Thursday 25 July 2019

Barry, 24th July

A couple more NFG and totally new for us, Box-tree moth from the fence by the trap plus Dusky Sallow & Endotricha flammealis both also NFG. Jersey Tigers continue to appear about one or two a night.


A Royal Mantle was caught by Chris Brewer just round the corner from me last night.  Plenty in my trap but nothing this good! Looks like he had a couple of Suspected too.  One in my garden also. 

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Llandaff - Garden - 23rd July

A very hot and humid evening with thunderstorms. I was unable to run the trap for much longer than midnight due to huge hailstones.

A few micros to check but I did have this wonderful looking beast of a froghopper - Ledra aurita. A local species with only a few records as far as I can see. He has to be around 1.5cm - 2 cm.

Acleris umbrana, Barry, 21st July

Acleris umbrana appears to have made it back into the county... This was found on the side of the trap and my micro blindness initially put it down as something Acleris hastiana-esque until Ben Sale on the micro forum suggested umbrana which seemed to fit.

Checking on the website though I saw only the one record in 1907! But there it was, scale tufts and all.

Also nice to see slap bang on the middle of the trap rain cover after the thunderstorm this morning one of two of the first Jersey Tigers this year:

Monday 22 July 2019

Llandaff Garden - 21st July

I took this in the trap last night. I'm a tad unsure if it's a Confused, a Nutmeg, Dusky Brocade or other. I'm opting for a Nutmeg.

The wing markings are different with the orbicular stigma elongated on the left and small and oval on the right. I'm sure it's not a rare occurance but a first for me.

Look forward to some input if possible for species ID.


Wednesday 17 July 2019

Kent Black Arches, Barry, July 16th

A Kent Black Arches which is new for us and the garden in Barry. No records in TMOG or the new website database either?

I am not entirely sure whether to record this for the 16th or the 15th as it fluttered in the corner of my eye whilst I was preparing the moth trap last night. Therefore it was either hiding in the trap undiscovered from the previous night or on the lawn. After a short chase through the workings of my son's trampoline and the sweet peas I finally managed to pot it.

I just tried to get a better picture but it's very excitable so will have to try after work. Paul said one was taken last week at Kenfig so seems to be a moth on the move?

Last night overall was probably a bit moon-y after the eclipse and a little colder than previous nights so numbers were down a bit but there was a nice Swallow-tailed moth in with the usual mixture.

Monday 8 July 2019

Mompha terminella

Stumbled across this Mompha terminella at Garnwen [SS8392], Maesteg on 6th July 2019. Not a good photo, but enough for ID.  Looking at the data on the new web site there have been only 2 previous Glamorgan records, one of which was a leaf-mine.

Saturday 6 July 2019

Small Marbled, Barry, July 4th

Thursday night was quite good for numbers and new species for the year and I thought I might have a NFG in this little 'micro' which had survived the sparrows and blackbirds sat on the corner of the trap. After trawling through the micros book fruitlessly I realised it was a Small Marbled and not a micro at all!

Also from the same night we had two Round-winged Muslin NFG and this morning there was a single Lunar-spotted Pinion.

Monday 1 July 2019

Llandaff Garden - 30th June

A lovely and warm evening, a balmy 21.2 C. Sadly, it was a disappointing evening except for a second garden record of Small Elephant Hawk moth, and a lovely micro - Chrysoclista linneella. A new record for the garden.

Chrysoclista linneella