Tuesday, 23 May 2017


We put two traps out in our local oak woodland this weekend which produced 22 macro and two micro species (Scoparia ambigualis, Aphomia sociella).  We were delighted to catch the Miller after an absence of several years.  We also had our first May Highflyer for this year.

Carolyn & Evan


May Highflyer

Orange Footman

We were a bit disappointed to find the heavy drizzle at Ynys-hir this morning, but it was all worth it with 50 macro species plus a few escapees. The star was a first for both of us, an Orange Footman, only the third county record, the others being at Bontgoch in 2001 and Tregaron in 2007. With a wing length of 13mm and looking rather faded it looked like a small Buff Footman! The other special was a Dog's Tooth, only the 22nd county record with all but one from the Dyfi area, mostly Ynys-hir. Other firsts for us this year were Lunar Thorn, Elephant Hawk-moth, Coronet, Sandy Carpet, Grey Pine Carpet, Gold Spot and Marbled minor.
Tony & Ina

Monday, 22 May 2017

Coast path

Yesterday we had an excellent walk with Pete and Myra, in warm sunshine on the coast path north of Cei Bach beach at New Quay. The views were spectacular but we were concentrating mostly on the moths! We didn't see that many species but there were lots of Cream Wave, Speckled Yellow, Cydia ulicetana, and Nettle-tap. Also a Common Carpet, Red Twin-spot Carpet and Eudonia angustea. At the end of our walk there was a mass of flowering Thrift with Common Blue and Small Copper butterflies, our first Cinnabar of the year and the first Thrift Clearwing of the year, which made a brief visit to the pheromone lure.
Tony & Ina
Cream Wave

Speckled Yellow

Moths at Ynys-hir event

This Sunday the 28th we will have moths from the trap at RSPB Ynys-hir to view from 9am to 11am approximately.
Weather permitting we will be in the usual place on the car park.
Normal entry fees apply for anyone wishing to go on to the reserve.

Hopefully no Puffins ... see link. This is a photo on Facebook from Mark Cutts...look in the bottom right hand corner.


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Help needed on a micro moth

I found this micro moth today on the coastal path from Pwllgwaelod, Pembrokeshire (sorry it wasn't in Ceredigion, Ina).  I think it looks like Hysterophora maculosana but it was very worn and I am wondering whether there are any other micro moths that I should be considering?

Any ideas for this?

Feeding on nettle.

Cross Inn, Llanon

I am identifying these as Knot Grass and Common Carpet - unless somebody tells me otherwise! I seem to be getting worse and spend half my mornings dithering over the correct id of 2 moths. Practice will make perfect I'm sure but sometimes the more illustrations and photos I look at, the more confused I get.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Pen Dinas micros

Despite the strong breeze, there were several micros around the bottom of Pen Dinas this afternoon: Celypha lacunana, Pammene rhediella, Grapholita internana and one of my favourites, Micropterix aruncella.

Striped Twin-spot Carpet

Setting two traps last night in a nearby mixed woodland produced 16 macro species in spite of cold inclement weather.  The stars of the night were this Striped Twin-spot Carpet (a first for us) and a freshly emerged Green Silver-lines.

Carolyn & Evan
Striped Twin-spot Carpet

Green Silver-lines

Cross Inn Lychnis moth?

I hope that I have identified it correctly but it seems to be very light compared to a photo of one posted on the blog earlier this month. If it isn't Lychnis, perhaps somebody can point me in the right direction. Phil Dennis

Friday, 19 May 2017

Small Yellow Underwing

I found this moth today in Aberporth...

Small Yellow Underwing on a Daisy

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Cors Fochno

My 15W UV trap attracted a pleasing array of species at Cors Fochno last night. My species total of 28 was virtually the same as Tony's only a couple of miles away in Talybont but the species composition was very different reflecting the contrast in surrounding habitat. These included Fox moth, Grey Scalloped Bar, Light Knot Grass, Sallow Kitten, Poplar Grey and Ruddy Highflyer. Scalloped Hazel, Pale, Pebble and Lesser Swallow Prominents; Pebble and Scalloped Hook-tips; and, Poplar and Eyed Hawk-moths were also in the trap.


A good night in New Quay

41 macro species last night with the following new for the year :-


Iron Prominent

Chinese Character

Oak Hook-tip

Scorched Wing

Only 2 micros - one new for garden :-

Pseudoswammerdamia combinella

Cross Inn

After replacing the bulb in my trap I seem to be having rather more success.
Last night's catch was
White Ermine x 5,
Common Quaker
Lesser Swallow Prominent (a lifer for me)
Hebrew Character
May Bug

Can I take the opportunity to thank Chris, Tony and Ina for such an enjoyable and informative Sunday morning. It was lovely to meet people I hadn't seen for 2 years and to put a face to Peter.
Phil Dennis

Alder Moth & Shuttle-shaped Dart

We had 29 species in and around the garden trap this morning. Mostly the usual suspects but firsts for the garden this year were Alder Moth, Shuttle-shaped Dart, and 5 Peppered Moths. Others included Lobster moth, Buff-tip, Poplar Hawk-moth, Treble Lines, Iron Prominent, Red-green Carpet, Yellow-barred Brindle, Marbled Brown, and Common Plume.
Tony& Ina

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

An Interesting Blog!

Have a look at this if you have the time....the video reminded me of your Poplar Hawk, Chris!

Roby Milling blog

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Rhos Glendenys

Last nights trapping produced about a dozen species despite the wind and heavy rain for a time. Flame carpet, Poplar hawkmoth, Brimstone, Nut-tree tussock, Pale prominent, Hebrew character, Flame shoulder, Garden carpet, Small Phoenix & Oak-tree pug. White Shoulder housemoth.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Micropterix calthella

In the afternoon we had a walk near Bont Goch and found these Micropterix calthella feeding on the pollen of some buttercup flowers.

Carolyn & Evan
Micropterix calthella

Ruby Tiger

By contrast our garden trap produced some different moths including this beautiful freshly emerged Ruby Tiger.

Carolyn & Evan
Ruby Tiger
Poplar Hawkmoth
Pebble Prominent

Cream Wave

We set two traps again last night in a nearby mixed woodland and caught 15 macro species together with the longhorn, Nematopogon swammerdamella.  The high spot for us was this Cream Wave.   Other notable moths are pictured below.

Carolyn & Evan

Cream Wave (fl 15mm)
Scalloped Hook-tip
Yellow-barred Brindle

Tigers at Llawr Cwrt

Walked around Rhos Llawr Cwrt NNR with David Woolley, and found scores of Garden Tiger catepillars (60+) mostly feeding on the abundant Lousewort.

Pale Tussock

At least I hope it is.....someone please correct me if this isn't the case (I won't be offended!)

Friday, 12 May 2017

Day Fliers

At Cwm Soden yesterday (Thursday), I managed to see a Pearl-bordered Fritillary just before the first rain came. A number of Speckled Yellows were also on the wing. Today at Nant-y- Arian I came across a small concentration of Adela reaumurella flying around flowering bilberry plants in a sheltered hollow.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Lunar Thorn

From nearby oak woodland our first Lunar Thorn of the year was caught last night, just two days later than the same time last year.

Carolyn & Evan

Small Yellow Underwing

We saw a couple of these today in the hay meadow at Llanerchaeron NT, only the 7th county record since 2000.
Tony & Ina

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Nematopogon swammerdamella

Easy to ID (if you take a photo and send it to Ina!!) Today at Cwm Soden - what a handsome creature....


Lackey larvae at both Cwm Soden, and further along the coast at Llanrhystud. Also saw had a dozen Speckled Yellow at Cwm Soden but they were too flighty to photograph.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Rhos Glendenys 6 May 2017

Seemed to be a good night for trapping last night - 11C when I put the traps out and very little wind (which is unusual for round here!) Trapped about 60 I think - Brimstone, Flame Carpet, Nut-tree Tussock (thanks to Carolyn and Evan for the earlier photo), Early Tooth-striped, Flame Shoulder, Small Phoenix, Hebrew Character + a couple of unident pugs which were very flighty and escaped..... The photo is a Flame Shoulder, I can't seem to add a caption...

Marbled Coronet et al...

A good night by the coast last night, 31 species, 73 individuals.
Eight macros new for the year Buff and White Ermine, Marbled Coronet, Oak Hook-tip, Brindled Beauty (at last!), Pale Prominent, Lychnis, Rustic Shoulder-knot.
Three micros Scoparia ambigualis, Agonopterix arenella & Phyllonorycter geniculella. I was hoping for P.acerifoliella as there are Field Maple there... but alas not.
Ina and Tony
Agonopterix arenella

Brindled Beauty


Marbled Coronet

Oak Hook-tip

Pale Prominent

Phyllonorycter geniculella - 3.5mm

Rustic Shoulder-knot