Friday 28 October 2011

Snail trail mines on poplar

Found this strange 'snail-trail' mine of Phyllocnistis unipunctella on hybrid black poplar in Llandaff North this week. I've been keeping an eye out for these mines for a couple of years so I was pleased to finally see one.

Mompha divisella.

Found at Abercregan last night.

Tuesday 25 October 2011


6 species last night: new for the year were Feathered Thorn and the Streak (10th garden record). Also Green-brindled Crescent, Red and Yellow-line Quakers and my latest date for Large Yellow Underwing.

Sunday 23 October 2011


Hi all

Found this in the kitchen yesterday eve. I think it's a Red-green Carpet. Agreed?

Tuesday 18 October 2011

Rhoose Point

Dave, on the basis that this one has white-ish hind legs I was planning to record it as C betulicola rather than elongella. Do you agree? Also trapped it next to 2 birch trees, and we have no Alder in the vicinity as far as I am aware...

Saturday 15 October 2011

Rhoose Point - help please!

Can anyone help with an id for the moth in the two pics below? Could it be Crocidosema plebejana?

And am I right in thinking the pic below is yet another variant of Light-brown Apple Moth?
Thanks, Adam

Friday 14 October 2011

Port Talbot

There is a posting from an observer stating that he saw a Crimson Speckled at the Quays, Port Talbot this afternoon. They have had one at Portland recently. Last seen in Vc41 in June 1892 at Porthkerry.

BC South Wales Branch AGM & Members day

Just in case anyone is interested, the branch AGM & Members day is on tomorrow at Kenfig (10:30 for an 11:00 start). Non members are welcome, and speakers include George Tordoff, Chris Manley, Kathy Seddon and Stephen Lewis.
You should even have time to watch the Rugby before coming over!

Wednesday 12 October 2011

Mystery Moth

Among a batch of photos I received from Jenny Colley today was this noctuid which I'm not sure about. The Brick is the closest I can get, but it doesn't seem quite right for that. I'm probably missing the obvious but any help appreciated.

Sunday 9 October 2011

Rhoose Point

I think this may be a Blastobasis lacticolella. Can anyone confirm?

Not much else to report - it's been far too windy to make it worthwhile putting the trap out despite the influx of migrants during the warm spell! Just one other item of interest, a dipteran fly, Tachina fera on 29/9 which I believe parasitises moth larvae.


A Scarce Bordered Straw was the highlight in the garden trap this morning, the only other migrants being 2 Udea ferrugalis and 7 Silver Y. Singles of Merveille du Jour and Zelleria hepariella were the most interesting non-migrants.

Saturday 8 October 2011

Nantyffyllon Ivy blossom.

Green brindled crescent
The Brick.
Also - Angle shades, Red line quaker, Yellow line quaker, The chestnut and Pink barred sallow.

Wednesday 5 October 2011

Small Marbled at Cwm Ivy

Received this pic of a Small Marbled from Veronica Shenston today. Caught in her garden last night.

Tuesday 4 October 2011

Vale of Glamorgan

Ivy blossom at Summerhouse Pt., Boverton & Lavernock Pt.
Light Emerald, Turnip Moth, Lesser Yellow U/w, Sq.-spot Rustic, L-album Wainscot [2 at Lavernock only], Brindled Green, Satellite, Brick, Lunar U/w, Pink-barred Sallow & Angles Shades.
Migrants: Vestal [1, Boverton], Dark Sword-grass [4], Pearly U/w [1] & Silver Y [3].
Also GMRG survey at Willowbrook, St. Mellons VC35, [1/10]:
Cardiff highlights: 22 species recorded, Large Wainscot [1], Oak Nycteoline [1] & Brindled Green [1]. Migrants: Rusty-dot Pearl & Silver Y.

More migrants, Llandaff North

This Vestal was in the trap this morning, my first here, plus 4 Silver Y.

Monday 3 October 2011

Bridgend 29th and 30th Sept and 1st Oct

We've finally managed 3 trappings in our garden this weekend. Life has been busy!

Highlights have been Eudonia angustea, Dusky Thorn, Black Rustic, Blair's Shoulder-knot, Merveille du Jour, Large Ranunculus, Brick, Pink-barred Sallow, Sallow, Yellow-line Quaker and Straw Dot.

The Yellow-lined Quaker on 29th and Brick of 30th were first for the garden (bring ing our total to 321 species of which 242 macro in 7.5 years). The Black Rustic and Pink-barred Sallow were the first records for us since 2008.

Butterflies have been scarce, just a few Red Admiral by day, but 2 Common Pipistrelle Bats love the MV!

Mike & Emma Cram.

Nitten Field

There was a good selection of migrants in two traps set in the Nitten Field last night, plus plenty of nice resident stuff too. The highlight was a single Old World Webworm (photo below), which is new for the county. Numbers of all 50 species recorded below, with migrants shown in bold - more photos here
Caloptilia stigmatella (1), Mompha subbistrigella (1), Light Brown Apple Moth (7), Rhomboid Tortrix (2), Acleris hastiana (1), Eudonia angustea (4), Old World Webworm (1), Rusty-dot Pearl (39), Rush Veneer (1), Vestal (19), Red-green Carpet (1), Common Marbled Carpet (5), Green Carpet (4), Brimstone Moth (3), Convolvulus Hawk-moth (1), Archer's Dart (1), Turnip Moth (1), Dark Sword-grass (1), Large Yellow Underwing (6), Lesser Yellow Underwing (2), Autumnal Rustic (16), Pearly Underwing (1), Setaceous Hebrew Character (52), Neglected Rustic (1), Square-spot Rustic (16), Common Wainscot (7), L-album Wainscot (5), Black Rustic (51), Green-brindled Crescent (29), Large Ranunculus (1), Feathered Ranunculus (2), Brick (1), Red-line Quaker (7), Yellow-line Quaker (1), Flounced Chestnut (4), Beaded Chestnut (5), Lunar Underwing (26), Orange Sallow (1), Pink-barred Sallow (4),  Sallow (2), Dark/Grey Dagger (1), Angle Shades (10), Rosy Rustic (6), Frosted Orange (2), Large Wainscot (4), Small Mottled Willow (1), Pale Mottled Willow (2), Ni Moth (1), Silver Y (3) & Snout (3).

Llandaff North last night

A very good night with this Euchromius ocellea the highlight - nice to get a decent migrant at last!

Also 3 other species new for the garden: Cypress Carpet, Pink-barred Sallow and Acleris sparsana.

Sunday 2 October 2011

Llanishen Stats

Back at the end of April, I got MapMate to tell me how many species I'd had in each year up to the end of that month and posted the results here. Essentially to see if the spring was really as good as it appeared. Given the poor summer, I thought it would be interesting to post the figures for my garden up to the end of September (See below). It may have been a poor summer in general, but the little bits of good weather appear to have bolstered species numbers. I've not corrected for recording effort though - I may well have trapped more regularly than previous years! Incidentally my highest year total is only 306, and I'd expect to beat this during this late summer weather!

2005 203
2006 291
2007 231
2008 200
2009 199
2010 242
2011 300

Cwm Ivy

Yesterday in an email Veronica Shenston mentioned that on the night of the 30th she trapped 9 Vestals, 16 Silver Ys ,1 Pearly Underwing and 1 Rush Veneer in the trap last night (along with all the other moths).

Saturday 1 October 2011

Coed Cae Pica

Just 7 species to actinic/sheet last night, the highlight being 1st site record of Merveille du Jour (x2), taking the total number of macro-moth species for the site to 165.

Orange Sallow

This Orange Sallow was a nice surprise in the trap this morning, as far as I know the first modern Cardiff record and new for ST17.

George (Llandaff North)

Maesteg actinic last night.

Merveille du jour
The Sallow.
Only 10 species, these two being the highlights.