Scorched Wing, Lunar Thorn, Square Spot, Orange Footman, Brown Rustic, Small Angle Shades, Pale-shouldered Brocade, Broom Moth, Shears and Green Silver-lines etc.

Some indication of immigration with one each Diamond-backed Moth & Dark Sword-grass and two Silver Y.

Shears 080621


Wed 9th June 2021 12:42 by Mike Strange
08/06/2021 BoS
First trap after taking a couple of days off to go birding up North. 23 Moths of 9 species. Heart and Dart 13, LBAM 2, Flame Shoulder 1, Shuttle Shaped Dart 2, FFY Light Emerald 1, Garden Carpet 1, FFY Swallow Prominent 1, Brightline Brown Eye 1, Marbled Minor Agg. I note that Marbled Minor can only be reliably identified from Tawny and Rufous through genitalia comparison!
Wed 9th June 2021 10:18 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
8/6/21 - very disappointing catch last night - possibly a bit chilly?  Only 33 moths, 19 species, including 3 FFYs, Blood-vein, Setaceous Hebrew Character and Scoparia ambigualis, a regular if occasional moth.
Mon 7th June 2021 19:37 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 6/6/21 min temp 9.3c
150 moths of 52 species.  FFY were : Blastobasis lacticolella ; Phycitodes binaevella ; Small Magpie ; Scoparia ambigualis ; Grey Pine Carpet ; Small Rivulet ; Sandy Carpet (2) ; Mottled Pug (3) ; Barred Umber ; Lobster Moth ; Coxcomb Prominent ; Snout and Ingrailed Clay (3).  Treble Lines still the most numerous (39)
Mon 7th June 2021 17:42 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Numbers still on the low side but a good variety of species again - 35 moths of 22 species. FFY were Plum Tortrix, Garden Pebble, Common Marbled Carpet, Puss Moth (2nd record after one last year), Orange Footman (3rd record) and Setaceous Hebrew Character (earliest record by one day). Earlier in the day I found FFY Eudonia lacustrata in the garden. Other FFY records in the last few days were Diamond-backed Moth on the 4th and Hummingbird Hawk-moth on the 5th.
Mon 7th June 2021 14:53 by Nigel Cottle
Elachista argentella at Netherclay this morning. FFS (First For Site).

Elachista argentella 070621

Mon 7th June 2021 13:09 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
80 moths of 41 species on Saturday night, thirteen FFY included: Seraphim, Peppered, Spruce Carpet, Common Swift, Brown Silver-line, Mottled Pug (2), Lime-speck Pug, Heart and Dart (3) and LYU. I also had a NFG - the tiny Ectoedemia decentella. Many thanks (again) to James McGill as I would not have identified it from the illustration in MMoGB&I.

Ectoedemia decentella 2021
Ectoedemia decentella
Mon 7th June 2021 11:42 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
6/6/21 - still not wonderful numbers, but improving somewhat.  57 moths of 28 species, with 10 FFYs - Orange Footman, Common White Wave, Scorched Wing (2), Yellow-barred Brindle, Light Emerald, Small Magpie, Codling Moth, Thistle Ermine (2), Plum Tortrix and Garden Pebble..  The last five above, co-incidentally all with vernacular names, doubled the number of micros to date this year, and increased the species count from 3 to 8.
Sun 6th June 2021 19:34 by Steve Pilkington
6th June Cocklake
Despite the rain it was a good night here. 194 moths 57 species so far. 19 FFY: Diamond back, Coleophora trifoli, Chrysoteuchia culmella, Ringed china mark, Gold triangle, Red twin spot carpet, Scorched wing, Green pug, Clouded silver, Common carpet, Light emerald, Shears, Alder, Dark arches, Straw dot, Peach blossom, Yellow barred brindle and Swallow prominent.

Eyed and Poplar hawkmoth and a Cream spot tiger.

Sun 6th June 2021 11:49 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Perfect weather last night resulted in a good variety of species although numbers were slightly disappointing with 117 macros of 47 species. 18 species were firsts for the year bringing my annual macro total to exactly 100. This is the 2nd latest date I've reached 100 but it is now only 9 days later than the average.
Highlights from last night were Pretty Chalk Carpet, Cream-spot Tiger, Privet Hawk Moth, my first May Highflyer and Small White Wave since 2017 and my first Ochreous Pug since 2009.
Sat 5th June 2021 16:48 by Maurice Pugh
Trapped until 23.30hrs 4.6.2021 33 moths of 18 species. NFY were Broad-barred White, Poplar Grey and Knot Grass.
Fri 4th June 2021 11:08 by Nigel Parsons
Berkley Marsh, Frome
Although the last week of May was generally poor as regards numbers of moths there was at least some new species arriving in the trap with Clay Triple-lines being a NFG on 28/5 - also nice to see Puss Moth, Scalloped Hazel and Many-plumed Moth on the same date. Another NFG on 31/5 was Epiblema cirsiana and on the same night had Elephant Hawk-moth (first Hawk-moth of the year) and also Scorched Wing and Lychnis. However, the first trap this moth on 2/6 caught me out with 167 moths of 57 species and took me many hours to sort through. Surprisingly, only Green Carpet (12) reached double figures and of course there were many NFY including some I rarely see - Lime Hawk-moth, Pale Tussock (female), Oak Hook-tip (female), Seraphim, Brown Rustic and Triangle Plume. The only NFG was Eulia ministarna. I will be taking a couple of nights off to recover, especially with the very early starts, but looking forward to some more decent mothing over the weekend.
Fri 4th June 2021 10:44 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
3/6/21 - yes, the cold night put the mockers on the recent improvements - just 14 moths this time, of 11 species, but at least there were 4 FFYs - Vine's Rustic, Rustic Shoulder-knot, Common Swift, and Red Twin-spot Carpet.  Only one Muslin Moth this time, a male as usual.  You did well to get a female, Mike, one more than I have ever had !  It's quite rare to get a female at light, as they usually fly in daylight, but I suppose they must co-incide, or they would die out.
Fri 4th June 2021 09:24 by Mike Strange
03/06/2021 BoS
Colder night resulting in fewer Moths and Pipistrelle Bats active as well. 17 Moths, 8 species. Hi light 1 FFY Large Yellow Underwing which was the predominant species last year!
Thu 3rd June 2021 19:47 by Mike Strange
02/06/2021 BoS
Numbers are improving, both quantity and species. Taking me longer to identify them all. Getter better as i can now dismiss some without referring to book or On the wing tonight! 34 Moths of 16 Species. Hi lights being FFY Silver Y. FFY Male and Female Muslin Moth.
Thu 3rd June 2021 17:18 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Another good night, with 40 moths of 21 species. FFY were Bryotropha affinis, Notocelia cynosbatella, Udea olivalis, Chinese Character, Flame Carpet, Buff-tip, White Ermine, Flame Shoulder, Bright-line Brown-eye, The Sycamore, Knot Grass (2) and The Uncertain (3). Star moth today though was my first Alabonia geofrella, found on the outside of a window this morning when opening the curtains! For those of you who saw James Lowen's talk or have read his book, 'Geoff' came to me!

Alabonia geofrella CSN

Thu 3rd June 2021 09:05 by Maurice Pugh
Trapped until 23.30hrs. 38 moths of 22 species. NFY were Silver-ground Carpet, Lime-speck Pug, V Pug, Yellow-barred Brindle, Lime Hawkmoth, Angle Shades and Vine's Rustic. Others of note.. Mocha, Foxglove Pug, Waved Umber (3), Cream-spot Tiger (3),Grey Dagger agg (5) and Treble Lines (5).
Wed 2nd June 2021 22:23 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
Improving but not great with 48 moths of 27 species. A Crassa tinctella was a FFG and many thanks to James McGill for confirmation. 16 FFY included: May Highflyer, Sandy Carpet, Sallow Kitten, Orange Footman (3), Coxcomb Prominent and Chocolate Tip.

Crassa tinctella 2021
Crassa tinctella
Wed 2nd June 2021 20:04 by Nigel Cottle
Night of 1st June.

I ran one trap in a Kingston St. Mary garden until 02:00h this morning.

147 moths of 47 species with Ochreous Pug and Bucculatrix bechsteinella the highlights.

Ochreous Pug 010621

Ochreous Pug

Bucculatrix bechsteinella 010621

Bucculatrix bechsteinella

Wed 2nd June 2021 20:00 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 01/6/21 min temp.  13.5c
Really picking up now here. 206 moths of 59 species including FFG Lime Hawk-moth - what a beauty.  A further 17 FFY were : Tinea semifulvella ; Aspilapteryx tringipennella ; LBAM ; Celypha lacunana (3) ; Thistle Ermine ; Chinese Character ; Purple Bar ; Toadflax Pug ; Purple Thorn ; Common White Wave ; White-pinion Spotted ; Small Angle Shades ; Broom Moth ; Flame ; True Lovers Knot (2) and Oak Nycteoline.  Top scorers were Treble Lines (46) ; Green Carpet (21) and Pale Tussock (16).
Wed 2nd June 2021 15:27 by Mike Strange
01/06/2021 BoS
23 Moths of 11 species last night. 3 LBAM, 7 Heart and Dart, 2 FFY Setaceous Hebrew Character, 1 Garden Carpet, 1 FFY FFG Oak Hook Tip, 1 FFY Dark Arches, 1 Shuttle shaped Dart, 2 FFG FFY Iron Prominent, 1 FFY Common Wainscot, 2 FFY Rustic AGG. 1 Micro
Wed 2nd June 2021 11:46 by Maurice Pugh
Trapped until 23.30hrs 1.6.2021 32 moths of 19 species. NFG were Eudonia pallida, Acrobasis advenella. NFY were Phycita roborella, Oak Hook-tip, Figure of Eighty, Willow Beauty and Grey Dagger agg.
Wed 2nd June 2021 09:55 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
A bit better last night with 52 moths of 20 species. This included my first ever June Hebrew Character!
I've been trying to find ways to illustrate how poor last month was. I averaged 11 moths per trapping compared to an average of 49 per night over the last 5 Mays.
Wed 2nd June 2021 09:54 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
1/6/21 - Continuing the upward trend - 68 moths of 23 species, of which there were 7 FFYs - Clouded-bordered Brindle (4), Clouded Border, Common Wainscot, Bright-line Brown-eye (2), Flame, Lychnis, and Mottled Rusric.  Almost half of the total was made up of 21 Muslin Moths and 12 Marbled Minor agg.  I have never before had more than 8 Muslins in one night.  Only one May Bug again.
Tue 1st June 2021 19:42 by Mike Strange
27th May to 31st BoS
Not posted for a while as have had some that were new to me and were awaiting confirmation on I.D 26th 5 moths, 2 heart and Dart, 1FFY Vines Rustic, 1FFY and Garden, Common Marbled Carpet and 1 Common Pug. 27th 4 Moths, 3 Heart and Dart. 1FFY and FFG Pebble Prominent. 28th 4 moths, 2 Light brown Apple moths, 1 Shuttle shaped Dart and FFY Treble lines. 29th 8 Moths, 4 Heart and Dart, 1 Brimstone, 1 FFY Gold spot, 1 Pebble Prominent, 1 FFY and FFG 1 Marbled Minor. 30th 4 Moths, 1 LBAM, 1 SS Dart, 1 Heart and Dart, 1 Vines Rustic, 31st 15 Moths, 6 Heart and Dart, 1 LBAM, 1 SS Dart, 2 FFY Garden Carpet, 1 Common Pug , 2 more, unidentified as yet, Carpet moths and the rest were micros.
Tue 1st June 2021 17:29 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
31/5/21 Getting better - 30 moths of 14 species. FFY were White-shouldered House Moth, Syndemis musculana (2nd record, first in 2016), Red twin-spot Carpet, Broken-barred Carpet, Poplar Hawk-moth and Clouded-bordered Brindle (first since 2017). Treble Lines seems to be doing well here this year - 6 last night, highest count since 2016.
Tue 1st June 2021 10:50 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
31/5/21 - Onwards and very sightly upwards, which makes a change.  32 moths of 19 species, including FFYs Treble LInes (2), Peppered Moth, Eyed Hawkmoth, Poplar Grey, Heart & Dart, Buff-tip and Broken-barred Carpet, and a FFG Shears (also a first for my 10km square).  Good to see some variety at last.

Only one May Bug and one Caddis - a bit disappointing.

Tue 1st June 2021 07:47 by Paul Bowyer
May Moths
I have started running the trap and looking for day fliers since the beginning of May. Although a cold month it wasn't all bad. On 2nd May I found two Pyrausta nigrata at Dolebury Warren. This is a species I've never seen before despite repeated efforts. It doesn't appear to have been recorded at this site before.

Pyrausta nigrata Dolebury Warren

Pyrausta nigrata

On 9th May I ran a trap for a couple of hours at Thurlbear with the intention of seeing Great Prominent. Despite being a garden moth in VC5 it's almost non-existent in VC6 so I was pleased when 5 came to light amongst many of the expected species: Square Spot, Mocha, Brindled Beauty, Shoulder-stripe, Scorched Carpet etc.

On 29th May I went to Porlock to look for Schiffermuellerina grandis and encountered two Lampronia morosa. This species has been recorded in Somerset previously but not for quite a long time I believe. Andy Pym went to the site the following evening and also found one. Later that evening I ran two traps with Andy and Alastair recording 4 Barrett's Marbled Coronet, 16 Marbled Coronet, 2 Alder Kitten, several Coleophora albicosta, 5 Netted Pug, 1 Pyla fusca, 1 Horse Chestnut. There was also some excitement from non-moth species, a tiny beetle potted when looked at through the hand lens was Camarota curvipennis, Andy found a Glow Worm and on the way back to the car park I found Rhopalomesites tardii on a fence post.

Lamprponia morosa

Lampronia morosa


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