Monday, 26 June 2017

More from Port Eynon

When I'm here, I try to trap every night because the selection of moths is so much better than in my home garden! Although noticeably far fewer micros.

Last night, NFY were Peppered Moth, Lime Speck Pug, Eyed Hawk-moth (below), Privet Hawk-moth, Small Elephant Hawk-moth, Grey Arches, Grey Dagger agg., Light Arches, Scarce Footman, Pebble Prominent, Lackey, Scalloped Oak and Lychnis.

Dave Morris

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Llandaff - Garden - 24th June

A drizzly and breezy evening here in Llandaff.

It was a smallish catch with two new to garden once again. The highlights being Green Arches, an Early Thorn, another Sycamore, Prays fraxinella, Scythropia crataegella, Dingy Shears and Epinotia tedella. The latter two being new to the garden.

Port Eynon Garden

On a week's visit to Port Eynon, from my usual haunts in Buckinghamshire. Put the trap out - or rather, in, the greenhouse last night due to the forecast rain.

A few NFY species as far as I am concerned, with L-Album Wainscot (below, top), Broom Moth, Green Arches (below, bottom), Small Angle Shades, Broad-barred White, Elephant Hawk-moth, Cypress Carpet, Turnip Moth and Rush Veneer.

Dave Morris, Port Eynon

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Pengam Moors

On the last night of the heatwave (21st June) I took two portable traps down to the saltmarsh at Pengam Moors for a couple of hours. Although moth numbers were rather small, two saltmarsh specialists were caught - Bucculatrix maritima (several of these) and a Scrobipalpa species (tbc).
Plain form of Bucculatrix maritima
Scrobipalpa species tbc
It was also nice to see Obscure Wainscot and Cochylis molliculana (there was plenty of the foodplant, bristly oxtongue, near the trap site).
Cochylis molliculana

Llantwit Major Moths

New to this blog so I will attempt a quick introductory post:- My family and I moved to Llantwit Major last year from Alnwick in Northumberland where we had been moth trapping for 2-3 years (we started off through the loan of a trap for the GMS by Mike Cook, sponsored by ERIC). We are still relative beginners and excited to find out what species frequent our new garden. 

Hopefully I'll be able to post more regularly in future but our highlights so far this year have been a small number of Sycamore, Cypress Carpet, Lackey, Wood Carpet, Red-necked Footman, V-Pug and Brussels Lace which have all been new for us. We also had a Scarlet Tiger in trap on Tuesday night (sadly it didn't stick around till the following day), along with the odd Elephant & Small Elephant Hawk-moth.

Looking forward to the rest of the year's trapping!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Our Bridgend garden last night

Cool and windy conditions reduced the catch last night with 63 moths of 21 species. The highlight for us was a cracking Green Arches (first here since 2015). Accompanying two smashing Elephant Hawkmoths and also new for the year were Eyed Hawkmoth, Buff-tip, Common Wainscot, Dark Arches, Dot moth and Cabbage. Our garden year list has reached 96, disappointingly low as we only managed the time to trap once in the hot weather.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Llandaff - Garden - 21st June

A much cooler evening thankfully last night and really blustery here in Llandaff.

A smaller catch with a just a few highlights, Pyrausta purpuralis, Light Arches, Lychnis, Plain Golden Y, Alder Moth, Miller and a very nice Sycamore.

I'm hoping for some migrants.