Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Creigiau - 16 April

The only opportunity to put the box out for GMS was Sunday night. Turned out rather well with a min temperature of 8.5C resulting in 38 moths of 13 species, although 17 of these were Brindled Beauty!
Four species were new for the year - a fine looking Brimstone Moth, Brown Silver-line, Lunar Marbled Brown and my first ever Pale Prominent.
Brimstone Moth

Lunar Marbled Brown

Pale Prominent

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Creigiau - last night

Mid-week box last night. Temperature was reasonable (min 7.5C) but the wind was more than a little chilly. Well worth the effort though - 18 moths of 9 species with Angle Shades making a first appearance of the year and my first ever Mullein .... if my ID is correct.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Parc slip.

       Correct me if i'm wrong but I think this is an early Phyllonorycter
       viminiella. Netted along the canal path this morning.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Llandaff - 7th April

First Butterflies of the year  - 2 x Holly Blues feeding on Laurel Blossom.

Trapping in the evening was very cold down to 6.9C. A small catch, but I think the Waved Umber is new to the garden. The rest being V- Pug, Hebrew Character, Brindled Beauty, Common Quaker and Brown House Moth.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Cregiau - 05 April

Started the mid-week boxes again. 43 moths of 13 species last night, including 13 Brindled Beauty. First visits of the year from Nut-tree Tussock, Streamer and Purple Thorn.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Nantyffyllon today.

                             Several Adela cuprella in the sallow tops.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Creigiau - 30 March (again)

Can't think how I forgot to add that I also saw  my second ever Pine Beauty.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Llandaff - 31st March

A warm evening with slight drizzle around 10.5C for a change. Low numbers and a bit more varied.

Twenty-plume moth (in house), Double Striped Pug, Brindled Beauty, Early Grey, Common Quaker, Small Quaker, Hebrew Character and a Clouded Drab.

I've signed up for the GMS this year, so hoping to contribute some records too.

Sadly, since having the lanes gated in the Avenue, a few neighbours have decided to chop down the trees and shrubs in their gardens, to make way for their cars. Good job I planted six more native trees last year.

Creigiau - 30 March

An early GMS box produced 49 moths of 19 species - not in Vaughn's league but I was still pleased.

Undoubted highlight was this stunning little Twenty-plume Moth, together with a first 2017 visit by Water Carpet and V-Pug. The latter is at least a month earlier than any previous year.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Llandaff North - Friday night

I'm now into my 11th year of trapping in my Llandaff North garden, so I don't get too many new species - and most of those I do get are in the summer. So it was nice to finally add Pale Pinion to the garden list last night.

I also had my second garden record of Pine Beauty, among the usual seasonal fare.