No trapping here last night but this Plume turned up in my polytunnel this morning:
I suspect that it might be a Brindled Plume, it's very grey. Can that be confirmed, please?
I had more vestals than silver ys in the trap last night (Fri 18/9), but when there was only a single silver y, that`s not too hard to achieve. A small mixture of early autumn residents were also present.
`Old blue wings` (you know what I mean!) did n`t turn up again last night and there was nothing of note migrant-wise (though the silver y numbers had increased slightly). I was, however, a little surprised to see a moth that is markedly associated with sandy shores make an appearance, as my current garden is, to my mind, inland, suburban and abuts woodland. `As the moth flies`, it is 3/4 ml inland, whereas my previous Pwll garden was much less than 1/4 ml inland, so a couple of records of the same moth at that latter garden was not unexpected and, anyway, I`d also caught it along immediately adjacent parts of the Pwll-Burry Port coast. The moth in question was a shore wainscot - photos below, including a shot of a fore-wing gently teased open to show the white hind-wing.
I put a single actinic trap out last night (Weds, 15/9) and was pleased to see some evidence of migratory species. That big, beautiful moth with blue hind-wings still evades me but 5 silver y`s, a rusty-dot pearl and a vestal provided a tiny amount of compensation. Some autumnal resident moths are also starting to make an appearance.
The return from my two actinic traps last night was a modest one, but not without interest. Notable records were August Thorn, Brindled Green, and Brown-spot Pinion:
Black Rustic was another FFY, I'm sure that there will be more of them to come. There was a Dark Sword-grass on the wall near one trap last night, and one in the trap this morning, it may have been the same moth. I will assume so. Seven Silver Ys were recorded, hardly surprising since there were several in the garden yesterday on the Red Valerian and Buddleia, along with countless Small Tortoiseshell butterflies. I've never seen so many!
Stop Press: Arfon Williams reports the capture of another Clifden nonpareil last night (10/9), at his garden moth trap in north Carmarthenshire - the 3rd county record of this magnificent moth. A `hat-trick` of three rare moths for Arfon within three days - a real achievement.
Postscript: Arfon has now provided a great photo of this beautiful and charismatic moth, which is shown below.
My trap last night was again very mediocre - low numbers and low variety - though I did have a migrant........one silver y!