Sunday, 30 September 2012

Cemaes Moths

Not much in the trap this last week or so. Highlights have been this Dark Sword Grass, Pink barred Sallow and this brown jobbie that I've been struggling with. Any ideas?
A Blair's shoulder knot was new for year last night while others trapped were 2 lesser yellow underwing, garden carpet, angle shades, silver Y and feathered ranunculus.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Same but different

A different form of garden rose tortrix trapped last night from the one I had earlier in the year along with lesser yellow underwing, silver Y, common marbled carpet and 2 lbam.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Rained off

After keeping the trap indoors out of the torrential rain over the last couple of days I risked putting it back out last night and had another black rustic along with 2 common marbled carpets, a brimstone, lesser yellow underwing and 3 lbam's.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Black beauties

First signs of autumn moths last night with 2 black rustics in the trap. Also 2 angle shades and a large yellow underwing.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Nettle Tap and ?

 Day-flying Nettle Tap is a common micro but new for me.  
Can't find this one below having had a good look.  It was in the house so prob not scarce. Any help please.


Saturday, 15 September 2012

We Bird North Wales: Bangor Bird-group 2012/13

We Bird North Wales: Bangor Bird-group 2012/13: Bangor Birdgroup kicks off again soon so don't book anything in for Wednesday nights from October - March! Alan and Ruth get the ball rol...

Like father, like son

After catching a centre-barred sallow at my son's in Dyserth a couple of weeks ago one turned up nfy in my garden last night. Four large yu, feathered ranunculus and lbam were the rest of the catch.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Fewer moths

A definite down turn in moth numbers now but managed one nfy last night with a green carpet. Also my second canary-shouldered thorn with the few others being mostly yellow underwings.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Yellow barred Brindle - First Garden record

The moth trap seems full of Marbled Carpets and Large Yellow Underwings at the moment. However this nice Yellow barred Brindle was the first I've had in my Penrhyn Bay garden.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Island update

Its been ages since I last posted on here, mainly as I've caught very few moths in the last few weeks. Last night was a bit of an improvement, with around 60 moths in the trap. Amongst the Flounced Rustics, July Highfliers and Small Square Spots was the year's first Canary-shouldered Thorn and Heath Rustic. Also notable was an Oblique Carpet and Common Marbled Carpet.


 Canary-shouldered Thorn
 Oblique Carpet
 Heath Rustic. This species is said to be local, and indeed this is the only record of the year here so far. However, in September 2010 I placed the moth trap on the mountain in some calm weather and caught two hundred of them each night!
I also saw this pretty stunning caterpillar, and was wondering if anyone had a clue what it was?

New ladybird

What I thought was at first a 14-spot ladybird now looks to be an orange ladybird which can have between 12 and 16 spots. It was in the trap last night and it reminded me that I've seen very few ladybirds this summer, I don't know if that's other people's experiences. New for the year was a smart grey chi while more white-line darts are appearing. Keep trying to turn one into square-spot dart without success so far.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

While going through the moths over breakfast at another session at R&R's in Colwyn Bay this morning found a first for me in northern spinach, albeit a bit worn. Also first feathered ranuncolous for the year.

Monday, 3 September 2012

stumped by the Golden Triangle

 not sure about the above- sent away for id.
Flame carpet below from a few days a go:

 This had me puzzled today-thought it was a pug to start with.  Usual pose below led me to think micro and JW let me know it was a Golden Triangle Hypsopygia costalis.  Not rare but NFY

A few moths from last night

The Moth trap has been ignored a bit recently, but I set it last night and got a few that I was pleased with. Posting for confirmation more than anything. The first I think is a Feathered Ranunculus - a first for my garden if confirmed, while the second I'm quite sure is a Rosy Rustic. The Silver Y confused me as the Y seems a gold colour. Can anyone confirm it is a Silver Y please? The last I'm not sure of at all. What about Ingrailed Clay? Appreciate your help.
 Feathered Ranunculus
 Rosy Rustic
 Silver Y ?
Ingrailed Clay

Doing the double

First time I've caught both swallow prominents in the same year when after catching a lesser a couple of weeks ago this swallow prominent was trapped last night. Also had my second record of Phlyctaenia coronata of which there's only been a dozen previous VC49 records.