Saturday, 30 September 2017
Friday, 29 September 2017
Small catch of Pearly Underwing, Barred Sallow, Sallow, Blair's Shoulder-knot, Common Marbled Carpet, Angle Shades, Square-spot Rustic, a second gen Heart and Dart, Yellow Underwing and Lesser Yellow Underwing.
Sadly more heavy rain forecast for the next few nights.
Thursday, 28 September 2017
Wednesday, 27 September 2017
A small catch with the highlight being a Red Underwing, now put to shame with the Clifden nonpareil. Other species being Blair's Shoulder-knot, Light Emerald, Dusky Thorn, Cameraria ohridella, Brimstone, Acleris sparsana, Sallow, Willow Beauty, Red-green Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet, Light brown Apple Moth, Large Ranunculus, Pandemis cinnamomeana, Small Square-spot, Square-spot Rustic and the usual glut of Large Yellow, Lesser Yellow Underwing etc.
The moth is safe and we will keep it all day in case anyone wants to see it (small price a contribution to our daughter's sponsored project to help save the Ladybird Spider!). Just FB me or Tweet Emma.
It was obviously a migrant night, Skylarks were calling overhead as we emptied the trap and we also recorded among the 44 moths of 15 species:- LB Apple moth, Common Marbled Carpet, Light Emerald, Willow Beauty, Green Carpet, Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Square-spot Rustic, Large Ranunculus, Blair's Shoulder-knot, Pale Mottled Willow, Snout and Silver Y.
Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Monday, 25 September 2017
Sunday, 24 September 2017
|Brindled Green - one of two|
|Epinotia nisella / cinereana|
|Aphodius sp. beetle attracted to the light|
Thursday, 21 September 2017
There somebody will be at Kenfig tomorrow (Friday 22nd ) during the day if anyone wants access to see the moths until around 5pm. If they want access over the weekend they should call the reserve centre 01656 743386 in advance to speak to the reserve manager. Following this we will allow the moths to emerge and leave and we are not encouraging accessBest wishes, Dave
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Highlights were our 5th ever autumnal rustic and 5th ever Pandemis cinnamomeana (a male). Also nice were fresh frosted orange (most numerous species with 8), fresh pink-barred sallow and a copper underwing. Non-moth interest was provided by a sexton beetle that keyed out as Nicrophorus interruptus.
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
Thursday, 14 September 2017
Back in 1979, Tony White found what he thought was a Dotted Border Wave in Neath town centre. 25 years later myself, Barry and Jake took the decision to remove the species from the county list as without a specimen or photograph there was not enough evidence to support the species' presence in the county, and the fact that it had not been spotted during the 'golden years' of mothing in the county the record had to be treated with suspicion.
In March, I received a batch of data from Ian Wallace, formerly of Liverpool Museum from the cliff face Malaise traps that they operated on the Gower cliffs in 2004. These were the traps that added L-album Wainscot to the county list. What I did not spot until a couple of weeks ago was that this data set also contained a record of Dotted Border Wave. As Malaise traps are not particularly kind to moths, these are invariably dissected and Ian has confirmed that a female was taken at Fall Bay. He has not been able to send me a photograph of the slide as yet but will do so in due course.
In addition, Paul Brown of the Natural History Museum included it in a list from Bishopston - no precise date, but at some point since 2004. Whilst Paul is not a Lepidopterist by trade he knows enough about moths for the record to be respected.
Next year we will have to make a concerted effort to re-find this species on Gower. We have sites to look at and I'm sure we can galvanise enough interest to have a good crack at it.
And where does this leave Tony's 1979 record? Well, I think that the two recent records gives us enough evidence to reconsider it, which would be a nice gift to Tony as he prepares to leave Glamorgan.
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Sunday, 10 September 2017
Thursday, 7 September 2017
The catch hasn't been that varied, mainly Yellow Underwings and Setaceous Hebrew Characters, but Tuesday night's was spiced up with Cypress Pug (not had here before), Archer's Dart (don't get in VC24) and Magpie (one at home this year).
This morning I have been greeted by Shore Wainscot (not something on my home county list!), Yellow Belle (which is a lifer for me) and Mullein Wave.
Overflying Ravens and Choughs are also not that common for me at home!
Dave Morris (ex-Bucks)
Wednesday, 6 September 2017
Tuesday, 5 September 2017
Monday, 4 September 2017
|49.124 Aethes francillana|
|70.023 Mullein Wave|