Thursday, 25 May 2017

Merthyr mawr last night.

            Gynnidomorpha vectisana, 6 at dusk on the saltmarsh.

            Cream spot tiger

             Fox moth

             Lobster moth

             Rhyaconia pinivorana.
             47 species in total, inc - Seraphim, Light brocade, Alder moth,
             Treble lines, Shears, Elephant hawkmoth and Heart & dart.

Gowerton garden query

Had this in the trap yesterday morning, Wednesday, which I have put down as an unusually marked Gracillaria syringella. Does that look right?
Gracillaria syringella

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Llandaff North - recent trapping

Recent garden trapping has produced a moderate diversity of moths, but everything in small numbers. Highlights have included Orange Footman (3rd garden record), May Highflyer, Rustic Shoulder-knot and the intermediate form of Peppered moth (f. insularia).

Prettier than all of these was the Cherry Bark moth Enarmonia formosana which was on our porch window a few days ago.

Bactra species ?

Obviously hopeless with micros (and pugs) so once again requesting help with this one found in the trap at the weekend. Possibly a Bactra sp .... ?

Monday, 22 May 2017

possible Narrow-bordred 5-spot Burnet Catepillar

As I understand it 5-spot and 6-spot have short body hairs, but the caterpillar below has what I would say long body hairs, which would make that Narrow-bordered 5-spot Burnet. Which is a species we have not recorded in the Llynfi Valley. the plant leaf is Yellow Iris and it looked like it was attaching itself to the leaf getting ready to pupate. The area is well away from the site where I record 5-spot, 6-spot regularly as adults. Thoughts welcome.

Creigiau - 21 May

A sunny afternoon and I was really surprised to see Micropterix calthella on buttercups in the garden. Seeing them all over the place at the moment, but never before seen in the garden.

Also saw this little beastie soaking up the sunshine on one of the shrubs. The images were 5 minutes apart so I'm thinking it may be the same individual but, once again, I have no idea what it is. The second image has been inverted to see it the right way up.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Dunraven today.

                      Cream spot tiger.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Pseudargyrotoza conwagana query

Wandering down the garden just now and saw this on a leaf of one of the oregano plants. Can't think that it can be anything other than Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, but it looks a bit pale and is at least a month earlier than I've seen it previously.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Creigiau - 17 May

The mid-week box attracted only 11 moths of 9 species, including a very nice Common White Wave and my first ever Lime Hawk-moth.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Whiteford Pill - Scarlet Tiger caterpillars

Two caterpillars of the Scarlet Tiger - Callimorpha Dominula at Whiteford Pill over the Easter Break.

Creigiau ID help please

These are the micros and pugs from last week that I have failed to identify. Don't know why I bother with Pugs - most of the ones I see are plain worn out and surely destined for the anon directory.Each of the images is of a different individual.

When I saw the first micro I thought it was going to be Tinea sp - one of the clothes moths, but I haven't been able to match it. No idea on the second one.

Grateful for any pointers.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Creigiau last week

The last  week has been mild and windy, but the moth trap has gone out for GMS with quite reasonable results.

The first box produced 24 species, of which 9 were new for the year. Highlights were Alder Kitten, Orange Footman, Scalloped Hazel and my first ever Grey Birch.

The second box produced 16 species, with 5 new for the year. Highlights were Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Depressaria radiella (I think) and Pyrausta purpuralis.

Also had a couple of micros and some Pugs that I have not been able to ID but I'll post those separately.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Merthyr mawr today.

                Grizzled skipper (6)

               Glyphipterix fuscoviridella (20+)

                 Pyrausta ostrinalis (4)

                  Brown argus (2)

                  Small argent and sable (12)
                  Also a few Phyllonorycters to ID and one Common blue.

Parc Slip

A couple of trips to Parc Slip last week turned up a very nice Nettle-tap and a couple of tortrix sp which I would be grateful for help with ID.

Friday, 12 May 2017


It was only the second time that I've run the trap in the garden this year so virtually everything was NFY! 34 species recorded, highlights being Puss Moth, Elephant Hawk, Swallow Prominent, Waved Umber, Broken-barred Carpet and Scalloped Hook-tip. Migrants were represented by singletons of Silver Y and Diamond-back Moth. A female Phryganea bipunctata (a big caddis) provided some non-lep interest.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Merthyr mawr.

          Pyrausta ostrinalis, 2 in the dunes.

          Gynnidomorpha vectisana, netted on the saltmarsh at dusk.
          Also a male Emperor moth flying around.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Nantyffyllon this evening.

        Poss Phyllonorycter strigulatella. Beaten from alder, will check to see
        if it is grey alder.

         Released the moth onto the same tree today. Looks like Grey alder.

Mocha at Cosmeston

Annie Irving has kindly sent me these photos of a Mocha she saw at Cosmeston today - only the 11th county record I think. All of the modern records are in the SE corner of Glamorgan, so this one fits in nicely with that pattern.