Monday, 16 July 2018


A quieter night last night but some nice moths still including Canary-shouldered Thorn, Single-dotted Wave and Catoptria pinella - only the second for the garden, last seen in 2004.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Llandaff - Garden - 7th - 14 July

Trap was out on most evenings last week. I'm not a fan of all this heat but the moths were in abundance.

Only one new to the garden, Clouded Magpie, but a few interesting during the course of the week.

The best being Sycamore, Red Necked Footman, Green Silver-lines, Scarce Silver-lines, Scarlet Tigers, Beautiful Hook-tip, Small Emerald, Green Arches, Pebble Prominent, Miller and Coronet.

Not a lot of interesting micros except a tiny which looks to be Ectoedemia decentella, a tad active and difficult to photograph.

Others being, Mompha langiella, Lozotaeniodes formosana, Teleiodes vulgella, Endotricha flammealis, Hypsopygia glaucinalis, Caloptilia rufipennella, Oegoconia sp., Batia lunaris, Crassa unitella, lots of Argyresthia sp and a Parornix sp.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Creigiau last week

Grateful for correction/confirmation of these micros from the garden moth boxes last week.

Fairly confident that these two are Bryotropha affinis & Cydia splendana

and this one is Acrobasis advenella

Now I'm not sure at all:
Limnaecia (poss L. phragmitella ?)

Eucosma (poss E. hohenwartiana ?)

Oegoconia sp (?)

and finally


Other than two new species for the garden, Evergestis pallidata and L-album Wainscot, the other 73 species (176 individuals) were all pretty much routine fare for this busy time of year, although always interesting to catch August and September Thorns in July! E. pallidata is significantly scarcer here in the west of the county, with records suggesting its distribution has crept westwards very slowly, this being only the 9th in Swansea (cf 145 Glamorgan records east of Swansea) since it was first recorded at Reynoldston by David Painter in 2003. L-album Wainscot on the other hand, since its appearance on the Gower cliffs in 2004, has rapidly consolidated its range along the coastal fringe of Glamorgan (though there is a glaring gap in the middle) with now 107 county records shown on my system. These two additions take the total for Lepidoptera recorded in our  0.05 ha of urban garden to 743. Additions are as rare as hen's teeth these days, so '2' nfg is quite an event!

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Last night in Bridgend

We caught 130 moths of 59 species, the highlights of which were 3 new moths for the garden in Capotriche marginea, Grey Arches and surprisingly Marsh Oblique-barred. The garden list now stands at 433 species (466 trappings across 14 and a half years).

Among an excellent variety of pretty moths, also new for the year were Coleophora lineola, Garden Rose Tortrix, Blastobasis lacticolella, Phoenix, May Highflyer, V-Pug, August Thorn, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Grey Dagger, Scarce Silver-lines (3rd record last in 2012) and Nut-tree Tussock.

Large Tabby in Bridgend

My better half Emma discovered this Large Tabby on the wall of Ashfield Surgery in Bridgend this afternoon, a species neither of us has encountered before.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Bute Park moths

BC held a now-annual moth event in Bute Park Education Centre on Saturday morning. I set three traps (2 x MV and 1 x LED) in the secure nursery area on Friday evening and thanks to excellent weather conditions there were plenty of moths on show for the event.

The highlights among 75 species included Four-spotted Footman (male), Epiblema foenella, Double Lobed and Bordered Sallow.

The turn out from the public was excellent with nearly 70 people coming through the doors during the two hour session, almost half of them children. There were craft activities but the kids also got to enjoy the Buff-tips and Elephant and Poplar Hawks in the traps. Thankfully Howard Burt and Gareth Stamp were on hand to help out with the many moth-related questions, otherwise I'd have been totally overwhelmed!

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Bridgend last night

99 moths of 40 species with the highlight being two garden ticks for us - Helcystogramma rufescens and what we think is Buff Footman - we've only seen them before along time ago in Norfolk, so grateful for views. Six Elephant Hawkmoths and 8 Swallow-tailed moths were nice too.

Also new for the year were Diamond-backed moth, Pammene fasciana, Phycita roborella, Clay and Dot Moth.

Monday, 2 July 2018


The contents of a 125w Skinner trap overnight by a very ordinary bit of young Sitka plantation on Nant-y-Mynydd last night included 68 species (184 individuals), the assemblage with a distinct upland feel about it. Those of interest: Map-winged Swift 7, Argyresthia conjugella 1, Epinotia tedella 3, Small Argent and Sable 2, Galium Carpet 3, Northern Spinach 6, Pretty Chalk Carpet (perhaps no-so-upland!) 1, Dotted Carpet 1, Beautiful Snout 2, Red-necked Footman 1, Marsh Oblique-barred 1, Scarce Silver Y 1, Antler Moth 1, Striped Wainscot 1 & Northern Rustic 2.

GMRG trapping session at Witford Point, Baglan?

Is anyone interested in having a Glamorgan Moth Group evening at Witford Point near Baglan? We (the Wildlife Trust) are monitoring for various taxa there and have a key to the gate so we can get in with generators etc. Paul and I trapped there last year and earlier this year but it would be good to get a larger group down there - it is mainly sand dunes with salt marsh, some wet woodland and herb-rich grassland so should provide a good diversity of moths.

Let me know how much interest there is and we can try and organise a suitable date.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Scarlet Tigers in Barry and Beyond this week

Last year in Llantwit we had a Scarlet Tiger in the trap which had sadly evaporated come the next morning. I was therefore overjoyed to find not one but two in the box Wednesday morning!

Then, bizarrely, while I was walking back to Cardiff Central station from work the same day I was buzzed by a strangely familiar looking black white and red moth flying down St Mary Street just by the railway bridge... A case of waiting ages only for three to come along at once?

Friday, 29 June 2018

Last night in Bridgend

We had 140 moths of 58 species last night (23 of which were micros), excellent fayre, so much to sort out but here are a few of the best ones including two new species for the garden (Now 426 species) for us in Cherry Fruit Moth and Sycamore.

New for the year were Cypress Tip Moth, Coleophora trifolii, Blastobasis adustella, Mompha propinquella, Gypsonoma dealbana, Bramble Shoot Moth, Bud Moth, Udea prunalis, Wax Moth, Acrobasis advenella, Ghost Moth, Scalloped Oak, Turnip Moth, Miller, Coronet, Cloaked Minor and Beautiful Hook-tip. We also had a hoverfly Xanthogramma pedissequum (sensu stricto).