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Saturday, 4 March 2017

Keeping up with Vaughn...

Dual-county moth enthusiast Vaughn Matthews traps quite regularly during the week in Glamorgan (mostly due to the location of his work) and also on occasion in his home county of Carmarthenshire on the weekends.
Earlier in the week he trapped at Parc Slip in Glamorgan, catching a modest number of seasonal moths, including yellow-horned, a species associated with birches. The weather forecast last night (3/3) was fairly suitable, so I put out one trap in the garden at Tyrwaun, Pwll.
I had 8 species of moth, including my target - yellow-horned - with the rest being March moth 1, oak beauty 1, pale brindled beauty 1, common quaker 6, twin-spottted quaker 1, Hebrew character 2, and a Caloptilia sp. (to be looked at later). I had 3 yellow-horneds, probably emanating from extensive birch scrub to the south of the garden (or from a nearby hillside).

Above: the yellow-horneds, brought indoors due to a heavy shower. Note (click on pic to enlarge) the yellow antennae (the `horns`).

                      Above: the distinctive March moth, phot`d outdoors, before the rain came!
                                                          Above: twin-spotted quaker.

The mothing season has started so, if you wish to catch the early season moths, consider dusting off your traps and put them out on appropriate nights.


  1. I think it's me that struggles to keep up with you Ian! Good work - I'll try and trap again in Carms one of these days...

  2. It`ll be great if you can do some sites in your home patch N of Llandeilo in 2017 Vaughn...perhaps a Wildlife Trust reserve such as Talley. Talking of such sites, if ever the opportunity occurs, the further-afield Cors Goch Llanllwch is crying out for some moth survey work - perhaps your bosses may allow you to do so?
    My Caloptilia last night (I`ve since looked at it) was C. elongella, with light brown hind-legs; a couple of weeks ago I had C. betulicola, with whitish hind-legs.