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current posts

Tue 31st August 2021 13:10 by Mike Strange
28/08/2021 to 30/08/2021 inclusive BoS
28th Hilights. Orange Swift. Green Carpet. Chinese Character. 29thMother of Pearl. FFG Treble Bar. FFG Dark Spectacle. Rosy Rustic. Cabbage Moth.  Brown House Moth. Dagger agg. Knot Grass. Garden Pebble. Carnation Tortrix. 30th. Angle Shades. Light Emerald. Lime Speck Pug. Double Striped Pug. Copper Underwing. Codling Moth. Brightline Browneye. Yellowshell. Garden Pebble.. Also 30th Large Yellow Underwing 35 off. Square spot Rustic 17 off Lesser Yellow Underwing 11 off. Flounced Rustic 9 0ff. Rustic agg 22.
Tue 31st August 2021 11:21 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
48 species last night with four FFY: Cabbage Moth, Cypress Pug, Burnished Brass (2) and a magnificent Clifden Nonpareil - my earliest sighting and the third consecutive year for this species.
Mon 30th August 2021 14:04 by Maurice Pugh
Red Underwing 2Trapped until 23.30hrs 29.8.2021 75 moths of 25 species. Brimstone with 20, others included Blood-vein 2, Magpie, Poplar Hawkmoth, Sallow Kitten and Red Underwing.Red Underwing underside
Mon 30th August 2021 09:36 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington 30/08/2021
Caught 302 moths of 49 species last night. Highlights; Maiden's Blush, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Oak Hook-tip, Green Carpet, Dusky Thorn (2), Jersey Tiger (3), Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix, Blood-vein (7), Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix, Lime-speck Pug (2), Garden Pebble (2), Nephopterix angustella.
Sun 29th August 2021 19:56 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock 28/8/2021
287 moths of 70 species.  FFY : Nemapogon clematella ; Epinotia ramella ; Canary- shouldered Thorn (5) ; Maple Pug ; Vines Rustic (2) and Jersey Tiger (2).  Square-spot Rustic (30) , Mother of Pearl (25) and Brimstone Moth (24) were the top scorers.
Sun 29th August 2021 16:27 by John Bebbington
Female Convolvulus Hawk-moth
I haven't trapped for a few weeks now - too much interference from security lights in neighbours' garens and adjacent building site. However I was pleasd to find a female Convolvulus Hawk-moth roosting on a fence post by our pond this morning.
Female Convolvulus Hawk-moth roosting
We'll be watching our Nicotiana plants this evening!
Sun 29th August 2021 10:59 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
28/8/21 - another chilly night and a goodly amount of moonlight, so low numbers again.  This time, 55 moths of 23 species, with two FFYs, Common Plume (E. monodactyla) and an early Large Wainscot.  Oddly, both these species were last recorded here in 2018.  The Large Wainscot seems not to be common around here - I have only ever recorded it here once before, and only half a dozen times at Lydford between 2005 and 2014, and always during October.
Sat 28th August 2021 15:55 by Mike Strange
A sharp drop in Temperature and a bright clear night resulting in fewer Moths last night. 44 Moths. 19 species. amongst the usual suspects. Spectacle Moth. 3 off Orange Swift. Straw Underwing. FFG Chinese Character.
Sat 28th August 2021 14:20 by Nigel Cottle
Night of 27/8.

I ran one trap in a Kingston St Mary garden until 01:00h this morning. 199 moths of 54 species.

Incl.: Blood-vein, Mocha, Flame Carpet, Yellow Shell, Purple Bar, Sharp-angled Peacock, Early Thorn, Common White Wave, Common Wave, Light Emerald, Black Arches, Rosy Footman, Buff Footman, Dingy Footman, Spectacle, Burnished Brass, Gold Spot, Vine's Rustic, Flounced Rustic, Dun-bar & Common Wainscot etc.

Fri 27th August 2021 17:23 by Mike Strange
26/08/2021 BoS
83 Moths. 24 species. Hilights were Orange Swift. Gold Spot. Light Emerald. Straw Underwing. FFG The Lychnis. Bycatch A Black Vine Weevil.
Fri 27th August 2021 14:39 by Maurice Pugh
CURRY RIVEL 26.8.2021
Trapped until 23.30hrs 26.8.2021

86 moths of 32 species. NFY was a Agriphila tristella. Just 6 Jersey Tigers, Poplar Hawkmoth, Lime-speck Pug 3 and a Burnished Brass amongst the usual suspects.

Fri 27th August 2021 11:05 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
26/8/21 - another quiet night with only 47 moths and 18 species.  Only one FFY, a single Acleris laterana, the first here since August 2018, which saw 13 individuals recorded in the month. Where have they been?  Lurking in the hedges , probably.
Thu 26th August 2021 19:31 by Mike Strange
25/08/2021 BoS
87 moths. 25 Species. Large yellow underwing and Rustic agg predominant with 19 of each. Brimstone 4. Angle Shades 1. Orange Swift 1. SS Dart 2. Setaceous Hebrew Character 2. poplar Hawkmoth 1. Jersey Tiger 1. Flounced Rustic 8. Lesser Yellow underwing 3. Mother of Pearl 1. Double Striped Pug 4. Blood Vein 1. Wormwood Pug 1. Lime Speck Pug 2. Mouse Moth 1. Wax Moth 1. Interesting article on The Guardian website regarding the effect of street lights and the decline in Moth Numbers today.
Thu 26th August 2021 15:43 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
104 moths of 42 species that included six FFY: a very late Poplar Kitten, Copper Underwing (2), Old Lady (my third record and first since 2017), Canary-shouldered Thorn, Angle Shades and Cochylimorpha straminea (2). Jersey Tigers have started to appear in greater numbers (7) including one f. lutescens.

Cochylimorpha straminea 2021
Cochylimorpha straminea

Old Lady Mormo maura
Old Lady Mormo maura]
Wed 25th August 2021 20:13 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock 22/8/21 min temp 12.9c
239 moths of 61 species with one micro still to be identified. Five FFY : Garden Rose Tortrix (2) ; Bactra lancealana ; Gold Triangle ; Magpie and Square-spot Rustic (15).  Others of interest : Honeysuckle Moth (3) ; Acleris laterana -one confirmed by Neale mellersh and five more 'agg.' Oak , Barred and Pebble Hook-tips ; Brimstone Moth (13) ; Burnished Brass (2) ; Marbled Green and Six-striped Rustic (5).  It would appear that the Footmen have returned to the Palace.  Also, tucked up nicely in an eggbox a White Ermine larva.
Wed 25th August 2021 19:10 by John Day
Yeovil 25.08.21
Bulrush WainscotBulrush Waiscot  BA215RN
Wed 25th August 2021 19:09 by Mike Strange
22/08/2021 to 24/08 inclusive BoS
22nd aug hilights. a single late Buff Ermine, FFG Pale Mottled Willow. Orange Swift, Dark Form, again. 23rd Aug. Dusky Thorn. Wax Moth. FFY Common White Wave. Codling Moth. 24th Aug. 3 0ff Jersey Tigers. White Line Dart. FFG Spectacle. FFG Lunar Yellow Underwing. A micro that i have, so far, narrowed down to Scoparia/ eudonia species.
Wed 25th August 2021 17:53 by Nigel Cottle
Night of 24/8.

FFG: Ancylis comptana

Ancylis comptana 240821

Wed 25th August 2021 14:39 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel 24.8.2021
Trapped until 23.30hrs 77 moths of 22 species. Nothing NFY. Brimstone numbers still high 15. Other high counts from yesterday all fell into single figures including Jersey Tigers 5. Moths of note were Gold Triangle, Green Carpet 2, Lychnis and my second of the year Oak Eggar.
Wed 25th August 2021 14:35 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel 23.8.2021
Trapped until 23.45hrs.

139 moths of 31 species. NFY was a September Thorn. Most numerous were Garden Carpet 8, Brimstone moths 14, Jersey Tiger 16, Flame Shoulder 12, Large Yellow Underwing 17, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 15 and Setaceous Hebrew Character 12.

Wed 25th August 2021 13:35 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
24/8/21 - a very quiet night, just 37 moths of 22 species, the only new one being a FFG Strawberry Tortrix (Acleris comariana).  Maybe a couple of strays to round up tomorrow morning. Time will tell.
Tue 24th August 2021 17:18 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Postscript to my post yesterday - I omitted one of the best moths in the trap, a female Oak Eggar. I started recording them again last year after a five-year gap, and even managed to hatch out some caterpillars last year. Perhaps this one came from that batch!

Oak Eggar CSN

Tue 24th August 2021 12:12 by Paul Bowyer
Weston Moths
Garden moth trap has been pretty quiet the last few nights. A couple of Small Ranunculus and a Campion perhaps the most interest.

In Weston Woods on 22nd I found 3 mines of Ectoedemia atricollis on Hawthorn and today in Sand Bay I found mines of Chrysoesthia sexguttella on Atriplex. I first recorded this species on 2nd June 2017 as an adult so it appears to be established.

Chrysoesthia sexguttella 24-8-21

Chrysoesthia sexguttella

Mon 23rd August 2021 17:56 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Back to home trapping, I recorded 72 moths of 32 species last night in cooler, clear, moon-lit, conditions. FFY were Square-spot Rustic and Burnished Brass. Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings (11) are still outnumbering Large Yellow (8).

Home year list is now at 255.

Sun 22nd August 2021 21:26 by Steve Chapple
James McGill, Staplegrove, Taunton
James McGill has asked me to post this picture of a Small Ranunculus, Hecatera dysodea, that he trapped on the 20th August in his Staplegrove garden. The first VC5 adult record?

Small Ranunculus Staplegrove Taunton 2021
Small Ranunculus Hecatera dysodea
Sun 22nd August 2021 19:04 by Mike Strange
21/08/2021/ BoS
Copious amounts of rain last night. I put the trap under an old folding picnic table, this seems to protect it from the worst of the weather and doesn`t seem to deter the Moths. 65 Moths of 22 species. Rustics of various types seem to be prevalent. Rustic/Uncertain agg 19 off. Flounced Rustic 3 off. Common Rustic 1 off. Square spot Rustic 2 off. Singletons of poplar Hawk Moth and Buff Ermine. Turnip Moth 2 off. Orange Swift 1 0ff. Copper Underwing 1 off. Plus The usual suspects and a few Micros that still need identifying! Another Caterpillar in the trap again, tentatively identified as Lesser Yellow Underwing.
Sun 22nd August 2021 17:17 by Rob Grimmond
Underway Meade, Combe St. Nicholas
On Friday night (20th), a couple of us ran traps at this small site on the edge of the village. It is a community field and wildlife site, with meadow, woodland, pond, stream. The only previous trapping session was in July 2017.

We had 112 moths of 41 species. FFY for me were Orange Swift (3), Pyrausta despicata, Blood-vein, Yellow Shell, Lime-speck Pug, Sallow Kitten, Small Square Spot, Square-spot Rustic and Copper Underwing. New for me was Eupoecilia angustana. Also of interest was a small Silver Y of the form "gammina".

I'm hoping we can do some regular trapping at this site.

Sun 22nd August 2021 11:16 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
21/8/21 - Oh I do wish the Met Office could get their forecasts right more often!!  "No Rain all night" they said.  Huh - it bucketed itdown at about 5.a.m. and I was NOT about To get up to bring in the traps.

Anyway, (rant over) there were 46 moths of 17 species, with only one FFY, a very late Grass Rivulet. According to the text, they are only supposed to fly from May to early July, but this is the second year running that I have had one in mid-August.  Odd.

Sat 21st August 2021 19:24 by Mike Strange
08/08/2021 to 20/08/2021 inclusive BoS
Not had chance to update list until today. hilights were 8th Aug. FFG Straw Underwing.  FFG Swallow Prominent. Large Yellow Underwing Caterpillar in trap. 9th Aug 3 Jersey Tigers.  Drinker.  10th Aug FFY Orange Swift. FFG Wax Moth. 11th Aug. FFG Pebble Hooktip. 13th Aug.FFG Red Barred Tortrix. FFG Carnation Tortrix.FFG Satellite. 14th Aug FFG twin Spotted Wainscot. !5th Aug Yellowtail. Garden Pebble. Mother of Pearl. Double Striped Pug. 16th Aug. FFG L-Album Wainscot. FFG Narrow Winged Pug. FFG Cochylis atricapitana. 17th Aug FFG Garden Rose Tortrix. FFG Brown House Moth. FFG Carcina quercana. Agapeta hamana. Pebble Hooktip. 18th aug FFG Gold Spot. 19th Aug FFG Yellow Barred Brindle. Sallow Kitten . 20th Aug FFG 2off Cypress Pug. FFG Red Underwing. 3 0ff Orange Swift 1 Male 2 Female one of which was the dark form. By catches included A Weevil, (Parathelcus pollinarius} Birch Shield bug. Red Legged Shield bug and a Beetle (Tillus elongarus)
Sat 21st August 2021 18:25 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
A reasonable night with 220 macros of 54 species. Highlight was only my 2nd ever record of Dingy Shell, even more surprising given the time of year. I also recorded my first Turnip Moth of the year which has arrived much earlier than usual. I often don't record this species before October.
Sat 21st August 2021 14:34 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
A good night with 61 spp. FFY Clay Triple Lines, August and Sept Thorns, Currant Pug,Marbled Beauty, Yellow Shell, Nephopterix Angustella, Garden Pebble, Garden Rose Tortrix. Also Copper Underwing, 6 Pebble Hook-tip, 8 Jersey Tigers, 10 Blood-vein, a f Spotted Footman. Yesterday in the hedge, found Garden Pebble larvae munching on Horseradish.
Fri 20th August 2021 16:51 by Paul Bowyer
Weston leaf miners
Around my neighbourhood I've been finding several mines one of which is Callisto denticulella on Malus. All 3 Apple Trees found had the moth on but to date have never seen the adult.

Callisto denticulella

Callisto denticulella

Examining Field Maple seeds it didn't take long to find Ectoedemia louisella a species I've encountered twice before as an adult so presumably from local populations.

Ectoedemia louisella

Ectoedemia louisella

Thu 19th August 2021 10:25 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
The best night for a short while here yesterday with 267 macros of 54 species. Most numerous were 31 Flame Shoulder,29 Dingy Footmen, 26 LYUs and 25 LBBYUs. Twin-spotted Wainscot was the undoubted highlight as I have never recorded it here before. Strangely I had just been reading the comparisons between Turners' distribution views and our current distribution status which can be found on the A-Z pages on this website. He describes it as a mainly northern Somerset species but adds that the record from nearby Stoke sub Hamdon was remarkable.
I was looking at these pages to find the distribution of August and September Thorns. Both species appear to be caught regularly around the county and there are numerous recent records from within 5k of my garden but despite recording over a quarter of a million macros and over 400 species in my garden in the last 20 years I have never seen either of these Thorns.
Wed 18th August 2021 23:24 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
I had a good night with 59 species including my first Small Waved Umber here. Other notable species were Bulrush Wainscot (first for four years) and my first Gothic since 2015. Other FFYs were Six-striped Rustic (2), Oak Hook-tip (2), Rosy Rustic (3), Cloaked Minor, Small Phoenix, Dog's Tooth, Common Wave, Dusky Thorn (6) and Pyrausta despicata. I also found two Small Ranunculus larvae at the entrance to Morrison's in Taunton yesterday.
Wed 18th August 2021 21:20 by Chris Iles
Hurlstone Point, 16 August 2021
Following Will Langdon's discovery of Jasione Pug here last year, I went to have a look for the larvae of this rare form earlier this week.  After around two hours searching, I finally found one!  Tucked away inside a withered flowerhead, it appeared to be fully-grown. Jasione Pug larva 1 Jasione Pug larva 2

Another rarity present here was the tiny nepticulid Enteucha acetosae - or at least its leaf mines - which could be found in their dozens on sorrel leaves. Enteucha acetosae mine

Driving very slowly through Taunton on the way, I noticed large quantities of prickly lettuce in the central reservation and outside the railway station car park - enough for good numbers of Small Ranunculus larvae.  Hopefully the adults will be making it to people's traps soon!

Wed 18th August 2021 17:40 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
A crash in numbers here too, just 32 moths of 23 species, one of my lowest August totals. There was a consolation in the form of FFG Slender Brindle and a large Dor Beetle. Not a Common Footman in sight!
Wed 18th August 2021 10:34 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
17/8/21 - numbers well down last night - just 82 moths so far, of 30 species.  FFYs were Rosy Rustic, Lime-speck Pug and Ringed China-mark (4).  Large YU finally appearing in better numbers, with 14.  No Heart and Dart since 14/7 - admittedy I didn't trap for the last two weeks of July, but I have had none at all this month, and I would have expected a few stragglers.

Addendum a.m.19/8 - a further 12 moths rounded up and 3 more species - no more FFYs.

Mon 16th August 2021 17:43 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
On Saturday night (14th), I had 93 moths of 41 species. FFY were Eudonia mercurella (2), Gold Triangle, The Magpie, Canary-shouldered Thorn (2), Black Arches, Small Wainscot (first since 2015) and Rosy Rustic. Large Yellow Underwing numbers for August are similar to last year but fewer than the previous two years.
Mon 16th August 2021 11:59 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
A FFY Small Waved Umber, sadly deceased, found inside my living-room window.  Presumably a leftover from Friday's trapping.
Sun 15th August 2021 20:39 by Paul Chapman
Another night's recording with Bob Fleetwood with a damp finish producing 113 species bringing the 2021 site tally to 417 species with highlights including Small Seraphim, Dingy Shell, Ear Moth, Small Rufous, Southern Wainscot, Four-spotted Footman, Mocha, Jersey Tiger, Clavigesta purdeyi, Ypsolopha sequella and Gracillaria syringella. Interestingly, despite four sessions in relatively short order covering broadly the same area and on occasion with traps in the same locations, the most notable species - Crescent and Devon Carpet - have only been recorded on one night despite multiples of each on those nights!

Four-spotted Footman Gordano NNR (13.08.21)

Ypsolopha sequella Godano Valley (13.08.21)

Gracillaria syringella Gordano NNR (13.08.21)

Sun 15th August 2021 20:34 by Paul Chapman
One of two nights this week that ended pretty damp! Out with Paul Bowyer, Dave Nevitt & Bill Urwin a total of 121 species were recorded at Shapwick with highlights being Acleris emargana, Birch Mocha, Bulrush Wainscot, Dingy Shell, Dotted Clay, Double Kidney, Stathmopoda pedella, Limnaecia phragmitella, Pinion-streaked Snout, Scalloped Hooktip, Peacock, Small Rufous, Small Seraphim, Southern Wainscot & Webb's Wainscot. Only 20 or so miles away despite suitable habitat, on my local patch, i have never recorded Birch Mocha, Scalloped Hooktip or Webb's Wainscot and only recorded singles of Dotted Clay and Peacock!

Stathmooda pedella Shapwick Heath (11.08.21)

Webb's Wainscot Shapwick Heath (11.08.21)

Sun 15th August 2021 20:28 by Paul Chapman
Another session with 113 species bringing the site year tally to 404 species with highlights being Small Seraphim, Roeslerstammia erxlebella, Ear Moth, Bordered Beauty, Dusky Sallow, Double Kidney, Arthrips mouffetella, Mocha, Clouded Magpie & Pinion-streaked Snout.

Clouded Magpie Gordano NNR (04.08.21)

Pinion-streaked Snout Gordano NNR (04.08.21)

Sun 15th August 2021 20:25 by Paul Chapman
One of three sessions in the Gordano Valley to update. A total of 139 species with Bob Fleetwood brought the 2021 tally for the site to 391 species including Small Seraphim, Gold Spot, Ear Moth, Bordered Beauty, Small Rufous, Southern Wainscot, Slender Brindle, Leopard, Dusky Sallow, Double Kidney, Sallow Kitten, Four-spotted Footman, Antler Moth & Dioryvtria abietella. However, the highlight was maybe four Devon Carpet which were my first locally. Maybe overlooked by me amongst the numerous Small Phoenix in the past?

Sallow Kitten Gordano NNR (31.07.21)

Dioryctria abietella Gordano NNR (31.07.21)

Antler Moth Gordano NNR (31.07.21)

Devon Carpet Gordano NNR (31.07.21)

Sun 15th August 2021 20:19 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock 14/8/21 Min temp 15.2c
A muggy night with a touch of rain around dawn produced 263 of 91 species. 12 FFY : Ypsolopha nemorella ; Eupoecelia angustana ; Holly Tortrix ; Epinotia nisella ; Anania coronata ; Rusty-dot Pearl ; Rush Veneer ; Pebble Hook-tip ; Dusky Thorn (2) ; Sallow Kitten ; Frosted Orange and Rosy Minor.  Making double figures were : Agriphila tristella (55) ; Mother of Pearl (25) ; Rosy Footman (10) ; Flame Shoulder (17) ; LYU (18) and LBBYU (13).  Despite the woeful spring weather the total species so far this year now stands at 358 - a number not reached until Sept.18th last year.
Sun 15th August 2021 17:33 by Rob Grimmond
Otterhead Lakes, Blackdown Hills, South Somerset
On Friday evening three traps were run for just a couple of hours or so at the reserve in the Blackdowns . At least 86 moths of 30 species were counted (and several more got away). Highlights included Brown and Ringed China-mark, Drinker (6+ of which three spent much of the time fluttering around my trap), July Highflyer (10), Bordered Beauty, Black Arches (5), Smoky Wainscot and Copper Underwing.

I should add that the main purpose of the session was to obtain some moths for a public event the next morning. I'm hoping that more regular trapping can be done here.

Sat 14th August 2021 11:37 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
Now I know why I haven't seen a single Jersey Tiger this year - they're all going to Curry Rivel !!
Sat 14th August 2021 11:33 by Maurice Pugh
Trapped until 23.40hrs 92 moths of 22 species. NFY was a Square-spot Rustic. Four Magpie moths, Jersey Tigers x 14.Magpie moths

Biggest surprise was a Red Admiral butterfly.

Sat 14th August 2021 10:49 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
13/8/21 - just on 100 moths last night, of 38 species, with only one FFY, an Orange Swift.  Common Footmen seem to have come to a grinding halt - over 100 in one night two weeks ago, last night just two.  Lesser Broad-bordered YU on the other hand are still going strong, with 27 this time.
Fri 13th August 2021 17:01 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
On Wednesday 11th, numbers were much lower than of late, with 67 moths of 45 species. FFG were Brachmia blandella and Bulrush Wainscot. FFY were Yponomeuta plumbella, Carcina quercana, Shaded Broad-bar (first since 2016, a feature of this year's trapping), Dusky Thorn, Pale Prominent , Four-spotted Footman (my first male, third record and first since 2017), Cloaked Minor, Frosted Orange (earliest record by 17 days), and Straw Dot. The Wainscot was a surprise and presumably came from some lakes about 800 metres away).
Fri 13th August 2021 09:14 by Maurice Pugh
Trapped until 23.30hrs 12.8.2021 58 moths of 19 species. NFY were Magpie x 2 and Pebble Prominent. 10 Jersey Tigers, 11 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and 9 Brimstone made up most of the catch.
Thu 12th August 2021 19:38 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
11/8/21 - likewise a good night here.  145 moth of 49 species, including 8 FFYs, Ruby Tiger (3), Copper U/W, Swallow Prominent, Cloaked Minor, Grey Chi, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Acrobasis advenella, and Agriphila tristella (2).  Almost certainly a few more to round up overnight tonight, as usual.

a.m. 13/8/21 - only 4 more moths in the porch window this morning - no addition to the species count.

Thu 12th August 2021 11:17 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
A good night with 65 spp. FFYs Bulrush Wainscot, Beautiful Plume, Meal Moth, Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix, Square-spot, Flounced and Rosy Rustics, Dusky Thorn, Pebble Hook-tip, Drinker, Jersey Tiger, Orange Swift and Copper Underwing agg. Common Rustic by far the commonest followed by 8 Four-spotted Footmen all m.also Coxcomb, Iron, Swallow, Pebble and Pale Prominents, Peach Blossom, Gold Spot, Chinese Character, Blood-vein and Small Blood-vein. 73.136 Bulrush Wainscot SD21
Wed 11th August 2021 13:42 by Maurice Pugh
Trapped until 23.30hrs 10.8.2021

79 moths of 23 species. NFY were Orange Swift and Pebble Hook-tip. Most numerous were Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 12, Brimstone moth 15. Top of the leader board were 16 Jersey Tiger moths.

Tue 10th August 2021 20:47 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 9/8/21 min temp 10.9c
208 moths of 73 species.  FFY : Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix ; Agapeta zoegana ; White-spotted Pug ; Tawney-speckled Pug ; Satin Beauty ; Four-spotted Footman ; Copper Underwing agg. (2) ; Rosy Rustic (3) ; Dun-bar (4) ; Antler Moth and Six-striped Rustic.
Tue 10th August 2021 16:12 by Paul Bowyer
Weston Moths
The garden trap has been running the last two nights. A Mouse Moth was in the trap on night of 8th/9th and last night 9th/10th I found Leopard and Phycitodes maritima both new additions to the garden list. I've searched the coast around Weston for P.maritima larvae on Ragwort but they have always turned out to be LBAMs.
Tue 10th August 2021 14:51 by Nigel Cottle
Following the posts of 5th and 6th August (first VC5 record of Small Ranunculus) I found two larvae on Prickly Lettuce in Bishops Hull today.

Small Ranunculus 100821 1

Small Ranunculus 100821 2

Mon 9th August 2021 10:10 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel
Trapped until the rain arrived at 2320hrs. 52 moths of 18 species. NFY were Diamond-back moth and Canary-shouldered Thorn. Most numerous were 12 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing moths and 9 Jersey Tiger moths. Others included Yellow Shell 2, Mother of Pearl 2, Yellow-barred Brindle and Dusky Thorn 3.
Sun 8th August 2021 20:19 by Mike Strange
07/08/2021 BoS
34 Moths of 18 species on a wet and windy night. Hilights were FFG Flounced Rustic. FFG Mocha. FFG Yellow Shell. FFG White Spotted Pug. FFG Acrobasis advenella.
Sun 8th August 2021 09:30 by Paul Bowyer
Priddy Mineries 7th August
A couple of trips to Priddy Mineries by day and again by night on 7th August. By day few adult moths found in the windy conditions just the odd Shaded Broad-bar disturbed. Leaf mines included Enteucha acetosae, Leucoptera malifoliella, Stigmella tityrella, Phyllonorycter maestingella plus spun leaves on Sallow of Agonopterix ocellana. During the evening 46 species came to a single light by 1am: 2 Fen Wainscot, Devon Carpet, Gelechia sororculella, 3 Catoptria pinella and Antler. The Fen Wainscot is a new species to me, the plain wing made me think of Common Wainscot at first but the different shape, dark hind wing and the contrast between the light hairs on the thorax and darker sheen of the wing made think it was worth retaining. Checking on the website here it looks to have been recorded regularly up to 2011. Presumably the area hasn't been trapped at this time of year since.

Fen Wainscot

Fen Wainscot

Gelechia sororculella

Gelechia sororculella

Sat 7th August 2021 14:07 by Mike Strange
06/08/2021 BoS
Cold and breezy last night resulting in a drop in numbers. 35 Moths of 14 species. FFY Swallow Prominent and Twenty Plume the hilights. I have had 3 caterpillars in the trap over the last 2 nights and noticed a clutch of eggs on the egg boxes today. Would like to keep them to see what they turn into, but don`t know what to feed them on!
Sat 7th August 2021 11:27 by Nigel Parsons
Berkley Marsh, Frome
Small Ranunculus (adult) has so far eluded me at this site even though I have found the larvae locally on Prickly Lettuce at several locations. Having gathered seed a few years ago I now have Prickly Lettuce growing in the garden. Last year I counted 151 larvae on just a few plants (they can grow quite big!) but only 8 seen so far this year. The adult does sometimes come to light but not very often - I have seen it 3 times whilst trapping in Middlesex over a period of about 12 years. I gather it is double brooded so I still live in hope of seeing it again this year! As an aside, I yesterday found an Orange-tip chrysalis on an Honesty plant and today had a Silver-washed Fritillary Valezina on Buddleia in the garden. Well worth growing some butterfly and moth friendly plants.
Sat 7th August 2021 11:26 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
6/8/21- slightly breezy last night, and so lower numbers.  107 moths of 37 species, with 4 FFYs - Oak Eggar, Lesser YU, Garden Rose Tortrix (Acleris variegana) and Scoparia ancipitella.
Fri 6th August 2021 19:46 by Mike Strange
05/08/2021 BoS
Hilights were FFY Browntail and FFG Dioryctria abiettella. The last strictly speaking was a conservatory catch probably an escape from previous nights!
Fri 6th August 2021 18:49 by Chris Iles
Small Ranunculus is indeed new for VC5, and James is most likely correct to say it is out there elsewhere in the area as well.  The caterpillars are easy to find at this time of year but tend to haunt areas that are not ordinarily frequented by lepidopterists - outside DIY stores, car showrooms and the like.
Thu 5th August 2021 20:03 by Steve Chapple
James McGill, Staplegrove, Taunton
James McGill has let me know that he found 12 small ranunculus larvae on prickly lettuce, Lactuca seriola, growing at the edge of the pavement along Greenway Road in Taunton. He said that the moth is well established in VC6 but may be new to VC5. The larvae are more easily found than the adults, which seem to come sparingly to light. James suggested that it's probably in Bridgwater, Wellington, and other built-up areas. Prickly lettuce is widespread on roadsides and waste ground.

Small Ranunculus larvae 2021
Small Ranunculus larva, Taunton
Thu 5th August 2021 17:31 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
On 3rd August I had 202 moths of 50 species. FFG were a probable Parornix devoniella and Barred Hook-tip. The latter was a remarkable find - my wife had been taking flower cuttings in the garden and returned with the moth on her leg! FFY were Oegoconia sp., Anania coronata, Hypsopygia glaucinalis (2), Acrobasis advenella, August Thorn, Iron Prominent and The Dun-bar (only 3rd record, the others being in 2012 and 2018).

Common Footman is still providing the biggest numbers, this time with 85. This year I've recorded 339, the previous best year being 2014 with 190.

Thu 5th August 2021 16:34 by Mike Strange
02/08/ 2021 to 04/08/2021 inclusive BoS
Hilights for 02/08 FFG Single dotted Wave. ringed China Mark. Hilights for 03/08.FFG White shouldered House Moth. FFGDusky Thorn. FFG Bordered Beauty. 60 Yponomeuta spec. Hilights for 04/08. FFG Ruby Tiger. Copper Underwing. FFG Angle Barred Pug. FFG Maple Pug..Echoing Pauls comment, very low numbers of LYU`s compared to last year!
Thu 5th August 2021 14:11 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
55 species last night including another unusual FFG, a Marsh Oblique-barred. I endlessly trawled the micro moth book before finding it in the macros'. James McGill, a mile away in Staplegrove, also had one last night. Other FFY's included: Oak Eggar (2), Jersy Tiger (2), Magpie, Four-spot Footman, Swallow Prominent (2), Dingy Footman and Carcina quercana (2).

Marsh Oblique-barred 2021
Marsh Oblique-barred Hypenodes humidalis.
Thu 5th August 2021 11:23 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
4/8/21 - a much cooler night than many recently, but numbers still quite good - 161 moths, of 42 species. Only two FFYs, a Mocha and an Iron Prominent.  Common Footman down to 49 from over 100 a few nights back.  Lots of Lesser Broad-bordered YU, but only 3 Large YU - they seem to be well down on "normal" years. This year I have recorded Buff Footman on several occasion this year, (7 last night), which is pleasing, as I have only ever had a very few singletons in the past.
Thu 5th August 2021 09:23 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel
Trapped until 23.30rs 4.8.2021 70 moths of 25 species. NFY were Cydia splendana, Black Arches and Red Underwing. Also Anania coronata 2, Box-tree moth 4, Small Waved Umber, Early Thorn, Jersey Tiger 7 and Spectacle 2. Red Underwing Curry Rivel
Wed 4th August 2021 21:04 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington 04/08/2021
Caught 387 moth of 76 species last night. Highlights; Early Thorn, Flame Carpet, Jersey Tiger (3), Swallow Prominent, Maple Pug, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Purple Thorn, Herald, Rusty-dot Pearl, Peppered Moth, Buff Arches, Rosy Footman, Oak Hook-tip, Ruby Tiger, Sharp-angled Carpet, Scorched Carpet, Clouded Silver, Brussel's Lace, Juniper Webber, Slender Brindle, Cloaked Minor, Catoptria pinella.
Mon 2nd August 2021 19:48 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock 31/07/21 min temp 13.5c
310 moths of 88 species.  FFY were : Euzophera pinguis ; Endotricha flammealis (2) ; Scoparia pyralella ; Oak Hook-tip ; Wormwood Pug ; August Thorn (3) ; September Thorn ; Purple Thorn (2) ; Yellow-tail ; Dingy Footman (5) ; Lesser Y.U. and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (2). Only two species made double figures : Common Footman (62) and Heart and Dart (11).  ............................... An update from 20/07. The' subject to confirmation 'Phalonidia manniana has, following dissection by Paul Wilkins, been confirmed Aethes rubigana. Still a good moth and only my second one here.
Mon 2nd August 2021 15:03 by Robert Souter
Tatworth, South Somerset - Late July
It was nice to record the following two 'occasional and local' moths which turned up in the garden trap during the last two weekends in July.

Clouded Magpie 2021

Clouded Magpie 23 July

Royal Mantle 2021

Royal Mantle 30 July

Mon 2nd August 2021 10:50 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
addendum to 31/7 - a further 14 moths, and 4 species, including a FFY Dwarf Cream Wave.  Totals now 192 moths, 39 species.
Sun 1st August 2021 16:57 by Nigel Cottle
Night of 31/7. Another sortie into the Blackdown Hills, this time to Young Wood where I ran two traps for three hours.

418 moths of 74 species (53 macro, 21 micro).

Including: Scoparia subfusca, Barred Hook-tip, Lackey, Mocha, Small Phoenix, Blomer's Rivulet, Pretty Chalk Carpet, Small Rivulet, Maple Pug, Satin Beauty, Engrailed, Brussels Lace, Four-spotted Footman (15), White-line Snout and Minor Shoulder-knot etc.

Big hitters: Buff Footman (43), Black Arches (34), July Highflyer (29), Coronet (28) and Small Fan-footed Wave (24).

Sun 1st August 2021 16:52 by Mike Strange
31/07/2021 BoS
46 moths of 27 species on a rather damp night. Hilights were. FFG Dark Swordgrass (3) Lesser Broad bordered yellow underwing (1) Canary shouldered Thorn (3) Early Thorn (1).Angle Shades (1). FFG Pale Prominent (1). FFG Archers Dart (1) Pebble Prominent (1) Cabbage Moth (1). An interesting bycatch was Mimic Hornet Hoverfly.
Sun 1st August 2021 15:23 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel
Trapped until 2345hrs 56 moths of 27 species. NFY were Dusky Thorn and Vapourer. Box-tree moth 4, Small Waved Umber, Scorched Carpet, Jersey Tiger 7, Shark and Poplar Grey amongst the usual suspects!
Sun 1st August 2021 11:48 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
31/7/21 - my first trapping for a couple of weeks - the weather forecast said "overcast and no rain" They lied !!  Lots of soggy egg-boxes to be dried out later.  Ho hum.  Anyway, in spite of the weather, 178 moths (so far) came calling. There were 35 species, with one FFG, a Triple=spotted Pug, and 10 FFYs, viz:- Lesser Broad-bordered YU (4), Four-spotted Footman, Rosy Footman (2), Dusky Thorn (2), Yellow-tail, July Highflyer, Euzophera pinguis (3), Agapeta hamana, European Corn-borer (2), & Water Veneer.  Just on 100 Common Footman were the biggest contributors.  There will be more moths to round up later as usual.

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