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Thu 30th September 2021 11:50 by Paul Bowyer
Late September Moths
I went to Walton Moor on 28th to look for Brown Galingale, after failing to find it continued to nearby Weston Moor for some leaf mining. The sawfly larvae Fenusa pumila was present on young Birch shoots. Further on I found more mines on Birch of Eriocrania salopiella and Stigmella confusella. On the return to the car a freshly emerged Caloptilia populetorum

Caloptilia populetorum 28-9-21

Caloptilia populetorum

On 29th David Agassiz and I did some leaf mine recording at Leigh Woods and managed to find 30+ species. Amongst the many finds a larva of The Mocha was found on Field Maple and tenanted Stigmella tiliae mines on Tilia were nice to see.

The Mocha 29-9-21

The Mocha

Stigmella tiliae 29-9-21

Stigmella tiliae on Lime

Thu 30th September 2021 11:34 by Mike Strange
29/09/2021 BoS
Just 14 Moths of 9 species last night. Best of the bunch being another first for me. Green Brindled Crescent.
Thu 30th September 2021 11:11 by Nigel Cottle
Very few moths here again last night although amongst them was FFG Orange Sallow:

Orange Sallow 290921

Tue 28th September 2021 11:42 by Mike Strange
25/09/2021 to 27/09/2021 inclusive BoS
25/09 43 Moths of 18 species.  Small Square Spot. Snout and Black Rustic most notable among the usual suspects. 26/09 23 Moths of 10 species. Setaceous Hebrew Character numbers increasing to 8. Silver Y And a very worn Black Rustic. 27/09. A very cold, wet and windy night resulting in 20 Moths of 8 species. Highlight being Feathered Ranunculous, a first for me!
Sun 26th September 2021 17:15 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Trapping results for Friday night (24th) were an improvement on earlier in the week - this time 76 moths of 20 species. FFG was Nephopterix angustella and FFY was Barred Sallow. Common Marbled Carpet, top species with 15, has had its best year here since 2013/14, as has Brimstone Moth. This year has so far produced 20 new moths, bringing the garden list up to 568.
Sun 26th September 2021 10:28 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
A warm mild night, but moths had to fight the Crane flies for access! Down to 18spp mainly Lunar Underwings and Beaded Chestnuts. The star was a Clifden Nonpareil, also Dark Spectacle, Frosted Orange, Angle Shades and a fresh Riband Wave, ? A 2nd generation.
Sat 25th September 2021 16:13 by Mike Strange
22/09/2021 to 24/09/2021 inclusive BoS
22/09 numbers down to 29 Moths of 14 species, most notable White Shouldered House Moth. 23/09.30 Moths of 11 species, nothing out of the ordinary for here. 24/09. 38 Moths of 18 species. Most notable Black Rustic, L-Album Wainscot. Silver Y. Light Emerald. Pale Mottled Willow. Dusky Thorn. LYU underwing numbers dropped dramatically with single number catches each night since 21/09.
Sat 25th September 2021 16:03 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock 24/9/21 Min temp 15.7
105 moths of 32 species.  Six FFY : Small Wainscot ; Barred Sallow ; Pink-barred Sallow (2) ; Merveille du Jour ; Black Rustic (5) and L-Album Wainscot. This brings the species total for the year so far to 400 , the first time in the seven years I have been here. Others of note last night were : Olindia schumacherana (2) ; Acrobasis consociella ; Hypsopygia glaucinalis ; Rusty-dot Pearl ; Grey Pine Carpet and Rosy Rustic.
Sat 25th September 2021 13:03 by Nigel Cottle
Phyllonorycter geniculella
Phyllonorycter geniculella mine complete with vacated pupa on Sycamore in Bishops Hull today.

Phyllonorycter geniculella 250921

Sat 25th September 2021 12:04 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel
Trapped until 23.30hrs 24.9.2021 36 moths of 19 species. NFY were Black Rustic x 5, Large Ranunculus and Barred Sallow.

A Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the garden 22.9.2021

Sat 25th September 2021 10:31 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
Acleris sparsana (2) the only FFY from 26 species on a remarkably warm night. A late fresh Gypsonoma dealbana and Eudonia pallida were the only others of note.

Acleris sparsana SC21

Gypsonoma dealbana SC21
Fri 24th September 2021 09:19 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
23/9/21 - A slight improvement last night, maybe not quite so cold as other recent nights, but still a lot of moonlight.  31 moths of 13 species, with one FFY, a Brown-spot Pinion.  I had never recorded this species until 2018 and 2019, but none last year.  Nice to see it is still around.  Lunar UW (7) and Black Rustic (5) the largest contributors.
Thu 23rd September 2021 20:24 by John Bebbington
Convolvulus Hawk-moth Curry Rivel
Jeannie Finlay has just watched a Convolvulus Hawk-moth nectaring on her Nicotiana plants.
Thu 23rd September 2021 13:49 by Nigel Cottle
Night of 22/9. Two traps until midnight.

101 moths of 22 species. Pinion-streaked Snout, Epinotia ramella and E. nisella were additions to the site list.

Snout (28), Square-spot Rustic (15), Common Marbled Carpet (13) and Small Fan-footed Wave (3).

Thu 23rd September 2021 13:46 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
Both FFY's (Black Rustic and Brindled Green) arrived before 11 so I could/should have packed up then. Not a lot else of note amongst the 30 species except my latest recorded Riband Wave.
Thu 23rd September 2021 11:14 by Paul Newman
Mike - you've had a species new to Somerset - Ocadona aliensis.
Thu 23rd September 2021 10:24 by Paul Bowyer
Mid September Moths
I visited Uphill a couple of times this week. Coleophora argentula has started to appear on the gone over seed heads of Yarrow. Coptotriche marginea adults on the wing with some quite good numbers to light earlier in the month. Out on the Saltmarsh I found what looked like the feeding signs of of Coleophora salicorniae but wasn't able to locate any cases. Some larval spinnings were discovered during the search, I was hoping for Scrobipalpa salinella but teasing one out of it's home I could see that it was more of a match for Scrobipalpa nitentella.

Scrobipalpa nitentella 22-9-21

Scrobipalpa nitentella

At Westhay Moor NNR on 17th September a near fully grown Elephant Hawk-moth larva was feeding on Willowherb. On Alder Buckthorn several mines of Bucculatrix frangutella present on a number of the trees.

Bucculatrix frangutella 17-9-21

Bucculatrix frangutella

Wed 22nd September 2021 20:12 by Mike Strange
20/09/2021 to 21/09/2021 inclusive BoS
Numbers down over the last two nights 38 Moths of 18 species on the 20th. Wax Moth being the most notable. 28 Moths of 11 species on the 21st. Nothing new. My son did bring me a Garden Carpet he found in his van. Prompting my wife to accuse me of cheating by having my moths delivered!
Wed 22nd September 2021 18:24 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
21/9/21 - likewise here, a very poor return - just 19 moths, of 10 species, and no new ones.  Lunar UW (6) the main contributors here too, but it may still be a bit early to be getting the usual large numbers of them - I would normally get them more towards the end of September into October.  We'll see (if it warms up a bit !!).
Wed 22nd September 2021 17:33 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Yesterday's forecast suggested some cloud coming in overnight but it didn't materialise, so a clear moonlit night produced just 23 moths of 10 species. Looking at some reports on Facebook, I didn't do too badly! All pretty much run of the mill again, with Lunar Underwing the main species (7). Interestingly it's not been a good year here for this species, with just 24 so far. Still the odd faded Green Carpet and Dusky Thorn.
Mon 20th September 2021 12:54 by Mike Strange
Echoing Pauls comments regarding weather. Cold, moonlit night resulting in 43 Moths of 14 species. LYU down to 23. More notable of the rest were. Centre Barred Sallow 1. Snout 1. Lunar Underwing 3. Common Marbled Carpet 1. I have been checking the post median line on the underwing of the Common Marbled Carpets in case any of them turn out to be Dark Marbled. Not had any that I could positively identify yet.
Mon 20th September 2021 08:42 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
19/9/21 - back to the days of early breakfasts !  Only 21 moths of 10 species, with one FFY, a Sallow.  Mind you, it was cold last night, and a near full moon, but even so, not quite what might be expected for the middle of September.
Sun 19th September 2021 19:22 by Mike Strange
18/09/2021 BoS
What started as a bright moonlit night soon changed to intermittent clouds and then rain. 71 moths of 19 species. LYU 41. Lesser Yellow Underwing 6. Lunar Underwing 4. Common Marbled Carpet 2. Brimstone 2. Turnip Moth 1. Silver Y 1.  2 Tortrix spec that require a closer look. Eudonia agustea 1.
Sun 19th September 2021 17:30 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
A much quieter night, with 40 moths of 18 species - but the undoubted star was an FFG Convolvulus Hawk-moth, a species I've long hoped for. I found it on the front door frame as I went to collect the trap first thing this morning. Perhaps our multiple Nicotiana planting this year helped! It's the ninth Hawk-moth species for the garden. Also of note was FFY Large Ranunculus and another Pale Eggar, after my first record last week.

Convolvulus Hawk-moth 1 CSN Convolvulus Hawk-moth 2 CSN Convolvulus Hawk-moth 3 CSN

Sun 19th September 2021 13:34 by Chris Iles
Holcombe, 18 September 2021
I rarely get too many migrants here, so a Dark Sword-grass last night was a nice surprise.  The first Lunar Underwing of the year is a sign of the season.

Despite the ongoing demise of their foodplant hereabouts, Dusky Thorn and Centre-barred Sallow are both having superb years, far more numerous than usual.

Sun 19th September 2021 13:31 by Chris Iles
A couple of other Death's Head Hawks reported, from Bath and Dulverton.  You could hardly get a better spread across the county.
Sat 18th September 2021 15:35 by Mike Strange
17/09/2021 BoS
Another cold clear night. 73 Moths of 19 species. LYU back up to 42. Most notable of the rest were, FFG Black Rustic. Turnip Moth and Small Square Spot.
Sat 18th September 2021 14:45 by John Bebbington
Death's head larvae at Yeovilton airbase
Aidan Locke reported to me that a friend who works at Yeovilton found mature Death's Head larvae feeding on Woody Nightshade "in some numbers" last week.
Death's head larva Yeovilton
I spent some time scanning woody nightshade patches yesterday but no luck!
Sat 18th September 2021 10:37 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
17/9/21 - The cooler nights are having an effect, just 69 moths last night, and only 18 species, nothing new.  Lunar UW (13) now the most numerous.
Fri 17th September 2021 17:44 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
84 moths of 19 species last night. Nothing new and all pretty much run of the mill for the time of year.

Of most note were 11 faded Green Carpets, which brought the year's total for the species up to 61, the previous highest being 29 in 2012 and 2013. LYU still top species, with 17.

Fri 17th September 2021 14:56 by Mike Strange
16/09/2021 BoS
Cold and Damp last night with a heavy dew. 65 moths of 20 species. LYU down to 35. FFG and Me Frosted Orange 1.  Snout 1. Lunar Underwing 1. Rosy Rustic 1 Common Wainscot 2. Eudonia angustea 3. LBAM 2.
Thu 16th September 2021 20:16 by Mike Strange
Micros 15/09/2021 BoS
With the help of the internet mothing community I have identified 2 of the micros from last night as Nephopterix angustella 1 off. Eudonia angustea 2 off.
Thu 16th September 2021 17:01 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
A better night on Tuesday 14th, with 75 moths of 29 species. The only FFY turned out to be FFG - a Pale Eggar.

Large Yellow Underwing still the dominant species, with 17 this time. I'm still getting the odd Purple Bar; this has been my best year for them. Lesser Yellow Underwings have also been doing well here - 24 this year has been the best year 2014 with 28. Also of interest was my second September record of The Flame, beating the previous latest record by one day!

Thu 16th September 2021 13:27 by Mike Strange
Cold Moonlit night resulting in another drop in numbers 75 Moths of 20 species. LYU 29. Garden Carpet 6. Common Marbled Carpet 2. Bordered Beauty 1. Setaceous Hebrew Character 8.
Wed 15th September 2021 20:32 by Mike Strange
14/09/2021 BoS
Drop in Numbers last night. 94 Moths of 20 species with 42 LYU making up the numbers. Moths of note were Silver Y. Angle Shades. Cypress Pug. Light Emerald. Cabbage Moth. Lunar Underwing (1 dark and 1 light variation). Pale Mottled Willow. Dusky Thorn. Common Marbled Carpet. Purple Bar. No Tortrix last night, which is unusual. Some Scoparia/Eudonia Micros to look at more closely.
Wed 15th September 2021 19:41 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock 14/9/2021 Min temp 10.9c
149 moths of 38 species. Both ends of the size spectrum came good. At the small end Cosmopterix pulchrimella the second record for Somerset (Thanks to Neale Mellersh for confirming the ID). At the large end a Clifden Nonpareil was on the lawn beside the trap, unfortunately it was in a bad way having been - I think trampled by a Hedgehog of all things. I saw the culprit trundling off under the hedge.  Others of note were : Grey Pine Carpet ; Dark Marbled Carpet ; Engrailed ; Frosted Orange (6) ; FFY Lunar Underwing (2) and FFY Centre-barred Sallow.
Wed 15th September 2021 13:32 by Nigel Cottle
Kingston St. Mary 14th Sept.
I ran a 125w MV trap until midnight.

139 moths of 30 species including a second brood Small Angle Shades.

Wed 15th September 2021 11:50 by Sue Davies
Tree house Butleigh
Poor night, Just 23spp, Lunar Underwings and Beaded Chestnuts back and a lovely fresh Frosted Orange.
Wed 15th September 2021 10:16 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
14/9/21 - back up to three figures again (just) - 100 moths so far , of 23 species.  Three FFYs, Lunar Underwing (2), Rusty-dot Pearl, and Black Rustic.  I always think it's the start of Autumn when the Black Rustics appear, although this one is one of the earliest I have recorded - maybe the season has changed early this year - not too surprising after all the slightly unusual weather we've had these last couple of years.
Tue 14th September 2021 21:46 by Mike Strange
13/09/2021 BoS
Despite a rainy start to the evening. 152 Moths of 24 species. LYU up to 58. Square Spot Rustic 15. Lesser YU. 10. Hilights FFG Snout. FFG Purple Bar. A rather late Heart and Club. Lunar underwing. Silver Y. Small Dusky Wave.
Tue 14th September 2021 16:56 by Paul Bowyer
Weston Moths
Cloaked Carpet in the garden moth trap overnight a species seldom found in VC6 yet fairly frequent in VC5 by comparison. This morning whilst cycling around the Weston area I encountered Chrysoesthia drurella mines on Chenopodium album with early instar larvae and more Coleophora artemisicolella on Mugwort.

Chrysoesthia drurella 14-9-21

Chrysoesthia drurella

Tue 14th September 2021 09:58 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
Found early stages of Brindled Plume on Hedge Woundwort in the garden. Some parasitised but several healthy late instar larvae. 45.011 1498 Brindled Plume Amblyptilia punctidactyla SD21
Mon 13th September 2021 16:40 by Mike Strange
12/09/2021 BoS
110 Moths 18 Macro Species. 9 Micro species. LYU Numbers still up at 42. FFY Clifden Nonpareil. ( I was beginning to think I wouldn`t see one this year) Yellow Barred Brindle. were amongst the usual suspects.
Mon 13th September 2021 11:45 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel
Clifden Nonpareil 12.9.2021Trapped until 23.45hrs 12.9.2021 Cool temperature with 67 moths of 20 species. Nothing new, but had another Clifden Nonpareil, my second this year. Others of note...Rusty-dot Pearl, Angle Shades and Burnished Brass.
Sun 12th September 2021 18:17 by Mike Strange
11/09/2021 BoS
As others have stated, a sharp drop in temperature resulting in a drop in Moth Numbers. 84 Moths of 20 species, best of which were 3 Common Marbled Carpet.
Sun 12th September 2021 18:16 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
It's been really poor here over the past few nights - my worst early September spell. On Thursday night I had just 26 moths of 14 species and last night 31 moths of 13 species. FFY were Light Emerald on Thursday and Lunar Underwing last night. On the other hand, butterflies in the garden have been excellent, with plenty of Red Admirals, Small Tortoiseshells and Whites, and a couple of Painted Ladies, all regular on Buddleia and Verbena bonariensis.
Sun 12th September 2021 09:42 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
11/9/21 - chilly here too, and numbers well down.  64 moths of 16 species only, with one FFY, a Frosted Orange - yet another species re-appearing after a 3-year gap.
Sun 12th September 2021 09:35 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel
Trapped until 23.45hrs 11.9.2021 Cool evening with just 44 moths of 14 species. NFY was a Rush Veneer. A late Clouded Silver only other moth of note
Sat 11th September 2021 18:44 by Mike Strange
09/09/2021 to 10/09/2021 inclusive BoS
09/09. 108 Moths of 32 species. Best being FFG Clay Triple Lines (rather Worn) Dwarf Cream Wave. Small Dusty Wave. Centre Barred Sallow. Common Carpet. 10/09 Last night started off with drizzly rain. 94 Moths of 27 Species. All the usual suspects. Lime Speck Pug. Cypress Pug. Dusky Thorn. Canary shouldered Thorn. Angle Shades. Garden Pebble. Clay Triple Lines (same one by the wear) Green Carpet. And as usual on both nights, more Tortrix. I think most are Light Brown Apple Moth, male and female.
Sat 11th September 2021 13:10 by Nigel Cottle
Night of 10/09.

FFG: Cochylis molliculana

Cochylis molliculana 100921

Fri 10th September 2021 21:06 by Nigel Voaden
Shipham 09/09/21
My last night before heading back home to Fife, it didn't disappoint with 1,042 moths of 88 species. Possible migrants included 2 Scarce Bordered Straw, White-point, Vestal, Rush Veneer, Clifden Nonpareil, 11 Silver Y, 12 Angle Shades, 3 Dark Specatcle, Pale Mottled Willow and 2 Plutella xylostella. Also of note Anania crocealis, Cydalima perspectalis, Peach Blossom, Elephant Hawk-moth, White-spotted Pug, 16 Copper Underwing, 2 Lunar Underwing, 9 Hedge Rustic, Pale-shouldered Brocade, 335 Large Yellow Underwing and 237 Setaceous Hebrew Character.

Across five nights trapping in the garden here (in the last six days) a total of 3,800 moths of 149 species, not exactly typical for September!

Fri 10th September 2021 18:56 by Paul Bowyer
coleophora artemisicolella
In Sand Bay this afternoon I spent some time looking at the Mugwort to see if Coleophora artemisicolella is present. It didn't take long to find some of the feeding signs but finding the cases proved to be much trickier (they use a flower head as a case). I was scanning the flower heads for nearly two hours before finally finding my first one. As luck would have the larvae gave itself away by wobbling side to side presumably feeding.

coleophora artemisicolella feeding signs

Coleophora artemisicolella feeding signs

coleophora artemisicolella case

Coleophora artemisicolella larval case

Thu 9th September 2021 18:34 by Mike Strange
08/09/2021 BoS
Managed to get the trap in before the heavens opened this morning. 129 Moths of 29 species. LYU 42. Square spot rustic 26. Garden Carpet 10. Dusky Thorn 4. White shouldered House moth1. FFG Burnished Brass 1. More Tortrix Moths to puzzle over.
Thu 9th September 2021 09:22 by Nigel Voaden
Shipham 08/09/21
Migrants represented by Vestal and 16 Silver Y. A drop overall to 747 moths of 85 species but still good for the time of year. Teleiodes vulgella, Cydalima perspectalis, 16 Acentria ephemerella, Pale Eggar, Dark Marbled Carpet, Pretty Chalk Carpet, Toadflax Pug, Lesser Treble-bar, 2 August Thorn, Four-spotted Footman, Gold Spot, Marbled Green, Large Ranunculus and Bright-line Brown-eye.
Thu 9th September 2021 09:03 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel
Trapped until 23.40hrs 8.9.2021 84 moths of 21 species. Nothing new. Centre-barred Sallow 2, Old Lady, Angle Shades, Silver Y and Red Underwing amongst the usual suspects.
Wed 8th September 2021 20:25 by Mike Strange
07/09/2021 BoS
159 Moth of 32 species last night. LYU 45. Rustic agg 11. Lesser Yellow underwing 10. Willow Beauty 9. Square Spot Rustic 32. Dusky Thorn 8. double Striped Pug 8. Cypress Pug 1.Small Dusty Wave 1.Green Carpet 1 Broad bordered yellow Underwing 1. Wax Moth 1.Turnip Moth 1. Nutmeg 1. cabbage Moth 1. Many Micros including Nomophila noctuella 1. Notocelia uddmannania 1. i really must get to grips with the Tortrix moths.
Wed 8th September 2021 19:42 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock 3/9/2021 min temp 15.3c
235 moths of 58 species. Two FFG : Chevron and Anomalous.  FFY : Cydia ulicitana (2) ; Orange Swift ; Dark Marbled Carpet and Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing.
Wed 8th September 2021 19:37 by Simon Breeze
Street 08/09
One of my favourite autumn moths in the trap last night - Frosted orange. Plus a 2nd brood Clay Triple-lines was first for garden. Also Dark Spectacle, Vines Rustic, Cypress Pug, September Thorn , Burnished Brass among the usual fare.
Wed 8th September 2021 15:05 by Nigel Voaden
Great Breach Wood 07/09/21
Traps overnight yielded 1,329 moths of 133 species. 2 Ectoedemia louisella (NFM), Bucculatrix frangutella (mines), Ypsolopha alpella, Argyresthia semitestacella, Agonopterix liturosa, Eulamprotes atrella, 3 Psoricoptera gibbosella, Epermenia falciformis, Acleris emargana, Eudemis profundana, Celypha aurofasciana, Ancylis comptana, Spilonota laricana, poss Epinotia cinereana (tbc gen det), Grapholita janthinana, 2 Nephopterix angustella, Ephestia woodiella, Nomophila noctuella, 36 Pale Eggar, 12 Mocha, 14 Pretty Chalk Carpet, Narrow-winged Pug, Wormwood Pug, Treble-bar, 2 Magpie Moth, 2 Peacock Moth, Bordered Beauty, 5 August Thorn, 2 Black Arches, 2 Yellow-tail, Rosy Footman, 6 Four-spotted Footman, Clifden Nonpareil, Mouse Moth, Hedge Rustic, 162 Common Wainscot and Dark Sword-grass.
Wed 8th September 2021 14:23 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
Fewer moths than anticipated on a very warm and cloudy night. Only two new species for 2021 to report - a Mouse Moth and Tawny-barred Angle (my third record).
Wed 8th September 2021 10:43 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
60 spp, Commonest Sq-spot Rustic followed by Common Wainscot, Light Emerald, Flounced and Vine's Rustics. FFY Old Lady, Centre-barred Sallow, Small Blood Vein, Narrow-winged Pug. Others- Copper Underwing, Pale Eggar, Lilac Beauty and a Pale Prominent.
Wed 8th September 2021 10:23 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
7/9/21 - again, surprisingly low numbers, given the warm night and a new moon.  Just topped 100 moths, of only 25 species, none of them new.  Most numerous were LYU (16), Common Wainscot (16), Square-spot Rustic (14) and Brimstone (13). Also an influx of fresh Light Emeralds (7). 8/9 - Just found a FFG (very faded) Maiden's Blush in the porch - an escapee from last night's catch.  Nice surprise.

Tue 7th September 2021 20:42 by Simon Breeze
Highlights from last nights garden trap included Cypress Pug, Agriphila geniculea, along with a good showing of 12 Dusk Thorn, plus September Thorn, Centre-barred Sallow and Dot Moth
Tue 7th September 2021 20:28 by Simon Breeze
Ham Wall 04/09
A cast of classic wetland moths during a short trapping session at RSPB Ham Wall last Saturday included Bulrush, Common, Smoky and Southern Wainscot, plus Beautiful, Small and Ringed China-mark. Highlight of the evening included Small Seraphim and Palpita vitrealis.
Tue 7th September 2021 17:46 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
A good night last night, with 127 moths of 43 species (my highest September species count). Just one FFY, a September Thorn. Of interest were my highest counts of Green Carpet (11) and Centre-barred Sallow (4) and equal highest of Dusky Thorn (13). Large Yellow Underwing was only just top species, with 22. A single August Thorn added to the Thorn assembly. Two Jersey Tigers were late records here.
Tue 7th September 2021 15:50 by Mike Strange
05/09/2021 to 06/09/2021 BoS
Late posting for yesterday( 5th) as I was waiting for confirmation on I.D. 121 Moths of 23 species.  LYU numbers steady at 47. Square spot rustic 16. other notables , Rosy Rustic 1. Blood vein 1. FFG Galium Carpet. 06th Sept. 131 Moths of 28 species.  LYU 38. Square spot Rustic 29. Copper Underwing 1.  Dusky Thorn 1. Broad Bodied Yellow Underwing 1. Smokey Wainscot 2. Common Wainscot 2. Turnip Moth 1. Cabbage Moth 1. FFG Double Square Spot 1. FFG Centre Barred Sallow. 1.
Tue 7th September 2021 15:19 by Nigel Voaden
Shipham 06/09/21
Numbers continue to build, although diversity fairly similar, 952 moths of 90 species overnight in my parents garden. Two more Cydia amplana were best. Also Psychoides filicivora, Pandemis corylana, Ancylis comptana, Clay Triple-lines, Foxglove Pug, Clouded Silver, two Hedge Rustic and Feathered Gothic. Managing these numbers is something I do fairly frequently with field trapping, even in my own garden in Fife too. It's just a case of being organised and systematic, and it helps to be familiar with the moths too so there are very few which pose ID issues.

Also yesterday a spot of early stage work on Walton Moor with Paul Chapmana and Howards Taffs yieled a couple of NFMs Coleophora follicularis (feeding signs and single case on Hemp Agrimony) and Perittia obscurepunctella (vacated mine on honeysuckle). Also Stigmella sakhalinella, Phyllonorycter strigulatella, Phyllocnistis saligna and Coleophora milvipennis among more regulation species noted.

Tue 7th September 2021 10:45 by Paul Bowyer
Weston Moths 6/9/21
Cosmopterix pulchrimella at the bottom of the trap on its back was nearly missed. Bucculatrix nigricomella, , Bucculatrix maritima, Bucculatrix thoracella, Rush Veneer, L-album Wainscot were other notables.
Tue 7th September 2021 08:59 by Maurice Pugh
Clifden Nonpareil 5Trapped until 23.40hrs 6.9.2021 101 moths of 29 species. NFY were Cypress Pug, Centre-barred Sallow and a Clifden Nonpareil. Brimstone 11, Square-spot Rustic 13, Setaceous Hebrew Character 17 and Common Wainscot 8, most numerous. Others of interest Box-tree moth, Wax moth, Small Blood-vein, Gold Spot and Straw Dot. Jersey Tiger, just one.
Mon 6th September 2021 19:27 by Paul Bowyer
Weston Moths 5/9/21
Palpita vitrealis and Lobesia littoralis in the garden trap this morning. On the whole the trap has been quite busy with LYU's SHC's and SSR's during the recent spell of high pressure.
Mon 6th September 2021 18:17 by Paul Newman
Now I know why I got so few moths last night - they were all in Shipham !!  How do you cope with such large numbers Nigel?  I would be a gibbering wreck (no snide comments from other members please).
Mon 6th September 2021 15:13 by Nigel Voaden
Shipham 05/09/21
Very busy garden traps with 817 of 86 species. Best two Cydia amplana and L-album Wainscot. 155 LYU, 146 Setaceous Hebrew Character. Two Nephopterix angustella, Mocha, Cypress Carpet, Cypress Pug, six Lime-speck Pug, Scorched Carpet, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Sallow Kitten, Coxcomb Prominent, Four-spotted Footman, four Dingy Footman, five Copper Underwing, Svensson's CU, Marbled Beauty, Pale Mottled Willow and 19 Centre-barred Sallow.

Leaf mines found in the Shipham/Rowberrow area included two new locations of Phyllonorycter nigrescentella as well as Bucculatrix thoracella, Phyllonorycter schreberella and Phyollonorycter tristrigella.

Mon 6th September 2021 13:27 by David Agassiz
White-point at Weston
Mythimna albipuncta in my trap this morning, and thankfully now less than 100 N. pronuba.
Mon 6th September 2021 11:41 by John Day
Monday 6th September Yeovil
Clifden Nonpareil cunningly disguied on a path by the light trap on 3r d September. A very lively specimen so this was the best picture I could achieve.Clifden Nonpareil  BA21 5RN On 4th Septembe I was sent a picture of a Clifeden Nonpareil from another part of Yeovil. This is one of those moths I had always wanted to see.
Mon 6th September 2021 10:20 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
5/9/21 - A surprisingly low catch last night, given the mild, windless and moonless conditions - very odd things, moths !  Just 82 of 25 species with one FFY, a Cypress Pug.  Another species last recorded here in 2018.
Mon 6th September 2021 10:15 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
43 spp in the garden MV, FFY Pale Eggar, Cabbage, Marbled Beauty,, Nephopterix angustella, September and Canary-Shouldered Thorn, lots of returners, Chinese Character, Peach Blossom. Expected Square-spot Rustic over 50, next Light Emerald, Set.Heb.Ch. And Snout.
Sun 5th September 2021 20:05 by John Bebbington
Clifden Nonpareil at St Audries
Jim Gulliford who is on the staff at St Audries emailed me yesterday to report a Clifden Nonpareil - he sent 2 photos.
Clifden Nonpareil from St Audires 1
Clifden Nonpareil St Audries 2.
Sun 5th September 2021 19:15 by Mike Strange
144 Moths of 29 species. LYU predominant at 52 off. Lesser Yellow underwing 10 off.  Square Spot rustic 17 off. Chinese Character 1 off.  FFG Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing. 2 off. Mottled Rustic 2 off. Common Marbled Carpet 1off 8 species of Micro Moths. Meal Moth 1 off. . Wish the rest were as easy to identify.
Sun 5th September 2021 17:38 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
A fairly quiet night last night produced 87 moths of 31 species. FFY were Common Plume, Blood-vein (2), Yellow Shell (2) and Centre-barred Sallow. It was good to record a couple of Blood-veins, since there have been fewer in the past couple of years. It's my equal latest date for this species.
Sun 5th September 2021 16:43 by Sue Davies
Butleigh mining
Also found 35.036 Chrysoesthia sexguttella mines on Atriplex growing in farmers old bonfire site in field behind our garden.35.036 Chrysoesthia sexguttella mine On Atriplex SD21

Also a pristine Orange Sallow looking as if it had just emerged sitting on a Hawthorn twig in the hedge.73.179 BF2271 Orange Sallow Tiliacea citrago SD21

Sun 5th September 2021 12:14 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
A Pinion-streaked Snout (NFG) was the highlight along with six FFY's: Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (3), White Plume, Centre-barred Sallow (2), September Thorn, Acleris laterana and Tinea semifulvella.

Pinion-streaked Snout SC21
Schrankia costaestrigalis (Pinion-streaked Snout)
Sun 5th September 2021 11:15 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
Mines of 6.002 Antispila petryi , found on common Dogwood in the garden, all vacated. Cut out 4 or 5 mm.(A.metalella larger). A. treitschkiella now known to be found on Cornus mas. 6.002 Antispila petryi Mines on Dogwood SD21
Sun 5th September 2021 07:24 by Nigel Voaden
Shipham 04/09/21
The first of six nights for me back visiting Somerset again. One MV in my parents garden in Shipham produced 231 moths of 56 species including Golden Plusia, Feathered Gothic, Shark, Maiden's Blush, Tawny-speckled Pug, Knot Grass and Dusky Thorn. Micros featured Pandemis corylana, Grapholita tenebrosana (three to an assectella lure), Galleria mellonella and Nephopterix angustella. A smattering of NFGs and NFYs among the totals, indeed six of the latter takes me past 1,000 species in a calendar year for the first time divided between Scotland (primarily), Norfolk and Somerset.
Sat 4th September 2021 23:27 by Mike Strange
03/09/2021 BoS
172 Moths of 33 species.  Lyu Numbers up to 62. 2 0ff Silver Y .2 off Heart & Dart. 1 off L-Album Wainscot. 6 off Garden Carpet.. 1 Small Dusty Wave. 6 off Double Striped Pug. 1 Yellowtail. 6 Brimstone 1 Meal Moth among the usual Suspects. Thanks Tim, I must have gone Moth Blind, as I scrolled through numerous times and missed it!
Sat 4th September 2021 18:08 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock 3/9/2021 min temp 11.9c
Another good haul (I am sheltered by the hill from easterly winds) of 270 moths of 79 species. No less than 4 FFG : Buccalatrix ulmella (subject to confirmation) ; Hypatime rhomboidella ; White Point and Heath Rustic.  There were a further 9 FFY : Monopis weaverella ; Crassa unitella ; Cochylimorpha straminea ; Dioryctria abietella ; Hypsopygia glaucinalis ; Narrow-winged Pug ; Hedge Rustic ; Feathered Gothic and Common Wainscot.  Others of note : Yponomeuta agg. (6) ; Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix (9) ; Gold Triangle ; Rush Veneer ; Green Carpet (11) ; Brimstone Moth (16) ; Jersey Tiger ; Frosted Orange (4) ; LYU (30) ; Sq-spot Rustic (16) and S H Character (26).............  MIKE.  To find the distribution map for Meal Moth go to the home page. In the bottom left corner click on Micro Moths and scroll down to number 1417 Pyralis farinalis.
Sat 4th September 2021 17:47 by Mike Strange
Thanks Rob.
Sat 4th September 2021 17:27 by Rob Grimmond
02/09/2021 to03.09/2021 inclusive BoS
Mike, some of the maps are unreliable. You can always check this page - link Common Marbled Carpet is a common moth in the County.
Sat 4th September 2021 16:31 by Mike Strange
02/09/2021 to03.09/2021 inclusive BoS
Two Photos. I tried the link for Chris Iles email for identification but it didn`t work. First one trapped on 02 Sept I think is Common Marbled Carpet, I note that the distribution map shows only one sighting so am a bit worried i have got it wrong. Tried other sites but there is a lot of variation. 2nd photo is Meal Moth (Pyralis farinalis) i believe, which I can`t find on the micro list.Possible Common Marbled Carpet.Meal Moth 1
Sat 4th September 2021 10:47 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
3/9/21 - good numbers in spite of the chilly breeze from the east.  122 moths so far, of 39 species, with 6 FFYs - Yellow Shell, a very faded and worn Flame Carpet, Centre-barred Sallow (2), Small China-mark, Catoptria falsella (2) and Cochylis atricapitana.  All of these apart from the Sallow, I have not seen since 2018.  Large YU (30) now the dominant species, with Square-spot Rustic (23) and Brimstone Moth (10) together making up just over half of the total.  There will probably be a few strays lurking in the darker recesses of the porch to be rounded up tonight or tomorrow morning (LYU like to hide behind overcoats!). 

a.m. 5/9 - Only 5 more in the porch this morning, 2 more Brimstones, 2 Angle Shades and another Sq-spot Rustic - no more LYUs, oddly.

Fri 3rd September 2021 18:02 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
With all the Clifdens being reported across southern England, I thought I'd give trapping a go last night. No Clifdens but I did get 83 moths of 34 species! FFY were Bryotropha domestica and Agriphila geniculea (2nd record, the first in 2016). Otherwise a reasonable selection of the species you'd expect this time of year. Three Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings were of note, as was my first September record of Mocha, which has done well here these last two years.
Thu 2nd September 2021 17:15 by Mike Strange
01/09/2021 BoS
167 Moths of 29 species. LYU numbers up to 64. Rustic agg 33 off. Highlights were. Orange Swift 1 off. Poplar Hawkmoth 2 off.  Brimstone 2 off. Mother of Pearl 2 0ff. Turnip Moth 1 off.  Copper Underwing 2 off.  Double Striped Pug 3 off. Pale Mottled Willow 1 off. Dusky Thorn 3 off. Common Wainscot 2 off. Red Underwing 1 off Cypress Pug 1 off. And a Poplar Hawk Moth Caterpillar disturbed whilst i was putting cuttings in compost bin.
Wed 1st September 2021 20:34 by Mike Strange
31/08/2021 BoS
130 Moths of 33 species. Highest count of LYU`s so far with 40 in trap last night. 29 Rustic agg. FFG Small Square spot 3 off. Common Wainscot 1 off. Pale Mottled Willow 1 0ff. Light Emerald 2 0ff. Setaceous Hebrew Character 4 off Lesser Yellow underwing 12 off. Flounced Rustic 6 off plus the usual suspects. 13 Micro species. Mompha subistrigella 2 off. I note that The field guide states that some Mompha species can be identified from markings if fresh, otherwise genital i.d. is required. The remaining 12 species need further investigation.
Wed 1st September 2021 17:37 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
On Monday night (30th), I had 106 moths of 39 species, despite a cooler night with a breeze. The star moth was FFG White-point. FFY were Orange Swift, Maiden's Blush (2nd record, the first being last year), Small Square Spot (2) and Copper Underwing.

It was a good night for Geometers, with several 'Carpet' species, including Common, Garden, Flame, Red twin-spot and Green. Also of interest were 5 pristine Double-striped Pugs and a fresh Heart and Dart. Sixteen Brimstones constituted my second-highest count. Purple Bar has also had a good year here.

White-point 30.8.21

Wed 1st September 2021 14:56 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
31/8/21--another chilly night, so I was surprised to get 132 moths of 35 species, largely due to 35 Square-spot Rustics and 19 Large YU.  Otherwise, there were 2 FFYs, Oak Hook-tip and Gold Spot, only the 4th. record here.  Another Large Wainscot appeared, which was a pleasant surprise, given the relative rarity here.  Also of note, 11 Common Wainscots, all looking very fresh, so presumably a new generation on the wing.

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