Sunday, 26 May 2013

Coed y Bedw last night

Vaughn Matthews (WTSWW), Mark Evans and I had an enjoyable night trapping at Coed y Bedw on Saturday night, recording around 26 species (3 x MV and 1 x Actinic). While this isn't a great return for late May, by typical 2013 standards we were quite pleased! The temperature fell quite quickly from 11 C at dusk to around 7 C when we packed up at 1am, which no doubt reduced moth activity later in the session.

Highlights included Marbled Brown (4), Grey Birch (4), Barred Umber (2), Poplar Hawk, Nematopogon swamerdamella (5) and Carpatolechia proximella. Also of note were good catches of Square Spot (around 20 individuals, including the melanic one in the photo below) and Nut-tree Tussock (c. 40).

Thanks to Mark for the first two photos below...
Marbled Brown (Mark Evans)

Nematopogon swammerdamella (Mark Evans)
Square Spot (melanic)


  1. That melanistic Square Spot is a beautiful thing, George, but would have had me puzzled for quite a while.

  2. Me too!
    Cracking pic of swammerdamella, Mark