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Saturday, 16 June 2018

Penclacwydd (13th and 15th June)

I have just started putting out a trap underneath the Heron's Wing Hide at Penclacwydd. As a bit of a beginner, I have been photographing the majority of moths and identifying them afterwards. So far I've had 50+ species, but I'm not really sure what's worth mentioning!

Over two sessions I have had 21 Elephant Hawkmoths, 2 Poplar Hawkmoths, Buff Arches, Spectacle, Buff Ermine, White Ermine, Small Angle Shades, Poplar Grey, Sharp-angled Peacock, Oblique Carpet, Uncertain, Middle-barred Minor, Green Carpet, Riband Wave, Peppered Moth, Gold Spot, Figure of Eighty, Common Swift, Brimstone, Beautiful Hook-tip, Barred Straw and so on...

I have a species list which I can send to anybody interested, as well as pictures of all the moths.


Beautiful Hook-tip

Poplar Hawkmoths


  1. Good stuff Edward. Of those you have listed, Figure of Eighty is probably pick of the bunch - only 66 recorded in Carms up to 2016. See Carms Moth list and Status' 2016 to the right of your Beautiful Hook-tip photo above. If you made a photo of that one, perhaps you could add it to your post.

  2. Welcome to the group, Edward, you've certainly made a cracking start at Penclacwydd, an impressive number of species already. Beautiful Hook-tip is pretty special, only 10 County records up to end of 2016 according to the list which Steve has drawn your attention to. I generally use the list to judge if a moth I've caught is at all special and, if so, I post a photo, I think that others probably do the same. Otherwise we might post one if it's a first sighting of the species for the year, or even if we just happen to get a particularly good image and want to show it off (not that often in my case!) Whatever, we will look forward to future contributions from your site.

  3. I hadn't realised how uncommon Beautiful Hook-tip is in Carms; that's probably because I've never seen one! By the way, Chris is spot on - most of my posts are just intended to be pretty pictures.

  4. Thanks for the helpful replies. Will definitely be using that spreadsheet.