Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Dotted Fan-foot new for Gwent

On 22nd June, towards the end of the hot spell of weather that already feels like a distant memory, I trapped at Magor Marsh with Seb Buckton from Gloucestershire. Seb had endured a terrible journey to the site thanks to a lorry fire on the new Severn Bridge, but in the end he was glad he persevered...

Although it got a little dewy and cool under clear skies we recorded in the range of 140 species of moth between our 6 lamps (2 MVs and various actinic and LED traps). The clear highlight was recording four Dotted Fan-foot, not only new for VC35 but a new species for the whole of South Wales. This moth has been spreading west from its strongholds in the marshes of eastern England, but had only reached as far as Wiltshire so we weren't expecting it to be breeding in Wales yet (the fact we recorded four suggests local breeding is highly likely, especially given the habitat at Magor Marsh). Three of the four were found by torchlight while walking the boardwalks, rather than at the light traps.

Other highlights included several migrants - a Vestal, two Silver Y and three Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella - Scallop Shell, Cream-bordered Green Pea, Minor Shoulder-knot, Anania perlucidalis, Eudonia delunella, Crambus pratella, Gypsonoma sociana and Acleris comariana. We also recorded five Wainscot species (Obscure, Southern, Smoky, Striped and Common).

Scallop Shell
Cream-bordered Green Pea
Rush Veneer
Minor Shoulder-knot

Crambus pratella

Gypsonoma sociana

Friday, 24 June 2022

 Abergavenny garden

22nd June

A mild night at 13° produced 35 species, although again not in large numbers - 78 specimens total. Nothing new for us, but a few nice species including Swallow-tailed moths, Light Arches, Scarce Silver-lines, Blood Vein, Clouded Border and a Scarlet Tiger (the latter 3 figured here).

Blood Vein (1), Bright-line Brown eye (2), Brimstone Moth (2), Brown Silver-line (1), Clouded Border (1), Common Emerald (1), Common Footman (1), Currant Pug (1), Dark Arches (6), Double-striped Pug (2), Elephant Hawkmoth (3), Flame (2), Flame Shoulder (1), Foxglove Pug (2), Grey Dagger (1), Heart & Dart (13), Large Yellow Underwing (6), Light Arches (1),  Light Emerald (2), Marbled Minor (1), Marbled Minor agg. (4), Mottled Beauty (1),  Riband Wave (3), Rufous Minor (1), Scarce Silver-lines (1), Scarlet Tiger (1), Setaceous Hebrew Character (1), Single-dotted Wave (1), Snout (1), Straw Dot (1), Swallow-tailed moth (4), Sycamore (1), Treble Brown Spot (2), Uncertain (5), Willow Beauty (1)

A Painted Lady appeared in our front garden on 2nd and 10th June, both times settling for some time on the mass of Blue Star Creeper covering our 'lawn'.

Highlights from RSPB Newport Wetlands moth reveals 10th June and 17th June

 Overnight 10th June 2022, not the best haul due to the excessive wind overnight  but still 32 species in the trap  the main highlight being an L-album Wainscot and the first Lesser Yellow Underwing.

The following week on the night of 17th June the conditions appeared perfect and I was not disappointed with the trap full of moths, a total of 473 miths of 88 species but the only migrant being a Rush Veneer. Highlights included 62 Obscure Wainscots, 2 Blacknecks, Lunar-spotted Pinion, Figure of Eighty, and Cream-bordered Green Pea and Bordered Beauty.

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Daytime Observations, Newport Wetlands NNR, 21st June 2022

Yesterday I saw 4 Marbled Whites, 3 Painted Ladies, one Red Admiral, several fresh Commas, one fresh Common Blue, several fresh Small Tortoiseshells, 8 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnets, several Large Skippers, numerous Meadow Browns and Ringlets, a rather late Drinker caterpillar and a rather small Oak Eggar caterpillar.

Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet

Large Skipper

Forecast is for 19c at midnight tonight and 16c at dawn in Newport - get you traps on!

Redhouse Barns, Goldcliff, Newport Wetlands NNR 

I ran the Robinson MV overnight. This morning I recorded 48 species. High-lights were:
2 Cream-bordered Green Pea, 1 Brussel's Lace, 1 Scallop Shell, 4 Elephant Hawkmoth, 2 Poplar Hawkmoth and a Magpie Moth. 

Scallop Shell

Cream-bordered Green Pea

Magpie Moth

Poplar Hawkmoths

Brussel's Lace

New for the year were:
 Thistle Ermine, 3 Clouded Silver, Grey/Dark Dagger, 2 Burnished Brass, The Fan-foot, Dingy Shears, Udea prunalis. and Poplar Grey.

Burnished Brass


Uskmouth Reedbeds, 21st June 2022

I ran an 18watt Actinic Skinner trap overnight in the reedbeds. This morning I recorded 12 species, including: 23 Obscure Wainscots. 1 Black-neck. 1 Elephant Hawkmoth, 1 Triple-spotted Clay and 1 Striped Wainscot.

Striped Wainscot

Obscure Wainscots

Triple-spotted Clay

St Julian's, 20th June 2022 

Sheila and I ran the Robinson MV overnight. In the morning we recorded 34 species. New for the year were: 1 Swallow-tailed, 1 Early Thorn, 1 Barred Yellow, 1 Pine Carpet, 1 Green Pug, 1 Double-square Spot, 1 Common Emerald, 2 Anania coronata 1 Lime-speck Pug and 1 Buff Arches. There were also 7 Elephant Hawkmoth, 1 Poplar Hawkmoth and 4 Obscure Wainscots.

Barred Yellow

Swallow-tailed Moth

Green Pug

Anania coronata

Double Square-spot

Pine Carpet