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Friday, 18 July 2014


1,753 moths of 203 species were counted/estimated this morning from 4 traps run overnight at Penclacwydd and with another dozen or so left to be id’d later, unsurprisingly this represents my best catch of the year. There were no major surprises, but the following list gives an indication of the numbers and highlights. As I had to be back by 9am, there wasn’t much time for photography, although I grabbed a few shots of some of the more interesting specs...

Yponomeuta sedella 1, Ypsolopha scabrella 1, Orthotelia sparganella 1, Agonopterix ocellana 1, Monochroa lucidella 1, Limnaecia phragmitella 30, Phtheochroa inopiana 44, Gynnidomorpha vectisana 2, Pandemis cinnamomeana 1, Cyclamen Tortrix 1, Lobesia abscisana 2, Epinotia bilunana 1, Gypsonoma sociana 2, Eucosma hohenwartiana 2, Pine Leaf-mining Moth 2, Pammene aurana 3, Chilo phragmitella 1, Calamotropha paludella 36, Agriphila selasella 7, Catoptria pinella 2, Donacaula forficella 4, Ringed China-mark 48, Eurrhypara lancealis 7, Ebulea crocealis 39, Endotricha flammealis 1, Lesser Cream Wave 12, Small Argent & Sable 1, Wood Carpet 1, Blue-bordered Carpet 1, July Highflyer 51, Scallop Shell 1, Slender Pug 5, Haworth's Pug 1, Toadflax Pug 1, Triple-spotted Pug 1, Bordered Pug 1, Narrow-winged Pug 1, Small Seraphim 5, Bordered Beauty 1, Brussels Lace 3, Bordered White 4, Swallow Prominent 1, Black Arches 5, Round-winged Muslin 5,  Buff Footman 9, Least Yellow Underwing 15, Dog's Tooth 1, Southern Wainscot 3, Svensson's Copper Underwing 2, Double Kidney 29, Dingy Shears 36, Slender Brindle 5, Double Lobed 5, Rosy Rustic 3, Bulrush Wainscot 2, Brown-veined Wainscot 5, Webb's Wainscot 3, Small Rufous 120, Scarce Silver-lines 1, Blackneck 1 & Marsh Oblique-barred 1.
Yponomeuta sedella
Orthotelia sparganella
Small Argent & Sable
Bordered Pug


  1. Barry, take a bow, my mind is boggling at the thought of counting and recording that number of moths in one session, I have found a couple of hundred challenging, it takes me all morning to deal with that modest number, and that's not including a couple of hours at dawn totting up the 'outsiders' and rescuing at least some of them before the birds arrive. Clearly I've a lot to learn.
    Your photo of Yponomeuta sedella minds me of my second summer of trapping here (2011) when I caught numerous Yponomeuta individuals and had great difficulty deciding on the species, gave up on them in the end I think, but I haven't had a single one since, and I'm struggling to explain their absence.

  2. Really well done Barry! I was trapping in SS59 last night too - not far away, at Glynea, Bynea. Had some good moths - will blog later.
    Have a go at SN50 sometime, perhaps at Llangennech saltmarshes ( I can advise where) - to boost the numbers of spp recorded.

  3. Christopher, running multiple traps does take its toll, but I've recovered from yesterdays session now and I'm ready for another if the weather's suitable. Great weather and time of year for productive trapping, so worth making the extra effort if you're able to. Yponomeutids can be rather erratic and some are impossible to id accurately, I'm sure you'll see some again before too long.

  4. Fabulous, Barry! Some of your counts are amazing - 29 Double-lobed! Vectisana and lucidella have few if any carms records.

  5. Quite a bonkers session - not had many nights that good before! Vectisana can occur on the saltmarsh in very large numbers, so no doubt that's where they wandered from? I'll email you the full list shortly - off to set a couple of traps tonight, though not so muggy...

  6. There are 2 previous Carms records of vectisana and 6 of lucidella - very nice to get such a good dataset from Penclacwydd.