Monday 13 November 2023

 Got it! Streak--googled by my nephew. The posture depicted in Waring and Townsend caught me out. I should have taken more care in searching in Chris Manley's book.

Friday 27 October 2023

 Does anyone know what this is? I can't find it in any of my books. In my trap in Llantarnam Abbey wood on the night of 26/10/2023.

Tuesday 10 October 2023

 Dear Kevin--please let me have your email address or , better, a phone number. I want to ask for some advice. Best wishes--Bob Roome (01633 865744 or 07512787621 or

Monday 9 October 2023

Bulwark Chepstow

 Good Afternoon everyone,

This is my first addition to the findings as I am a complete novice having gained interest through helping a friend of mine when he was visiting his daughter.

As of yet, I have only had one successful trapping.

The date of this was October 2nd, the evening was damp and misty.

Two Large Yellow Underwings

Eight Box

Two Epiphyas Postvittana

One Acleris Sparsana,

I apologise for any scientific spelling erros as I am just learning.

Saturday 30 September 2023

Lyonetia prunifoliella - a new leaf miner to look out for.

Lyonetia prunifoliella has been spreading rapidly across England, having recolonised the country a few years ago following a period of around 100 years with no records. It was first recorded in Wales as a leaf-mine on Anglesey last year, and soon after I found a mine at Kenfig (Glamorgan). I couldn't find any mines in Cardiff last year, but this year they have been present on Blackthorn suckers in two of my local parks.

After a trip to the Lamby Way recycling site yesterday I called in at Lamby Lake to look for leaf-mines. Lyonetia prunifoliella mines were frequent on Blackthorn suckers in several places, the larvae mostly having recently finished feeding and busy spinning their elaborate hammock cocoons (similar to those of L. clerkella) on the underside of leaves.

It could be anywhere in the county already, so well worth looking out for. It seems especially fond of suckering Blackthorn between 2 and 5 feet tall.

Wednesday 27 September 2023

St Julian's 26th September 2023 

Sheila and I ran the Robinson MV overnight. This morning we recorded 22 species, including 78 Box-tree Moths, 1 migrant Palpita vitrealis (Jasmine Moth), a Green-brindled Crescent form capucina, 2 Silver Y, 3 L-album Wainscot, 5 Lunar Underwing, 1 Black Rustic, 1 Beaded Chestnut, one Sallow and a Beautiful Plume.

Box-tree Moth

Box-tree Moths

Palpita vitrealis

Green-brindled Crescent form capucina

A first for Wales and Monmouthshire

 There has been a lot of excitement in my garden the last couple of nights. Firstly on the night of 25th September I put both traps out since the forecast of southerly winds and the number of American land birds in West Wales meant conditions for migrants looked very promising. On inspecting the contents of the traps the following mining my attention was drawn towards a small Tortrix-type moth which I could not initially identify, so I immediately took arevord shot with my phone, but unfortunately the moth escaped as I attempted to capture it. On checking it out in my moth books nothing like it could be found, the closest to it being Clepsis ruminana which is very rare in Britain with RDB1 status, and the flight-time meant it was probably too late for it, so I tweeted the record shot to our micro moth recorder Sam Bosanquet who was also flummoxed, what could it be?

I then posted on Steve Nash's Migramt Lepidoptera Facebook group as that includes some national and international expert contributers, where upon a Danish expert Knud Larsen said that it was probably Clepsis peritana which is not in the literature but other contributors concurred, there being a first UK record of the moth in Newcastle-under-Lyme on 33rd July 2023, and another record in Essex in  early August, so mine could be the 3rd record in UK, and first for Wales!!

Because of this I put both traps out again last night with the unlikely expectation of trapping the specimen again - faint hope I thought but you can only try... Well! This morning the said micro moth was there in the trap and much more confiding! So now I have good photos of the first specimen of Clepsis peritana recorded in Wales.