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current posts

Thu 29th July 2021 20:47 by Mike Strange
14 species in the trap last night. Hilight FFG Rusty Dot Pearl. Disturbed whilst mowing the lawn today 29th FFG Chilo Phragmitella.
Thu 29th July 2021 17:34 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 27/7/21
45 species in Middlezoy, highlights:

Swallow Prominent, Gold Spot, Magpie, Sharp-angled Carpet, Kent Black Arches, Purple Thorn, Campion, Dog's Tooth.

Wed 28th July 2021 22:15 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
Cnephasia longana was an unexpected FFG last night. Many thanks to James McGill for the identification. He said that it is thinly distributed in VC6 but there are no modern records from VC5. Other FFY included: Euzophera pinguis, Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix and my first White-spotted Pug for a few years.

Cnephasia longana 2021
Cnephasia longana
Wed 28th July 2021 16:00 by Rob Grimmond
Lunar Hornet Moth
Roger Harris in Whitestaunton (near Chard) has shown me a Lunar Hornet Moth he attracted to his garden with a pheromene lure this morning. Excellent record of a moth that is a county rarity.
Wed 28th July 2021 12:47 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Another good night but a little bit quieter with 401 macros of 63 species. 193 Common Footmen made up the bulk with the highlights being a Double Lobed, Plain Pug and Kent Black Arches. It is the 5th year in a row that I have recorded the latter and I see it is now being recorded all over the county. The Plain Pug was only my 5th garden record. As can be seen from Sue's picture on 24th it is a beautifully marked moth and you wonder how it got its name. Having had dozens of barely recognisable Green Pugs recently it was good to have such an identifiable species.
A minor mystery has been cleared up for me after reading Paul's report of moth trapping in Great Breach wood on 19/07/21. I went for a walk around the nature trail on the following day and in a clearing where the track crosses the road came across a number of moths in the grass including a Drinker and a Poplar Hawk Moth. It was an unusual sight at the time but is now explained.
Wed 28th July 2021 12:41 by Ian Mathieson
Wed 28th July 2021 07:46 by Nigel Voaden
22/07/21 Shipham
A much quiter final night to end five moth fuelled nights, 343 moths of 117 species. Acleris umbrana, NFM, the definite highlight but also Batia lunaris, Helcystogramma rufescens, Monochroa cytisella, Acleris kochiella, Garden Tiger, Four-spotted Footman and Ear Moth.
Wed 28th July 2021 07:43 by Nigel Voaden
20/07/21 Shipham
Apologies for the delayed posting of two further trapping nights in my parents garden in Shipham. 610 moths of 131 species on this night Acleris schalleriana, Endothenia marginana, Dichrorampha alpinana, Grapholita janthinana, Oncocera semirubella, Endotricha flammealis, Cydalima perspectalis, Clay Triple-lines, Pretty Chalk Carpet, Slender Pug, 96 Common Footman and Minor Shoulder-knot.
Tue 27th July 2021 19:42 by Paul Chapman
Subject to anything unexpected in the final few days, no real standouts this month so far. Small Ranunculus and Jersey Tigers are now expected colonists having first appeared a few years back. But still nice to see. Jersey Tiger has not quite appeared in the prolific numbers of last year yet. Wetland wanderers are appearing relatively frequently with Southern Wainscot having a strong year and Leopard is also appearing more frequently than usual. The best moths have probably been Broad-barred White and Nephopterix angustella from Bob Fleetwood's trap and Dog's Tooth to my trap.

Broad-barred White (Bob Fleetwood)

Nephopterix angustella (Clevedon)

Dog's Tooth (Clevedon)

Tue 27th July 2021 18:57 by Paul Chapman
Sixth night's trapping at this location this year with slightly under 150 species recorded with Bob Fleetwood. Aggregate species list now about 380 from the 2021 sessions. Highlights included Limnaecia phragmitella, Phalonidia manniana, Cochylis hybridella, Epinotia brunnichana, Garden Tiger, Chevron, August Thorn, Small Seraphim, Round-winged Muslin, Dusky Sallow, Doubled Lobed, Olive, Double Kidney, Suspected, Small Wainscot & Kent Black Arches.

Best were three Crescents. I have trapped in the Gordano Valley dozens of times over the last decade and my only previous local Crescent sighting was one at Portbury Wharf in September 2010. This suggests a breeding population with three very different individuals. The small dark plain one I could easily have overlooked as a Common Rustic aggregate & without the others would probably have escaped identification...

Crescent small dark one (Gordano Valley NNR)

Crescent dark one (Gordano Valley NNR)

Crescent light one (Gordano Valley NNR)

Tue 27th July 2021 18:08 by Paul Chapman
BREAN DOWN - 21.07.21
As already covered in part by Paul Bowyer - a good session with Richard Andrews, Paul, Dave Nevitt & Nigel Voaden produced a combined list not far shy of 200 species at Brean Down on 21st July. Trickier confirmations from Paul & Nigel in due course but highlights included a number of macro coastal specialities & a number of wanderers - Aspilapteryx tringipinella, Digitivalva pulicariae, Metzneria lappella, Coleophora discordella, Coleophora lixella, Mompha miscella, Aethes hartmanniana, Ancylis comptana, Six-belted Clearwing, Onocera semirubella, Pyrausta cingulata, Mullein Wave, Galium Carpet, Pimpinel Pug, Clouded Magpie, Annulet, Brussels Lace, Brown-tail, Hoary Footman, Small Purple-barred, Dusky Sallow, Reddish Light Arches, Suspected, Devonshire Wainscot, Crescent Dart & Kent Black Arches (yet again...)

Crescent Dart (Brean Down 21.07.21)

Devonshire Wainscot (Brean Down 21.07.21)

Hoary Footman 21.07.21 (Brean Down)

Small Purple-barred (Brean Down 21.07.21)

Tue 27th July 2021 17:51 by Paul Chapman
An overnight session at Great Breach Wood SWT Reserve with Nigel Voaden on 19th July produced in excess of 250 species. Many highlights and no doubt some additional trickier ones will be confirmed by Nigel in due course but including Morophaga choragella, Nempogon ruricolella, Tinea trinotella, Euspilapteryx aurogutella, Yponomeuta plumbella, Cedestis subfasciella, Ypsolopha nemorella, Digitivalva pulicariae, Pseudatemelia josephinae, Thiotricha subocellea, Argolampotes micella, Athrips mouffetella, Parachronistis albiceps, Batchedra praeangustana, Epagoge grotiana, Ptycholomoides aeriferana, Eudemis profunda, Celypha aurofasciana, Endothenia nigricostana, Zeiraphera ratzeburgiana, Leopard Moth, Oncocera semirubella, Acrobasis repandana, European Corn-borer, Mecyna asinalis, Plain Wave, Blomer's Rivulet, Barred Rivulet, Larch Pug, Orange Moth, Mocha, Brussels Lace, Four-spotted Footman (in excess of fifty of this coloniser), White-line Snout (5) & Kent Black Arches. In the peak of the weather, a bit unmanageable on number of moths at times but thankfully Nigel was more in control!

Athrips mouffetella (Great Breech Wood 19.07.21)

Ostrinia nubilalis (Great Breech Wood 19.07.21)

Onocera semirubella (Great Breech Wood 19.07.21)

Chalk Carpet (Great Breech Wood 19.07.21)

Tue 27th July 2021 17:25 by Paul Chapman
A bit of a July catch up. A pleasure to host a Bristol Moth Group meeting with a number of attendees at the Gordano Valley NNR on 9th July recorded slightly in excess of 200 species. Highlights included Pseudatemelia josephinae, Ethmia dodecea, Thiotricha subocellea, Epagoge grotiana, Acrobasis repandana, European Corn-borer, Evergestis pallidata, Blue-bordered Carpet, Brown Scallop, Dark Umber, Scallop Shell, Small Seraphim, Bordered Beauty, Brown-tail, Blackneck, Small Rufous, Obscure Wainscot, Purple Clay & Scarce Silver-lines. Kent Black Arches has colonised the valley in the last few years as it continues to spread. Good of Natural England to provide permission.

Ethmia dodecea (Walton Moor 09.07.21)

Tue 27th July 2021 12:21 by Paul Bowyer
Late July moths
Dolebury Warren from dusk to 12:30am, 66 species with D.Nevitt included: Brachmia blandella, Plutella porrectella, Argyresthia sorbiella, Acleris umbrana, Coleophora spinella, Scoparia basistrigalis, Pammene regiana

A good session at Brean Down on 21st with 4 other members of the mothing community. Hopefully some of their results to follow here. I trapped at the top of the Down recording 64 species with a single LED and Actinic. 100's of Ancylis comptana and Pyrausta spp. Others included Annulet, Tissue, Hoary Footman, Devonshire Wainscot, Small Purple-barred, Pimpinel Pug, Pyrausta ostrinalis, Agonopterix rotundella, Elachista albidella, Aethes hartmanniana

Elachista albidella

Elachista albidella

I ran my garden trap for 3 nights recording Toadflax Brocade twice. On the third night (25th) I had an unfamiliar moth which after some head scratching concluded was Tawny Shears later confirmed by Paul Chapman.

Tawny Shears

Tawny Shears

On 26th I trapped at Thurlbear managing 2 hours before the rain set in. Results were good with 85 species to a single MV by 11:45PM so very disappointing to have to pack up early. Moth notables: Orange Moth, Leopard, Lunar-spotted Pinion, Athrips mouffetella, Exoteleia dodecella, Eulamprotes atrella, Blastodacna atra Eucalybites aurogutella

Tue 27th July 2021 12:16 by Mike Strange
In spite of the showers last night the trap pulled in 142 moths of 42 species. Hilights were FFY Dingy Footman. FFY Canary shouldered thorn. FFG Wormwood Pug. FFG Agapeta Hamana. FFG July Highflyer.  Cydia splendana. Howarth`s Pug. Bee Moth. There was also an abundance of Yponomeuta species of which i managed to collect 19 before running out of pots. Will keep me busy for a while trying to identify some of them! Thanks Paul regarding looking at underwings.
Tue 27th July 2021 08:42 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
Just found a FFY Shaded Broad-bar inside my kitchen window, and a dead Silver Y in my dog's food bowl. Knowing the dog in question normally eats anything he can get, in or out of the bowl, I have to assume it got there during the night !!  Not done any trapping recently for various reasons. Watch this space, but not for a week or two.
Mon 26th July 2021 22:21 by Mike Strange
25/07/2021 BoS
Another good night with 126 moths of 47 species. 6 off FFG were Mouse Moth. Hypsopygia Glaucinalis. Dwarf Cream Wave. Brussels Lace. Delicate and Dark Fruit Tree Tortrix.
Mon 26th July 2021 18:08 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Another excellent night last night. with 240 moths of 48 species. FFG was European Corn-borer and FFY were Honeysuckle Moth, The Lappet (only my 2nd record, the first being in 2015), The Mocha, Dingy Footman, Lesser Yellow Underwing and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing.

Top species was again Common Footman - this time 114, smashing the previous record of 66 set 5 days before! This has been my best year for this species, with 254 recorded, the previous best year being 2014 with 190.

Mon 26th July 2021 11:24 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Best night of the year so far with 482 macros of 75 species along with at least as many Orchard/Apple Ermines, Mother of Pearl and other unidentified micros.
Nearly half the total was made up of Common Footmen(225) with Common Rustics also starting to show up in numbers.
8 new firsts for the year with the best being my 3rd garden Suspected. I was pleased to record second generation moths that I missed out on during the cold spring like Small Rivulet and Dog's Tooth.
It is also encouraging to see really large numbers of 2nd generation Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars. If all goes well we will be seeing more adults this year than in any recent year. Hopefully some of the moths will be having equally good years.
Sun 25th July 2021 16:16 by Paul Newman
Mike - according to Paul Waring's Field Guide, both Copper U/Ws are "common" in the south of the country, and looking at the SMG distribution maps, they are both widespread in this County, although Svensson's somewhat the less so. Seen from above, they ARE almost identical, but apparently can be distinguished more readily from the underwings.  You could get a ruling from Chris Iles (that's his job !!) .  Either way, it is up to you.  You are unlikely to incur a fine or a jail sentence!
Sun 25th July 2021 14:34 by Mike Strange
24/07/2021 BoS
A bumper night last night with 174 moths of 53 species. hilights were.  Common Footman (21) Cabbage Moth (1) FFG Ringed China Mark (1) Bird Cherry Ermine (3) FFG Coronet (1) FFY Rosy Footman (1) FFG Smokey Wainscot (2) FFG Diamond back moth (1) FFY Four Dotted Footman (1) FFG Square spot Rustic (1) FFG Box Tree moth (1) FFG Southern Wainscot (1) FFG Dogs Tooth (1) I also had what i identified as a Copper underwing but the obsidentify app has given an 80% i.d of Svensson`s Copper underwing. given that it it is something of a rarity and would need dissection to be sure, i am reluctant to claim as such. i have looked on UK Moths etc and am not convinced.Copper underwing
Sat 24th July 2021 15:07 by Mike Strange
23/07/2021 BoS
Not reported for a while due to Holiday. Last night produced 99 moths of 37 species. Hilights were. FFY Jersey Tiger (1) FFG Knot Grass (1) FFG Nutmeg (1) FFG Pale Oak Beauty (1) FFY Lesser Broad Bordered Underwing (1) FFG True Lovers Knot (1) Common Carpet (1) FFY Lesser Yellow Underwing (2) Poplar Grey (1) Flame (1) FFG Drinker (1) Heart & Club (1) FFG Common Lutestring (1). There were a good number of Micros again and, having taken delivery of a copy of The Field Guide to Britain and Ireland, I will be attempting to put a name to them !
Sat 24th July 2021 09:23 by Sue Davies
Thursday night Butleigh
Back at the Tree House, a bumper trap of 63spp. Over 50 Common Footmen by far the dominant species. Lots of FFYs, Jersey and Garden Tigers, Lappet, Drinker, Kent Black Arches and Black Arches, 4-spotted Footmen 4m 1f, Marbled Green, Small Dotted Buff, Garden Carpet, Mocha, some nice micros, Grapholita lobarzewskii and Morophaga choragella. A garden first Plain Pug and Schoenobius gigantella. 70.166 1842 Plain Pug Eupithecia simpliciata SD21
Fri 23rd July 2021 22:10 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
An exhausting 85 species last night with 19 FFY including: Mompha epilobiella, Blastobasis adustella, Nemapogon clematella (my third record and thanks to James McGill for identifying a worn specimen), Lesser BBYU, Buff Arches, Black Arches, Bordered Beauty, Mocha, Pale Prominent, July Highflyer, Ruby Tiger (2), Purple Thorn (2), Cloaked Minor, Small Rivulet, Knot Grass, Sharp-angled Peacock. I had over 30 Muslin Footman - a record here by some margin.
Fri 23rd July 2021 19:14 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Another good night despite the bright moon and a clear sky. 307 macros of 67 species. 99 Common Footmen made up the bulk of the numbers whilst 15 Elephant and 3 Privet Hawk Moths made up the bulk of the weight.
Undoubted highlight was a Horse Chestnut miles from the nearest suitable habitat. I've only ever recorded this moth in 2018 when I saw 2 individuals. If I remember correctly it was popping up that year in a number of unusual locations so look out for it in the next few weeks. Don't do what I nearly did and dismiss it as a micro!
Although it is classed as a pest I would still like to see a Box Moth in my trap. It hasn't reached here yet but looks a handsome insect despite its bad habits.
A Large Nutmeg on Tuesday was my 200th macro species of the year. This is only 3 days later than average so the year is catching up but it will struggle to be a classic.
Fri 23rd July 2021 18:09 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Somewhat quieter last night, with the moon, clear skies and a breeze. Nonetheless I had 130 moths of 38 species, perhaps a relief after previous sessions! FFG was Agriphila inquinatella. FFY were Metalampra italica (2nd record after my first, almost exactly a year ago), Blastobasis adustella, Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix, Ringed China-mark (4th record and first since 2018) and Ruby Tiger.

Common Footman is still making up the bulk of the catch (40 last night). It was nice to get a couple of pristine V-Pugs after a recent run of very worn and faded Pugs!

Fri 23rd July 2021 09:26 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel
Trapped until 23.30hrs 22.7.2021 91 moths of 36 species.

NFY were Pyrausta purpuralis, Latticed Heath and Copper Underwing. Others of note.. Box-tree moth 5, Fern, Small Rivulet, Jersey Tiger, Dusky Sallow and Nut-tree Tussock

Thu 22nd July 2021 20:42 by Nigel Voaden
18/07/21 Shipham
A well-timed five night visit to my parents has resulted in some superb catches starting with 18th July and 637 moths of 144 species in their Shipham garden (1x MV light) plus a few gen dets to come, a record night in this garden for species. Macros included Least Carpet, Galium Carpet, Clouded Magpie and Clouded Brindle. Micros included Nemapogon ruricolella (to VES lure, subject to confirmation), Enarmonia formosana, Grapholita lobarzewskii, Anania lancealis and Eudonia delunella. Posts for four further nights trapping to follow.
Thu 22nd July 2021 20:32 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock night of 20/7/21 temp 17.1c
Probably the best night's trapping in the 7 years I've been here.  612 moths of 133 species.  FFG : Triaxomera parasitella ; Thiotricha subocellea ; Phalonidia manniana (subject to confirmation) ; Pampelia palumbella ; Scoparia basistrigalis (subject to etc) ; Barred Rivulet ; Marbled Green.  FFY: Yponomeuta agg. (3) ; Honeysuckle Moth ; Emmelina monodactyla ; Lozotaenia forsterana ; Acleris hastiana ; Nut Bud Moth ; Codling Moth ; Eudonia mercurella (4) ; Agriphila inquinitella (3) Agriphila straminella (2) ; Barred Hook-tip ; Drinker ; Plain Wave (4) ; Pine Carpet ; Small Yellow Wave ; Lime-speck Pug ; Small Emerald ; Black Arches ; Ruby Tiger ; Muslin Footman (2) ; Buff Footman (4) ; Mouse Moth ; Ear Moth agg (4) ; Top scorers were Common Footman (56) ; Riband Wave (49) ; Heart and Dart (26) ; Buff Arches (21) ; Bright-line Brown-eye (21).  I think I shall leave it a few days before trying again.
Thu 22nd July 2021 16:21 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel
Trapped until 23.30hrs 21.7.2021

157 moths of 43 species. Most numerous were Bird-cherry Ermine 22, Yponomeuta agg 10, Garden Grass Veneer 29 and Common Footman 32. NFY were Pyrausta aurata, Euzophera pinguis, Single Dotted Wave and Early Thorn.

Others of note Anania coronata 2, Box-tree moth 3, Gold Triangle 8, Jersey Tiger 5 and Marbled Green 6.

Thu 22nd July 2021 15:26 by Steve Pilkington
Thu 22nd July 2021 14:47 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 21st July
84 species, 42 of which were micros probably my best haul ever. I had 6 FFG -Horse chestnut leaf miner, Limnaecia phragmitella, Endotricha flammealis, Scarce footman, Beautiful golden Y and the dreaded Box tree moth.

9 FFY - Aspilapteryx tringipennella, Red barred toprtrix, Eudonia mercurella, Agraphila straminella, Garden tiger, Marbled green, Drinker, Buff arches.

Wed 21st July 2021 18:22 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Another excellent night last night, with 286 moths of 57 species, my fourth highest catch. FFG was Hedya ochroleucana and FFY were Small Fan-footed Wave (2), Small Yellow Wave, Early Thorn (4), The Vapourer (male) and Double Square-spot. Most of the catch was made up by 25 Chrysoteuchia culmella, 21 Eudonia lacustrata (2nd highest total), 66 Common Footman (record catch, 49 previous highest) and 33 Heart and Dart. It's been an exceptional year for The Coronet, with 21 recorded so far, the best since 2013.
Wed 21st July 2021 15:34 by Nigel Cottle
Niight of 20/7.

I ran two traps for three hours at Netherclay last night and they pulled in 384 moths of 91 species (63 macro, 28 micro).

The Macros included: Peach Blossom, Drinker, Single-dotted Wave, Small Blood-vein, Mocha, July Highflyer, Blue-bordered Carpet, Spinach, Dingy Shell, Small Yellow Wave, Tawny-barred Angle, Swallow-tailed Moth, Large Emerald, Black Arches, Ruby Tiger, Rosy Footman, Muslin Footman, Round-winged Muslin, Four-spotted Footman, Beautiful Hook-tip, Dark Spectacle, Marbled White Spot, Slender Brindle, Dun-bar, Lunar-spotted Pinion, Dingy Shears, Dot Moth & Clay etc.

Round-winged Muslin 200721

Round-winged Muslin

Tue 20th July 2021 10:06 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 18/7/21
77 species in my garden trap on Sunday night. Highlights:

Drinker, Rosy Footman, Carcina quercana, Coronet, Southern Wainscot, Gold Triangle, Brussels Lace, Buff Arches, Leopard, Small Waved Umber, Ruby Tiger, Poplar Grey, Dark Umber, Ear moth sp, Aethes rubigana, Acrobasis marmorea.

I had 76 Common Footman!

Tue 20th July 2021 08:45 by Steve Pilkington
I have trapped 4 times since my last posting on the 1st July, each produced between 75 and 85 species.

3rd July FFG - Round winged muslin and 7 FFY -including Leopard, Small seraphim and a female Ghost moth.

13 th July - another Anarsia intoxiella.

15th July - 1 FFG - Acleris holmiana and 10 FFY - including O. quadripuncta.

18th July - My most productive day with 4 FFG and 13 FFY. FFG - Brown veined wainscot, Grapholita funebrana, Dichrorampha petiverella and Pleurota bicostella, grateful for the identifications by David Aggasiz. FFY included Bactra lunaris, Hypsopygia glaucinalis, Bordered beauty, Kent Black Arches.

Pleurota bicostella appears to be first for Somerset and it is rather bizarre that this moth should descend here as we do not have much heather in amongst the reedbeds! Nearest heather is probably on Blackdown (10 miles?). John's comment that the joy is never knowing what might turn up is spot on and the plume moth (Saltmarsh/Cliff?) that turned up in Yeovil last year was probably the best example of that.

A few days after reading Mike's note (16th July) on Species identification Apps I had an interesting encounter with one. I was walking through Shapwick NNR and spotted a Plume moth on a Yarrow flower head ...that should have been a clue! I get only a limited range of plume moths in my garden and this was not one I recognised so I took a picture. A few minutes later a Ranger approached so I asked her if she knew her moths..not great she said. I took her back and it was still there. She got out her phone and I assumed she, like me, was going to photograph it. She then announced that it was a Yarrow plume and on the screen was a library picture of the same. She was using an App called Seek. Not for me but I was very impressed.

Mon 19th July 2021 18:02 by Nigel Cottle
Night of 18/7.

Loving the fact that for the second trapping session in a row here the number of micro species caught has been greater than the macro including:

Monopis crocicapitella, Bryotropha terrella, Grapholita janthinana and Helcystogramma rufescens (the latter was FFG).

Mon 19th July 2021 17:27 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Even better numbers on Saturday night (17th) - 202 moths of 53 species. FFG was Rhodophaea formosa & FFY Bird-cherry Ermine, Crassa unitella, Teleiodes vulgella (3rd record and first since 2016), Grey Tortrix agg., Aleimma loeflingiana (2nd record, first in 2017), Cydia splendana, Crambus perlella, Rusty Dot Pearl, Wax Moth, The V-pug, Jersey Tiger, Dot Moth, The Miller ((first since 2018) and Nut-tree Tussock. After finding several larvae earlier in the year, it was nice to find my first Scarlet Tiger adult of the year.
Mon 19th July 2021 11:22 by Maurice Pugh
Trapped until 23.30hrs. 107 moths of 30 species. Most numerous were Bird-cherry Ermine x 31, Garden Grass Veneer x 21 and Common Footman x 17.

NFY were Leopard moth, European Corn Borer, Wax moth, Brussels Lace and Scarce Silver-lines x 2.

NFG was Muslin Footman x 2.Muslin Footman

Mon 19th July 2021 11:16 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
63 species last night with 15 FFY's starting with an Oegoconia quadripuncta found in the house - others were: Drinker, Phoenix (3rd record), Dunbar, Smoky Wainscot (3), True-lovers Knot (3rd record), Buff Footman (3), Small Emerald, Ostrinia nubilalis, Aethes rubigana, Acleris forsskaleana, Calamotropha paludella, Acrobasis suavella, Eudonia delunella and Agriphila tristella.
Mon 19th July 2021 09:49 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Two excellent nights recently with over 300 macros on each occasion and over 60 species. Undoubted highlight last night was my first ever White Satin Moth whilst a Clouded Magpie on Friday was only my second ever record.
Sun 18th July 2021 20:29 by Maurice Pugh
Saturday 17th July 2021 Trapped until 23.30hrs. 103 moths of 34 species.

NFG Chilo phragmitella. NFY Small Emerald 2, Common White Wave, Short-cloaked, Smoky Wainscot, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and Dusky Sallow 2.Chilo phragmitella

Sun 18th July 2021 19:27 by John Day
Yeovil, Sunday 18th July 2021
One of the pleasures of moth trapping is the unexpected, such as Mecyna flavalisMecyna flavalis (21.07.18). Also on the pevious night my first record of Diaphania hyalinata (which escaped before I could photograph it) and leopard Moth.
Sun 18th July 2021 15:58 by Mike Strange
18/07/2021 BoS
77 moths of 32 species. The Highlights for me were. Yellow Tail (3) The Clay (1) Cloaked Minor agg (3) Twenty Plume (1) FFG Haworths Pug (1) FFG Small Dusty Wave (1) FFY Mother of Pearl (1) FFY Common White Wave (1)FFY Early Thorn (1) FFG Vee Pug (1) Anania coronata (2). There seems to be an abundance of Endotricha flammealis with the trap producing 2,s and 3,s most nights with 15 on the 16th.
Sun 18th July 2021 13:02 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton - Friday 16th
80 species on a hot and sultry night. Nothing new but again a few species that turn up very rarely. FFY’s include: Crassa unitella, Hypsopygia glaucinalis, Cydia splendana, Dichrorampha alpinana (third record), Pammene fasciana (3), Gypsonoma dealbana, Rhodophaea Formosa, Caloptilia syringella, Eudonia delunella and Crambus perlella (4), Small Angle-shades (second record), Muslin Footman, Rosy Footman, Brussels Lace (2), Blue-bordered Carpet (2), Haworth’s Pug (3), Lackey, Leopard Moth (third record) and Short-cloaked Moth.
Sat 17th July 2021 23:08 by Chris Iles
Holcombe, 16 July 2021
Record numbers of moths here, largely caused by around 200 Water Veneers and around 100 grass moths.  The supporting cast wasn't bad either - 3 Scarlet tiger, Small Rufous (new for me), Scorched Carpet, Scarce Silver-lines, Leopard Moth (new for garden), Scarce Footman (new for garden), Haworth's Pug (new for garden), 2 Brown-tail (new for garden), 3 Phoenix, Slender Pug (new for garden, though I've reared plenty from the area), and among the micros, Argolamprotes micella (4th for VC6).
Sat 17th July 2021 20:49 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock night of 15/7/21 Min temp 15.1c
Another bumper haul, 367 moths of 118 species.  Three FFG : Sophronia semicostella ; Lozotaeniodes formosana and Brown Tail. A further 11 were FFY : Brindled Plume ; Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix (2) ; Gypsonoma Dealbana ; Cypress Carpet ; Northern Spinach ; Scalloped Oak ; Large Emerald ; Garden Tiger ; Four-dotted Footman ; Smoky Wainscot (3) and Green Arches.  Others of note : Anania crocealis ; Catoptria pinella ; Ghost Moth ; Buff Arches (7) ; Privet Hawk-moth ; July Belle ; July Highflyer ; Swallow-tailed Moth (4) ; Lobster Moth (2) ; Ruby Footman (7) ; Grey Dagger agg. (2) and Grey Arches . And now - back to the darkened room for a lie down
Sat 17th July 2021 15:22 by Nigel Cottle
Night of 16/7.

A good selection of micros here last night:

Yponomeuta evonymella (59), Plutella xylostella, Argyresthia goedartella, Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Borkhausenia fuscescens, Tachystola acroxantha, Limnaecia phragmitella (FFG), Lozotaenia forsterana, Ancylis achatana, Spilonota ocellana, Eucosma cana, Gypsonoma dealbana, Grapholita janthinana, Rhodophaea formosa, Myelois circumvoluta, Scoparia ambigualis, Eudonia lacustrata, Eudonia delunella, Chrysoteuchia culmella (51), Parapoynx stratiotata and Crambus perlella.

Sat 17th July 2021 10:52 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 17/7/21
52 species in the trap in Middlezoy this morning. I expected more as it was so hot but still got some lovely species, including:

Buff-tip, Yellow-tail, Swallow-tailed, Marbled Green, Scalloped Oak, Meal Moth, Muslin Footman, Garden Tiger, Lackey, Nut-tree Tussock, Peach Blossom, Early Thorn, Dusky Sallow, Ruby Tiger, Small Scallop, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Wormwood Pug.

Sat 17th July 2021 10:38 by Paul Bowyer
Stockhill Wood 16/7/21
1 MV and 1 LED trap ran from dusk until 12:30am at Stockhill Wood on Mendips last night recording: Spilonota laricana, Larch Pug, Zeiraphera griseana, Dark Spectacle, Spruce Carpet, Map-winged Swift, Ptycholomoides aeriferana and a few left to Gen Det.

Ptycholomoides aeriferana

Ptycholomoides aeriferana

Fri 16th July 2021 18:14 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Last night was the best of the year so far, with 191 moths of 48 species. FFY were Yponomeuta agg. (2), Clepsis consimilana (3), Celypha striana (2), Catoptria pinella (2nd record, after first last year), Mother of Pearl (4), The Drinker (2 males), Royal Mantle (3rd record, first since 2016), July Highflyer, Scalloped Oak, Swallow-tailed Moth (2), The Shark, Marbled Green, Flounced Rustic (earliest record by three days), Beautiful Golden Y (2, the first since 2017) and The Fan-Foot. 

Biggest catches were of Chrysoteuchia culmella (32), Common Footman (18), Riband Wave (14), Elephant Hawk-moth (13), Buff Ermine (16) and Heart and Dart 14).

In a recent post I commented on species not recorded for a few years. This is continuing with the records of Royal Mantle and Beautiful Golden Y.  I wonder why this has been happening.

Fri 16th July 2021 17:53 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington 16/07/2021
Caught 286 moths of 76 species last night. Highlights were Swallow-tailed Moth, Scalloped oak (4), Buff Arches, Dwarf Cream Wave, Elephant Hawk-moth (8), Small Yellow Wave, Brown-tail, Early Thorn (3), Chinese Character, Brussels Lace, Lime-speck Pug, Poplar Hawk-moth, Coronet (2), Beautiful Hook-tip, Foxglove Pug, True Lover's Knot, Green Oak Tortrix, Red-barred Tortrix, Small Blood-vein, Acrobasis advenella, Agapeta zoegana.
Fri 16th July 2021 17:04 by Mike Strange
15/07/2021 BoS
not posted for a while as been busy. Had been having trouble identifying a variety of Moths. Gas engineer put me on to an App called Obsidentify, which in conjunction with UK Moths has made the job much easier. It won`t work for all species but put photo in and it gives you a % accuracy of species. Enter name in UK Moths to check. It did miss_identify a plume moth as a crane fly but that was because the photo was rubbish. last night produced Heart and Dart (4) Willow Beauty (1) Rustic agg (7) Swallow tailed moth (1) Poplar Hawk moth (1) Elephant Hawk moth (2) Buff Tip (1) Dark Arches (4) White Satin moth (2) Brightline Brown eye (2)Yellow tail (2) Garden Carpet (1) Common Footman (1) Dagger agg (2) Common Wainscot (1) Flame (1)FFG Clouded Magpie (1) Silver Y (1) Single Dotted Wave (1) Twenty Plume (1) Endotricha flammealis (3) Anania coronata (1). I can now go through my photos and update my list with the species i was not sure of. It will be interesting to see how it works for Micros.
Thu 15th July 2021 15:53 by Nigel Cottle
Night of 14/7.

I ran a 125w MV Skinner for three hours. 281 of 79 (54 macro, 25 micro).

Micro incl.: Large Fruit Tree Tortrix, Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix, Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix, Thistle Ermine, Phycitodes binaevella, Eudonia delunella, Catoptria margaritella etc.

Macro incl.: Peach Blossom, Figure of Eighty, Elephant Hawkmoth (13), Small Dusty Wave, Treble Brown Spot, Small Fan-footed Wave, Small Blood-vein, Cloaked Carpet, Phoenix, Small Yellow Wave, Small Rivulet, Early Thorn, Swallow-tailed Moth, Brussels Lace, Common Emerald, Beautiful Hook-tip, Marbled White Spot, Poplar Grey, Middle-barred Minor, Bright-line Brown-eye, Dot Moth, Clay, True Lover’s Knot and Scarce Silver-lines etc.

Catoptria margaritella 140721

Catoptria margaritella

Thu 15th July 2021 10:38 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
14/7/21 - another reasonable night's catch, with 100 moths, of 44 species, including 5 FFYs, Scalloped Oak (3), Dun-bar, Acleris forsskaleana, Mother of Pearl and a very occasional visitor, a Buff Footman.
Wed 14th July 2021 18:05 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Another good night here last night, with 142 moths of 33 species (nice and manageable!).  FFY were Pammene fasciana (6th record and first since 2016), Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (earliest record by two days), The Clay, Common Wainscot and Grey Dagger agg. (6).
Wed 14th July 2021 15:56 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
62 spp here too, good night with lots of FFYs, Chinese Character, Cloaked Minor, Green Pug, Blotched Emerald, Poplar Grey, Oak Nycteoline and Small Dotted Buff. amongst the micros a FFG Ethmia dodecea, FFYs Hypsopygia glaucinalis and costalis, Crescent Plume, Pandemis cinnamomeana, Crassa unitella, Acleris fosskaleana Catoptria pinella, Donacaula forficella Helcystogramma rufescens and Phycita roborella. 33.001 0718 Ethmia dodecea SD21
Tue 13th July 2021 19:57 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
280 macros of 62 species made it just about the best night of the year so far. I am still finding numbers comparatively low here compared to what I would normally expect. I don't know if that is a general finding but the fruit fields that surround my garden are being sprayed so often now compared with only 5 years ago that I wouldn't be surprised if this is a factor.
Firsts for the year last night included 2 Swallow tailed Moths, 3 Peach Blossom and, at last, 2 Clouded Borders. I thought I was going to miss out on this species for the first time ever when it is normally quite common.
Although numbers are relatively low there are numerous micro moths that I happily ignore. I am impressed by those of you who do routinely id the micros. I occasionally pick out one or two to look at and it takes me ages to find something suitable. I have always said that I will wait until I retire before recording the micros but I now feel that I'd also need 48 hour days.
However 1 micro I can identify is the European Corn Borer. It is becoming more numerous each year here with 10 last night alone. I presume it is breeding locally as the only other possible migrant was a single Silver Y.
Tue 13th July 2021 14:08 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
Cooler and clear but a decent haul of 53 species - nothing new but a nice selection of moths including some species not seen here for a few years (a characteristic of this year here). FFY includes: Epinotia abbreviana(2), Endotricha flammealis, Bramble Shoot Moth, Ghost Moth, Plain Pug (2), Fanfoot, Clay, Swallowtailed Moth, Double Square-spot, Lesser Yellow Underwing (2), Light Arches, Scalloped Oak (3) and Small Fan-footed Wave.

Plain Pug 2021
Plain Pug
Tue 13th July 2021 11:51 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
12/7/21 - another good night's trapping (I never get as many as some (Tim !!), but that suits me fine).  124 moths so far, of 47 species, including FFYs Small Dusty Wave, Common Wave, Peach Blossom and Light Arches.  Quite a lot of Grass Veneers (C.culmella 18) but not all that many Heart and Darts, and no Large YUs. Common Footman (9) beginning to proliferate.
Sun 11th July 2021 19:00 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock 10/7/21 min temp 14.6c
A milder and somewhat 'claggy' night up in the hills produced a good haul - 358 moths of 99 species. One FFG in the form of a Dingy Shears. A further 13 FFY : Coleophora mayrella (2) ; Agapeta hamana ; Udea prunalis (4) ; Crambus pascuella ; Agriphila inquinitella (3) ; Barred Straw (4) ; Swallow-tailed Moth ; Barred Red ; Little Emerald ; Common Emerald (5) ; Beautiful Hook-tip (4) ; Common Rustic agg. and Dot Moth.
Sun 11th July 2021 17:11 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
After a good night on Thursday, last night was cooler and clearer and so much quieter., producing 82 moths of 28 species. FFY were Cnephasia agg., Small Blood-vein (2), Pine Carpet, The Rivulet, Lilac Beauty (5th record and first since 2014) and Eyed Hawk-moth (5th record and first since 2017).

It's been an interesting year. The spring was poor but I've recorded several species that haven't recorded for a few years or more. The last two species listed are good examples.

Also of interest in the last few days has been an early instar White Ermine larva that has taken a fancy to egg boxes!

Sun 11th July 2021 16:59 by Paul Bowyer
Early July Moths
Coleophora gryphipennella swept from low vegetation and mines of Mompha langiella on Enchanter's Nightshade at Jubilee Stone Wood on 6th July.

A short trapping session at Dolebury Warren on 7th July attracted Apotomis capreana. The conditions were OK but much of the ground was saturated from recent rain.

Walking the dog this morning on 11th July I noticed a single Toadflax Brocade larva on Purple Toadflax in my street in Weston-super-Mare.

Apotomis capreana

Apotomis capreana

Toadflax Brocade 11-7-21

Toadflax Brocade

Sun 11th July 2021 15:49 by Nigel Cottle
White Satin Moth on a fence in Somerton this morning.

White Satin Moth 110721

Sun 11th July 2021 12:26 by Mike Strange
Thanks Paul. Was`t sure between the two. I did look on UK Moths but could only find one to compare against and it looked very similar.. Quite happy to be corrected.
Sun 11th July 2021 10:53 by Paul Newman
Mike - I rhink your moth is most likely The Clay.  Very similar to White-point, but there are "smears" to the front and back of the white mark - the White-point's spot is usually much brighter and a clearly circular shape, distinct from its background.  The Clay is very widespread, the White-point far less common.  I hope this is helpful, and not too disappointing.  You could compare the pictures on the UK Moths website.
Sun 11th July 2021 10:21 by Mike Strange
10/07/2021 BoS
41 moths last night. Large yellow underwing 1. Elephant hawk moth 2. Scalloped oak 1. Rustic agg 17. Brightline Brown eye 3. Dark Arches 1. Heart and Dart 3. Riband Wave 4. FFG Small blood vein 1 Buff Ermine 1. Correction to earlier misidentification 1 FFG Clay.
Sat 10th July 2021 17:22 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Postscript to my post on 9th July - last night I found a moth from the night before which had escaped before being identified. It turned out to be FFY Mottled Beauty, only my third record and the first since 2017.
Sat 10th July 2021 11:16 by Mike Strange
41 Macro of 14 species and 10 micro of 4 species last night. Heart & Dart 4. Dark Arches 3. Large Yellow Underwing 3. Rustic agg 13. Willow Beauty 2. heart & Club 1. Riband Wave 2. FFY Scalloped Oak 1. FFG Fan foot 1. FFG Common Emerald 1. Garden Carpet 2. FFY Common Rustic agg 1. Anania coronata 3. Brightline Brown eye 3. I macro and 4 micro yet to be identified.
Fri 9th July 2021 21:49 by Tim Howard
Dead Womans Ditch Quantocks
A couple of short walks with a net produced ( 7/7) Argyresthia brokeella and Beautiful Snout.  ( 9/7 ) July Highflyer ; Northern Spinach and Bilberry Pug.
Fri 9th July 2021 21:44 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock night of 7/7/21 min temp 11.4c
223 moths of 83 species.  FFY : Teleiopsis diffinis ; Yarrow Plume ; Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix ; Marbled Orchard Tortrix ; Pyrausta despicata ; Anania crocealis ; Agriphila tristella ; Agriphila geniculae ; Catoptria pinella ; Scalloped Hook-tip (2) ; July Highflyer ; Rosy Footman ; Scarce Footman and Mottled Rustic.  Others of note : Ypsolopha mucronella ; Poplar, Privet and Elephant Hawk-moths ; Scorched Wing ; Grass Emerald ; Buff-tip (6) ; Buff Ermine (19) ; Beautiful Golden-Y and Green Silverlines.
Fri 9th July 2021 19:07 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
39 macro and 18 micro spp. Commonest 12 Elephant HMs followed by Uncertain agg. FFYs Swallow-tailed Moth,Barred Yellow,Yellow Shell, Plain Golden Y,Muslin Footman, Yellow-tail, Phtheochroa inopiana,Eudonia delunella and truncicolella, Ancylis achatana,Notocelia uddmanniana, Anania crocealis.
Fri 9th July 2021 17:47 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Last night was the best night of the year so far, with 143 moths of 39 species. FFY were Ancylis achatana (5th record), Eudonia delunella, The Lackey (female), Pebble Hook-tip, Buff Arches, Common Emerald, Common Wave, Swallow Prominent, Rosy Footman, Buff Footman, Common Rustic agg.,Green Silver-lines and The Snout (2).  Heart and Dart was again the biggest contributor, with 43. A count of 8 Heart and Clubs was my highest since 2016.
Fri 9th July 2021 15:40 by Nigel Cottle
Night of 8/7.

I ran two traps at Castle Neroche until c01:00h this morning.

341 moths of 87 species (69 macro, 18 micro) plus two micros to be determined.

Biggest hitters: Lackey (29) and Elephant Hawk (25).

Map-winged Swift (two incl. one f. gallicus), Cloaked Carpet, Sandy Carpet, Brussels Lace, Lobster, Red-necked Footman, Blackneck, Beautiful Golden Y, Plain Golden Y, Small Angle Shades, Small Dotted Buff, True Lover’s Knot & Green Arches etc. etc.

Map-winged Swift 080721

Map-winged Swift (f. gallicus)

Fri 9th July 2021 12:23 by Mike Strange
07 and 08/07/2021
07/0/2021 two FFG 1 Dingy Shears. 1 Cabbage Moth. 08/07/ 2021 1 FFY Peppered Moth among the usual suspects. 2 Heart and Club, 1 Buff tip, 1 Elephant Hawkmoth.
Thu 8th July 2021 10:51 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
7/7/21 - Another reasonable night, with 104 moths of 50 species, including 9 FFYs - Common Emerald (2), Broad-bordered YU, White Plume Moth, Common Rustic agg., Angle Shades, Fan-foot (2), Grey/Dark Dagger agg., Small Ermines agg., and V-Pug.  There will as usual be few more to round up overnight tonight - watch this space.

a.m. 9/7 - a further 11 moths and 5 species, of which 3 more FFYs viz. Cypress Carpet, Anania coronata and Epiblema foenella.  Worth waiting for.

Wed 7th July 2021 15:32 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
Plenty of FFY micros over the last week including: Aleimma loeflingiana, Celypha striana, Eucosma hohenwartiana, Eucosma cana, Eucosma campoliliana, Eudonia mercurella, Ditula angustiorana, Archips podana (2), Cochylis atricapitana, Brown China-mark (2), Gypsonoma sociana, Lozotaeniodes formosanus, Phycitodes binaevella (2), Homoeosoma sinuella, Red-barred Tortrix (2), Lathronympha strigana, Hedya nubiferana (2), Notocelia rosaecolana (4), Notocelia trimaculana (5).

Clay Triple-lines, Toadflax Pug and Maiden’s Blush were nice to see after a year or so absent. I had Red-belted Clearwing (2) and Orange-tailed Clearwing attracted to my ageing lures - alas no Lunar Hornet despite many attempts and no Currant Clearwing (plenty last year).  I've also seen a lot more Heart and Club this year than of late.

Wed 7th July 2021 15:03 by Mike Strange
06/07/2021 BoS
A cold wet night produced a total of 47 moths with 11 macro and 3 micro species. Macros were 14 Heart & Dart. 1 Silver Y. 3 Dark Arches. 3 Large Yellow Underwing. 1 Lime Speck Pug. 2 Riband Wave. 6 Rustic agg. 1 Flame. 1 Common Pug . 1 Lackey. 1 Garden Carpet. Thanks Paul for the info regarding books. I have been trawling through the UK Moths website systematic list and still not found one Micro i recognise. It is fascinating reading though!
Mon 5th July 2021 17:16 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Late record for 30th June, on which date I found a tiny micro fluttering around my back door. I potted it and identified it as FFG Diplodoma laichartingella. Thank you to Neale Mellersh for agreeing the I.D. The website map shows it as rare and local. It is an interesting species, the larval period of which is usually two years. Apologies for the quality of the photo.

Diplodoma laichartingella CSN

Mon 5th July 2021 10:53 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
4/7/21 - it wasn''t supposed to rain last night, but it certainly did, so I had lots of soggy egg-boxes to handle this morning.  However, the moths still turned up, albeit in averagely good numbers and variety.  111 of 54 species, with FFYs Beautiful Golden Y (3), Drinker, Buff Arches, Small Fan-foot(2), Magpie Moth, and an early Square-spot Rustic.  There were also 3 Elephant Hawks and 3 Privet Hawks - very nice!
Sun 4th July 2021 16:46 by Robert Souter
2 July 2021 Tatworth, South Somerset
Another month, another new Anania for the garden, this time Anania stachydalis (thanks for confirming Neale). Looks like only a few records of this one. I usually get A. coronata too but not yet. Trapped overnight in the rain on Friday and also had a Miller new for garden. A good haul again with 62 species in total (46 macros, 16 micros).

Anania stachydalis

Sun 4th July 2021 16:40 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Belated report for last Thursday night (1st July) - 91 moths of 34 species. FFG was Four-dotted Footman and FFY were Single-dotted Wave, Clouded Silver, Green Pug and The Lychnis.
Sun 4th July 2021 16:23 by Paul Newman
Yes, Mike, it is an L-Album Wainscot.  It is generally thought of as an immigrant, but has been breeding in the south of the UK for some time.  It pops up regularly in Somerset, especially along the north coast from Berrow northwards.  I even had one here in Pylle last year, and it has been recorded quite widely across the County - have a look at the "search" map. Still a nice record, even if no longer a rarity.
Sun 4th July 2021 15:33 by Mike Strange
03/07/2021 B0S
Ran the trap under an old picnic table in spite of the rain last night. Numbers were down but i had a few unexpected moths. FFY & Garden were Eyed Hawk Moth, Snout, Small Magpie, Spindle Moth and what i Believe to be an L Album Wainscot. I have had confirmation on internet but would appreciate an opinion and/or correction if i have got it wrong. It says in my book that it is an immigrant L Album Wainscot ] Can an immigrant still be common? possible L Album Wainscot
Sat 3rd July 2021 12:40 by Mike Strange
02/07/2021 BoS
60 moths of 18 species last night. as on previous nights the sheer quantity and variety of moths has made identification a problem for me as a newby. Last night 3 Brightline Brown eye, 24 Heart & Dart, 15 Rustic agg, 3 Willow Beauty, 3 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Buff Tip FFY, 1 Garden Carpet, 2 Riband Wave, 1 Lackey, 1 Brindled Pug, 1, Dark Arches, 1 Common Wainscot. Still have others to identify. should keep me busy on a rainy day!
Sat 3rd July 2021 09:44 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 1st July
Like Tim I am also making a late report for the same reason. 440 moths 103 species. 4 micros were FFG: Coptotriche marginea, Phyllocnistis unipunctella, Blastobasis lacticolella and Anarsia innoxiella.

There were 20 FFY. Which along with 18 on the 29th June means that I am back on track with species numbers, for the year to date, at 247.

FFY were: Parornix anglicella, Blastodacna hellerella, Gypsonoma dealbana, Calamotropha paludella, Agriphila tristella, Donacaula forficella, Anania crocealis, Maple Pug, Barred Yellow, Cypress Carpet, Small Blood-vein, Small Yellow Wave, Yellow Shell, Double Square-spot, Gothic, Lunar-spotted Pinion, Rosy Minor and Iron Prominent.

The big numbers were C.culmella (71) Heart and dart (36) Willow beauty (17) Magpie(11) Uncertain (18), Beautiful hooktip (11) and Dark arches (16).

Star moth was Anarsia innoxiella, and thanks to David Aggasiz for confirming that identification and quite a few others in that haul!

I originally identified the Anarsia as Peach twig borer A. lineatella as this was the species illustrated in Manley, Edition 2. As a relative newcomer I was unaware that this species was split in 2017 and most of the records of lineatella have been reclassified as innoxiella. The Gelechidae website notes the spread of this species west and north from the South east. The previous most westerly records are for east of Swindon and north of Cheltenham making this a first for Somerset. I had 2 of these in the trap which probably also means that it may be breeding locally.

Sat 3rd July 2021 09:26 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy recent trap results
I trapped on the 30/6/21 in my Middlezoy garden and got 63 species, which I was pleased with. Highlights were: Peppered Moth, Pseudargyotoza conwagana, Blotched Emerald, Common White Wave, Barred Yellow, Gold Spot, Lackey, Beautiful Hook-tip, Shark, Lychnis, Barred Straw, Small Blood-vein, Blood-vein, Common Lutestring, Donacaula forficella, Pyrausta despicata.

I trapped last night too, 02/07/2021 and had 46 species. Highlights were: Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix, Privet Hawk-moth, Scalloped Oak, Clouded Border, Double Square-spot, Small Emerald, Obscure Wainscot, Narrow-winged Pug.

Fri 2nd July 2021 17:51 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock 30/6/21 min temp 14.1c
Paul has a fair point regarding large catches - Weds night brought 457 moths of 106 species with one micro still to determine and it's been hard work sorting them out.  FFY : Monopis obviella ; Phyllonorycter tristrigella ; an Oegoconia sp.(prob. quantipuncta) ; Carcina quercana ; Large Fruit-tree Tortrix (2) ; Clepsis consimilana ; Agapeta hamana ; Notocelia rosaecolana ; Eudonia lacustrata ; Blood Vein (3) ; July Belle ; Scorched Carpet ; Fan Foot ; Small Fan Foot ; Rustic ; Delicate and Green Silverlines (2)......Double figures for : Garden Grass Veneer (58) ; Snout (12) ; Silver-Y (12) ; Bright-line Brown-eye (18) ; Heart and Dart (71) ; Flame (14) ; LYU (22).
Fri 2nd July 2021 11:21 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
1/7/21 - down a bit on last time, 81 moths so far, of 35 species, including FFYs Blue-bordered Carpet (2), Swallow-tailed Moth, Eudonia delunella and Clepsis consimilana, plus a FFG Aethes beatricella. 

Marbled Minor agg. the commonest (13) and no fewer than 6 Burnished Brass and Flame, but ..... only one Heart and Dart - odd!!

Addendum 3/7/ a.m.  As usual, some escapees from the previous night - 6 more moths, and 4 more species, with FFY Small Yellow Wave.

Fri 2nd July 2021 11:02 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
I was surprised to have 3 unmistakeable Orange Footmen in the trap this morning. It is 3 weeks since my last record and easily the latest I've ever seen this species. I cannot explain where they have come from. I could just about understand one tardy individual but 3?
Thu 1st July 2021 09:04 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
addendum to 29/6/21 - a further 11 moths and 5 species to add to the total, including FFY Eudonia pallida, Crambus perlella, and Grey Tortrix agg..  Totals for the night now 121 moths, 47 species.

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