Monday, 20 May 2019

Llandaff - Garden - 20th May

It's been a rather slow start to the year with very few moths in the trap. The temps were good last night with some decent cloud cover but still no more thatn 20 moths in the trap.

I've a few large pots filled with Purple Toadflax around the garden with the hope of some more Toadflax Brocades appearing. I was in luck as one was in the trap this morning along with a Poplar Hawk, Light Emerald, White-pinion Spotted and usual Heart and Dart etc. Great to see that the Brocades are still around.

Monday, 13 May 2019

New Website

As some of you will know I have been working on a new website for the group. I figure now is as good a time as any to let it out for general consumption! The main purpose of the site is to let people see the records and maps for the species found in Glamorgan, and will be populated with photos, some of which have been collated by me from this blog and it's predecessor, others are new (and thanks to Chris in particular for many of these).

If you want to contribute or have news or events you think should be added then please let me know. I have no desire to be the sole Admin for the site so if you think you can help keep it relevant and up to date then please get in touch.

The new site can be found at enjoy, and let me know if you spot any problems!

Friday, 3 May 2019

Bilberry Pug larva

Last night's Blue Ground Beetle hunt with BugLife at Pontneddfechan failed to produce any Blue Ground Beetles, but in compensation it was nice to find a larva of Bilberry Pug in a spinning on Bilberry. This was close to the footbridge near the Nedd-Pyrddin confluence, but luckily on the VC41 side of the river.

There are 18 VC41 records in my MapMate, all from NPT and Swansea, and all of which are adult records. So perhaps this is the first larval record for Glamorgan?

Monday, 29 April 2019

Highlight Park, Barry

We had a Maiden's Blush to the trap last night. New for this garden and I think first we've ever had.

Friday, 19 April 2019


After spotting some fresh feeding signs on Rock Sea-lavender, I gave the plant a gentle tickle, which caused this early instar Agdistis meridionalis to drop off.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019


Having only lived in Pontycymer for a year, Saturday night was the first time I'd caught anything at this time of year. I'm certainly glad I set the trap as even though the numbers were fairly low (20 moths of 8 species) there were a couple of good ones:
Euchromius ocellea (thanks to George for the identification) is a rare migrant I believe and was unusually obliging for a photograph..Sam also caught one in Carmarthenshire on Saturday night so there must have been a small influx.
The other highlight was a Dotted Chestnut - I've caught them a couple of times but it was great to get one in my garden.
Other species were oak nycteoline, grey shoulder-knot, pale brindled beauty, common quaker, mottled grey and Acleris hastiana.

Sunday, 24 February 2019


A Dark Sword-grass was the only migrant in our garden trap last night, but we also popped round the corner to see Chris Brewer's catch as he found this exceptionally early Scarce Bordered Straw in his trap.