Monday, 16 July 2018


A quieter night last night but some nice moths still including Canary-shouldered Thorn, Single-dotted Wave and Catoptria pinella - only the second for the garden, last seen in 2004.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Llandaff - Garden - 7th - 14 July

Trap was out on most evenings last week. I'm not a fan of all this heat but the moths were in abundance.

Only one new to the garden, Clouded Magpie, but a few interesting during the course of the week.

The best being Sycamore, Red Necked Footman, Green Silver-lines, Scarce Silver-lines, Scarlet Tigers, Beautiful Hook-tip, Small Emerald, Green Arches, Pebble Prominent, Miller and Coronet.

Not a lot of interesting micros except a tiny which looks to be Ectoedemia decentella, a tad active and difficult to photograph.

Others being, Mompha langiella, Lozotaeniodes formosana, Teleiodes vulgella, Endotricha flammealis, Hypsopygia glaucinalis, Caloptilia rufipennella, Oegoconia sp., Batia lunaris, Crassa unitella, lots of Argyresthia sp and a Parornix sp.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Creigiau last week

Grateful for correction/confirmation of these micros from the garden moth boxes last week.

Fairly confident that these two are Bryotropha affinis & Cydia splendana

and this one is Acrobasis advenella

Now I'm not sure at all:
Limnaecia (poss L. phragmitella ?)

Eucosma (poss E. hohenwartiana ?)

Oegoconia sp (?)

and finally


Other than two new species for the garden, Evergestis pallidata and L-album Wainscot, the other 73 species (176 individuals) were all pretty much routine fare for this busy time of year, although always interesting to catch August and September Thorns in July! E. pallidata is significantly scarcer here in the west of the county, with records suggesting its distribution has crept westwards very slowly, this being only the 9th in Swansea (cf 145 Glamorgan records east of Swansea) since it was first recorded at Reynoldston by David Painter in 2003. L-album Wainscot on the other hand, since its appearance on the Gower cliffs in 2004, has rapidly consolidated its range along the coastal fringe of Glamorgan (though there is a glaring gap in the middle) with now 107 county records shown on my system. These two additions take the total for Lepidoptera recorded in our  0.05 ha of urban garden to 743. Additions are as rare as hen's teeth these days, so '2' nfg is quite an event!

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Last night in Bridgend

We caught 130 moths of 59 species, the highlights of which were 3 new moths for the garden in Capotriche marginea, Grey Arches and surprisingly Marsh Oblique-barred. The garden list now stands at 433 species (466 trappings across 14 and a half years).

Among an excellent variety of pretty moths, also new for the year were Coleophora lineola, Garden Rose Tortrix, Blastobasis lacticolella, Phoenix, May Highflyer, V-Pug, August Thorn, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Grey Dagger, Scarce Silver-lines (3rd record last in 2012) and Nut-tree Tussock.

Large Tabby in Bridgend

My better half Emma discovered this Large Tabby on the wall of Ashfield Surgery in Bridgend this afternoon, a species neither of us has encountered before.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Bute Park moths

BC held a now-annual moth event in Bute Park Education Centre on Saturday morning. I set three traps (2 x MV and 1 x LED) in the secure nursery area on Friday evening and thanks to excellent weather conditions there were plenty of moths on show for the event.

The highlights among 75 species included Four-spotted Footman (male), Epiblema foenella, Double Lobed and Bordered Sallow.

The turn out from the public was excellent with nearly 70 people coming through the doors during the two hour session, almost half of them children. There were craft activities but the kids also got to enjoy the Buff-tips and Elephant and Poplar Hawks in the traps. Thankfully Howard Burt and Gareth Stamp were on hand to help out with the many moth-related questions, otherwise I'd have been totally overwhelmed!