Thursday, 19 April 2018

Merthyr mawr last night.

                              Purple thorn

                             Emperor moth


                             Semioscopis steinkellneriana

                              Acleris cristana.
                              After a slow start, the wind finally dropped at 10:30.
                              157 moths of 30 species, inc Scorched carpet, Satellite,
                              Lunar marbled brown, Grey birch and Early grey
                              24 March moth was top count for the night.
                              Nice firework display from the top of the big dune too!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Parc Slip

Last night was the only chance I have this week to set the trap unfortunately but it wasn't a bad haul - 75 moths of 19 species with the highlights being Parc Slip's 5th yellow-barred brindle and 7th streamer - both very fresh. Also the first nut-tree tussock of the year. Non-moth interest was provided by a single Nicrophorus humator.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Stigmella aurella query

GMS box on Friday night produced 53 moths of 13 species. Most were the usual suspects, but this little beastie (approx 3mm) appeared on the window - I think it could be Stigmella aurella which would be a new moth for me.
A nightmare to photograph as light was reflecting all over the place.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Llandaff - Garden - 13th April

A chilly night produced low numbers again for GMS.

Best being the Satellite, others being Early Grey, Brindled Beauty, Small Quaker, Common Quaker and Hebrew Character.


Thursday, 12 April 2018

Lletty Brongu, Maesteg 12/04/18

Photographed this longhorn moth on Wood Anemone today doesn't seem to be one of the "Adela" but more like Cauchas rufimitrella, which would be quite an early date considering the winter we've just had up here, they are usually out in May. Thoughts? - no other photo angles before it flew off.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Parc tir iarll, Llangynwyd, 7/4/18

                               Oak nycteoline

                              Shoulder stripe.
                              92 moths of 13 species inc Early tooth striped 3, Twin
                              spotted quaker 4, Small quaker 15 and top dog was
                              34 Common quaker.

Creigiau - last night

Temperature of 10C so put the box out for a few hours lat night (21:00-00:30). Felt a lot colder when the wind picked up but 8 species paid a visit, mostly the 'regulars' but an Early Thorn was a first for the year, and the star of the show was my first ever Acleris cristana (at least that is what I'm hoping it is).