Wednesday, 21 February 2018

staring at lichens

I was photographing lichens on an oak branch at Cnwc this morning when I realised there was a caterpillar on them.  I think it's a young Brussels Lace...

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Well done to others....

Well done Sam, Jane and Chris with your `start of the season captures` - all of you did rather well compared with my quite limited catch last night (19/2) at Pwll (chestnut, hebrew character, pale brindled beauty and common quaker); essentially the night turned too cold and clear here at the coast. I had actually previously trapped once about a month ago which, perhaps unsurprisingly, only yielded a handful of winter species (winter moth, early moth and dotted border).
Today was sunny and it made me think that we are on the cusp of spring, with three species of bumblebee and also hive bees all abroad and nectaring in the garden - winter flowering heather Erica carnea, crocuses and the borage-ally Trachystemon orientale being favoured plants. However, winter with icy Siberian winds is set to return by the start of next week....

Above: this Mompha (caught at my kitchen window one evening last week) certainly has the look of M. bradleyi (see photo on p.111 in Chris Manley`s British Moths, 2nd Ed).

Five of the Best

The five visitors to the trap last night were all FFYs (well, that's hardly surprising, it's only the second time I've trapped this year!)  Two were especially welcome: Satellite, only the 6th record here, the last one being in October 2013; the other a Red Sword-grass, 8th record, last seen in October 2017.

The other three species were Pale Brindled Beauty, Hebrew Character, and Chestnut.  I haven't included Agonopterix sp which is well out of reach up in the eaves, I'm not going to erect a platform just to confirm that it's A.heracliana!

Monday, 19 February 2018

New for Me

Oak Nicteoline in the trap last night, along with Dotted Border, Chestnut, Red Chestnut, the first Oak Beauties and Satellites (they were a day earlier last year) and Pale Brindled Beauties.
I will put the trap in a slightly different place tonight, protected by Matthews old fishing brolly on a post. Last year I found that lots of moths rested up in the brolly above the light.

more spring moths


On the night of the 18th February, Dotted Border (x10) replaced Pale Brindled Beauty as the most numerous moth at the Cnwc porch light.  Spring Usher (x2) and Red Chestnut (x1) were new for the year (for me).

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Moths, at last

It has been a chilly start to 2018, and aside from a few moths fluttering in the headlights I've seen no Macros at all.  However, the night of 17th February was mild, and this brought 7 species to the Cnwc-y-llwyn (Brechfa) porch light and windows: 9 Pale Brindled Beauty, 2 Dotted Border, 2 Early Moth, 1 Winter Moth, 1 Oak Beauty, 1 Mottled Grey and 1 Agonopterix heracliana.  I might try running the MV if we have another mild night soon.


Saturday, 10 February 2018

Angle Shades

Belated Happy New Year to all. After a miserable January and only 6 moths caught, we are now into an even more miserable February  and no sign of being able to trap.Very frustrating!
However, to cheer me up, this Angle Shades appeared upstairs, freshly emerged and perky. I think it must have been in seed compost, as I have tray of tomato seeds germinating close by.
I know its common but I always enjoy seeing them.