Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Acleris hyemana

From last night's garden moth trap: 2  Feathered Thorn; 2 December Moth; Epiphyas postvittana; and an Acleris hyemana (a first for me).

At rest

Not so Scarce Umber

11 of these across 2 traps in Coed Y Bont last night!  8w and 15w actinics. Apologies for quality of pic but it shows the hindwings well.
2 Mottled Umber
11 December moths
1 Chestnut
1 Red Swordgrass

The experimental LED trap was set up at home but had to be put away quick when we had some unexpected rain.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

December Moth

Seeing Sarah's earlier report of December Moths, I thought it would be interesting to look at the county records for this species. Below is the graph of number of records per year from 1966 to 2015:

The graph clearly shows the introduction of Ian's RIS trap in 1976, at which the numbers have declined a little in the past 40 years. It also shows the increased interest in year-round moth recording when the moth group was formed in 2009. Prior to that we had numbers of lepidopterists visiting Ceredigion, but mostly in the warmer months and hence few records for December moth.


Friday, 2 December 2016

December Moth and Feathered Thorn

Nothing of note here lately.  Last night's garden trap resulted in 2 December Moths (my first of the winter) and a Feathered Thorn.  I also trapped on Sunday night and had a Winter Moth, 2 Feathered Thorns and a November Moth agg. (and a wasp).

December Moth and Feathered Thorn (males)

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Micros at home

When a lichen-eater crawls across your living room window, it's probaby time to get out the squeegee. But I rescued it first:
Luffia ferchaultella
It has quite a comical crawl:

Just afterwards a Mompha langiella came to sit on me.
Today, a Phyllonorycter sp. landed on the house. I think messaniella given the time of year.


Thursday, 24 November 2016

New book!

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Xmas is a-coming!  Wonder if it is different enough?

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Feathered Thorns

Can someone tell me what is going on here please? These two were in the trap this morning. Both have broad, feathered antennae, so I take them to be males. Is such a large variation in size usual with this species?