Sunday, 16 November 2014

Cwmllwyd 14 & 15 November 2014

The MV trap attracted just two Feathered Thorns between 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. on Friday, when I retrieved it as rain was pouring down.

I decided to try one final time last night (Saturday), as the sky was clear - too clear really; a very starry night. I didn't expect too much success. I saw no activity at the trap at all before retiring for the night and this morning I found that rain had fallen in the early hours. I was rewarded with just three moths: a Red-line Quaker, December Moth (which was my target for all this nonsense; so I'm well pleased with that) and only the second record of Red Sword-grass at Cwmllwyd - the first was in March 1997 and was actually among the very first moths seen following our move here the previous month!

Red Sword-grass.

I think that's probably the end of the season for me; I've had a really good year: see you again in 2015 and Happy Christmas one and all!


  1. Well done Steve. Please email me counts for both nights and I'll add them to my dataset, as I've already imported your Cwmllwyd records for 2014.

    I had 2 Feathered Thorn, 2 Mottled Umber and 1 Epirrita sp here last night.

  2. Yes, good effort Steve. I looked out yesterday evening, saw the stars, and decided not to bother!