Thursday, 29 September 2016

Haisbro Avenue, Newport, 27th September 2016

Sheila and I ran the MV over-night. In the morning, just after the light had gone off, but before we could check it, one of our Main Coon cats jumped onto the trap, knocking one of the plastic rain-guard veins onto the bulb, cracking the bulb and melting the vein. Some of the moths escaped and flew off. Despite this, we had a pretty good catch of 46 moths of 20 species. High-lights were a Large Ranunculus, a Pinion-streaked Snout, a Large Wainscot, the first Blair's Shoulder-knot of the autumn, an Angle Shades and the scarce migrant Palpita vitrealis or Jasmine Moth.


  1. Fantastic!! I desperately want to catch Palpita in VC35, having only seen it on Scilly. I nearly trapped on the 27th; gutted I didn't.

  2. Thanks Sam When was it last seen in VC35?

  3. Last year - Roger had it twice. There are 5 previous records:
    16/10/1977 G.A.N. Horton Usk (Plas Newydd)
    20/10/1977 G.A.N. Horton Usk (Plas Newydd)
    02/07/2003 Kevin Dupé Newport (Gaer Park Lane)
    07/10/2015 Roger James Newport (Melbourne Way)
    07/11/2015 Roger James Newport (Melbourne Way)

  4. Wow, I can't remember having one at Gaer Park Lane! Plenty of jasmine there though.