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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Good night!

Although only 46 species were trapped in the garden at Cwmllwyd in a total count of 128 moths last night (Monday 25th June), I was happy with the catch, for there were pristine specimens of many species and with 12 FFY. Highlights among these included Large Emerald, Dark Arches, Brown China-mark, Six-striped Rustic, Pinion-streaked Snout and Northern Spinach. Pick of the crop was, undoubtedly, Gold Spangle - a species new to me.

Beautiful markings and colour on this Poplar Hawk

Northern Spinach

Large Emerald

2nd this year - Striped Wainscot

Gold Spangle


  1. A nice SE wind might blow a few of those up here. Not sure that I would include Dark Arches in that comment, this species, EHM & LYE gave the other moths a bit of a pounding in my trap last. night.

  2. I must try to trap this week (with some house-moving hassles slightly abating). Even though the night skies are clear, it`s warm enough to catch `good` moths, so worth trying. Keep up the good work Steve.

  3. A nice selection Steve, I noticed that Ian had Striped Wainscot a few days ago and assumed that it was a coastal species, apparently not, have you had one before?

  4. Yes, Chris, a Striped Wainscot showed here on 12th June this year. Dr Waring has its habitat as marshes, fens, boggy heathland and acid grassland.