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Saturday, 28 March 2020

Another Cold Clear Night

Not the cloud cover that I was hoping for last night, but even so there were a few moths about. Eleven species were recorded including this FFY Diurnea fagella:

Friday, 27 March 2020

Mompha divisella?

Found indoors this morning (at Ffairfach). I would be grateful for species I.D. from those who are better with micros than I am - that includes everyone in Carms Group!

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Hummingbird hawk-moth at Burry Port

Seen and photo`d by Mark Rees yesterday (25/3). Posted on Twitter by Andrew Lucas.

A nice find! - I wonder if any other migrants are around?


Wednesday, 25 March 2020

The night of the early greys

It was my first `proper trap` of 2020 last night (24/3) with cloud forecast, but later the skies cleared and it went cold. Consequently, I was not over-optimistic when I approached the actinic trap this morning. Eight species were present, mostly in the 1-3 number range, but early greys excelled with 17 individuals. The `best` moth was a single (rather tatty) pine beauty.
Brimstone butterflies (males) regular all week in my garden, plus peacocks and small tortoiseshells; also my first bee-flies Bombylius major yesterday.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Ffairfach 22 Jan 2020

The newly converted Robinson trap was put to the test last night. It has been converted from a 120 watt mercury vapour lamp to a 22 watt actinic, to avoid conflict with neighbors (strange beasts, neighbors - we haven't had any of those for over 20 years: it may take them a little time to adjust!).

We were not overwhelmed by the quantity of moths found in the trap this morning; just 4 Hebrew Characters and one Early Grey, but all were in pristine condition, and anyway, when was the last time you had a really good look at a Heb Char - cracking little moth!

Some warmer nights expected soon, so now we can hit the ground running!

P.S. Common Plume disturbed today while mowing the lawn: me wielding the mower, not the moth.

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Northern Drab at Pembrey Country Park, 22/3/20

I took advantage of what seemed a reasonable chance for a moth or two on the edge of  the woodland in Pembrey Country Park.

Just six moths after what was a chilly night with Oak Beauty, Hebrew Character, a believed Northern Drab and a worn Chestnut.

Oak Beauty

 Northern Drab

Monday, 24 February 2020

The First Moth of the Year!

I disturbed this Agonopterix heracliana from hibernation in my potting shed yesterday.  And yes, it's the first moth I've seen this year, on February 23rd!

I have been prepared to put a trap out but suitable conditions have yet to arrive.