Saturday 28 July 2018

Highlight Park, Barry, 27th July

Wasn't sure if there would be much in the trap with the heavy rain and wind although there were plenty of calm periods overnight. Ended up with 79 moths of 39 species - much better than recent catches thanks to the absence of the thieving Moon!

Highlights were Toadflax Brocade, any other records of this recently outside of Cardiff?

And another Jersey Tiger - tally of these now four in total for the garden. After the first pale type trapped last week the remaining ones have had the more traditional red hindwings.

Monday 23 July 2018

Creigiau - 21 July

The final tally for the weekend moth box was 46 species ... which included my first ever Bulrush Wainscot (assuming my ID is correct)

I also saw my first Euzophora pinguis since July 2016 and also had first 2018 visits from Dun-bar and (a very tatty) Dark/Grey Dagger agg.

Jersey Tiger, Highlight Park Barry

A Jersey Tiger was in the trap this morning, appearing to be towards the f. lutescens end of the spectrum:

Tried to get a better picture but it fluttered!

Sunday 22 July 2018

Witches point, Dunraven last night.

                        Devonshire wainscot.

                       Northern rustic

                      Lesser spotted pinion


                       Marbled green

                        Mompha miscella.
                        Ran the actinic until midnight. 48 species inc Hoary footman,
                        Straw underwing, Chalk carpet, Cochylis roseana, Epinotia
                        abbreviana and Borkenhausia fuscescens. Plus the above pics,
                        of which Devonshire wainscot and Mompha miscella are of
                        particular note.

Anacampsis populella query

Box out last night for GMS and picked up 50+ species in/around the trap. This one was on a window frame near the box and, unfortunately, flew off immediately after I grabbed this image.

Never seen one before, and there don't appear to be that many local records on Aderyn, but could this be Anacampsis populella?

Wednesday 18 July 2018

Highlight Park Lunar-spotted Pinion / Micro help

Some new moths for us - we had two Lunar-spotted Pinion on separate nights over the weekend. There are a few Elm trees behind the back fence so suspect that'll be where they originate from.

Then I plucked this teeny tiny tortrix off the trap last night. Any help with ID appreciated, is it a Pammene sp.?

Bridgend Last night (MV)

A small catch of 46 moths of 27 species. The highlight was a Monochroa cytisella a garden first and lifer for us. Together with Agriphila straminella, this has already made it our best ever year for micros with 67 species to date. Other macros new for the year were Dusky Thorn, Pale Prominent, Copper Underwing, Dun-bar and Marbled White Spot (3rd record). Year list up to 187 species.

Dunraven last night. 22W actinic until 12:15AM.

                             Ran the actinic last night halfway along the wood on the southern
                             side of Witches point. 45 species with some still to ID. Dark umber,
                             White spotted pug, Crassa unitella and Epinotia abbreviana the
                             highlights, plus these pics.

                            Lesser spotted pinion. at least 6 to the trap, lifer for me!
                            There are just 6 previous Glam records for this, the last
                            record being in 1953.

                           Chalk carpet, 15


                          Brussels lace

                          Mycena asinalis

                         Mullein wave

                         Cloaked minor

                         Teleiodes sequax


                          Hoary footman ?

                          Scarce footman ?
                          Help welcome on the last 3!

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, Bordered Sallow, 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