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Friday, 2 September 2016


I trapped at my parents on monday night this week but have only just got around to getting photos off camera so apologies for the delay. The night started clearer than forecast but the trap was busy in the morning (though mainly with midges and brimstones) with 161 moths of 49 species in total. The highlight for me if it is confirmed was a hoary footman - it'll be a new moth for for me if that is indeed what it is:
Others new for the year were centre-barred sallow, rosy rustic, august thorn, small wainscot, flounced rustic, hedge rustic, feathered gothic and frosted orange.

There were a couple of migrants in the form of silver Y and rush veneer and other nice moths were august thorn, pebble hook-tip, oblique carpet, flame carpet, angle shades, sharp-angled peacock and a couple of late(?) clouded border.

Micros included brown china-mark, garden rose tortrix, Agriphila tristella, Mompha raschkiella, Acrobasis advenella, Blastobasis adustella, Epinotia nisella, Eudonia mercurella, Dipleurina lacustrata and Epermenia falciformis along with lots of Bactra sp. There was also this Elachista (?) that I would like help with please:
Non-moth interest was provided by 7 Nicrophorus investigator which thankfully (and surprisingly) weren't too pungent...


  1. Goodness me, that Hoary Footman is a remarkable record. I assume it has wandered in from the coast. It's good to have the photo as confirmation. From memory, Jon had one inland at Trawsmawr, and it is resident in the Wye Valley in Monmouthshire. Footmen seem prone to wandering, viz Four-dotted and Four-spotted.

  2. Well done Vaughn. I`ve had a wandering hoary footman just once here at Pwll, presumably from the NW Gower cliffs just opposite and across the estuary. This species is apparently also now starting to occur in SE English cities where the cleaner air is allowing lichens to thrive and also this moth to colonise `artificial cliffs` ie tall buildings.
    I wonder if it occurs at Carreg Cennen?
    I`m still thinking (obsessing?) of Portland moths...I bet that they`re at RAF Pembrey, where there`s plenty of Salix repens slacks amongst the dunes (ditto MoD Pendine)...but getting there is the problem!

  3. Thanks both, glad it was what I thought it was! No takers for the micro??