Wednesday 31 August 2011

Ectodemia sericopeza - new to VC41

Following a report of mines of this micro being found in Newport, I have now found them in central Cardiff. They can be a lot more subtle than the pictures on the ukleafminers website!

Here is a photo showing how tricky to spot they are:

From a distance all you can see is a feint dark grey line. Up close, you can then see the egg at the left end of the mine. I also found keys that just had eggs and no obvious mine at all. Unlike the miner on Field Maple, you really need to look closely at the keys!

Another few photos from this morning in Llanishen:

Here is the egg with no sign of the mine at all.

Then on the other side is the exit hole.

Finally, on the wing is the cocoon.

Monday 29 August 2011


Treble bar.
Also a few Pyrausta purpuralis and Agriphilla tristella.

Sunday 28 August 2011

Old Lady

Added Old lady to my garden list last night (sorry Barry!). Not much else of note though.

Saturday 27 August 2011

Large Ear

I can confirm that the Ear that Paul caught earlier this month was in fact Large Ear.

Thursday 25 August 2011

Convolvulus Hawkmoth at Rhossili.

Found and photographed by Adam Tilt on 19th August. The moth was on a gatepost on the path leading down to Rhossili beach from the Worm's head hotel. Many thanks to Adam for the photo.

Wednesday 24 August 2011

Roath (central)

B&F1707. Small Dusty Wave

B&F0015.Orange Swift
One of three Small Dusty Waves today, along with one Old Lady (sorry Ba), and the Orange Swift (fem) from 23rd [498th spp. for the garden].

Tuesday 23 August 2011

Nantyffyllon actinic last night.

Angle shades
Neglected rustic.
30 species in total, including - Anomalous 11, Heath rustic 1, Flounced rustic 2, Copper underwing 1, True lovers knot 1, Annulet 1, Pyla fusca 1 and Agonopterix umbellana 1.

Belated news - Waved Black

I have just heard that the Perry's caught a Waved Black in Dinas Powys on 3rd August. This is only the second county record, and the specimen will be deposited in the Museum in due course.

Monday 22 August 2011


23 species in total last night including 2nd garden record of Old Lady (1st in 2007). Also of note were Bordered Beauty and Rosy Rustic.

Saturday 20 August 2011

Good, for the time of year

36 species in the garden MV last night - a good haul for mid August. Among the yellow underwings was this small micro which I think is a poorly marked Ptocheuusa paupella - according to my MapMate this is only the 3rd county record.

Friday 19 August 2011

Fly ID

Three photos of various hover-types in the garden today. Any ideas please as to what species they are?

Thursday 18 August 2011

St. Mellons, Cardiff

1680. Maiden's Blush

2164.Broad-barred White
18th Aug. St. Mellons [VC35]. A GMRG survey on a open field site with old hedgerows with mature trees produced some interesting species including a 4th for Cardiff: Maiden's Blush. Other species of note were Cochylimorpha straminea, Epinotia nisella, Trachycera advenella, Amblyptilia acanthydactyla, Broad-barred White & Nut-tree Tussock. DRWG & MCP.

Nantyffyllon actinic last night.

Schreckensteinia festaliella.
Dark marbled carpet.
Ear moth sp.
28 species including - Lesser broad bordered yellow underwing 22, Six striped rustic 3, Canary shouldered thorn 1, Blue bordered carpet 1, Agriphilla latistria 1 and Acleris emargana 5.


Only 15 spp in the trap this morning, highlight was this Pyla fusca.

Not sure if it's possible to ID this clothes moth without dissection, but I supect it's Tinea pellionella? Found 2 on the landing wall yesterday. Sorry about the poor photo.

Tuesday 16 August 2011

Llandaff North last night

32 species in the MV last night including this Phyllonorycter:

One of the Acer-feeding species but not sure which one, possibly geniculella? Any suggestions?

It's new for the garden whatever it is, as is this Bryotropha domestica:

Roath (central)

Not much migrant movement since 4th with only Dark Sword-grass, Silver Y & Rush Veneer being recorded. Other notables: Lesser Wax Moth (13th), Mouse Moth (13th, first since 2006), Treble-bar (14th), Antler Moth (16th) & Svensson's Copper U/w (16th).

Friday 12 August 2011

Recent highlights

Coed Cae Pica, Aug 11th - Oak Nycteoline (x2, new for me), Devon Carpet, Satin Lutestring, Black Arches, Oak Hook-tip and Orthopygia glaucinalis.

Senghenydd garden: Aug 5th - Dark Spectacle. Aug 4th - Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (3rd site record) and Gold Spot.

Mynydd Eglwysilan, Aug 3rd - Orange Swift (x2, new for me), Map-winged Swift, Antler Moth (x30+), Small Rufous and Gold Spot (x2).

Thursday 11 August 2011

Kenfig pool.

Batrachedra praeangusta. On the south pool hide door. It's always raining when i find these.

Monday 8 August 2011

Kenfig pool.

Male Oak eggar flying around on the path down from the centre today.

Saturday 6 August 2011

Rhoose Point

47 species in the trap this morning, no great surprises apart from 2 Chalk Carpets, National b I think and one of Glamorgan's BAP species? Also the moth immediately below which I haven't been able to id. Any thoughts on that one welcomed...

Chalk Carpet

New for the garden were Eucosma campoliliana, Dingy Footman and Pale Shouldered Brocade.

Thursday 4 August 2011

Roath (central)

Last night: Dark Sword-grass & Silver Y (3), along with a Straw U/w (3rd garden rec & first since Aug. 2001). At Whitchurch on 1st had a Lilac Beauty, first for that site. Good numbers of ermine moths, mostly Bird-cherry & Willow (rorrella). E. postvittana numbers raising, 7 last night.
My garden total now stands at 497, three more and I'm going to crack the Champagne! Any GMRG badges for the 500 club Dave?

Help with id please!

Any thoughts on what this might be?


My first Pearly Underwing of year along with 9 Silver Ys and a couple of Dark Sword-grass, these being the only migrants. Resident interest was provided by my 3rd garden record of the Olive, this being the first here for 11 years! By comparison I have now recorded Double Kidney here 8 times, including 1 today. It must be a good year for Double Kidney as 5 of the 8 record have been in 2011. 

Nantyffyllon actinic last night.

Garden dart.
Forgot my notebook, so a count was out. Interesting species were the first Lesser wax moth for the Llynfi valley, Twin spot carpet, Six striped rustic, Dark sword grass and Mirificarma mulinella.

Wednesday 3 August 2011


Oblique striped at Kenfig dunes.
Eudonia mercurella (?) in my kitchen last night.

Tuesday 2 August 2011

Llandaff North - recent highlights

Bedellia somnulentella new for garden (2 on 31st July & 1 on 1st August).

Caloptilia robustella (1st August)

Argyresthia pruniella (1 August).

Also new for garden Common Wave (about time) & P conwagana on 31st July, taking the list past 400 species. And new for the year Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Eupoecilia angustana, Acleris aspersana & Phycita roborella.

Coed Cae Pica, Abertridwr

30 spp last night with Dingy Shell, Iron Prominent Black Arches (2), Coronet, Small Rufous (3) and Evergestis pallidata the pick.

Garden highlights for July 31st: Yellow-barred Brindle, Swallow Prominent - my first since 2008 and Evergestis pallidata - new for garden. Good counts of Dark Arches (21) and Antler Moth (13).

Monday 1 August 2011

Rhoose Point 2

Having seen Paul's post on Saturday I wondered if this could be another Y rorrella? We have a lot of willow locally...

Also Pretty chalk carpet and Aethes cnicana new this evening.