Tuesday, 24 May 2022

   Notice to all mothers submitting records for National Moth Night (NMN)

   If possible, could all recorders that have participated on any of the National Moth Nights (19th, 20th, 21st May 2022) please submit their records via the National Moth Night web page ( -https://www.mothnight.info/submitting-data/ ) using the form provided on the page.

This then submits the records on iRecord and I will then verify those records there.

Kevin Hewitt - Macro-moth Recorder VC35.

Sunday, 22 May 2022

Moth Night 2022 at RSPB Newport Wetlands

 I put two traps out on Friday evening of 20th May, a 125W MV Robinson in the compound and  a 80W MV Robinson by the back of the visitor centre. But conditions overnight proved unfavourable due to wind and some heavy rain.

The result was a disappointing haul of 30 moths of 16 species, but did include a very smart Chocolate-tip and a couple of Obscure Wainscots.

Since the overnight conditions on Saturday looked a lot more promising I put the 80W MV Robinson out in the compound hoping for a better haul on Sunday morning.... and hey presto!  I had 99 mothsof 33 species including a very smart fresh Light Brocade, and two new species for me, Yellow Belle and Cream-bordered Green Pea... and the supporting act included 13 Poplar Hak-moths and 3 Eyed Hawk-moths which the numerous visitors appreciated.

So this is the first National Moth Night in which I have trapped all three nights, and not once in my garden.

Friday, 20 May 2022

A Night at the Farm - National Moth Night 19th May 2022

Caerphilly County Borough Council kindly gave permission for moth-trapping to take place at its farm in the Sirhowy Country Park and on the evening of the 19th we (Richard Clarke, Kevin Hewitt and Kevin Dupe) set two MV lamps at Ynys Hywel Farm to see what this relatively unrecorded part of the county might deliver - we were not disappointed.  The traps were run between dusk and 1.30am and overall, there were 219 moths of 66 species recorded.  There were a number of highlights including: two migrants (Rush Veneer and Silver Y); a significant catch of Orange Footman (20) and five of both Alder Moth and Scorched Wing; three species of Hook Tip (Pebble, Oak and Barred); and two Maiden's Blush.  

It was great to explore a new site and in addition to the moths we were bombarded with May Bugs (c.50), serenaded by both Tawny Owl and churring Nightjar and then escorted off the hillside by a badger.  A very enjoyable evening and a site that will be visited again when we hope to invite MMBG members.

 A full species list follows:

Syndemis musculana, Eulia ministrama, Scoparia ambigualis, Eudonia merrcurella, Nomophila noctuella (Rush Veneer), Anania hortulata (Small Magpie), Oak Hook-tip, Barred Hook-tip, Pebble Hook-tip, Peach Blossom, Maiden's Blush, Clay Triple-lines, Flame Carpet, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Common Carpet, May Highflyer, Spruce Carpet, Purple Bar, Small Phoenix, Red-green Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet, Water Carpet, Rivulet, V-pug, Foxglove Pug, Triple-spotted Pug, Common Pug, Mottled Pug, Treble-bar, Sharp-angled Peacock, Brown Silver-line, Barred Umber, Scorched Wing, Brimstone Moth, Scalloped Hazel, Peppered Moth, Mottled Beauty, Square Spot, Common White Wave, Common Wave, White-pinion Spotted, Clouded Silver, Alder Kitten, Lobster Moth, Iron Prominent, Pebble Prominent, Coxcomb Prominent, Straw Dot, Pale Tussock, Orange Footman, Spectacle, Silver Y, Marbled White Spot, Nut-tree Tussock, Alder Moth, Miller, Coronet, Treble Lines, Angle Shades, Clouded-bordered Brindle, Hebrew Character, Bright-line Brown-eye, Square-spot Dart, Flame Shoulder, Setaceous Hebrew Character.

Maiden's Blush - K Hewitt

Miller = K Hewitt

Treble-bar - K Hewitt

Water Carpet - K Hewitt

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

 Alabonia geoffrella

I spotted this today in a blackthorn Bush at Goldcliff.

Migrants in this morning's trap in Blackwood 16th May 2022

 Having seen how many migrants had been trapped on Sunday night (including several records of Striped Hawk-moth in Wales) I put out my trap on Monday night hoping for migrants, and was rewarded with 6 Diamond-back Moths, 3 Silver Ys, 1 Rusty-dot Pearl and 1 Dark Sword-grass.

 A very good haul of migrants for May in Blackwood.

The supporting cast was not too shabby either, with my first Lime Hawk-moth, Peach Blossom, Scalloped Hazel, Red-green Carpet and Rustic Shoulder-knot of 2022.

Monday, 16 May 2022

Moths at RSPB Newport Wetlands - Sunday 8th May, the best haul yet for 2022

 Since I was due to attend a First Aid Course for Volunteers at the Visitor Centre on Monday 9th May, I jumped at the chance to put the trap out overnight in the compound when asked on Sunday. It was one of those 'Bingo!' moments the following morning with 27 species present in the trap including the first Poplar and Eyed Hawk-moths of 2022. Other additions to the year list were May Highflyer, Latticed Heath, Cabbage Moth and a pristine Clay.

Other highlights were Waved Umber, Chocolate-tip, and the most numerous moth Pale Prominent (8).

And during the lunchtime break for the course I saw a what proved to be too active to photograph Small Yellow Underwing, a new species for me.

Highlights from the previous week in Blackwood

 The weather on the night of 9th May was initially promising - with temperatures set to remain in double-figures and plenty of cloud cover, but the breezy conditions meant the haul wasn't quite as great as expected, nevertheless there were enough additions to the year list to keep me contented. The real highlight was a very fresh adult Mullein.

The list of moths was as follows:-

Spruce Carpet (1); Golden-rod Pug (1), Brimstone Moth (5); Peppered Moth (1); Waved Umber (1); Lunar Marbled Brown (1); Pebble Prominent (1); Pale Tussock (1); Orange Footman (1); Knot Grass (1); Mullein (1); Treble Lines (1); Common Quaker (1); Heart and Dart (1) and Shuttle-shaped Dart (3).