Sunday 21 July 2024

 Weather looking very good fot Martin's Moth Night tonight! 

The forecast for Cwmcarn this evening is 15c up til Midnight, dry and calm. Pretty ideal for mothing. As well as lots of traps running, I'll be doing some sugaring. Details in post below. 

Monday 8 July 2024


Martin's Moth Night 2024

Sunday 21st July

Cwmcarn Forest Drive

8pm 'til midnight

Help us celebrate the birthday of our former County Lepidoptera Recorder, Dr Martin Anthoney. Run your own trap at home or anywhere in the county or come to Cwmcarn Forest Drive on 21st July. Martin trapped at Cwmcarn many times and some of the staff there still remember him fondly.
Hosted by Kevin Hewitt (County Recorder, macro moths and butterflies). Come at 8pm if you want to set up your own trap, otherwise come for 8.45pm.  Sunset is at 9.15pm. Please contact Kevin Hewitt if you would like to run a trap at Cwmcarn - 

Wednesday 19 June 2024

St Julian's, 18th June 2024

Sheila set up the Robinson MV trap and the next morning recorded just 15 species.  However, it included the 1st Privet Hawkmoth for the site. 

Saturday 24 February 2024

Monmouthshire Moth & Butterfly Group

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 27th March

Usk Royal British Legion

Old Market St, Usk NP15 1AL

Speaker: Rob Parry, Chief Executive Officer - Initiative for Nature Conservation Cymru (INCC):

"Marsh Fritillary Population Reinforcement".

Thursday 21 December 2023

Hebrew Character brings Seasons Greetings on Winter Solstice

I ran the trap at Redhouse Barns and Sheila ran the trap at St Julian's. This morning, there were 6 December moths at St Julian's, a mottled Umber, 5 Epi post and 2 silver-Y's. All but one of the moths were on the wall behind, not in the trap. At Redhouse there was nothing in the trap, but 3 December moths on the barn wall, 3m behind. I was putting away the trap when a moth caught my eye on the electrics box - a Hebrew character - a species not normally seen until March.

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.