Friday, 23 August 2013

Black Rock, near Portskewett- 22 August
Conditions- Mild, dry and mostly clear with near full moon.
Temperature range: 21c falling to 17c.
Richard Clark, Kevin Dupe and myself saw plenty of Brimstone and various types of  'Underwings' on this mild, dry and relatively calm evening.
It was a far cry from the last visit to this location to record moths when the weather took a turn for the worst when storms blew up giving thunder and lightning and some heavy bursts of rain which made things very difficult indeed.
No such worries this time as very few clouds were around.
Below are pictures of just a few of the moths recorded. (In some cases 'flash' was used and this may not reflect actual colours).
Highly likely to be an 'Saltern Ear'.  

Centre-barred Sallow (Atethmia centrago)

Black Arches (Lymantria monacha)


  1. Nice, was the Ear easy to genitalia examine?

  2. We didn't carry out genitalia examination, so we don't know for sure that it was a saltern ear. It came to an LED trap placed at the top of the saltmarsh, so it seems likely that it was, but I except that I could be wrong in my assumption. I called it as saltern ear, but should have said "possible saltern ear". Nick - perhaps you could change the text to "ear species"?