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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Somewhere different

Ian is of course right about the need to get out and about with the moth trap to see new moths (recent Comment). I trapped last night at Felin y coed, between Taliaris and Cwm Ifor, home of Mike and Kate Jenkins.  A range of woodland and damp meadow habitats. Caught about 160 moths of 45 species  -  thanks to Kate and Lowri for help handling the catch so I could get off to work on time!  Unexpectedly at the top of the table was Brussels lace (26), followed by blood-vein (16), double line (15) and clouded border and buff ermine on 10.  Most of the rest 5 or fewer, including scorched wing, gold spot, campion and oblique carpet.  Later in the morning, before the rain set in, a handful of meadow browns and ringlets in meadows south of Whitland.


  1. Well done Mat!...and good species to have in your `top three`! I do preach about the value of trapping away from home as the latter can become repetitive, with the same regulars in the catch- though surprises can occur and migration years [the last back in 2006] will bring `goodies`. Ask friends if they will `host` your trap, especially if there`s good habitat around or do as I do, and get traps running off motorbike batteries. The traps are left overnight [put out late, and collected early] and unusual habitats can be trapped that way....with scarce/rare moths being the prize. With care and good practice, one can select sites that are visible to mothy habitats but not from roads etc. Only once I`ve had a trap tampered with [the battery was nicked], but that was on a kamikaze mission, trapping on a brownfield site in the most socially deprived part of Llanelli. There was also another time when a stag had a fight with my trap at Gelli Aur, with the wiring dragged some distance [but repairable in seconds]. 99% of the time, `away from home trapping` is no problem, except sleep deprivation.

  2. Sorry Guys 'n Gals, but spare a thought for those of us that, for one reason or another, can't trap outside our own property (or only very rarely). Nice as it must be to see different species that I don't get here, it still gives me great pleasure to have some of the familiar ones (Puss Moth, for example, sadly not this year though). I still think that we can provide valuable data from a single site by monitoring the fluctuations from year to year, however relatively boring that might seem. And every now and then something unusual crops up; Both Sally and I (I believe we're the only ones who trap in this area of North Carms.) have found populations of, for example, Cloaked Carpet, that had not hitherto been known to exist. Hopefully this will continue to happen from time to time, and the thought of the unexpected will keep us going!

  3. Point taken absolutely Chris. Most of my trapping is the regular GMS at home, and last year I don't think I did any elsewhere (blame the weather). I'm a bit of a 'population man' myself and like to see how things change at a site over the years - not really a moth twitcher, but nice to see something when it does turn up (same with my birding). Having said that I was astonished to get all those Brussels lace in the trap...!