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Monday, 25 November 2019

Acleris schalleriana?

Found today at Ffairfach on my rain jacket. I don't know whether in had been hibernating in there, or was picked up during an outdoor task today. Comments as to identification will be much appreciated.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019


I've been trapping on as many nights as possible over the last fortnight, catching the usual autumn species, December Moths, Satellite, lots of Red Sword-grass, November Moths by the score, Feathered Thorns,  Green Brindled Crescents, etc, but  very few Mottled Umber so far.
I popped the trap out again last night and amongst the very small catch was a Sprawler, such a lovely moth. I must, I thought, put a pic on the blog.  I can't use my Ipad to post pics - (computer say No), so use the PC. We have a very new PC..... its taken nearly an hour to log back on here having fought passwords, Google Blogger, more passwords. default accounts and a strong desire to chuck everything out of the window, so please enjoy these blood, sweat and tears pictures!!!!!!!

Friday, 25 October 2019

The Last Two Nights

I've been trying out a new trap, 20W mains actinic, small white Skinner-type box.  Very easy to set up, the plug goes through the letter box to a socket in the hall.  A handful of common seasonal species: Green-brindled Crescent and November Moth types the commonest, Pine Carpet, Spruce Carpet, Feathered Thorn, a few Green- and Red-line Quakers, Red-green Carpet, and several FFY Lunar Underwings.

Not very exciting, but I keep trying!  Not tonight though, very soggy, and the next few days don't sound too promising either.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

From a spinning on willow...

This Acleris hastiana emerged recently from a larval spinning found on Creeping Willow at Pembrey Forest in August. A smart form of one of our most variable moths, which breeds commonly on a range of willow species. Always nice to see though.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Wood Store Plume

It seems that my new wood store might produce the occasional moth for me, this one flew out and landed on the wall close by.  Fortunately it stayed put long enough for me to fetch the camera.

I believe that it's a Beautiful Plume (Amblyptilia acanthadactyla)

Rusty-dot pearl

For what it`s worth, a rusty-dot pearl was on the wall near my front door this morning (9/10), and very obvious against a white background.

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Last night`s trap...

I made a token gesture of putting a single mains actinic trap out last night (Friday 4/10) and exactly a dozen species of autumn moths were present this morning, including my first Blair`s shoulder- knot of the season.

                                                      Above: Blair`s shoulder-knot.