Tuesday, 26 February 2019


Having only lived in Pontycymer for a year, Saturday night was the first time I'd caught anything at this time of year. I'm certainly glad I set the trap as even though the numbers were fairly low (20 moths of 8 species) there were a couple of good ones:
Euchromius ocellea (thanks to George for the identification) is a rare migrant I believe and was unusually obliging for a photograph..Sam also caught one in Carmarthenshire on Saturday night so there must have been a small influx.
The other highlight was a Dotted Chestnut - I've caught them a couple of times but it was great to get one in my garden.
Other species were oak nycteoline, grey shoulder-knot, pale brindled beauty, common quaker, mottled grey and Acleris hastiana.

Sunday, 24 February 2019


A Dark Sword-grass was the only migrant in our garden trap last night, but we also popped round the corner to see Chris Brewer's catch as he found this exceptionally early Scarce Bordered Straw in his trap.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Scarce Silver Y on Gower

My first post of the year is of old news. Last July Anne Mansfield, a visiting moth'er from Norfolk stayed on Gower for a few days and caught this rather lovely moth. She thought at first it was Ni, but in then end settled for Beautiful Golden Y and posted it on her blog. Fortunately someone suggested that she get another opinion so she sent the photo to me.

Whilst Scarce Silver Y is an upland species, found in the northern parts of Glamorgan and then up through Wales, it is also known to be an occasional immigrant.

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Abercregan last night.

                       Mottled grey (7)

                       Mottled umber (3)
                       Also 2 Red-green carpet and a Diamond back moth.
                       Ran the MV from 8-12PM on a still night at 7 degrees.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Finally a December Moth in Bridgend

It was well worth putting the moth trap out last night for the 60th and final time this year. The only moth caught was a lovely December moth. A new one for me and a garden tick. We finish the year on 230 species (150 macro / 80 micro). The garden list now stands at 442 species (282/160) at the end of our 15th consecutive year.

Friday, 16 November 2018


Nothing exceptional to write home about on what was an exceptionally mild November night. A darkish example of Pseudaryrotoza conwagana is a week later than the previous latest Glamorgan record and a Dark Arches just missed the latest record for that species by one day, Veronica Shenston having recorded one at Cwm Ivy on the 16th Nov 2001. Migrants limited to just a few Silver Ys and a Diamond Back Moth. A Cypress Carpet two days ago was just the 5th garden record of what has been an annual visitor since 2015.

Postscript: Just found this on the bottom of the trap when tapping out (8th garden record)... 

Abercregan last night.

               December moth

              December moth

              Scarce umber.
              9 species to the MV last night up to midnight. 22 December moth,
              8 Feathered thorn, 8 Yellow line quaker and 4 November moth agg
              on a damp but warmish 10 degrees evening.