Friday, 30 August 2013

Few more new records

New records keep coming for the site at R&R's in Colwyn Bay with several more added in the last couple of days including feathered gothic (a male) which is a moth I'd not seen before and is the first record for the north west corner of Denbighshire with most seen on the eastern side of VC50. Also centre-barred sallow and a chevron were other new records.
feathered gothic
centre barred sallow

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Recent Moths, Mynydd Bodafon, Anglesey

There are still plenty of moths around up on the mountain. Amongst all the underwings and rustics, I have caught my first Feathered Gothic and Buff Footman recently. Last night amongst about 250 moths were two local scarcities, both of which I have one previous record, Crescent and Haworth's Minor. Both have a preference for wet boggy areas, which are abundant around here! Also three Canary-shouldered Thorn last night.


Haworth's Minor

Couple more

Small square spot was new for the year last night while also had second generation pebble prominent.
small square spot
pebble prominent

Saturday, 24 August 2013

New records

Several new records added to Conwy RSPB reserve's list after a couple of trapping sessions there this week with R&R and includes this morning's bulrush wainscot while back home had a broad bordered yellow underwing, the first for a couple of years.
bulrush wainscot
broad bordered yellow underwing

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Slowing up

Dusky thorn was the only new record at R&R's in Colwyn Bay overnight as things slow up before the autumn species start arriving in force.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Pug spotted

A white-spotted pug was among new records at R&R's in Colwyn Bay overnight along with, agonopterix arenella, dingy footman and agriphilia geniculea. Back home had a lateish iron prominent and a flounced rustic.
White-spotted pug
agonopterix arenella
iron prominent
flounced rustic

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Chi moments

Several more new records for R&R's in Colwyn Bay overnight with grey chi, shuttle-shaped dart, canary-shouldered thorn and flounced rustic. Back home in Penrhyn Bay square-spot rustic and flounced rustic were new in.
Grey chi
Canary-shouldered thorn
square-spot rustic


Another interesting beetle seen around the moth trap at R&R's in Colwyn Bay was this burying beetle (or Sexton beetle). It is believed they can smell a rotting corpse from upto a mile away!

Monday, 12 August 2013

National Moth Night Part 2

National Moth Night records from spare trap run by R&R in Colwyn Bay resulted as follows: Large yellow underwing 20 lesser bb yellow underwing 6 Black arches 2 Brimstone 1 double square spot 1 early thorn 1 dark arches 1 willow beauty 1 common footman 1 buff footman 1 yellow tail 1

Sunday, 11 August 2013

National Moth Night

A total of 90 moths for me in my National Moth Night catch, nearly half (47) were large yellow underwing. Rest were: Lesser bb yellow underwing 7 Silver Y 3 Shuttle-shaped dart 5 Common rusric agg 6 Copper underwing agg 1 Flame shoulder 1 Rosy rustic 1 Dark arches 14 Willow beauty 1 Lesser yellow underwing 2 Dunbar 1

Friday, 9 August 2013

Another new micro

Added another micro to the garden list last night with Pyrausta aurata, only fifth VC49 record.
Also trapped a swallow prominent

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

New micro

Added another new micro to the garden list with this cochylis atricapitana.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Latest moths- slowed up a bit

 6-striped Rustic
Batrachedra praeangusta
 Dun-Bar duo
 Grey Arches

Fourth record

This micro was trapped at R&R's in Colwyn Bay and has been identified as Anarsia spartiella, only the fourth record for Denbighshire.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

New moths

A good couple of days at both R&R's in Colwyn Bay and back home in Penrhyn Bay where I recorded by first migrant rush veneer plus a few NFY. At R&R's eighth record for Denbighshire with a smart micro ypsolopha sequella. Penrhyn Bay ones were:
rush veneer
rosy rustic
orange swift
yellow barred brindle
dingy footman
white line dart At Colwyn Bay some of the best ones were:
Ypsolopha sequella
Dotted clay
Gold spots

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Standing in for Marc

My friend Marc Hughes kindly let us use his Moth trap whilst he is enjoying his well earned holidays.  Sadly it has rained heavily every night since we've had it, but last night I took a risk and set it up.  This morning there were 27 lovely moths for us to look at.

I'm still trying to ID most of them but my favourites so far are....

A Swallow Tailed Moth

A Yellow Tail (Euproctis similis)

This one I found hard to ID so any help would be great.

The closest I can find is the Lunar Underwing.

If it stays clear the trap will be set again tonight.

Jonathen & Nicolette (Penrhyn Bay)

*****Update (Thank you Ben), the above moth is a Gothic. :-)

Friday, 2 August 2013

Skipping a Beat

I found a small colony of Small Skipper on the Trwyn at Cemlyn this morning, two or three present. As far as I know this is a new species record for Cemlyn, though there are a few records from the north of Anglesey. A new Anglesey tick for me though.

New county record

Largish (for a micro!) moth in trap this morning has been identified as euzophera pinguis and is a new record for VC49 according to the North Wales lep database.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

More newcomers

Several new garden records for the trap at R&R's in Colwyn Bay with ruby tiger, purple bar and barred rivulet
ruby tiger
purple bar
barred rivulet

Black and Gold

Small Blood-Vein
Alceris forsskaleana new tort for garden 

Black Arches- only my 2nd here
Gold Spot -1st in garden