Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Talybont garden

Returns from the garden trap have been rather poor recently so we went all out with an MV light last night. The results were no better with 4 moths: Grey Shoulder-knot, Large Wainscot, Silver Y and Red-green Carpet.  More excitement came from the scuffling and tapping noises from a rain water down pipe not far from the trap. We managed to lift the pipe enough to release a Great tit, which flew off apparently unharmed.
Tony & Ina

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Pearly Underwing

From the garden moth trap last night:
Pearly Underwing

Third National Moth Night (of 3)

Not a great deal of Ivy still flowering but traps close by Ivy in woodland produced 27 (minimum) macro species. These included the 6th record of Tawny Pinion in the county - 3 of these were last year. Most numerous - 94 Chestnut, 56 Red-green Carpet & 56 Yellow-line Quaker.
Six micro species including the second Diurnea lipsiella, the first was in the RIS trap at Tregaron.
Also at least 10 Hornets, not as placid as they usually are.  Ina & Tony
Amblyptilia punctidactyla

Diurnea lipsiella

Grey Shoulder-knot

Tawny Pinion

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Streak at Llanon

The Streak, Chesias legatella, is a nationally common species which is quite uncommon in Ceredigion. Since 2000 there have been only 14 county records, and only 61 records in total. This may be due to lack of its foodplant, Broom, which is described as being "rather sparsely distributed" in the "Flora of Cardiganshire". This latest record comes from Matthew Cock at Llanon, where he had 2 records last year and 1 in 2012.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Eglwys Fach

Twenty species on RSPB land last night, including Flounced Chestnut, Chestnut, Brindled Green, Merveille du Jour and Hypatima rhomboidella. Most numerous macro was Red-green Carpet and most numerous micro Epinotia ramella.

Brindled Green

Hypatima rhomboidella

Merveille du Jour

Red-line and Yellow-line Quakers getting cosy!

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Cosmopolitan Aberystwyth

There was little actually in the garden trap last night, but the fence next to it was popular, attracting Cosmopolitan and Pearly Underwing:

A supporting cast of Rush Veneer and Silver Ys suggested a good night for migrants, and two Blair's Shoulder Knots were my first of the year.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Ynyslas dunes

Two Heath traps on the dunes last night caught 14 species of macro moth and 1 micro. Most numerous were Square-spot Rustic. Others included Black Rustic, Angle Shades, Green Carpet, Snout, Silver Y, Pink-barred Sallow, Red-line Quaker (first for year), Anomalous (first for year), Feathered Ranunculus (first for me in Ceredigion).
Tony & Ina
Feathered Ranunculus


Red-line Quaker

Black Rustic

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Silver Y on Ivy

As a prelude to National Moth Night next month we found this Silver Y feeding on Ivy flowers whilst looking for some leaf mines for Ina today.

Carolyn & Evan

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Flounced Chestnut

Two traps in our nearby mixed woodland last night produced 17 macro species including this Flounced Chestnut, Black Rustic and the first sign of autumn - two Mottled Umber.

Carolyn & Evan

Flounced Chestnut
Mottled Umber

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Bulrush Wainscot at Ynys-hir

At last a decent night for moth trapping. Three actinic traps in the woodland at the RSPB reserve, gave us 17 macro species and 6 micros. Of the 110 moths Snout was the most numerous, followed by Common Marbled Carpet, Red-green Carpet, Brimstone and Pink-barred Sallow. Both Copper Underwing and Svensson's were identified but some slipped through the fingers. Others included: Purple Bar, September Thorn, Gold Spot, Spruce Carpet, Double-striped Pug, V-pug, Pinion-streaked Snout. Best of all was a Bulrush Wainscot, only the 6th record for the site, last one was in 2011.
Tony & Ina
Bulrush Wainscot

Gold Spot



Pink-barred Sallow

Friday, 15 September 2017

Broom Moth Larva

I spent much of yesterday with Butterfly Conservation help, checking for Marsh Fritillary larval webs on Rhos Llawrcwrt NNR. Paul Gadsby found and photographed this Broom Moth Larva.  I don't recall seeing one before though the moth turns up in my trap at home from time to time.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Frosted Orange

We had 4 Frosted Orange when trapping near Plwmp on Monday night. It is not uncommon in Ceredigion, with 340 records, but it was omitted from my document on the macro moths of Ceredigion.
Frosted Orange

Records for 50 years to 2015

Distribution map

Knot Grass

On a biological recording day at a site near Plwmp, we found a caterpillar which was later identified as a Knot Grass. A trap set close to where it was found managed to catch an adult Knot Grass. There are only a few county records for second generation adults, and this is the latest ever seen.
Tony & Ina

Friday, 8 September 2017

Scarce Bordered Straw, Aberporth

From the garden moth trap 3rd September (sorry for the late posting) - 101 moths (of 21 species) but 59 of these were Setaceous Hebrew Characters.  A Scarce Bordered Straw was a new moth for me and other migrants were a Silver Y and a Rusty-dot Pearl.  One of my favourite moths also turned up, a Canary-shouldered Thorn - I didn't record any last year.  I also had a Hummingbird Hawkmoth visiting the Nicotiana in the garden yesterday, bringing my records for this species to 14 this year.

Scarce Bordered Straw 
Canary-shouldered Thorn

Monday, 4 September 2017

Autumnal Rustic

Another sign that Autumn is near, this Autumnal Rustic in the trap at Ynys-hir this morning. It was a nice shade of pink on the leading edge of its wings. The first warm night for some time but the catch was a bit disappointing with only 92 moths of 34 species in two traps. Others included: Hedge Rustic, Purple Bar, Oblique Carpet, only 2 Large Yellow Underwing, Peach Blossom, Engrailed, and Spruce Carpet.
Tony & Ina

Live Moth Trapping event on Pen Dinas this Saturday from 8pm!

Dear all,
You are invited to a live Moth Trapping event on Pen Dinas this Saturday (the 9th) from 8pm.  Ina and Tony will be running their light at the base of Pen Dinas, in the area known as "Spencer's Sheds", which is on the very end of Felin-y-mor Road, where it becomes a turning circle. 
This is a chance to see what's flying in our local nature reserve, and to bring the family along to see just how colourful and fascinating our night-time visitors can be.
Please wrap up warmly and bring yourself a torch.  There is very limited parking in the turning circle area, so if you do drive, please consider parking further back along Felin-y-mor, as there is plenty of on-street parking available. 
If you are able to share these posters amongst your networks, I would be very grateful.
Hope to see you there,
Chloe Griffiths
The Nature of our Village project
Penparcau Community Forum

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Dart and Peacock

Two new moths for me in the garden trap last night:
Square-spot Dart (I think)
and Sharp-angled Peacock (I think)
The supporting cast included Narrow-winged Pug and (very worn) Rusty-dot Pearl.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Garden Carpets at Llawrcwrt

There were two Garden Carpets in the trap a week ago. One appears to be f. thules, the northern form. Is this widely found in Ceredigion or is it an indication that climate warming has gone into reverse?

Scarce Bordered Straw

This migrant moth doesn't reach Ceredigion very often and was a first for me last night. 11 of the 18 county records are from Ynys-hir in the hot summer of 2006, but there are only 4 records since then.
Also had my first Sallow of the year, Autumn must be near!.
Scarce Bordered Straw


Sunday, 27 August 2017

Gold spot and micros

After a long trip abroad (with many as-yet-unidentified moths!), it was good to get the garden trap out again this weekend. Highlights were a Gold Spot, Canary-shouldered Thorn and Azalea Leaf-miner.
And something that I think I should recognise ... but don't:
The jagged cross-lines seem to point towards Ostrinia nubilalis.

At Nanteos yesterday, this more easily identified Nemapogon clematella:

Saturday, 26 August 2017


We set two traps in our nearby mixed woodland last night.  A good catch included two significantly declining moths - Anomalous & Hedge Rustic - and a Barred Hook-tip no doubt linked to the nearby beech plantation.

Carolyn & Evan
Anomalous (m)

Anomalous (f)

Hedge Rustic
Barred Hook-tip