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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Mild Night at Maenol

The MV/Actinic trap combination produced a strange outcome insofar as there was a high ratio of species to numbers (31/56).  FFYs were Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, White Ermine (only the fourth instance of this species being recorded here in April), Lesser Swallow Prominent, Pale Prominent, Pale-shouldered Brocade, and amongst the micros Parornix sp. and Coleophora sp.  Conditions didn't put micros off here, others in the catch were Pseudoswammerdamia combinella, Semioscopis steinkellneriana 2, Parsnip Moth 3, Twenty-plume Moth 2, and several of the small grey Elachista types.

     Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet             Pale-shouldered Brocade

                    Parornix sp.                                   Coleophora sp.

Sadly the last two will have to remain non-specific, although I did catch a Parornix with very similar features on a couple of occasions last year.


  1. I`m undergoing a `micro-famine` here, Chris.
    Semioscopis is a moth that I`ve not had yet - ever!

  2. Very few micros here either, and I have promised myself that I will make a bigger effort with them this year, as with pugs!!!
    I had a White Ermine on 22 April, had not dawned on me how early it was.

  3. Jane (and others) - I strongly recommend `Pug Moths of North-west England` by Brian Hancock ISBN 978-1-9997312-3-6 (2018), £15, available from Atropos Books.
    VERY user-friendly with great i/d tips. Also see link to the right on this blog (Pugs of Lancashire), though the new book is better.