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Saturday, 31 December 2016

The last trap of 2016

As the weather conditions last night (30/12) were quite settled, cloudy and relatively warm, I set up one mains actinic in the garden at Tyrwaun, Pwll. The trap (and surrounds) was dominated by mottled umbers of which 11 were caught; also a red-green carpet was resting on the exterior of the trap and a solitary December moth was inside.

                                           Above: last night`s single December moth, a male.

Below I offer a selection of the different colour forms of mottled umbers that were present in and around my trap:

It won`t be long before the days will be lengthening and the signs of spring appearing, so do n`t forget to trap on mild nights in February-March. For those of you who have n`t already done so, please send your 2016 moth records to the County Recorder, Sam Bosanquet, as soon as possible.


  1. Good stuff, Ian. I had a couple of Mottled Umbers on the window last night, too. I'm not going to do any more mothing this year, though: they will just have to wait until 2017.

    A Happy New Year to you and all supporters of Carmarthenshire Moth and Butterfly Group.

  2. Thanks Steve. I`m not trapping tonight, the last night of 2016, as the weather is n`t too grand for trapping and I`ve gone down with a heavy cold. I`m now looking forward to the Spring! Happy New Year to you too and the other Carms `regulars`. In conjunction with Sam, the next Newsletter, with highlights of 2016, will be out before the main trapping season.