Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Micros in Burry Port

Tachystola acroxantha seems quite firmly established near my garden, so when I found three in the trap I decided to go for an ambitious triple moth shot. Of course they legged it, though I relocated two in the conservatory.

 I also found two Blastobasis lacticolella/decolorella - a bit different from my usual adustella visitors.
And finally a micro I couldn't identify - is it a Crambid? Or Diurnea? I don't know.

Monday Night at Maenol

MV and Actinic traps were used last night and the returns were modest considering the favourable conditions.  59 moths of 22 species turned up, the highlights being second generation Brussels lace, Satellite, FFY Mottled Umber, and a Tortrix which I believe to be Acleris sparsana:

                      Satellite                                     Brussels Lace

                Mottled Umber                               Acleris sparsana


Monday, 15 October 2018

Worth trapping tonight?

After missing out on migrant rarities over the last few nights, I set out the garden traps on Sunday night (14/10). Apart from several; silver ys, no migrants were present but the ever-attractive merveille de jour provided some consolation, along with typical early October species.
Last night was mostly clear and rather cold with NW winds - tonight (Monday) may be better as it is overcast all night, with easterly winds.

                                                      Above: last night`s `Merv`.

POSTSCRIPT: I did trap on Monday night  (15/10) and weather conditions were good. Approaching 25 spp in the trap this morning with migrants represented by 17 silver ys, 1 rusty-dot pearl and a small mottled willow; sadly nothing rarer. Feathered thorn and red-green carpets as FFYs; 7 large wainscots and 2 `Mervs`.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

More moth magic at Graig Farm, Llandovery

Stephen Ruttle has just sent me this photo of Antigastra catalaunalis from last night`s (13/10) trapping session at Graig Farm. Another first class record of this rare migrant from the tropics and southern Europe - and a NCR - from Graig.
Well done Stephen - I`m jealous!

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Heavy Weather.

The forecast said dry(ish), but we were visited by very heavy rain for most of the night at Cwmllwyd on Wednesday (10th October). Even so, there were 64 moths of 16 species in the trap this morning, with 4 of them FFY. These were November Moth (agg.), Feathered Thorn, Chestnut and pick of this small bunch, its close relative - Dark Chestnut:

Help with this Wainscot please

This little chap was in the trap this morning, it has the wrong shaped wings for Small Wainscot and I'm stumped.
Probably having a dense moment and turning two pages at once!

Trapping at Rhandirmwyn

I've managed to trap 6 times this month. Had 4 new moths, Sallow, Beaded Chestnut, (at least I believe that's what it is), Pine Carpet and what I hope is Blair's Shoulder Knot. Lots of Black Rustic, Silver Y, Green brindled Crescent and Red Green Carpet too. Red and Yellow line Quakers have made an appearance, and 4 Dark Sword Grass on the wind last night.
                                                     Beaded Chestnut???
Pine Carpet
                                                     Blair's Shoulder Knot