Friday, 22 June 2018

Caerau old pit reclamation site, Maesteg [SS8694]

4 Forester were seen today all pretty worn, also seen  were a 1000+ 5-spot Burnet. I have recorded both species of 5-spots here in the past [through larva ID] and both colony areas had adults on the wing. The other feature of today were the large number of butterflies on the wing which included 100 Small Heath, 50 Meadow Brown, 10 Ringlet, 40 Common Blue, 5 Dark Green Fritillary, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, 10 Small Skipper, 5 Large Skipper and a single Dingy Skipper.

 Typical Forester habitat
 5-spot/Narrow-bordered 5-spot Burnet
 Small Copper
Dingy Skipper

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Forest Farm

Gareth Stamp and I ran a moth morning for Innovate Trust's Green Days Project at Forest Farm this morning. We had an excellent catch with the 3 traps left on site overnight being busy with moths this morning.

The highlight for me was the gelechiid Monochroa lucidella, which I've never seen before, though it has to be said that no-one else seemed very excited about it and much preferred the Elephant Hawks (8 of those), Poplar Hawks, Buff Arches, Pretty Chalk Carpet, Green Arches and emeralds. We also caught 4 Obscure Wainscots - this species must be breeding in the reedbeds nearby.
Obscure Wainscot
Monochroa lucidella
  And especially for Dave, here's a Common Wainscot (hindwing checked).
Common Wainscot
The attendees, all adults with learning difficulties, were really enthusiastic about the moths and seemed to get a lot out of it. They all got to handle an Elephant Hawk or two

I also took along some moths from the garden trap, which included this worn Aleimma loeflingiana new for the site.
Aleimma loeflingiana

Monday, 18 June 2018

Creigiau - 16 June

Box out on a breezy Saturday night but the temperature stayed up (min 13C) and I had 39 species in/around the trap. First ever Light Arches & Small Elephant Hawk-moth and a few for which the ID is eluding me.

Could this be Crambus uliginocellus or (more likely) the more common C. pascuella ?

A Cnephasia sp ... ?

and these two are just annoying !

Sunday, 17 June 2018

ooc (just) last weekend on the Mellte

Chris Manley and myself ran four 125w Skinner-type traps on the night of the 11th-12th and recorded 147 species of moth (747 individuals). Highlights included four Nationally Notable species: Cydia coniferana Nb (1), Devon Carpet Nb (1), Waved Carpet Nb (60+) (photo 1) and Blomer's Rivulet Nb (10). The total for Waved Carpet was particularly impressive from our point of view. Other species noted of interest included Map-winged Swift, Incurvaria oehlmanniella, Exoteleia dodecella, Hoary Plume, Ancylis diminutana, Ancylis mitterbacheriana, Spilonota laricana, Acrobasis consociella, Scalloped Hook-tip, Lime Hawk-moth, Smoky Wave, Clay Triple-lines, Oblique Carpet, Dingy Shell, Welsh Wave (photo 2), Narrow-winged Pug, Ochreous Pug, Clouded Magpie, Barred Umber, Satin Beauty, Dotted Carpet (photo 3), Bordered White, Beautiful Snout, Red-necked Footman, Silver Hook (photo 4) & Small Dotted Buff. Below is a sample of some of Chris's photos.

Non-lepidoteran interest was provided by Giant Lacewing Osmylus fulvicephalus, the localised caddisfly Limnephilus elegans and a leaf beetle Luperus longicornis. Also a begging juvenile Long-eared Owl was an unexpected breeding record bonus.

NMN in Cwm Ivy & Gorseinon

Yesterday Veronica Shenston showed me this Cream-bordered Green Pea, which she had caught overnight in her garden in Cwm Ivy, Gower. Unless anyone tells me otherwise, this is a new species for Glamorgan, although there are two unverified historical records.

Here in Gorseinon, on the same night, there was nothing anywhere as exciting. The best of a mediocre batch of 63 species were Epinotia bilunana, Currant Pug, Freyer's Pug, Cypress Carpet, Dog's-tooth, Small Clouded Brindle and Dark Spectacle.

NMN in Bridgend

A cool damp Moth Night for us with just 52 moths of 15 species. The trap was again dominated by  Heart & Dart and Heart & Club, however the highlight was an Eyed Hawkmoth and a Purple Clay. We had hoped for a warmer night and a chance to get some micro species to fit this year's theme, but all we could muster was a Chrysoteuchia culmella and a Celypha Striana.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Llandaff - Garden - 11th June

A much better evening, warm with partial cloud cover.

The decent weather didn't help really, the catch comprised mainly of large amounts of common species.

A few nice to have in garden again. The best being, Scarlet Tiger, Coronet, Common Emerald, Light Emerald, a bedraggled Beautiful Hook-tip, Green Silver-lines, Elephant Hawk and another two Ptycholoma lecheana.

There was also a rather white, Brown China-mark from the other day.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Llandaff - Garden - 9th June

A mild night here in Llandaff, but another clear sky.

Some new to the garden moths being Maiden's Blush and Ptycholoma lecheana.

The best of the rest being, Small Seraphim, Small Angle Shades, Light Emerald, Lychnis, Miller and Elephant Hawk.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Creigiau - 03 June

A warm, muggy night so the box went out into the garden. 50 species including a number of micros which I have had a go at identifying, but not particularly confident. Several of these would be new species for me so would be grateful for confirmation/correction.

Bactra lancealana ?

 Different individuals but are these the same? Crambus ericella or pratella

Cydia pomonella & a Glyphipterix sp

Hedya ochroleucana ... maybe?

I think these could be Rhyacionia pinicolana & pinivorana.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Darren Woods and surrounding area, Maesteg

 Little Thorn - new for valley, seems to be quite scarce in Glamorgan
 Red-necked Footman
Micropterix aureatella

Common Pug, one you don't normally see!

I could not resist sharing this scotica form of Common Pug. We encountered it on the side of our holiday Lodge last week up near Carrbridge on Speyside. We didn't do any moth trapping, it would have meant leaving the kids behind to fit all our kit in!!

Bridgend garden last night

After a week away in Scotland following a few cold bleak trappings, we returned in style on a hot night, with 106 moths of 36 species. The catch was dominated by Heart & Dart and Common Marbled Carpet, but the highlights were Lozotaenia forsterana and Middle-barred Minor, both which we last trapped in 2015.

There were 24 species new for the year including Anania coronata, Green Carpet, Freyer's Pug, Green Pug, Peppered moth, Clouded Silver, Least Black Arches, The Flame, Small Square-spot, clouded-bordered Brindle, Silver Y, Straw Dot and Spectacle.