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Monday, 25 September 2017

A rough diamond.

I did not trap on Saturday, having been in the Black Country all day and part of the night, so I put the MV trap in the garden at Cwmllwyd last night (Sunday 24th September) instead. It was raining quite heavily, so no egg trays were deployed outside the trap - I just relied on the Robinson trap working its magic unaided, while protected by the fishing umbrella. Consequently, the catch was quite small; just 45 moths of 22 species were found this morning, but there were a few that were worth mentioning, I think.

First sightings of the year included Pinion-streaked Snout, along with a couple of Flounced Chestnuts.

 Flounced Chestnut.

The Sallow is not too common up here: we never see more than two in any year and quite often none at all.


There were a couple of migrants - a Silver Y was seen feeding on Valerian during daylight, while the
rough diamond referred to in the heading was actually the jewel in the crown last night and a species I've not seen before:

The Gem.

Very pleased with that one!


  1. Well done Steve and well-deserved too.

  2. Nice one, Steve, a male I suspect. You should visit the Black Country more often if it brings you that sort of good fortune!