Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Lower Ochrwyth 29 May

Short session with MV produced 43 moths of 29 species.  New for the year: Pretty Chalk Carpet; Tawny-barred Angle; Buff Tip; Plain Golden Y; The Flame; Shuttle-shaped Dart; Tinea semifulvella; and, Udea olivalis.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

26 May Lower Ochrwyth

Another good catch with the MV - 107 moths of 44 species.  New for the year were:
Alder Kitten (4), White Ermine, Angle Shades, Alder Moth, Sandy Carpet, The Spectacle, Willow Beauty, Small Magpie and Clouded Silver.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

24 May - Lower Ochrwyth

A very productive night with MV.

Little Thorn (3), Orange Footman (3), V Pug, Red-green Carpet, Green Carpet, Flame Carpet, Common Carpet (6), Garden Carpet (2), Lesser Swallow Prominent (2), Pebble Prominent, Least Black Arches (2), Flame Shoulder (13), Brimstone (12), Peach Blossom (4), Small Phoenix (8), Waved Umber (2), Oak Hook Tip, Nut-tree Tussock (3), Tawny-barred Angle, Common Marbled Carpet (19), Figure of Eighty,  White-pinion Spotted (2), Hebrew Character, Common White Wave, Silver-ground Carpet (7), Eulia ministrana (3), Peppered Moth, May Highflyer, Light-brown Apple Moth (4), Brown Silver-line 94), Scalloped Hazel (2), Pale Tussock, Chiese Character, Yellow-barred Brindle (3), Scoparia ambigualis, Syndemis musculana (4), Heart & Dart, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Poplar Hawkmoth, Clouded Bordered Brindle (2), Knot Grass, Cream Wave (5), Pug spec.?

Moths=142 , species=43

Also first May Bug (3) of the season and a Scorpion Fly.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Home Farm, Caerleon

Actinic light trap - a better selection this morning, Waved Umber, Spruce Carpet, Green Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet  and Knot Grass were the newby's.

Spruce Carpet

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Could only manage Silver ground Carpet, Treble Line and a Brimstone in the trap at Home Farm, Caerleon this morning.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Getting better! 21st May

Increase in temperature and sunny weather during the day produced a better catch last night with MV.

Flame Shoulder x5
Common Marbled Carpet x2
Common Carpet x3
Pale Tussock
Light-brown Apple Moth
Nut-tree Tussock
Pebble Prominent
Tinea trinotella

16 moths of 9 species  

Saturday, 19 May 2012


A late afternoon visit to Tirpentwys near Pontypool produced 10+ Gorse Pod Moth (Cydia succedana) on the flowering gorse, but not a lot more and no sign of a single butterfly.  Around this time last year the site was buzzing with 7 species of butterfly, including Green Hairstreak and Small Copper - also, Burnet Companian.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Lower Ochrwyth 6 May

Set the MV up on Sunday night at Ochrwyth, but continued cold weather meant that the catch was very poor for this time of the year.

Flame Shoulder, Scalloped Hazel, Brindled Beauty, Hebrew Character (x2), Common Quaker.  Earlier in the day (when there was some sun-shine) a single Adela reaumerella.