Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Lighthouse Park

3 hours again tonight ENE 3  10°  partly cloudy. Just couldnt resist it.

Lime Hawkmoth × 1
Brimstone × 3
Hebrew Character × 3
Pebble Prominent × 1
Streamer × 1
Light Brown Apple Moth × 1
Twenty Plume × 1

Lighthouse park

Managed to get 3 hours with the actinic at home last night NNE 5  10°  light rain.

Brimstone moth ×1
Hebrew Character × 7
Common Quaker × 1
Clouded Drab × 2
Pebble Prominent × 1
Small Phoenix × 1
Herald × 1
 & this Scalloped Hazel

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

imperial park ST281841

When working the night shift. coffee breaks are spent looking under the factory security lights for moths resting on the building. Found this Chocolate-tip last night.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Lighthouse Park ST299815

Ran the actinic 21.4.14  2100 - 0315  27 moths of 16 species in on/off rain. 10° WSW 4
NFY
Lunar Marbled Brown
Grey/Dark Dagger agg
Sallow Kitten
V Pug


Friday, 18 April 2014

lighthouse park st299815

Four hours with the actinic tonight
Common Quaker × 5
Twenty Plume × 1
Flame Shoulder × 1
Pale Prominent × 1
Small Quaker × 1
Brindled Beauty × 1
Clouded Drab × 1
Pebble Prominent × 2
Hebrew Character × 1
Angle Shades × 1

Thursday, 17 April 2014

91 butterflies of 9 species - Uskmouth Transect 16th April

The transect was walked by Sheila between 11.45am and 14.45pm on Wednesday 16th April. Species diversity and abundance have dramatically increased on last week.


Brimstone - 1
Holly blue - 1
Red admiral - 1
Small tortoiseshell - 2
Comma - 2
Orange-tip - 10
Green-veined white - 21
Peacock - 22
Speckled wood - 31



Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Lower Ochrwyth - 15 April

MV produced 22 moths of 6 species included were 2 FFY: Water Carpet and Lesser Swallow Prominent. Otherwise, it was business as usual: Brindled Beauty x2; Common Quaker x12; Hebrew Character x4; Clouded Drab x2.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Monday, 14 April 2014

Ran the 4×30w actinic skinner at home ST299815 on 30.3.14 from 20.00 to 23.00 Clear ESE7 10°
Agonopterix Arenella × 1
Hebrew Character × 1
Early Grey × 1
Oak Beauty × 1
Small Eggar × 1
Tawny Pinion × 1
Small Quaker 
                                 

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Lower Ochrwyth - 11 April

The day had been glorious and I had been watching my first Swallows of the year at Butte Park, but the night proved to be cold and very quiet for moths. A clear sky and a bright moon didn't help. Just twelve moths of 5 species:
Herald
Brindled Beauty
Hebrew Character
Common Quaker
Clouded Drab

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Uskmouth Butterfly Transect 10th April

Sheila and her grand daughter, Claudia, walked the transect today. They were rewarded with the 1st butterfly they saw being a brimstone. This species is seldom seen at Uskmouth, although this year there have been several sightings suggesting that they might have bred here last year on the 5 alder buckthorns that have been planted around the reedbeds.
A total of 29 butterflies were seen of 6 species:
brimstone - 2
green-veined white - 2
peacock - 16
small tortoiseshell - 6
comma - 1
speckled wood - 2

Sunday, 6 April 2014

The Drinker - Uskmouth, Newport Wetlands


There were a number of these out on the phragmities, during brief periods of sunshine on Saturday.

Uskmouth Butterfly Transect, 1st April

A transect of approx. 2.5 miles is carried out every week from the 1st week in April until the end of September. The temperature must be above 13c and it mustn't be too windy, so finding a good day to do the transect is often tricky! The transect is carried out by Voluntary Warden, Sheila and its been done since 2002. Data is given to Butterfly Conservation and forms part of the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme.
As this website has now been adopted by the Monmouthshire Moth & Butterfly Group as their official website, I intend to post the transect results on a weekly basis. Here's the 1st one of 2014:
comma - 2, both nectaring on blackthorn blossom.
small tortoiseshell - 5
peacock - 13, many on sallow flowers.


If you are interested in starting a transect of your own, please contact Butterfly Conservation.