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    24th June 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    The apparent increase in numbers for other trappers elsewhere has not yet reached this neck of the woods! Just passed 50 individuals this time, but the variety wasn't too bad, with 36 species, of which there were 8 FFYs - Drinker, Beautiful Hook-tip (2), Common Emerald, Privet Hawkmoth, Dark Arches, Pale Mottled Willow, Eucosma cana, and Euzophera pinguis. Numbers were quite evenly spread, with only Plum Tortrix (H. pruniana) managing 4 individuals.

    Hawkmoths here have been very thin on the ground (or in the air) with barely half a dozen altogether.

    24th June 2024 - Cocklake

    by Steve Pilkington

    Much improved numbers here as well, 135 moths of 63 species so far, 5 micros to continue to ponder over. Nothing of great note just familiar species that have finally turned up, 17FFY. Of note, my second only Lobster and Parachronistis albiceps, both first seen here last year.

    Privet hawkmoth are having an unusual year here, 9 so far, exceding Poplar(4) and Elephant(3) which are normally the most populous.

    First Boxtree moth of the year - too late I cry (literally) you have already done my beautiful box hedge which I grew from cuttings 20+ years ago.

    23rd June 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    A filthy night with hill fog and drizzle produced 245 moths of 80 sp. Best of the micros : Nematopogon schwziellus /Sandy Longhorn ; Coleophora mayrella (5) ; Orthotaenia undulata / Dusky Marble ; Cydia fagiglandana / Beech Mast Piercer ; Grapholita janthinana/ Hawthorn Piercer ; European Corn Borer. Macros : Peach Blossom ; Poplar H-m (2) ; Privet H-m ; Elephant H-m (5) ; Northern Spinach ; Barred Red ; Straw Dot (22) ; Pinion-streaked Snout ; Burnished Brass and Grey Arches.

    23rd June 2024 - Middlezoy moths

    by Simon Phelps

    61 species in my Middlezoy garden moth trap. Nice variety and some new species for me. Highlights:

    Rosy Footman, Beautiful Hook-tip, Swallow-tailed, Shark, Privet Hawk-moth, European Corn Borer, Pale Mottled Willow, Barred Straw, Poplar Grey, Pebble Prominent, Carcina quercana, Barred Yellow, Scarlet Tiger, Aethes beatricella, Monochroa lucidella.

    I am pretty positive I caught an early Square-spot Rustic too! I identified it as normal with this species, then realised how unusual it was to see at this time of the year. Before I could check further and get a photo, it flew off. I note in the Moth Atlas it can appear in June and July, but rarely. I am confident in my identification, unless someone can suggest confusion species? Will probably trap again this week so will see if I get any more! Keep your eyes peeled!

    23rd June 2024 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    Finally, lots of moths! 71 moths of 42 species, FFG was Pine Marble (Piniphila bifasciana). FFY were Ghost Moth, Monopis crocicapitella, Lozotaenia forsterana, Timothy Tortrix, Agapeta hamana, Eucosma cana (2), Bee Moth, (2), Udea prunalis, Eudonia lacustrata (4), Buff Arches, The Lackey, Elephant Hawk-Moth, Small Yellow Wave, Willow Beauty, Common White Wave, Light Emerald, Scarlet Tiger, The Fan-Foot, The Spectacle, Small Angle Shades, Dark Arches (3) and Ingrailed Clay. I have a couple of micros to investigate.

    23rd June 2024 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    60 species and incredibly three new FFG macro moths - The Shark, Royal Mantle and my first Privet HM here at Pen Elm (I came across a mating pair near my school fifty years ago aged 8 and was responsible for sparking a lifelong interest).

    Four Hawk-moth species (Privet, Poplar, Elephant (2) and Small Elephant), Rivulet, Peach Blossom, Wormwood Pug, Rhodophaea formosa (2), Anania lancealis, Calamotropha paludella (2) and Epinotia abbrieviana were other highlights in a fantastic catch. Apologies to all those still struggling for numbers.

    Royal Mantle
    Epinotia abbreviana
    The Shark
    Rhodophaea formosa
    Privet Hawk-moth
    The Rivulet

    23rd June 2024 - Lutestrings

    by Alick Simmons

    Ohh, that's embarrassing. No need to apologise, Will. Accuracy is important. I had my doubts but was persuaded otherwise - but it remains my fault.

    I've caught another one this morning and after further careful scrutiny, I've concluded that this one is a Common Lutestring too.

    Always learning.

    23rd June 2024 - Satin Lutestring - Correction

    by Will Langdon

    Sorry to be a party pooper (and if someone else has already pointed this out), Alick, but your Satin Lutestring is a Common Lutestring. It has the paired dots under the dark band which Satin lacks, and is generally a broader and less contrastingly marked moth than Satin Lutestring which has a darker, more clearly-defined central band, and clear pale wavy cross lines below it.

    22nd June 2024 - Westbury-sub-Mendip

    by Peter Bright

    On the same day last year -2023, 191 moths of 50 spp. and this time, 2024, 67 moths of 23 spp. is this a common comparison? Maybe coincidentally on this date in 2023 and 2024 I had an L-album wainscot. A third of these 67 were small magpies.

    L-album Wainscot

    22nd June 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    Two hungry caterpillars had me baffled for a while but I finally nailed them as Chamomile Shark , Kindly confirmed for me by Neale Mellersh. Totally different from each other but , presumably from the same batch of eggs.

    Chamomile Shark
    Chamomile Shark

    22nd June 2024 - Curry Rivel

    by Maurice Pugh

    Back from a holiday chasing butterflies (132 species seen) in Bulgaria and Serbia.

    Trapped until 23.59hrs. 33 moths of 23 species.

    NFG was a Mecyna asinalis. NFY were Anania coronata, Riband Wave, Yellow Shell, Small Yellow Wave, Privet Hawkmoth, Beautiful Hook-tip and Fan-foot.

    Mecyna asinalis

    22nd June 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Msllet

    by Paul Newman

    There I was, thinking things were improving - wrong again !! Just 35 moths, and only 20 species, but with 4 more FFYs - Magpie (3), Knotgrass, Uncertain and Yellow Shell. Onwards and downwards it seems.

    21st June 2024 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    After Currant yesterday, Red-tipped Clearwing to FOR lure this afternoon. This is a tiny species of sallow carr and swamp, osier beds, riverbanks, flooded gravel pits and pond edges. Whether it comes from lakes in the valley below us or one of the ponds in local gardens is intriguing. I had no luck in the front garden this morning, but when I moved the lure to the back garden, bingo!

    Red-tipped Clearwing

    20th June 2024 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    Four Currant Clearwings to tip lure this afternoon, between 2.15 and 3.30.

    Currant Clearwing

    19th June 2024 - Satin Lutestring

    by Alick Simmons

    This came to light in my Barrington, S Somerset garden on 19 June. It's taken me a while to confirm an identification as at first I was convinced it was a species of Geometer. Of course, it wasn't and I was getting nowhere until I consulted my friend James Lowen who immediately knew what it was. Obviously it's NFG. It also seems quite a scarce beast particularly in this part of Somerset.

    Satin Lutestring
    Satin Lutestring

    19th June 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Another (very) slight inprovement - 54 moths of 31 species, with 9 FFYs - Large YU, Clay, Square Spot, Blue-bordered Carpet, Purple Thorn (first for several years), Eudonia lacustrata (2), Celypha striana (2), Archips podana, and Acleris forsskaleana. Again, there were more micros than macros in number. I have at last reached 100 species for the year to date (last year 124 by comparison at this point).

    Onwards and slowly upwards.

    18th June 2024 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    68 moths of 36 species that included my first Ingrailed Clay for ten years. Other FFYs were: Sallow Kitten, Heart & Club, Yellow Shell, Dwarf Cream Wave, Helcystogramma rufescens and Aleimma loeflingiana.

    Ingrailed Clay

    18th June 2024 - Butleigh garden mv

    by Sue Davies

    Still dire here, very low numbers of 28 spps. Hardly any micros. FFY Privet HM and a FFG Shears.

    17th June 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    134 moths of 63 sp. - sounds a lot but its about 50% down on what I was getting mid June last year. 13 FFY : Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix ; Orthotaenia undulana /Dusky Marble ; Notocelia trimaculata / Hawthorn Shoot Moth ; Grapholita funebrana /Plum Fruit Moth ; Aphomia sociella /Bee Moth ; Eudonia Lacustrata / Tawny Grey ; Green Pug ; Yellow Shell ; Iron Prominent ; Pinion-streaked Snout ; Beautiful Golden-Y ; Purple Clay and Triple-spotted Clay (7). On Sunday 16/06 I netted a day flying Micro which turned out to be Endothenia nigricostana / Hedge Marble. A first for the garden and - according to the web site , only the fifth for Somerset. I would post photos but after a Microsoft update my computer won't let me ! That's progress I suppose.

    17th June 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepron Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    A slight improvement, but still not all that good. 37 moths of 18 species, with 5 FFYs - Barred Straw, Peppered Moth, Mottled Pug, Culmella chrysoteuchia (3) and Eudonia delunella (3). The most surprising aspect of this catch was the preponderance of micros - 25 of the total - normally here the micros are noticeably in the minority. Just shows what an odd year it has been.

    17th June 2024 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    The first trapping effort since the beginning of the month produced a better result than last time, 22 moths of 17 species. At this time of the year, I'd typically be expecting 70+ moths of 30-40+ species The last comparably bad June here was in 2013.

    FFY were Marbled Orchard Tortrix (Hedya nubiferana), Bud Moth (Spilonota ocellana), Triple-blotched Bell (Notocelia trimaculana), Garden Grass-veneer (Chrysoteuchia culmella), Barred Yellow, Foxglove Pug, The Uncertain, Marbled Minor agg., Heart and Club and Large Yellow Underwing (2). Best of the bunch was the Barred Yellow, which is not annual here.

    Barred Yellow

    15th June 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Oh dear, another night of low numbers - just 17 moths of 12 species, with a Mottled Beauty the only FFY. Last year, this date produced over 120 moths of 40+ species here, so one wonders what the cause of this year's dire results can be. I presume that it's probably weather-related (yes, really!!), but I wonder if there may be other reasons as well. I admit that I do get a bit irked by the TV weather forecasters consistently whingeing about the lack of hot weather, but I truly don't feel that it's been all that awful - personally I prefer it cooler anyway.

    Steve - can you get your Porter's Rustic photos on to the "Species" section of the website? You never know, someone else may see one, and it will help with ID !!

    13th June 2024 - Pen Elm Porter's Rustic!

    by Steve Chapple

    It was wet and windy but 11 degrees C so I put out the Actinic trap. The catch was poor for June (43 moths 25 species) exept for one unfamiliar dull brown moth. At 4 am I initially thought of the small brown wainscots, tortrix, Oak Nycteoline perhaps? I had a quick look in the book and Porter's Rustic looked a possible fit.

    The next day I was eager to photograph it but somehow it escaped in the blink of an eye. I searched everywhere without success and had then to travel to Cardiff fretting. When I got back late it was on the kitchen ceiling and subsequently boxed. Phew! This morning I managed successfully to photograph it although very skittish and James McGill came over to confirm that it is indeed a Porter's Rustic.

    Porter's Rustic
    Porter's Rustic
    Porter's Rustic

    10th June 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Yet another poor night - only 9 moths of 8 species, with 2 FFYs, Barred Yellow and Burnished Brass. Yes, it was chilly, but even so.....

    7th June 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Night of 5/6/24 - 5 moths - wow! Night of 7/6/24 up to the dizzy heights of 19 moths, and 15 species (12 of them singletons). 7 FFYs were Bright-line Brown-eye, Elephant Hawkmoth, Blood-vein, Pandemis heparana, P. cerasana (2), Notocelia uddmanniana (Bramble-shoot Moth) and Scoparia ancipitella. This last is apparently an uncommon moth in the County, but pops up regularly here every year in small numbers. I presume there must be a small population resident in the area, maybe lurking in my garden.

    7th June 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    141 moths of 60 sp. including another 16 FFY : Phyllonorycter maestingella (subject to confirmation) ; Coleophora mayrella (2) ; Bryotropha terrella (4) ; Agapeta hamana ; Eudonia delunella ;Ringed China-mark ; Sharp-angled Peacock ; Willow Beauty ; Brussels Lace (4) ; Swallow Prominent ; Vines Rustic ; Dusky Brocade ; Small Clouded Brindle (2) ; Pale-shouldered Brocade ; Broom Moth (2) and Double Line.

    Phyllonorycter maestingella
    Bryotropha terrella

    3rd June 2024 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    A better night, with 21 moths of 15 species. FFY were Buff Long-horn (Nematopogon metaxella), just my 3rd record, Barred Marble (Celypha striana), Small Magpie (2), Fulvous Pearl (Udea fulvalis), Freyer's Pug, Brimstone Moth, Vine's Rustic and Heart and Dart.

    Nematopogon metaxella

    3rd June 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    A slight improvement, but nothing to get excited about. 39 moths of 23 species, with 6 FFYs - Vine's Rustic, Brussels Lace, Setaceous HC, Clouded Border, Garden Pebble and Cochylis atricapitana. A solitary May Bug and 3 Caddises were the only o & s.

    3rd June 2024 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    54 species was the highest count of the year to date. An infrequent Small Angle Shades was the pick of the 20 FFYs that included: Pale Mottled Willow, Small Clouded Brindle, Herald, Green Pug (3), Figure of 80, and a nice selection of micros - Hedya pruniana (2), Notocelia trimaculana (2), Tinea semifulvella (2), Ditula angustiorana (Red-barred Tortrix), Pseudargyrotoza conwagana (Yellow-spot Tortrix), Ephista woodliella and Bactra lancealana

    Tinea semifulvella
    Notocelia trimaculana
    Ephestia woodiella

    2nd June 2024 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    I thought that May had been quiet but looking at previous records it instead appears to have been quite typical . Interestingly I recorded almost the same number of moths last month as I did in the Mays of 2005 and 2006 which both turned out to be excellent migrant years. I reached 100 macro species on 24th May which again is about the average date.

    Still not much from the first trapping of June. Straw Dot, Brussels Lace, Small Blood Vein and Cypress Carpet were new for the year whilst these two are always a pleasure to see.

    Privet Hawk-moth
    Buff-tip

    1st June 2024 - Avalon Marshes Centre moth trap results

    by Simon Phelps

    I ran a moth trap at the Avalon Marshes Centre on the night of the 1st of June. I got 51 species. Highlights were:

    Buff-tip, Pebble Hook-tip, Orange Footman, Poplar Hawk-moth, Marbled White-spot, Small Square-spot, Cream-spot Tiger, Blood-vein, Gold Spot, Dog's Tooth, Obscure Wainscot, Donacaula forficella, Blotched Emerald, Peach Blossom, Cyclamen Tortrix.

    1st June 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    184 moths of 72 sp. including 24 FFY. The highlight was FFG Buttoned Snout. Other choice FFY : Nematopogon metaxella / Dark-dotted Longhorn ; Aethes cnicana / Thistle Straw(2) ; Privet (2), Elephant and Small Elephant Hawk-moths ; Narrow-winged Pug ; Clouded Border ; White-pinion Spotted ; Clouded Silver ; Lobster Moth ; Small Fan-foot ; Brown Rustic (2) ; Middle-barred Minor and Common Wainscot.

    Buttoned Snout

    1st June 2024 - Cocklake

    by Steve Pilkington

    A much improved night even though the sky was clear for most of the night. This was another poor spring return with the species count up to May down on last year whic was itself a poor year.

    79 moths of 38 species with 11 FFYs - Scoparia ambigularis (thanks Neale), Ringed china mark, Udea olivalis, Barred straw, Double striped pug, Small yellow wave, Common wainscot, Poplar grey, Coronet, Light arches and a Lime hawkmoth, only my 7th in 20 years.

    1st June 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Same old story - just 27 moths of only 12 species. FFYs were Iron Prominent and Common Wainscot. Unusually, over half of the total were micros, which are most often in a noticeable minority here for some reason.

    31st May 2024 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    Another poor night, with 14 moths of 9 species. Even more disappointing in that I wanted to take a good selection to the Envirofair at Stoke St. Gregory! There were 4 FFY, Olive Pearl (Udea olivalis), Pebble Prominent, Marbled White Spot (6th record) and Dark Sword-Grass (my earliest record).

    I've had a look at my previous May trapping results, going back to 2012. Of the 12 years, this May turned out to be the fourth worst in terms of average catch per session, with just 17.17. The best Mays were in 2015 to 2020 inclusive, with average catches in the 20s to 30s. Since then, apart from 2022 (28.5), average catches have ranged from 10 to 17.17.

    29th May 2024 - Pale Tussock Moth at Merriott

    by Hannah

    Pale Tussock moth soaking up the sun at 6.30pm on a south facing wall

    Pale Tussock

    29th May 2024 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    Another indifferent night in terms of numbers - 17 moths of 13 species. There were some FFY though, namely Common Marble (Celypha lacunana), Silver-ground Carpet, Mottled Pug (3) and Pale Mottled Willow. Also FFY were two species flushed in the garden earlier in the day, Small Purple & Gold (Pyrausta aurata) and The Snout.

    29th May 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    After a few nights off, due to rainfall either forecast or actual (or both), another trapping, anothet dismal result. This time just 25 moths of a varied 16 species, including 2 FFYs - Light Emerald and a very early Straw Dot. The most numerous were Cinnabar, White Ermine and Small Magpie, with 4 each - the rest all singles. Extras were 2 May Bugs, 3 Caddises and a somewhat dozy queen Common Wasp.

    29th May 2024 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    Five Puss moths was a record for me in a catch of 99 moths of 40 species. Eyed Hawk-moth, Eucosma cana and Enormonia formosana were the pick of 10 FFY's.

    28th May 2024 - Butleigh garden MV

    by Sue Davies

    Not saying a lot but best night of the year! 26 macro and 8 micro spp. Best was a Large Nutmeg, FFYs Brussels Lace, Vine’s Rustic, Small Sq Spot, Common Swift, Gold Spot, Snout, Udea Olivalis, Ringed China-mark and Red-barred Tortrix.

    27th May 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    Good 'murky' conditions but with rain due in by 5am I was up at 3.30 to round them up ! 160 moths of 49 sp. including 14 FFY : Capua vulgana / Pale-shouldered Tortrix ; Celypha lacunana / Common Marble ; Small Magpie ; Udea olivaris / Garden Pearl ; Chrysoteucha culmella / Garden Grass Moth ; Eyed Hawk-moth ; Scorched Wing ; Mottled Beauty ; Light Emerald ; Straw Dot ; Marbled White-spot ; Light Brocade ; Small Square-spot and Setaceous Hebrew Character (2). Others of note : Barred Umber ; Peppered Moth (2) ; Pebble Prominent (2) ; Buff-tip (4) ; White Ermine (11). Top scorer again was Treble Lines (62)

    23rd May 2024 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    Still lowish numbers here, but not untypical here for the time of year. 13 moths of 12 species. FFY were ,

    Yellow-faced Bell (Notocelia cynosbatella), Narrow-winged Grey (Eudonia angustea), Poplar Hawk-Moth,

    Small Dusty Wave, Marbled Pug, Buff Ermine, White Ermine and Treble Lines (2).

    22nd May 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by PauL Newman

    I suppose the full moon isn't helping, but even so, numbers are still disappointing, albeit with a degree of variety. 27 moths of 18 species this time, with 5 FFYs - Small Magpie (2), Flame, Clouded Silver, Buff Ermine and Small Square-spot.

    "Extras" included a second May Bug (usually there will have been lots by now), 2 small Caddises and another Ichneumon Wasp.

    20th May 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    I now see why I am getting so few moths here - they have all migrated to Tim's patch !! A slight improvement this time, though, with 25 moths of 14 species, including 3 FFYs - Common Swift, Heart and Dart and Udea olivalis. Two more early Snouts and another Orange Footman, still uncommon here.

    19th May 2024 - Westbury-sun-Mendip

    by Peter Bright

    Garden Robinson got 18 species 35 moths and including a hoary plume. Thanks to Neale for looking at the picture. Included 7 common marbled carpet, 5 green carpet, 5 treble lines and a snout.

    Platyptilia isodactylus

    19th May 2024 - Curry Rivel

    by Maurice Pugh

    Clear skies gave only 17 moths of 7 species.

    Light Brown Apple Moth (6) and Willow Beauty (5) made up the majority with singles of Lime-speck Pug and Flame Shoulder.

    New for year were Cream-spot Tiger and Bright-line Brown-eye (2).

    New for garden was a Cydia fagiglandana (Thanks Neale)

    Cream-spot Tiger
    Cydia fagiglandana

    18th May 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Another poor night - just 10 moths of 9 species, with 3 FFYs - Treble LInes, Celypha lacunana and a very early Snout.

    18th May 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    Biggest catch this year -so far. 180 moths of 49 sp. FFY : Incurvaria masculella ; Monopis weaverella ; Gracillaria syringella ; Scoparia ambigualis ; Treble Brown-spot ; Mocha ; Clay Triple-lines ; May High-flyer ; Purple Bar (4) ; Mottled Pug ; Grey Pug ; Tawney-barred Angle ; Barred Umber ; Lunar Thorn ; Common White Wave ; Buff Ermine ; Ruby Tiger and Ingrailed Clay. 67 Treble Lines by far the most numerous, followed by Green Carpet (13) and Common Marbled Carpet (11)

    Gracillaria syringella
    Incurvaria masculella
    Barred Umber

    17th May 2024 - Ebbor Grove Farm Priddy

    by Peter Bright

    A first light trapping here. 74 moths of 24 species including 2 Chinese characters, an orange footman, an alder moth, 8 white-pinion spotted, a broken-barred carpet, a least black arches and 2 small phoenix.

    Broken-barred Carpet
    Alder Moth
    Orange Footman
    Least Black Arches
    Chinese Character
    Small Phoenix
    White-pinion Spotted

    17th May 2024 - Butleigh garden MV

    by Sue Davies

    First Lime Hawk-moth of the year. Good conditions but Small Catch of 21 sps, no excitements! Most numerous, Treble Lines, Pale Tussock and White Ermine, also Silver-ground, Green and Common Marbled Carpets, Buff-tip, Rustic Shoulder-knot, a single Silver Y, only micros Bee Moth, Notocelia rosaecolana, Celypha lacunana.

    Lime Hawk-moth

    16th May 2024 - Lippetts Way, Catcott

    by Mat Ridley

    17 species in the MV this morning, all in single figures with Green Carpet (8) and Flame Shoulder (4) the most numerous. Most notable, singles of Silver Y, Pale Tussock, Dark Spectacle and Alder Moth. A Red Chestnut was perhaps a wanderer from Shapwick Heath.

    15th May 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Yet another night of low numbers but of varied species - 16 moths of 12 spp., of which 4 were FFYs - Silver Y, Marbled Minor agg., Nut-tree Tussock and Dark Spectacle. It was nice to have this and the "ordinary" Spectacle side by side for comparison.

    14th May 2024 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    The Gem was a nice addition to the 2024 list and my earliest sighting by three months. Also a suspected Monopis weaverella.

    The Gem
    Monopis weaverella

    14th May 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    A little cooler (min 10.1c) but conditions reasonable. 76 moths of 28 sp. including 11 FFY : Nematopogon schwarziellus / Sandy Longhorn ; Syndemis musculana / Dark-barred Tortrix ; Garden Pebble ; Garden Carpet ; Rivulet ; Sandy Carpet ; Foxglove Pug ; Scalloped Hazel ; Buff-tip ; Small Angle Shades ; Shears and Shuttle-shaped Dart. Treble Lines had a good turnout (23) and Green Carpet (14) was the only other one in double figures.

    12th May 2024 - Exmoor/ Brendon Hills area

    by Adam Gale

    A few days away in the Exmoor/Brendon Hills area produced a few firsts for me, although apologies if I have mis-identified them. An Epinotia subocellana flew on to my trouser leg at Haddon Moor, Micropterix aruncella were a treat to see in the Monksilver area, although they rarely stayed still. And I think the Psychidae is Luffia lapidella, on a gravestone in Brompton Ralph church yard. A wonderful churchyard, sympathetically managed, I hope others take note and follow suit!

    Epinotia subocellana
    Haddon Moor BC reserve (11/5/24)
    Micropterix aruncella
    Monksilver (12/5/24)
    Luffia lapidella
    Brompton Ralph churchyard (12/5/24)

    12th May 2024 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    Numbers down from two nights before - this time 13 moths of 9 species. Such variability is not uncommon here in May. 4 FFY were Chinese Character (2nd earliest record), Scalloped Hazel, Puss Moth and Pale Tussock.

    Puss Moth
    Just visible on neighbour's garage wall!
    Chinese Character

    12th May 2024 - Barrington

    by Alick Simmons

    It's picking up a bit but still dispiritingly low numbers. However, Poplar Kitten and Alder Moth were welcome with the latter NFG.

    Poplar Kitten
    Alder Moth

    12th May 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Similar to last time, albeit with slightly fewer individuals. 28 moths of 15 species, with FFYs Spectacle (2), Common Marbled Carpet (2), Common Pug, an early Hedya pruniana (Plum Tortrix) and Pale Tussock. Green Carpet (5) the most numerous species.

    12th May 2024 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    2 pristine Silver Ys to Ni moth lure overnight.

    12th May 2024 - Cockchafers

    by Ian Mathieson

    I know this a moth group but one non moth species we all encounter is the cockchafer. I love these beetles which are often the most numerous insect in the trap. They are more regular than any moth species I record with the first record being within a few days of the first of May every year. It was only when I was removing turf from my lawn in March that I found out that they were more interesting than I knew. I found hundreds of larvae of all sizes from 1cm first years to 4cm final instars. I also found several adults weeks before I first see them in the trap. I never knew that they pupate in the Autumn and hatch in midwinter. They then live underground before entering our traps in May. I'm sure everyone else already knew that but it surprised me. Now I know why badgers keep ripping up my lawn.

    Cockchafer 20th March 24

    11th May 2024 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    A few days ago my wife and I were enjoying a glass of wine in a corner of our garden that receives the last rays of the evening sun. Above my head were a few wispy branches of a damson type plum tree that I was idly inspecting (as you do) and was surprised to find a pupa on the underside of a folded leaf. I boxed it and today I was delighted to find a Ptycholoma lecheana (Brindled Tortrix) had emerged - a new species for me.

    I trapped last night (mainly to avoid the Eurovision Song Contest!) and had, relatively speaking, 51 moths of 29 species. A selection of the 14 FFYs were: Seraphim, Lime HM, Orange Footman, Sandy Carpet (2), Poplar HM and Pebble Hook-tip.

    Ptycholoma lecheana
    Ptycholoma lecheana

    10th May 2024 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    A good May night for me, with 28 moths of 17 species. FFY were Ruddy Streak (Tachystola acroxantha), The Mocha (2), Common Marbled Carpet, Small White Wave, Common Pug, Brown Silver-Line, Common Wave, Iron Prominent (2), Nut-tree Tussock and Flame Shoulder. Also the first Cockchafers of the year!

    10th May 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Something of an improvement, but still not yet what one might hope for. 33 moths of 14 species, of which 5 were FFY - Mocha, Sharp-angled Peacock, Least Black Arches, Peach Blossom and an early Cinnabar. White Ermines doing well with 6.

    Also of interest, the first Cockchafer of the year, along with the small Caddises.

    10th May 2024 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    I was surprised to find a fresh Pearly Underwing at the window, my earliest record by four months. It may have been lurking after the previous nights trapping which yielded 8 ffys: Common Pug, Common Carpet, Chinese Character, Buff Ermine, Pale Tussock, Swallow Prominent, Notocelia cynosbatella and Mompha subbistrigella (2)

    10th May 2024 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    When I checked the egg boxes in my trap this morning to make sure everything had flown away overnight I found this beauty. How I missed it yesterday morning I do not know.

    Puss Moth

    9th May 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    Floodgates have opened! 3 Species of day flying micro in the afternoon: Micropterix aruncella ; Psychoides filicivora (8) and best of all Pachyrhabda steropodes - Fern Signaller, netted as I was setting up the traps. Confirmed by Neale Mellersh as the 3rd record for Somerset. In the traps this AM 109 moths of 47 sp.

    FFY : Epiblema scutulana ; Elachista argentella ; Barred and Pebble Hook-tips ; Maidens Blush ; Flame Carpet (4) ; Silver-ground Carpet (2) ; Small Phoenix (3) ; Small White Wave ; Dwarf Pug ; Yellow-barred Brindle ; Scorched Carpet ; Brown Silverline ; Marbled Brown ; Pale and Great Prominents ; Herald ; White Ermine ; Orange Footman (2) ; Spectacle ; Treble Lines (2) and Least Black Arches (5)

    Pachyrhabda steropodes, Fern Signaller

    9th May 2024 - Lippetts Way, Catcott

    by Mat Ridley

    It was only when I was putting away the trap just now that I realised I’d over looked an Orange Footman, clinging to the underside of the lid… best of the bunch I think.

    Orange Footman

    9th May 2024 - Lippetts Way, Catcott

    by Mat Ridley

    First outing for the trap this year, having been a bit busy with bird surveys etc of late. Single figures for Green Carpet, Muslin Moth and Flame Shoulder; single Bright-line Brown-eye and Chinese Character.

    Chinese Character

    8th May 2024 - Sightings at Bilbrook

    by James Penny

    Swallow Prominent x 1, Flame Shoulder x1, Muslin Moth x 2, Brindled Beauty x 2, Brimstone x 1, Chinese Character x 1, Common Wainscot x 1, Cypress Carpet x 1, Light Emerald x 1, Eudonia sp. x 1.

    8th May 2024 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    25 macros of 20 species. Firsts for the year were Small White Wave, Knot Grass, Mocha,Pale Tussock, Sandy Carpet, Spectacle, Common Pug and Bright-line Brown-eye. Late Streamer and Brindled Beauty were bit of a surprise.

    8th May 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Still poor numbers, even with promising conditions - only 15 moths, but a very varied 11 species. 4 Muslin Moths, 2 Green Carpets, and singles of Hebrew Character, Red Twin-spotted Carpet and Light Brown Apple Moth, plus 6 FFYs - White Ermine, Orange Footman, Broken-barred Carpet, Silver-ground Carpet, Rustic Shoulder-knot and Clouded-bordered Brindle. The kitchen window also atttracted another Green Carpet and a Brimstone Moth.

    A small Caddis and an Ichneumon Wasp in the trap added further interest - for me, anyway.

    8th May 2024 - Cocklake

    by Steve Pilkington

    19 species from 21 moths is a decent return. 5 micros of 2 species yet to ID. FFY were Eudonia angustea, Small magpie, Orange footman, Green carpet (2), White pinion spotted, Common carpet, Willow beauty, Peppered moth, Shuttle shaped dart, Flame shoulder (2), Poplar hawk, Pale tussock and a Galium carpet - only my 5th and first since 2018.

    7th May 2024 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    A reasonable night last night, with 15 moths of 12 species. FFG was a nice Pine Beauty, a species thinly recorded in the county. FFY were Many-plume Moth (2), Garden Carpet, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Small Phoenix, Green Carpet, White-spotted Pug and Knot Grass. Also of note was a nice, though smelly, Black Sexton Beetle, my first for a couple of years!

    Pine Beauty

    7th May 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Back down from the dizzy heights of 21 moths to the now more usual 7 - 2 each Muslin Moths and Green Carpets plus 3 FFYs - Pebble Prominent, Red-green Carpet and Poplar Hawk. Better luck next time?

    6th May 2024 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    What a difference a day makes! 54 macros of 26 species was easily the busiest night of the year so far. 8 firsts for the year included one of my favourites , Scalloped Hazel.

    At the AGM we were shown some excellent slides illustrating the difference between a couple of problem species including Oak Hook-tip and an adventive hook-tip I've forgotten the name of. It was suggested these slides would be available on the website. I can't find them. Are they available?

    I also saw this Pyrausta Nigrata at Thurlbear this afternoon whilst enjoying some sunshine and a few spring butterflies.

    Administrator's note: there was an article on separation of the Hook-tips on page 15 of issue 17A of the Nocturnal Record (2023).

    Pyrausta nigrata

    6th May 2024 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    The sunshine encouraged two long-horns to shake off the chilly blues and visit the garden. Cauchas rufimitrella, Meadow Long-horn and Nematopogon swammerdamella the Large Long-horn. Also a Plutella xylostella, Diamond Back, Agonopterix arenella, Brindled Flat-body and five Anthophila fabriciana Common Nettle-tap also made an appearance.

    Cauchas rufimitrella
    Nematopogon swammerdamella

    6th May 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    21 moths of 14 sp. including 6 FFY. One short but violent thunderstorm came through but none of them drowned. FFY : Tachystola acroxantha ; Common Carpet (2) ; Common Marbled Carpet ; Coxcomb Prominent and Pale Tussock.

    5th May 2024 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    To quote Macduff, ' Horror, horror, horror. " A moonless early May night and just 5 moths. 2 Green Carpets were firsts for the year and a very minor highlight.

    4th May 2024 - Westbury-sub-Mendip

    by Peter Bright

    MV Robinson over night 6 muslin moths and 1 each of campion, rustic shoulder-knot, iron prominent and a buff-tip. 3 weeks ago a dotted chestnut and a least black arches overlooked as a post.

    Iron Prominent
    Rustic Shoulder-knot
    The Campion
    Dotted Chestnut
    Buff-tip
    Least Black Arches

    4th May 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Nallet

    by Paul Newman

    Even more excitement (I'm easily pleased). 21 moths, but only 4 species. 13 Muslin Moth males (my highest ever total - it's a good year for them it seems), 2 each Hebrew Characters and Light Brown Apple Moths, and 4 FFY Green Carpets.

    4th May 2024 - Daytime observations

    by Jane Cole

    Morning sightings of Acleris schalleriana Viburnum Button larvae in spun, twisted Guelder Rose leaves, a Spuleria flavicaput Yellow-headed Cosmet adult and Monopis weaverella Carrion moth adult both moving around freely, all on mixed garden hedge. Early evening sightings of Cochylichroa atricapitana (Cochylis) Black-headed Conch and many Tachystola acroxantha Ruddy Streak over grass and possible others that I didn't manage to keep up with. Oh and of course Nettle-tap.

    Acleris schalleriana
    Viburnum Button larvae
    Cochylis atricapitana
    Black-headed Conch
    Spuleria flavicaput
    Yellow-headed Cosmet
    Tachystola acroxantha
    Ruddy Streak
    Monopis weaverella
    Carrion moth

    3rd May 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Oh joy !! Into double figures for the first time in 3 weeks. 17 moths of 6 species - 10 Muslin Moths, 2 Hebrew Characters, and 1 each Clouded Drab and Brindled Beauty, plus FFYs Flame Shoulder (2) and Common Carpet.

    Warmer nights are coming to us soon, they say - we'll see.

    2nd May 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    A touch less cold (min 6.8c) but still a pesky wind gusting above 20mph. 13 moths of 10 sp. including 3 FFY : Diamond-back Moth , Depressaria daucella / Water-dropwort Brown and Poplar Hawk-moth. Better conditions coming next week so they say.

    1st May 2024 - Chrysoesthia sexguttella

    by Sue Davies

    Chrysoesthia sexguttella, Six-spot crest, 3mm long, emerged today from mines collected from Orache mid Sept.23, pupated early Oct. Kept in a dry pot overwinter. Earlier stages in library.

    Chrysoesthia sexguttella
    Chrysoesthia sexguttella

    28th April 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Slightly less cold, slightly less moon, slightly less wind - must mean slightly more moths, right? Well, in theory maybe, but in practice no, not really. Just 4 brave souls ventured out into the trap - 2 Muslin Moths, 1 each Hebrew Character and Brindled Beauty. However, there was a Brimstone Moth on the kitchen window - probably a bit warmer there.

    Yje Met. Office is promising warmer times ahead - we can but dream.

    25th April 2024 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    Absolutely dire mothing recently but unsurprising considering the weather. Almost a complete waste of time last night saved only by my first hawk moth of the year, a Poplar Hawk. 2 Hebrew Characters were the only others who braved the north westerlies.

    Poplar Hawk-moth

    23rd April 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    It has finally dawned on me why my catches are so low - I have actually believed the Met Office forecast !

    Last night the low temp was actually 4.3c rather than the 7c forecast. 2 moths inside the traps and 7 outside plus a Silver-Y nectaring on 'Honesty' at 2230. Of note : Streamer (3) ; Brimstone Moth (2) ; Waved Umber and Muslin Moth. A Nettle-tap was flying during the afternoon.

    20th April 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Still pathetic numbers, even though the conditions were not all that bad - cold and moony, yes, but not windy. Just 5 moths this time - 3 Muslin Moths, and single Hebrew Character and Brindled Beauty.

    Oh for a warm, muggy and moonless night!!

    19th April 2024 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    20 moths of 9 species - always pleasing to get a Streamer, also a Garden Carpet and Pebble Prominent were FFYs. A surprise was a very late March Moth.

    18th April 2024 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    A warmer day and the prospect of a cloudier night tempted me to put the trap out. In hindsight it wasn't the best idea, since I had just 4 moths of 3 species, 2 Early Grey, 1 Hebrew Character and a 1 Small Quaker. I'd have been delighted with Tim's catch!

    18th April 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    Still no improvement - in fact quite the opposite. An overnight low of 7c and a moderate breeze resulted in just 13 moths between the two traps. one FFY : Flame Shoulder (2). The rest comprised : Twenty plumed Moth ; Red Twin-spot Carpet (2) ; Oak-tree Pug ; Early Grey ; Powdered Quaker and Hebrew Character.

    14th April 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Two nights' worth of trapping, and not a lot to show for it - the combined total of 16 moths of 5 species. Most numerous, 5 each Muslin Moth and Brindled Beauty. The forecast for the next few nights is not looking promising, so I will probably not bother for a bit.

    12th April 2024 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    Less than expected last night but a Great Prominent was very welcome. Only my third ever record and the first for 10 years. I assume that this was an early record as my previous 2 sightings had been in mid May.

    Mullein, V Pug and Purple Bar were other firsts for the year.

    Great Prominent

    12th April 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    34 moths of 19 sp. was far fewer than I had expected from a ''mild'' night (min 10.2c) but the variety was not bad at all. 8 FFY : Agonopterix arenella ; Epinotia immundana ; Frosted Green ; Streamer (4) ; V-Pug (2) ; Oak-tree Pug ; Common Pug and Brimstone Moth. Also of note: Twenty plumed Moth (3) ; Acleris literana ; Shoulder Stripe ; Early Thorn (4) ; Brindled Beauty (2) and Engrailed.

    12th April 2024 - Cocklake

    by Steve Pilkington

    Another dry night thankfully. 18 moths of 11 species FFY were The Streamer (only third record) Least black arches, Waved umber and Tawny pinion.

    12th April 2024 - Re: P. stenopodes

    by Paul Newman

    Steve C - is it possible to upload your photos to the "Species" section please ?

    11th April 2024 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    Contrary to what most are finding I am having a good year here in Pen Elm with lots of FFYs, if not in good numbers: Nut-tree Tussock, Waved Umber, Water Carpet, Beautiful Plume, Tachystola acroxantha on the10th April and Scorched Carpet, The Mullein, Purple Thorn, Pale Prominent and Oak Nycteoline on the 11th (all singletons).

    11th April 2024 - Cocklake

    by Steve Pilkington

    17 moths 9 species - Herald, Pebble prominent, Early grey, Muslin moth amongst the macros. Just a single micro - a very early Elachista maculicerusella which I have only ever seen on 3 occasions previously, all in July/August. Neale M. tells me that the earliest record prior to this was the 30th April in 2005

    11th April 2024 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    The forecast looked promising but a cool wind and some clear skies produced a disappointing tally - 7 moths of 4 species. The only FFY was Brindled Beauty.

    Brindled Beauty

    11th April 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    An improvement in variety, if not much in numbers. 21 moths of 12 species this time, - the usual bunch of Orthosias, as well as Brimstone Moth, Brindled Beauty, Oak-tree Pug, Herald and Light Brown Apple Moth, and 4 FFYs - Muslin Moth (2), Pale Pinion, Mullein Moth (first adult for many years, not seen larvae here either for two or three years), Pale PInion and Waved Umber (first for 2 years). Quite a nice collection, plus 3 more small Caddises and an early Cranefly, plus hundreds of mini-flies (only a specialist dipterist would know what species !!)..

    11th April 2024 - Pachyrhabda steropodes

    by Steve Chapple

    A trip into the garden for salad leaves resulted in the capture to this lovely little moth. Thanks to James McGill for confirmation. Our website gives this as a description:

    This moth, an adventive species on ferns, was reported new to Somerset from the Radstock area in 2022

    Pachyrhabda steropodes
    Pachyrhabda steropodes

    9th April 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Well, the wind did drop, but the effect on the moths was minimal. Just 17 of 6 species this time - 10 Hebrew Characters, 2 each Common Quakers and Clouded Drabs, plus singles of Brindled Beauty, and FFYs Brimstone Moth and Oak-tree Pug. 2 small Caddises lurking in a corner too.

    7th April 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    The gales from Kathleen abated as the evening wore on so I took a chance. Result , 49 moths of 18 sp. 6 FFY : Agonopteryx heracliana ; Brindled Beauty ; Lunar Marbled Brown (2) ; Angle Shades ; Powdered Quaker and Red Chestnut. Also of note ; Shoulder Stripe and Muslin Moth.

    6th April 2024 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    I haven't bothered with the trap recently due to the weather but was pleased to find an Angle Shades clinging onto the edge of the front door, where it's stayed for the last two days!

    6th April 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    The forecast outer fringes of Storm Kathleen made the prospect of large numbers of moths a mere dream, and most of them stayed at home, surprise, surprise. Only 8 Orthosias ventured out here - 4 Hebrew Characters, 3 Common Quakers and one Twin-spotted ditto, plus a very small Caddis, made up the grand(?) total. Better luck next time when the wind drops (I hope).

    6th April 2024 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    A nice selection of moths (41 of 18 species) included my third recorded Frosted Green and first since 2019. Other FFYs were: Brimstone Moth (2), Oak-tree Pug (5), Brindled Beauty, Iron Prominent, Dyseriocrania subpurpurella and a suspected Northern Drab. Other moths of interest were: Brindled Pug (3), Pale Pinion, Lunar Marbled Brown and a late Oak Beauty.

    Frosted Green

    3rd April 2024 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    A Lunar Marbled Brown here last night was my first for 4 years having previously recorded it every year since 2003. Other firsts for the year were Muslin Moth and Nut-tree Tussock.

    Lunar Marbled Brown

    2nd April 2024 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    15 moths of 10 species that included 3 FFYs: Lunar Marbled Brown, Grey Shoulder-knot and Shoulder Stripe

    1st April 2024 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    Still very little about but two Dark Sword Grass were a surprise.

    Dark Sword-grass

    30th March 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    56 moths of 7 sp. but again nothing new. Brindled Pug (5) ; Early Grey (20) ; Clouded Drab (6) ; Common Quaker (14) ; Small Quaker ; Hebrew Character (9) and Twin-spotted Quaker.

    30th March 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Similar numbers to recent trappings, but at least a bit more interesting - 24 moths of 6 species, including 10 Hebrew Characters, 4 Clouded Drabs & 3 Common Quakers, plus 3 FFYs - Brindled Beauty (5), Powdered Quaker and Herald. Another large Caddis too.

    30th March 2024 - Heathfield TA4

    by Simon Davies

    Happy Easter everyone!

    35 moths of 7 species : 3 beautiful Powdered Quaker were new for the year, and the garden.

    Powdered Quaker

    27th March 2024 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    26 moths of 7 species - a fresh Dark Sword-grass was the only FFY in the actinic. Earlier I disturbed 3 FFY micros in the garden: Caloptilia falconipennella, Caloptilia semifascia and Esperia sulphurella (thanks to James McGill for ID confirmation).

    Caloptilia falconipennella
    Caloptilia semifascia
    Esperia sulphurella

    26th March 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Cold, full moon, breezy - might as well put the trap out! Result? 20 moths of 6 species, which was fair in the circumstances. 7 each Hebrew Characters and Common Quakers, 2 each Clouded Drabs and March Moths, and 1 each Small Quaker and Twin-spotted ditto. All very symmetrical. Also one large Caddis, and there was a March Moth on the kitchen window earlier in the evenng. Could have been worse.

    24th March 2024 - Hestercombe gardens

    by Simon Davies

    This morning on alkanet, large numbers of scarlet tiger caterpillars.

    Scarlet Tiger

    21st March 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    60 moths of 16 sp. but the only FFY was found when I opened the fridge door and discovered a White-shouldered House Moth ! Best of the rest : Diurnia fagella (2) ; Brindled Pug (15) ; Early Tooth-striped and Dotted Border. Orthosia numbers dropped dramatically.

    21st March 2024 - Butleigh garden

    by Sue

    Expected a good night, but no, just 4 Clouded drab and 2 Hebrew Characters!

    20th March 2024 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    12 moths again, this time 5 species. FFY were Twin-spotted Quaker and Hebrew Character (2). The remaining 9 were all Orthosias!

    19th March 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    A very mild night should have produced a goodly number of moths, but it didn't. Just 20 individuals, but at least there was a degree of variety, with 8 species, viz: 4 Hebrew Characters, 6 Common Quakers, 1 Small Quaker, 3 March Moths, 2 Twin-spotted Quakers and 1 Clouded Drab, plus FFYs Agonopterix alstromeriana (2) (first for 2 years), and Small Eggar (first for some time). These last have occurred here at irregular intervals for over 20 years, so I assume there must be a small persisting resident population hereabouts.

    19th March 2024 - Fiddington

    by Rod Cole

    Hummingbird Hawk nectaring from daffodils, 5.30 pm. Not an obvious association.

    18th March 2024 - Butleigh garden

    by Sue Davies

    First MV trap of the year, 1-2 each of expected Orthosias, Early Grey, Early Thorn and a nice Oak Nycteoline.

    17th March 2024 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    At last, up and running this year, with my first overnight trapping. 12 moths of 9 species, all but 3 FFY - White-shouldered House Moth, Light Brown Apple-moth (2), Shoulder Stripe (2), Double-striped Pug, March Moth, Early Grey (2), Clouded Drab, Common Quaker and Small Quaker.

    17th March 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    Despite a low of 5.7c a good night was had by all. 116 moths of 20sp. including 6 FFY : Ypsolopha mucronella ; Diurnia fagella ; Spruce Carpet ; Brindled Pug (18) ; Engrailed and Pale Pinion. Also in the traps : LBAM ; Shoulder Stripe (2) ; Red-green Carpet ; Double- striped Pug ; March Moth (3) ; Oak Beauty (2) ; Dotted Border(2) ; Early Grey (16) ; Chestnut (11) ; Clouded Drab ; Common Quaker (20) ; Small Quaker (19) ; Hebrew Character (11) and Twin-spotted Quaker (3). and one for Paul -- Nicrophorus humator - the Black Sexton Beetle.

    17th March 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Well, the weather relented (a bit) but it had little effect on the moths. Just 23, of 5 species, with nothing new. 9 Hebrew Characters, 5 March Moths, 4 each Clouded Drabs and Common Quakers, and an Oak Beauty. There were two male March Moths on the kitchen window the previous evening, taking over the places of the A. heracliana.

    15th March 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Quite a bit colder, under 40F, so numbers down proportionally. 10 Hebrew Characters, 4 Common Quakers, and singles of March Moth, Oak Beauty and Clouded Drab. Better luck next time, when the weather relents.

    14th March 2024 - Combe Down, Bath

    by Paul Wilkins

    Only my second trap so far this year. Small Actinic trap in my suburban garden with lots of light pollution so I never expect too much!

    Brindled Beauty

    Common Quaker

    Small Quaker

    Dotted Chestnut

    Hebrew Character

    March Moth

    Dark Chestnut (despite the time of year it has all the characteristics of this species)

    Dotted Chestnut
    March Moth
    Small Quaker
    Dark Chestnut?

    12th March 2024 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    At last better conditions if a little breezy. 44 moths of 14 species was my best return of the year so far. FFY's were Pine Beauty (a welcome return after three years), Twin-spotted Quaker, Dotted Border, Ypsolopha mucronella and Depressaria daucella. A fresh Depressaria ultimella was a FFG - many thanks to James McGill for confirmation.

    Depressaria ultimella
    FFG

    12th March 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Considering the mildness of the night, fewer moths than one might expect. 43 of 7 species this time. 24 Hebrew Characters, 9 Common and 1 Small Quakers, 6 Clouded Drabs, 1 late-ish Early Moth, 1 FFY Light Brown Apple Moth and another Acleris umbrana, this one a bit frayed around the edges. Also 2 Ichneumon Wasps

    12th March 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    Best of the year, so far. Min temp 9.7c with damp but not wet conditions. 85 moths of 12 species. FFY were: Shoulder Stripe; Muslin Moth (my earliest - previous being 11 April); Clouded Drab and Twin-spotted Quaker. The rest were: Early Thorn (3); March Moth (2); Oak Beauty (3); Early Grey (4); Chestnut (24 -my highest count) ; Common Quaker (26); Small Quaker (10) and Hebrew Character (8).

    Muslin Moth
    Shoulder Stripe

    12th March 2024 - Fiddington

    by Rod Cole

    A solitary and handsome Nut-tree Tussock sat upon the wall was a surprise, so early. Its chums? Twin-spotted Quaker (1), Clouded Drab (4), Common Quakers (6), Small Quakers (9), Hebrew Character (1), Early Thorn (1), March Moths (3), Brindled Pug (1).

    12th March 2024 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    Best night of the year here last night with 31 macros of 11 species. Best of the catch were Water Carpet and Pale Pinion, both firsts for the year.

    Water Carpet
    Pale Pinion

    10th March 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    More moths and more variety this time - 46 moths of 6 species, viz: 30 Hebrew Characters, 10 Common Quakers, 2 each Clouded Drabs and Small Quakers, and FFY singles of Twin-spotted Quaker and Early Grey. Onwards and ever so slightly upwards.

    6th March 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    A min temp of 2.6c led to an underwhelming catch of 21 moths of 8 species. March Moth was the only FFY. The rest comprised : Mottled Grey ; Oak Beauty ; Dotted Border ; Early Grey (2) ; Common Quaker (6) ; Small Quaker (7) and Hebrew Character (2).

    6th March 2024 - Fiddington

    by Rod Cole

    Small Quakers (8) now outnumbering the Common ones (3): there were at least 18 of the latter a week or so ago, remarkably early in the season. 4 Hebrew Characters, 3 March Moths and an Early Grey: sum total by 10 pm and lights out.

    5th March 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Fings is gettin' better. 23 Moths of 4 species - 13 Common Quakers, 7 Hebrew Characters, 2 Small Quakers, and a FFY Oak Beauty, the first here for two years.

    5th March 2024 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    My 4th species of the year (no trapping yet) on the porch wall - Double-striped Pug. The only months I haven't recorded the species are November through to January.

    2nd March 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    In spite of the forecast frost (which duly happened) I put out the MV trap in hope, and was rewarded with the princely total of 8 moths. 3 Hebrew Characters, 2 each Common and Small Quakers and a Clouded Drab. Tough cookies, these Orthosias!

    29th February 2024 - RSPB West Sedgemoor

    by Simon Davies

    Agonopterix arenella found in viewing hide and Ypsolopha mucronella flew in an overgrown old apple orchard on the reserve, both found in daylight.

    Agonopterix arenella
    Ypsolopha mucronella

    28th February 2024 - Westbury-sub-Mendip

    by Peter Bright

    3 Common Quakers, 3 Hebrew Characters, a March Moth, a Clouded Drab and a pale Brindled Beauty. A damp but a bit warmer than days before.

    Pale Brindled Beauty
    Clouded Drab
    Living up to its name.

    26th February 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Yet another cold and moon-ridden night, so expectation was not high. Just as well !! Only 8 moths this time, and nothing new.

    19th February 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    After the remarkable moth bonanza of 16th, back to normal this time (well, it was a couple of degrees colder). Just 15 moths of 4 species - 9 Hebrew Characters, 3 Common Quakers and 2 March Moths in the trap, and another A. heracliana on the window.

    18th February 2024 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    A big improvement with 24 moths of 11 species - 4 FFY were Pale Pinion, Clouded Drab (2), Early Thorn and March Moth.

    18th February 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    19 moths of 8 species after a cooler night than forecast (min 6.4c) Four FFY : Double-striped Pug ; Early Thorn ; Early Grey and Common Quaker (4). Others were Acleris literana - my second this year ; Spring Usher ; Dotted Border and Chestnut (9). In response to Ian's thoughts on a good start to the year , I recall last year having a terrible start but I finished with my highest species count since moving here in 2014. You just never know !

    18th February 2024 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    Small Quaker, Early Grey and a tired looking Dark Sword Grass were my 19th,20th and 21st macro species this year. It is normally around mid April when I get to this number and on one occasion I didn't record 20 species until May.

    Do early records relate to a good future year? The only years that have come close to this were 2007 and 2012 ( both around 10th March) which turned out to be 2 of the worst mothing years this century.

    Dark Sword-grass

    18th February 2024 - Curry Rivel

    by Maurice Pugh

    Eudonia angustea first moth of the year found 10pm outside on kitchen wall

    18th February 2024 - Agonopterix umbellana

    by Rob Grimmond

    In September 2022 I trapped an Agonopterix umbellana, the first county record since 2000. This gorse feeder is a rare moth in the county nowadays. This morning, I found a tatty moth on the porch wall which turned out to be this species. So, I imagine there is a local population. I'm on the eastern slope of the Blackdowns, which has good areas of gorse.

    Agonopterix umbellana

    16th February 2024 - Westbury-sub-Mendip

    by Peter Bright

    10 moths, 7 Hebrew Characters, 1 Dotted Border, 1 Common Quaker and 1 March Moth.

    Hebrew Character
    March Moth
    Dotted Border
    Common Quaker

    16th February 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    A veritable flood of Orthosias (plus a few others) !! 60 Common Quakers, 50 Hebrew Characters, 2 Small Quakers and a FFY Clouded Drab, plus 1 Early Moth, 1 Chestnut, 2 FFY Grey Shoulder-knots, 1 FFY(very) Early Thorn and 1 FFY March Moth. Quite astonishing numbers for mid-February. Could this be a portent of a good year to come? One can but hope.

    15th February 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    In the words of the gentleman in "One Foot in the Grave" -- I don't believe it !! An Acleris umbrana in an almost identical place on the inside porch wall this evening. I KNOW I released the one yesterday, so unless it's the same one which prefers my house to the gatden, it must presumably be a second one. Have they been hibernating in the house? Will there be more? Watch this space.

    15th February 2024 - Bryopsis muralis - Curry Mallet

    by Jane Cole

    A 3rd for 2024 Bryopsis muralis (Nyctobrya) Marbled Green 73.085 larva, with pale blue variable pattern on Blue Lias wall. It's an ideal mild and murky morning.

    Marbled Green
    Larva February 2024

    14th February 2024 - Heathfield TA4

    by Simon Davies

    12 moths of 7 species to MV last night, best so far. Dotted border 70.255 new to the garden. Early thorn and A. alstromeriana (2) new this year. Hebrew character, Common Quaker (3) and The Chestnut (3) made up the rest with one Agonopterix sp. for ID please : see second image.

    Dotted Border
    Agonopterix : species uncertain

    14th February 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    11 moths of 7 species was a fair return on a damp, murky night. Min temp. 11.5c Five FFY : Acleris literana ; Dotted Border ; Early Moth ; Small Quaker and Dark Swordgrass. The others were Chestnut (5) and Hebrew Character.

    Acleris literana

    14th February 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    A very fortunate sighting, this one - I was about to take my dog out, and spotted a small Tortrix on the porch wall, seemingly poised to nip outside when I opened the door. I boxed it in order to ID it on my return. On close inspection I found that it was an Acleris umbrana, still an uncommon moth in Somerset, although increasing in numbers. This is my second record here, the first in October 2022 (confirmed by Neale Mellersh). Happy days !!

    13th February 2024 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    A nice selection of early season moths included: Oak Beauty, Small Quaker, Pale Brindled Beauty, Hebrew Character, Angle Shades and Tortricodes alternella all singletons and FFY. The latter I have now recorded here for the last 3 years - none before that. Other moths were Common Quaker (5) and Chestnut.

    Tortricodes alternella

    13th February 2024 - Taunton

    by Simon Davies

    The Chestnut came in to the bedside light last night, after just Hebrew Character and A. heracliana to MV overnight 11/2/24. Nicotiana sylvestris germinated overnight in the kitchen, after 10 days patiently waiting.

    The Chestnut
    73.194 Conistra vacinii

    12th February 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Quite a bit colder, so fewer moths out and about. 8 Hebrew Characters and 3 Common Quakers in the trap, plus another Agonopterix heracliana on the kitchen window (or maybe the same one as before, making a return to its old patch).

    12th February 2024 - Common Quaker

    by John Paterson

    Apart from a Twenty-plume Moth I found in the house a week or so ago, this is the first moth I have trapped this year after a number of attempts.

    Common Quaker
    An early visitor

    10th February 2024 - Overwintered migrant

    by David Agassiz

    A little gardening yesterday revealed a moth which turned out to be Udea ferrugalis which must have emerged from an overwintering larva.

    10th February 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    That's better! A cool moonless night, with some light rain later on, yielded 32 moths of 6 species. 16 Hebrew Characters, 9 Common Quakers, 2 Early Moths, plus 3 FFYs - Small Quaker (2), Chestnut and Pale Brindled Beauty (2). We're off (not before time) !!

    10th February 2024 - Westbury-sub-Mendip

    by Peter Bright

    My first moth of year and fourth light trapping.

    Common Quaker

    5th February 2024 - Dewick's Plusia breeding in garden

    by Steve Chapple

    I reared to pupation an unidentified larva found in October on nettles in the garden. Returning home yesterday from a trip abroad I was amazed to discover that a Dewick's Plusia had emerged but had unfortunately died in the box.

    Dewick's Plusia
    Ex larva

    5th February 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    CORRECTION -- My posting for 02/02 should have read Hebrew Character rather than Setaceous H. C.

    It comes to us all in time !

    4th February 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    The kitchen window did as well as the MV trap this time - 2 moths each. On the window, 1 Early Moth and 1 FFY Agonopterix heracliana, and in the trap, 1 Hebrew Character and 1 FFY Common Quaker. Exciting times we live in.

    4th February 2024 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    Three firsts for the year last night, Oak Beauty, Dotted Border and Grey Shoulder-knot.

    I don't normally look to closely at the micros but whilst looking out for a Silver-spotted Veneer without success I came across this Acleris umbrana which appears to be a reasonable record

    Acleris umbrana
    Oak Beauty

    3rd February 2024 - Heathfield TA4

    by Simon Davies

    First trap of ‘24 : Hebrew Character, Common Quaker, Agonopterix heracliana and Tortricodes alternella, a common moth (vernacular name Winter Shade or Spring Harbinger: take your pick!) not previously seen here albeit that my trap is usually still tucked away for the winter at this time.

    Tortricodes alternella

    3rd February 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Well, what do I know? Not a lot apparently. I had thought that the Winter Moths were finished for this season, but lo! and behold!! one turned up on the window - exactly one month since the last one. It ain't over yet - the fat lady is still silent.

    2nd February 2024 - Court House, Barwick & Stoford

    by Adam Gale

    The first full year of being able to trap at this site, (when time allows), so jumped at the chance to get some new site records with milder conditions on the Friday night. Singles of Pale Brindled Beauty, Common Quaker, Early Thorn and Ypsolopha ustella. 3 Tortricodes alternella were pleasing firsts for me, and a rather stunning non-moth catch of a single Cream-striped Darwin Wasp (Ophion obscuratus).

    2nd February 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    Two traps run for 3 moths - not very economical ! At least they were all FFY Acleris cristana , Oak Beauty and Setaceous Hebrew Character. Also in the actinic : Yellow-spotted Sedge and Cream-striped Darwin Wasp.

    Acleris cristana

    2nd February 2024 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    I put my trap out last night hoping to catch up with the early migrant action. I was rewarded with a very early and very surprising Gem. I have recorded this moth about 20 times since 1996 and apart from one in early April all the other records have been from the late summer onwards.

    The Gem

    1st February 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Another trapping, another moth (or was it the same individual as the previous one, 2 nights before?). In spite of less wind, less moonlight and a few more degrees of mildness, just the one Hebrew Character again. Ho hum.

    31st January 2024 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    5 moths last night all unsurprisingly firsts for the year. They were my first ever January Double-striped Pug, Common Quaker, Hebrew Character, Chestnut and Dark Chestnut. There was a possible Spring Usher flying about the trap in the evening but it never made its way inside. I haven't recorded one here for over 10 years so it would have been a good record.

    30th January 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    A cold night, and a 2/3 moon - not conducive to many moths. And so it turned out - just one extremely early Hebrew Character, and nowt else. Still, it 's a start. Carry on chaps.

    29th January 2024 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    Mild and no rain: Spring Usher (first for a 3 years), Common Quaker (2) and Agonopterix alstromeriana - all 3 are my earliest records.

    28th January 2024 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    As Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer would say... And Awaay ! A mild night (min 9.6c) and not too much wind produced 10 moths of 7 species. Common Plume ; LBAM ; Red-green Carpet ; Mottled Grey ; Pale Brindled Beauty ; Spring Usher and 4 Chestnuts.

    27th January 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    My first trapping of the year, after all the "weather" we've been having, produced a moth - yes, a whole one !! Appropriately, a male Early Moth, the first here since January 2022. Onwards and upwards.

    25th January 2024 - Cream-spot Tiger moth larva - Curry Mallet

    by Jane Cole

    A larva on the wall this afternoon.

    Cream-spot Tiger

    25th January 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Well, I was right about the Winter Moths ending their regular visits to my kitchen windows - the last ones were on 3/1, none since - unsurprising given the long spell of frosty nights and the howlings of storms Henk, Issa and Jocelyn.

    Maybe the trap can go out again soon? One lives in hope !!

    22nd January 2024 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    After seeing a Peacock in the garden during a brief sunny spell I was inspired to put my trap out for the first time this year. A strong breeze ,a clear sky and a nearly full moon wasn't encouraging so the single moth, a Red-green Carpet, wasn't a surprise.

    21st January 2024 - Shipham

    by Nigel Voaden

    Two new locations for the mines of Phyllonorycter nigrescentella today, on Lyncombe Hill and in Star, to the NW and N of the village. It seems to be quite a common species around the lanes in this area.

    17th January 2024 - Nocturnal Record

    by Sue Davies

    All our members should have received both copies. Please let me know if you haven't got them. Thank you to everyone for their invaluable contributions and to Maurice Pugh and Jane Cole for their cover images. Sue

    Nocturnal Record Macros
    Nocturnal Record Micros

    3rd January 2024 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    The new year has started much the same as the old one ended - Winter Moth males having a boys' night out on my kitchen windows !! 8 on 1/1, 5 on 2/1 in spite of the remnants of Storm Henk still blowing a bit of a hooley all evening, but only one on 3/1 however, so maybe they are coming to an end for this winter? Watch this space.

    2nd January 2024 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    Wind and rain are not good for trapping but it is good for letting you catch up with your records.

    I have a basic system for rating the year as a whole and using this 2023 came out the 14th best year out of the last 21.

    There were some winners with Heart and Club(96) and Flame Carpet(17) both recording 3 times as many records as any previous year.

    Of the 417 macros I've recorded in the garden 138 have been ever presents. The moth with the sharpest decline here appears to be the Scalloped Oak. From averaging 50 records a year a decade ago I was down to just 2 last year. Hopefully it is just a short term blip but I fear that it will be lost from my ever present list.

    30th December 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    The weather has been consistently too dire to be bothering with the trap for the past two weeks or so, so I have been contenting myself with monitoring the male WInter Moths on my kitchen windows each evening. Since their first appearance 3 weeks ago, there have never been more than 3 at a time (they stay in the same spots all evening, so it's easy to observe this). However, this time there were a remarkable 9 , all in place from about 6.pm until bedtime. Why the sudden mass appearance, is a mystery. Maybe the start of a global take-over.

    24th December 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse etc

    by Paul Newman

    Wishing all readers (yes, that's you!) a very Merry Xmas and a New Year full of many and varied moths.

    17th December 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Another trapping, another moth. This time a second Mottled Umber of the year, a different one to the last, as the earlier one was the dark form, this one had the white background. No Winter Moths on the windows either.

    17th December 2023 - Curry Rivel

    by Maurice Pugh

    A late appearance of a Agonopterix alstromeriana on the outside of the kitchen window last night.

    15th December 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    A fair return for the time of year - 14 moths of 5 sp. December Moth (10) ; Angle Shades ; Yellow-line Quaker ; FFY Brick and a Chestnut.

    15th December 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    A mild, dark and relatively windless night promised much. Ho ho ho !! More moths (3 Winter) on the kitchen window than in the trap. BUT - alongside 2 small Caddises the sole moth in the trap was actually worth the effort, a FFG late White-speck. A nice surprise, as I don't usually get all that many migrants here.

    14th December 2023 - Elachistids from VC5

    by Will Langdon

    Very late to the party, but I have only just finished sorting my photos of a few Elachistid species that I found as larvae and reared in VC5 this spring.

    The highlight was the mysterious Elachista tengstromi, split from the externally-identical E. regificella a few years ago. I found young mines on Hairy Wood-Rush (Luzula pilosa) along Worthy Toll Road and in Hawk's Nest Combe and reared adults that were dissected by Peter Hall to confirm the identification. This appears to be new to VC5, and Somerset as a whole (barring the records of E. regificella on L. pilosa from Leigh Woods that probably refer to this species). The habitat was not particularly unusual where I found it and it seems likely that it will be more widespread on Exmoor, as the foodplant is pretty common, although I don't normally find it in the abundance that L. sylvatica sometimes occurs in.

    The next best was Elachista bisulcella, reared from Tall Fescue (Schedonorus arundinaceus) growing on the crumbling limestone cliffs at Watchet. This species also occurs on Tufted Hair Grass (Deschampsia cespitosa) in woodland. I have not been able to find it until this year when I searched a bit later than previously, finding it at other sites in mid-May, June and early July. It looks like this species is new to VC5. Earlier in the year I also reared E. obliquella from mines found on Brachypodium sylvaticum (False Brome) near here, E. cinereopunctella from mines on Carex flacca (Glaucous Sedge), and E. stabilella also on Tall Fescue, the latter two species are very common on the cliffs here.

    The final excitement was Elachista trapeziella, a species which feeds on Luzula that I have been hoping to see for a while. It seems it had not been seen on Exmoor for a little while, but it was common on both Luzula pilosa and sylvatica in Hawk Nest Combe (where it has been seen previously) and Yearnor Wood on the same day as E. tengstromi, and also E. regificella.

    All of these species are beginning to mine now, and are a really fun way to keep the mothing going over the winter if you are comfortable with learning a few grasses (or know a tame botanist who can help you).

    Elachista tengstromi
    Ex. larva on Luzula pilosa collected 29.i.2023, Worthy Toll Road, VC5, gen det Peter Hall
    Elachista trapeziella
    Ex. mine on Luzula sylvatica collected 29.i.2023, Yearnor Wood, VC5
    Elachista cinereopunctella
    Ex. mine on Carex flacca collected 07.iv.2023, Watchet, VC5
    Elachista tengstromi
    Ex. larva on Luzula pilosa collected 29.i.2023, Worthy Toll Road, VC5, gen det Peter Hall
    Elachista trapeziella
    Mine on Luzula sylvatica, 29.i.2023, Yearnor Wood
    Elachista stabilella
    Ex. mine on Schedonorus arundinaceus collected 29.xii.2022, Watchet, VC5
    Elachista bisulcella
    Ex. larva on Schedonorus arundinaceus collected 03.vii.2023, Watchet, VC5
    Elachista obliquella
    Ex. mine on Brachypodium sylvaticum collected 29.xii.2022, Watchet, VC5

    11th December 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    In spite of the forecast offering (guess what?) possible showers, I decided to see what moths were about, if any. The result? 2 male December Moths and a Mottled Umber, both FFY. A certain amount of water in the bottom of trap, but not really a lot, so the exercise was just about worth it. The Winter Moth males are sitting on my kitchen windows every evening, but still only in small numbers. They seem to like the fluorescent light, as they don't come to other windows..

    7th December 2023 - Curry Mallet

    by Jane Cole

    Raining all day but then it stopped so I put the trap out for the night, 9C down to 4.5C:

    Angle Shades 1

    December moth 2

    Feathered Thorn 3

    Scarce Umber 1 (1st this winter)

    Sprawler 1 (7th this winter)

    Winter moth 1 (2nd this winter)

    Emmelina monodactyla Common Plume 1

    Epiphyas postvittana LBAM 1 very worn

    7th December 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    A surprisingly dry night let me put out an actinic trap for the first time for a while. 2 Mottled Umbers and 6 December Moths was a fair return.

    Mottled Umber

    7th December 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    4 male Winter moths on my kitchen windows - there all evening from about 7.00 until bedtime. Technically not FFY, as there were some in January, but certainly the first this winter.

    6th December 2023 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    A FFY Winter Moth on the house wall yesterday. Still there late afternoon but being blown about a bit!

    22nd November 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    At last a mild night and only a little rain. 35 moths of 14 sp. : Acleris ferrugana/notana ; Rusty-dot Pearl ; December Moth (5) ; Spruce Carpet ; Red-green Carpet (5) ; November Moth agg ; Double-striped Pug ; Feathered Thorn (8) ; Angle Shades ; Red-line Quaker ; Yellow-line Quaker (4) ; Chestnut (3) ; Dark Chestnut (2) and Satellite. I would add images but my computer has hidden them and refuses to tell me where they have gone. Ho hum.

    22nd November 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Well, that was barely worth the cost of the electricity for the trap ! The sole moth therein was another Dark Chestnut, definitely a different individual to the last one, as this one had not been shredded by a passing Osprey or whatever, but was in relatively good nick. The only other live inhabitants of the trap were 2 Caddises and another small black beetle. With the forecast cold snap coming soon to a garden near me, I will probably save on my energy bills and wait till next week to try again.

    20th November 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    A very good night here for late November. 13 macros of 8 species. No highlights and the full list is as follows.

    3 Yellow Line Quaker, 2 each of Red-green Carpet, Spruce Carpet and December moth. Singles of Double striped Pug, Silver y, Feathered Thorn and Red line Quaker.

    20th November 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    There ought really to be more moths about, given the relatively mild weather and only a half-moon, but not here !! Just 2 Feathered Thorns, and singles of Rusty-dot Pearl and Dark Chestnut. The last-named was somewhat frayed at the edges, but at least the square termen was clear enough for a sound ID. Also there were 3 small Caddises and a few tiny flies, but all in all a poor catch.

    18th November 2023 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    8 Feathered Thorns was a record for me here. I also had Silver Y (2), LBAM (2), Rush Veneer, Setaceous HC, Turnip and November Moth agg. (2).

    18th November 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Possibly a bit too breezy for many moths, but there were 2 each of Silver Y and Feathered Thorn in the trap.

    There was momentarily a surprise earlier in the evening - I spotted two moths on the outside of my kitchen window, and at first thought they might be Winter Moths, the first since February, but when I looked a bit more closely, I thought they were a bit too big, so went outside to see, and they turned out to be Feathered Thorns. I imagine it won't be long before the Winter Moths do arrive, so I will leave the light on in the evenings for the moment.

    17th November 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    My first Mottled Umber of the year was the best of last night's few moths. The others were a Common Marbled Carpet, 2 Feathered Thorns and a late Dark Arches.

    Mottled Umber
    Feathered Thorn
    Dark Arches

    14th November 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Showers forecast, showers came, what a surprise. They did not come alone however - the trap held (apart from some rainwater) 1 Feathered Thorn, 1 Silver Y, 2 Caddises, 1 small black beetle, and (this was a surprise) 1 comatose Wasp. A bit late in the year for her to be flying at night, I think, but then what do I know?

    10th November 2023 - Beautiful Plume

    by Sue Davies

    Disturbed in the greenhouse today

    Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
    Butleigh garden

    8th November 2023 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    A Feathered Thorn (NFY) and Acleris schalleriana, both attracted to a lit window, were the only highlights in a otherwise drab spell of weather.

    Feathered Thorn
    Acleris schalleriana

    8th November 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    A forecast dry night tempted me to put out the trap, too. Only 3 moths for me. A Silver Y, a Chestnut and a Sprawler.

    The Sprawler was only my 7th record and the first since 2018 so worth the effort.

    The Sprawler

    8th November 2023 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    Like Paul I was tempted by the prospect of a dry night, so put the trap out until 22.30. Just 4 moths, but 2 FFY, December Moth and The Chestnut. The latter was the first for 3 years, mainly because I don't trap much at this time of year. The others were 2 Light Brown Apple Moths.

    The Chestnut

    8th November 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    No rain forecast (first time for 2 weeks) - hooray !! And none fell - even more hooray !! 7 moths made it into the trap - 3 November agg. plus singles of Beaded Chestnut, Red-line Quaker, Red-green Carpet, and Feathered Thorn. More heavy rain due tonight (9/11) apparently. Oh well.

    7th November 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    Agonopterix alstromariana disturbed from the log pile in the garage this morning.

    Agonopterix alstromeriana

    5th November 2023 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    A battered Brick (NFY) and a late Acleris sparsana were the pick plus several Red-green Carpets (having a good year here), Green-brindled Crescent, LBAM, Common Plume, November Moth agg. (2) and Merveille du Jour (2), were the only takers in short sessions between the showers.

    The Brick

    5th November 2023 - Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    Hummingbird Hawk-moth again this morning, this time nectaring on Salvia and, surprisingly, Schizostylis (Lily).

    1st November 2023 - Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    A nice, bright, beacon in these dismal days - a Hummingbird Hawk-moth nectaring on Abelia in the garden this morning.

    27th October 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    Just 19 moths of 11 sp. Must be the Moon. Nothing new this time , just the 'dying embers' of the mothing year: Pine, Spruce, Red-green and Common Marbled Carpets ; November Moth agg (4) ; Feathered Thorn (2) ; Silver-Y ; Barred Sallow (having a good year) ; Red, and Yellow-line Quakers and a Chestnut.

    27th October 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    The forecast was for some light rain in the early part of the night, plus a nearly full moon, but I put out the trap anyway. In the event, there was only a very small amount of rain, but even so there were only 6 moths in the trap - 5 November Moth agg., and a FFY Feathered Thorn.

    25th October 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    Autumn moths never seem to be as numerous here in the south of the county as they appear to be elsewhere. Most species only come in ones or twos and I don't anticipate getting double figures of any species until the spring.

    Last nights catch of 10 macros of 7 species was very typical for the time of year. However I do seem to record a good number of migrants and last night, amongst the Rush Veneers and Rusty-dot Pearls, I had another Vestal and my first Gem of the year.

    The Gem

    24th October 2023 - Convolvulus Hawk-moth

    by Sue Davies

    A friend found one inside her garden parasol in Somerton today.

    Convolvulus Hawk-moth

    23rd October 2023 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    I found a rather ugly, shiny caterpillar inside the actinic moth trap a few weeks ago, it pupated and emerged today - a Turnip Moth (NFY)

    Turnip Moth

    22nd October 2023 - Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    Typically, I get low numbers late in October but 3 moths of 3 species was a bit much! They were Light Brown Apple Moth, November Moth agg. and FFY Pearly Underwing. With the latter, I did at least manage to continue a good, recent, run of migrants.

    22nd October 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Several degrees colder, so the wimps stayed at home. Just 19 moths of 8 species, none new. The only slightly unusual one was a late Large YU, otherwise the same old stuff.

    21st October 2023 - Westbury-sub-Mendip

    by Peter Bright

    1 large wainscot, 1 chestnut, 4 November moths agg. and 2 beaded chestnuts in small haul from garden.

    Large Wainscot
    Beaded Chestnut
    November Moth
    Agg.
    The Chestnut

    21st October 2023 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    I reluctantly brought the traps in at 1am when the rain became too persistent. There were plenty of moths around and a good prospect for a really good haul. Nevertheless I had 34 moths of 22 species with one FFY a pristine Grey Shoulder-knot and one NFG a Zelleria hepariella.

    Zelleria hepariella
    Grey Shoulder-knot

    20th October 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    A nice mild misty night, with no rain (hooray) and overcast, so not a lot of moonlight, produced 47 moths of 15 species, including FFYs Dark Chestnut and Acleris cristana, both the first for two years. Also 3 Chestnut (not quite FFY, as I had one of last year's brood in February), and a late Lesser YU. The only migrants were a Silver Y and a Rusty-dot Pearl. November Moth agg (14) and Beaded Chestnut (8) the main contributors again.

    20th October 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    Another damp night, but mild, with a low of 12.9c. 140 moths of 31 sp. brought 3 FFY: Phyllonorycter messaniella -- only my second one here, the other was in 2017; Feathered Thorn and Large Wainscot --again, only the second one here after a six-year gap. Others of note: Rusty -dot Pearl (2); Vestal (2); Red-green Carpet (23); November Moth agg (14); Green-brindled Crescent (2); Barred Sallow (5); Chestnut (21); Dark Chestnut; Grey Shoulder-knot; Merveille du jour and Shoulder-striped Wainscot which seems to be having a second brood. Late addition - Scoparia ambigualis - I think! Please correct me if I'm wrong.

    Phyllonorycter messaniella
    Scoparia ambigualis
    Large Wainscot

    20th October 2023 - Continuing migrants in Weston

    by David Agassiz

    Last night despite a certain amount of rain there were some more migrants in my town centre garden: M. albipuncta (White-point), H. armigera (Scarce Bordered Straw) and O. leucogaster (Radford's Flame Shoulder) - the second one of these this month. Maybe some of these are becoming established locally since they continue to appear.

    19th October 2023 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    I had a rush of blood to the head after seeing the forecast of a generally dry night with light winds and decided to put the trap out. It was a good decision, as the outcome was 11 moths of 8 species, with a FFG in the form of Scarce Bordered Straw and 2 FFY in the form of November Moth agg. and Large Wainscot. It was only my 5th record of the latter.

    Large Wainscot
    Scarce Bordered Straw

    14th October 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Unsurprisingly, in view of the cold, a mere 8 moths of 4 species, viz. 3 each Beaded Chestnut and Lunar UW, and singles of November Moth agg., and Red-line Quaker. Maybe better luck next time.

    12th October 2023 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    I was surprised to find a Palpita vitrealis (third garden record) on the office window last night during a heavy rain storm. For the record I also recorded a Dewick's Plusia (my second garden record) on Sept 27th.

    Palpita vitrealis

    12th October 2023 - Cocklake

    by Steve Pilkington

    75 moths of 21 species. 32 of which were Box tree moths. 13 were FFY as I had not been able to trap most of this autumn. Figure of Eight and Dark chestnut had not been seen here since 2018. Others were Black rustic, Flounced chestnut, Beaded chestnut,,Brown spotted pinion, Feathered thorn, Barred sallow, Sallow, Green brindled crescent, Large wainscot, A.yeatiana and November moth agg.

    12th October 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    A really odd collection of species last night. Apart from a Sallow this lot could have come from any month of the year. Migrants were 3 Delicates, 2 Silver Ys and a Dark Sword Grass. Others included 2 Straw dots, Ghost Moth, Gold Spot, 2 Double Striped Pugs,Brimstone, Pale Mottled Willow and a Vines Rustic. Hardly a typical October haul.

    11th October 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    A 2nd generation Swallow-tailed moth was my first here for at least 10 years . Prior to this nearly a third of my records were from the Autumn. Looking at the phenology on the website shows that it wasn't just here that they stopped having an Autumn generation. Why what appeared to be a successful strategy suddenly stopped is a mystery to me.

    Swallow-tailed Moth

    10th October 2023 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    It was showing a rediculous 16.5 degrees when I brought the traps in at 5am and was probably my best ever October count with 68 moths of 34 species. Four FFY were November Moth agg., Green Brindled-crescent, Blair's Shoulder-knot (3), and my first Crocidosema plebejana for a few years. Other notable moths were Vestal (4), Red-green Carpet (2 - one very well marked), Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Pine Carpet, Deep-brown Dart, Carcina quercana, Large Wainscot and the main numbers taken up with Barred Sallow (8) and Box-tree Moth (8).

    Crocidosema plebejana
    Red-green Carpet

    10th October 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    As Rob said, last chance for a while to trap brought a good return of 61 moths of 26 sp. Two FFY : Pine Carpet and Green-brindled Crescent (2). These have brought the total species for the year here to 417 - my highest total in the 9 years I've been here. Did not expect that back in April/May when all was doom and gloom. Blood-vein and Shoulder-striped Wainscot (2) were unexpected this late in the year. Others of note: Rusty-dot Pearl (2) ; Box-tree Moth (2) ; Red-green Carpet (4) ; November Moth agg.(2) ; Barred Sallow (3) ; Flounced Chestnut ; Red-line Quaker (2) ; Yellow-line Quaker (7) and Delicate.

    10th October 2023 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    With an unsettled period in prospect, I decided to put out the trap. Numbers continuing to be low but better than a couple of days ago - 12 moths of 7 species. One FFY was Barred Sallow. I put the Ni Moth lure out again but had just a Silver Y.

    Also of note was my highest count of Box-tree Moths - 4. My first was in 2022, when I recorded 2. This year I've recorded 20 so far, which suggests they've become established. There must be some local Box hedges on which they are feeding!

    Barred Sallow
    Silver Y

    9th October 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallett

    by Paul Newman

    Slightly more interesting - 40 moths, but only 9 species, including FFY Red-green Carpet and FFG (Boo! Hiss!) 2 Box-tree Moths. It was only a matter of time before rhey got here, so I can now look forward to my Box bushes being shredded in due course. Beaded Chestnut (21) by far the most numerous again.

    One mystery - a small plain grey Tortrix (no obvious markings at all) - the right shape and size, but I think a bit too late for a Timothy T (which I did get earlier this year) - any ideas, anyone?

    8th October 2023 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    Onto familiar ground here for this time of year - just 9 moths of 5 species. There was a FFY though, The Vapourer (male), sitting at the trap entrance all night. The only migrant was a Rusty-dot Pearl. Also of interest in a small catch was my first October record of Willow Beauty.

    I was interested to see Ian's comments about Blair's Shoulder Knot. I was recording it quite regularly between 2012 and 2017 but haven't recorded it since.

    8th October 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Not a very inspiring catch this time - 35 moths, but only 11 species, with FFY Autumnal/November Moth (agg), a very dark melanic specimen (actually very attractive). Also very late appearances for Broad-bordered Yellow UW and Straw Dot, and a second Large Wainscot for the year. Beaded Chestnut (18) again the top scorers.

    7th October 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    A clear night did little to help moth numbers here last night. No migrants at all. Merveille de Jour and Blair's Shoulder Knot were both firsts for the year. The latter moth has become something of a rarity around here. As recently as 2014 I recorded 37 of them but have not recorded it twice in the last 3 years. I thought it might be due to felling a huge leylandii type tree a few years ago. However, looking at the reporting rates on the website it might be just a case of an adventive reaching its peak and then becoming less common which seems to be a regular occurrence.

    Blair's Shoulder-knot

    7th October 2023 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    Hummingbird Hawk-moth in the garden today, nectaring on Abelia. Also a Ruby Tiger caterpillar ambling across the lane into the garden!

    6th October 2023 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    After recent nights, a disappointing trap, with just 12 moths of 7 species. There was a Vestal, though, and two more Box-tree Moths, which have been ever-present this year.

    Making up for the poor catch was the highlight of the night - FFG 2 Dewick's Plusias to the Ni Moth lure. I've tried the lure a few times in recent weeks, not even getting a single Silver Y, and would probably have not bothered any more this year if I'd had another blank. So, patience paid off in the end!

    There were 10 county records before this year, which alone seems to have surpassed that total. Whether they are immigrants or colonists, only time will tell.

    Dewick's Plusia
    Dewick's Plusia

    6th October 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    A quiet night produced 63 moths of 26 sp. Two FFY were November Moth agg. and Merveille du Jour (2). Others included Box-tree Moth; a rather late Barred Hook-tip; Beaded Chestnut (5); Flounced Rustic; Delicate and L-album Wainscot.

    6th October 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    A fair catch this time - 35 moths of 15 species, with 3 FFYs - Green-brindled Crescent, Vestal and Carcina quercana (very late, so a possible second brood). Beaded Chestnut (13) again the biggest contributors. One each very late and battered Blood-vein and Common Wainscot - both certainly looked to have been round the block a few times!! Several assorted Caddises, 2 small black beetles and an Ichneumon Wasp added to the variety.

    6th October 2023 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    44 moths of 18 species including a late and very fresh Four-spotted Footman, Large Wainscot (NFY), Pine Carpet, Red-line Quaker (NFY), Vestal (3), Cypress Pug and Red-green Carpet.

    4th October 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    A poor night on 2/10, mainly due to bringing the trap indoors early (as "heavy rain" had been forecast for later in the night) resulting in a total catch of only 4 moths and a few other beasts, this trapping (4/10) was more productive, with 28 moths of 8 species, with just one FFY, a Red-line Quaker. Beaded Chestnut (13) surprisingly outnumbered Lunar UW (8). Again quite a few other insects, including 4 Harlequin Ladybirds, which seem to be regular visitors recently.

    4th October 2023 - Clancy's Rustic in Weston

    by David Agassiz

    One Caradrina kadenii in my trap this morning.

    2nd October 2023 - Palpita vitrealis

    by Stephen Massey

    Trapped with Robinson MV at my garden Stoke St Michael VC 6

    Palpita vitrealis

    1st October 2023 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    36 moths of 17 species. No FFY but I recorded my second Delicate of the year and my first October Straw Dot. I also had my third Vestal in the last week.

    1st October 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    A lovely murky night with Hill fog and drizzle. Min temp 14.6c. Several migrants: Rusty-dot Pearl (3) ; Rush Veneer (2); Vestal; Silver-y; Scarce Bordered Straw and Delicate (3). Others of note: Garden Rose Tortrix; Box tree Moth; The Mallow; Clifden Nonpareil; Barred Sallow (4); Flounced Chestnut; Yellow-line Quaker (3); Red-line Quaker; Brindled Green; Black Rustic (19) and L-Album Wainscot (2). In all 133 moths of 34 sp.

    Must not forget the Hornets (19) !

    Clifden Nonpareil
    The Delicate
    L-album Wainscot
    Scarce Bordered Straw

    1st October 2023 - Vestal moth

    by Nigel Dudley

    Vestal moth seen today at Dolebury Warren confirming the note in the 29th

    The Vestal

    30th September 2023 - Curry Rivel

    by Maurice Pugh

    A poor count last night, up to 23.30hrs, most numerous were 4 Lesser Yellow Underwings.

    But best of all was a NFG a Dewick's Plusia. Never had one either back in my Cadnam days.

    Dewick's Plusia

    30th September 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    The full moon is still having a detrimental effect on numbers. This time much better than the last, (it was warmer), but still not all that good for early Autumn. 30 moths of 11 species, with FFYs Beaded Chestnut (3) and Barred Sallow (3). Lunar UW (13) the main contributors again. A solitary SiIver Y the only likely candidate for a migrant, although at this time of year it could well be a home-grown specimen.

    29th September 2023 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmnd

    Judging by reports here and on social media, I had a good night, with 14 moths of 8 species!!! FFY were Acleris sparsana, Rusty Dot Pearl and The Vestal (2). A strange catch really, considering that three of the moths on a quite night were migrants. Others were Light Brown Apple Moth, Common Marbled Carpet (4), Double-striped Pug, Lunar Underwing (3) and Large Yellow Underwing. From reports on social media, there seems to have been an influx of The Vestal.

    The Vestal

    29th September 2023 - Dewick’s Plusia

    by Alick Simmons

    I’m still trying for migrant months whenever the conditions look right. I have in mind Vestal or Striped Hawk-moth. However, when I went to the trap this morning things looked very thin. In the final reckoning there were three macro-moths in total. However, one of them was Dewick’s Plusia which made up for the poor numbers. I’ve only ever seen this at Portland Bill and it seems scarce in Somerset so all good.

    Dewick's Plusia

    29th September 2023 - Holcombe, 29 September 2023

    by Christopher Iles

    Only six moths to light in the garden, but one was the first L-album Wainscot I've had here.

    29th September 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Full moons are the bane of all moth-ers I'm sure. 6 Lunar UW were the sole occupants of the trap. Barely worth the effort.

    26th September 2023 - Butleigh garden MV

    by Sue Davies

    Not the migrant bonanza I hoped for, just one Palpita Vitrealis, a trap full of Lunar Underwings that I gave up counting, Common Wainscot, Straw Dots, Barred Sallow, Willow Beauty, Frosted Orange, Lesser and Large YUWs, Setaceous Hebrew Character and micros Eudonia angustea, Box Moths and LBAM.

    26th September 2023 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve chapple

    Two Deep-brown Darts (NFY) and a Carnation Tortrix (FFG) were the pick out of 21 species from last night.

    Also, 97 Lunar Underwings, 17 Box-tree Moths, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and my earliest Beaded Chestnut.

    Deep-brown Dart
    Cacoecimorpha pronubana

    26th September 2023 - Blackthorn mines

    by Sue Davies

    Waiting for my lift after our committee meeting today, the car park produced:

    Stigmella plagicolella
    Phyllonorycter spinicolella
    Exit cocoon case
    Phyllonorycter spinicolella
    Larva
    Phyllonorycter spinicolella
    Mine

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    25th September 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    92 moths of 23 sp. Two FFY : Beaded Chestnut and Black Rustic (9). Best of the rest : Tinea semifulvella ; Box-tree moth (dark form) ; Common Marbled Carpet (18) ; Red-green Carpet (4) ; Pale Mottled Willow ; Lunar Underwing (23) and Oak Nycteoline. 15 Hornets were less welcome.

    25th September 2023 - Combe St Nicholas

    by Rob Grimmond

    Somewhat better than the previous session - 37 moths of 13 species. FFY were Garden Carpet and Beaded Chestnut. I was quite surprised that my first Garden Carpet of the year should be on such a late date. I usually get double figures each year, so perhaps something has happened to the local population. I also had my latest record of Celypha lacunana. Lunar Underwing (15) was top scorer.

    25th September 2023 - A special visitor

    by John Paterson

    The night of 25th September was not promising for trapping here in Frome. First there was a bright moon and then quite heavy rain in the early morning hours. The moths were few in number but included 8 Box Tree Moths, 4 Angle Shades and 3 L-album Wainscots. There was my first Black Rustic of the year and in addition this fine Clifden Nonpareil.

    Clifden Nonpareil
    Slightly worn but very obliging

    25th September 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    A bit more productive this time - 44 moths of 11 species, with 27 Lunar UW the bulk of the catch. FFY was an L-album Wainscot, and a FFG was a Dewick's Plusia (no photo, but seen/confirmed by Committee members).

    25th September 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    141 macros of 28 species was a good return for late September. Lunar Underwing led the way on 26 which shows how the season is changing. Barred Sallow and Red-green Carpet were firsts for the year.

    An helice Clouded Yellow in the garden yesterday afternoon increased the anticipation for overnight migrants. Possible candidates were 2 more Dewick Plusias, 4 Silver Ys, a Vestal and an L-album Wainscot. The latter was my second this month after not recording one since 2006.

    Dewick's Plusia
    L-album Wainscot
    Barred Sallow
    The Vestal

    22nd September 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Malletet

    by Paul Newman

    As athletics coaches are wont to say "marginal gains are key". so I suppose 2 more moths than last time probably counts as such !! There were 12 in total of 6 species this time, with one FFY, Angle Shades (2). Yet another Grey Chi, and an extremely battered and worn late Bright-line Brown-eye were the only others of even mild interest. Oh, and 2 large Caddises too.

    21st September 2023 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    My second worst September catch - just 12 moths of 4 species. But I'm surprised I beat Paul! It was clear, cool and damp, so a low catch wasn't a surprise. So few that I can list them - Common Marbled Carpet (2), Lesser Yellow Underwing (1), Large Yellow Underwing (1) and Lunar Underwing (8).

    21st September 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Well, I didn't think it was all that cold, but clearly the moths thought otherwise. 8 Lunar UW, 1 Silver Y and 1 Square-spot Rustic. That's the lot !!

    20th September 2023 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    27 species with a nice selection of NFY autumnal moths including: Pearly Underwing (3rd garden record), Red Underwing, Brindled Green (2) and Lunar Underwing (2).

    Pearly Underwing
    Red Underwing

    17th September 2023 - Butleigh garden MV

    by Sue Davies

    Commonest spp, Box Moths-12 and Hornets-14! A meagre selection of seasonal moths, FFY Brindled Green, Lunar UW, Centre-barred Sallow, Black Rustic. Also Ostrinia nubialis, L-angled Wainscot, Cypress and fresh DS Pugs. Angle Shades, Rosy Rustics and a Large Fruit-tree Tortrix.

    In the field behind our garden plenty of mines of Chrysoesthia sexgutella on Many-seeded Goosefoot.

    Chrysoesthia sexguttella
    On Many-seeded Goosefoot
    Chrysoesthia sexguttella
    Leaving mine

    17th September 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    Good numbers of moths were still in the trap after being saved from torrential rain and sheet lightning just before dawn. Highlights were Large Ranunculus, Large Wainscot,Sallow and Lunar Underwing as firsts for the year. 4 Delicates was the first time I've recorded this moth as anything other than singletons since the great migration year of 2006.

    The Delicate
    Two of the four
    Large Wainscot

    15th September 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    After the poor showing last time out, it was a bit more encouraging to get more than twice as many moths this time - 70 in total, although again very little real variety with just 18 species. FFYs were Lunar Underwing (2) and a very late (? 3rd.generation) Double-striped Pug, the first one here since May 2022.

    13th September 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    Less than a hundred macros in the trap this morning so it was a big surprise to find 2 Dewicks Plusias in the last but one egg box. Only my 3rd and 4th records and the first since 2015.

    Dewick's Plusia

    13th September 2023 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    What a difference a couple of nights makes! Last night's total was 36 moths of 18 species, the total being 30% down on two nights ago. It was more like a late September catch. There was a first though - The Delicate. I can't say it was a garden first since I found it on the bathroom mat this morning! It must have entered through the open bathroom window. Otherwise, typical species for this time of year. One of interest was a Straw Dot, the second record for the year after one in June; so, a moth from each brood!

    The Delicate

    13th September 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Send for Sherlock!! The case of the missing moths. Only 32 this time, of just 12 species - I can't even blame the Hornets, as I haven't had any this year.

    Dewick's Plusia - spot on, Peter, well done !!

    13th September 2023 - Westbury-sun-Mendip

    by Peter Bright

    Dewick’s Plusia early at MV light this evening. Have I got this right? Not a common moth?

    Dewick's Plusia

    11th September 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    Scenes of carnage in the traps this morning. Ten Hornets in the actinic and four in the MV had feasted on mostly LYU, but also Burnished Brass, Copper Underwing, Frosted Orange and Feathered Gothic. The rest of the moths were all suffering PTSD! There were still 221 moths left of 51 sp. Two FFY: Lunar Underwing (3) and Autumnal Rustic (2). Others of note: Ypsolopha sequella ; Olindia schumacherana ; Box-tree Moth (2); Snout (19); Burnished Brass (8); Silver-Y (10); The Anomalous; Rosy Rustic (3) and LYU (19 + body parts of 7 or 8 more). Two dead Hornets probably died of indigestion.

    11th September 2023 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    115 moths of 32 species. FFY were Double-striped Tabby (Hypsopygia glaucinalis), Copper Underwing, Lunar Underwing (2), Black Rustic, Large Ranunculus and Lesser Yellow Underwing. A distinct autumn feel now. It was my earliest Black Rustic by 8 days. Centre-barred Sallow is having a good year with 6, my highest total for a catch.

    Large Ranunculus

    11th September 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Praise be for a cooler night - far more manageable catch to deal with. Just over 100 moths, but again, poor in terms of variety with just 25 species. Two FFYs - an early Black Rustic and a late quite worn Maple Pug (not seen here for some years). There was also a fresh second generation Elephant Hawk-moth, 3 more Dark Spectacles, and yet another Grey Chi. The usual by-catch of beetles, Shield-bugs, Craneflies and Caddises all add interest (to me anyway!).

    11th September 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    Another 440 macros of 35 species last night. This September has already been busier than 15 of the previous 20 Septembers.

    Clifden Nonpareil was the highlight. I didn't record one last year having seen them every previous year since 2017 so it was good to have it back. An unseasonable Peach Blossom and a Vestal were the best of the rest.

    Clifden Nonpareil

    10th September 2023 - Lippetts Way, Catcott

    by Mat Ridley

    First venture in to the garden last night for my Robinson trap since moving to Catcott. Seventy moths of 25 species, over half of which were made up of Burnished Brass, Large Yellow Underwing and Setaceous Hebrew Character. Singles of Dusky, August and Canary-shouldered Thorns. L-album Wainscot was new to me, not caught in my years mothing in mid-Carmarthenshire, as were six Box-tree Moths.

    L-album Wainscot
    Cydalima perspectalis
    Box-tree moth

    9th September 2023 - September update, Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    A new month and at last some new moths. Although I have only trapped on 3 nights there have been some good numbers and good moths.

    On 3rd September I recorded 317 macros of 44 species with Cypress Pug and Copper Underwing being firsts for the year. LYU with 116 was the top scorer.

    On 7th September I recorded 662 macros of 54 species. 7 Centre-barred Sallows and 4 Frosted Orange were my first real autumn moths. Delicate, 2 Vestals and a Four-Spotted Footman showed evidence of migrants being about. 183 Setacious Hebrew Characters and 181 LYU made up the bulk of the catch. Highlight was my third Garden Dart.

    Last night was just as busy with 505 macros of 38 species. SHC was again most numerous with 194. Highlights were Barred Hook-tip, Hedge Rustic and what I have provisionally identified as my first ever Neglected Rustic.

    Maurice, that Passenger was a fantastic record. It must have been so exciting potting up such a rare but unmistakable moth. Many congratulations to you!

    Hedge Rustic
    Garden Dart
    Barred Hook-tip
    Neglected Rustic
    Unless anyone can tell me different.

    9th September 2023 - Light Emerald

    by John Day

    Yeovil

    Light Emerald

    9th September 2023 - Middlezoy moths

    by Simon Phelps

    Normal service resumed this morning, after the migrants on Wednesday. 44 species in my Middlezoy garden moth trap. Willow Beauty still in large numbers, 45 this time. 11 Box Tree Moth too. Highlights: Small Square Spot, Yellow Shell, Straw Dot, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Canary-shouldered Thorn.

    8th September 2023 - Curry Rivel

    by Maurice Pugh

    Trapped until midnight. 53 moths of 15 species. No NFY. Box-tree moths 12 and Willow Beauty 10 most numerous.

    Best of all was a NFG a Passenger. Administrator's note: this is a first for Somerset, let alone VC5. It is a very rare visitor from southern Europe and Africa and has been recorded mainly in south-east England. Well done Maurice!

    Passenger
    Passenger

    7th September 2023 - The Vapourer

    by Alick Simmons

    Despite the conditions being apparently ideal for migrant moths, over the last few nights, the best I have been able to catch is Silver-Y. However, I am still finding the odd NFG macro. I was very pleased with The Vapourer which came to light on the night of 7 September.

    The Vapourer
    Barrington, 7 September 2023

    7th September 2023 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    11 moths of 24 species. Just 3 FFY, Spindle Knot-horn (Nephopterix angustella), Red Underwing and Centre-barred Sallow. The Red Underwing is only my 2nd record, the first being in 2017. I discovered it on my neighbour's garage wall in the gloom at 6.10 a.m and had almost overlooked it! Large Yellow Underwings provided their highest one-night total for 3 years (42). Four Burnished Brass were also nice to see. Perhaps the most intriguing 'catch' of the night was a female Souther Hawker on the wall first thing!

    Red Underwing
    Burnished Brass
    Burnished Brass

    7th September 2023 - Addendum to earlier report of 6/9

    by Paul Newman

    The "round-up of strays" produced a further 24 moths and 3 more species, including a FFY Small Dusty Wave. Common Wainscots finally totalled 50, which is a record for this species here.

    7th September 2023 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    60+ species including a female Clifden Nonpareil (over 50 eggs laid), Old Lady, Hedge Rustic, Scarce Bordered-straw, Vestal, Centre-barred Sallow (4), Coptotriche marginea, Frosted Orange and two NFG: Euspilapteryx auroguttella and Acrobasis repandana (both subject to confirmation).

    Euspilapteryx auroguttella
    Acrobasis repandana

    6th September 2023 - Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    Best night of the year ! 434 of 70sp. including a few immigrants. FFY : Argyresthia semitestacella ; Vestel (4) ; The Anomalous (6) -- a single in 2021 was my only other record. ; Pale Mottled Willow (2) ; Feathered Gothic (2) ; The Delicate and a White-Point. Others of note : Rusty-dot Pearl ; Rush Veneer ; Brimstone Moth (39) ; Dusky Thorn (11) ; Light Emerald (18) ; Pinion-streaked Snout ; Centre-barred Sallow (3) ; LYU (61) ; Square-spot Rustic (41) and Setaceous Hebrew Character (44).

    The Anomalous
    Argyresthia semitestacella
    The Delicate
    White-point

    6th September 2023 - Middlezoy moths

    by Simon Phelps

    A brilliant night in my Middlezoy garden. Amazing numbers of moths! 63 species in total, with high numbers of common species and some nice rarer ones.

    There were signs of migration, with sand/dust coating the trap and 3 Vestal and 1 White Point.

    Large numbers of some common species: 10 Brimstone, 19 Square-spot Rustic, 48 Willow Beauty, 32 Common Wainscot, 21 Setaceous Hebrew Character, 39 Large Yellow Underwing, 10 Snout, 14 Burnished Brass.

    Other highlights were: Box-tree moth, Centre-barred Sallow, Dusky Thorn, Brussels Lace, Lilac Beauty, Dark Spectacle, Pale Mottled Willow, Cypress Pug, L-album Wainscot, Rosy Rustic, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Peach Blossom, Frosted Orange, Carcina quercana, Garden Rose Tortrix, Lesser Cream Wave, Chinese Character, Treble Brown Spot, Eudonia pallida, Tinea semifulvella, Agonopterix alstromeria, Prays ruficeps.

    6th September 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Well, the warm night certainly brought out the moths (in numbers if not variety). 170 moths, but only 29 species (so far - there will probably be some strays to round up in the morning). FFYs were Cypress Pug, Sallow and Centre-barred Sallow (2). A second-generation Caloptilia betulicola was a nice highlight, as was a late Scorched Carpet. Common Wainscot (41) again the main contributors to the total.

    5th September 2023 - Sand Point

    by Paul Bowyer

    I ran a single LED for 4 hours last night recording 82 species, not bad for September. The plan was to intercept any migrants but not many migrants turned up. Delicate, RDP, Rush Veneer, Silver Y and White-point may have given some indication of a little bit of movement. Bucculatrix nigricomella, Galium Carpet, Scrobipalpa costella, Acleris rhombana, Grapholita janthinana were more expected visitors to the light whereas Depressaria ultimella was a new moth for the area.

    Depressaria ultimella
    male Gen Det

    5th September 2023 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    I only put out the actinic trap out for 90 minutes and was rewarded with two FFGs. A Dotted Clay - 'common' apparently but a new species for me here. The other was a Phyllonorycter species - Phyllonorycter dubitella? Any advice on the ID would be very welcome.

    Dotted Clay
    Phyllonorycter dubitella

    4th September 2023 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    99 moths of 27 species. Just 2 FFY, Garden Rose Tortrix and Pale Mottled Willow (2). Large Yellow Underwing (25), Brimstone (12), Square-spot (11) and Vine's Rustics (9) provided the largest numbers. After a slow start, Brimstone has done well here this year. I've had the best year totals for Small Dusty Wave (6), Vine's Rustic (52) and Common Wainscot (24). In general terms, I've recorded just 220 species year so far, the lowest since 2018.

    4th September 2023 - Chesterblade Hills, 4 September 2023

    by Christopher Iles

    Plenty of moths in the fields, with the undoubted highlight being 11 Pale Eggar, a species I have never seen before, and which I was more than a little alarmed by when I first saw them as I took them for processionary moths...

    4th September 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Back to what is "normal" here at this time of year - 110 moths, and still not much variety, 29 species with no FFYs. Common Wainscot (27) far and away the most numerous. And a second Wasp for the year ! How exciting is that?

    2nd September 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Another slight improvement, but little in the way of variety. 49 moths of 17 species, and no FFYs. Common Wainscot (10) and Snout (7) the biggest contributors, and 2 more Grey Chi. No "Autumn Specials" yet. Quite an interesting "bycatch" however to brighten things up a bit - 11 small black Beetles (I had a big black Dor Beetle a few nights ago too), 2 Ichneumon Wasps, 2 Shield Bugs and assorted Caddises. As yet this year, only 1 Common Wasp and no Hornets - maybe the forecast warmer weather will bring in a few - always nice to play with!!

    2nd September 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    A very healthy 201 moths of 51 species. Best of the bunch was a very lost? Pretty Chalk Carpet - no chalk around here. Other FFY were : Box-tree Moth ; September Thorn and Pinion-streaked Snout. Top score of 20 shared by Snout and LYU.

    Pretty Chalk Carpet

    2nd September 2023 - Weston Moths

    by Paul Bowyer

    I trapped for an hour at Weston woods last night. At dusk around 30 Silver Y could be seen nectaring on Valerian along with a single Pearly Underwing. Best moth of the night was Dewick's Plusia. 19 species in total recorded.

    Dewick's Plusia

    2nd September 2023 - Middlezoy moths

    by Simon Phelps

    43 species in my Middlezoy garden moth trap. Great diversity for this time of the year. Highlights: Flounced Rustic, Dark Spectacle, Rosy Rustic, L-album Wainscot, Lilac Beauty, Orange Swift, Turnip.

    1st September 2023 - Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    80 moths of 31 species. FFY were Pale Eggar, Bordered Beauty (only my 3rd record and first since 2014), Common Wave (first September record) and Svensson's Copper Underwing. Large Yellow Underwing still top scorer, with 23. Interesting to note some late records - my first September records of V-Pug and Poplar Hawk-moth. Common Wainscot has been doing well here this year; I've recorded a record number, 20.

    Pale Eggar

    1st September 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    299 macros of 36 different species last night with nearly half, 145, being LYU. This sums up a typical August where I recorded nearly 4500 macros but of very little variety. Looking forward to the Autumn colours of September's moths which hopefully will be a welcome contrast to the dull brown of the last month.

    The only moth of any interest was a micro, Palpita Vitrealis.

    Palpita vitrealis

    31st August 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    A bit better, but not a lot - 33 moths of 16 species, and no FFYs. However, there were another 2 Grey Chi - they do seem to be doing well here this year, which is good.

    31st August 2023 - Pen Elm, Taunton, 28th and 30th August

    by Steve Chapple

    A short actinic session produced my first male Bulrush Wainscot (got quite excited briefly) and a worn Hedge Rustic - not seen since 2013 and 2014 despite concerted efforts to find it again here. A full trapping session on the 28th amassed 50 species but only a few FFY: Rusty-dot Pearl, The Engrailed (my 3rd record), Prays ruficeps, Cydia splendana and Matilella fusca.

    Prays ruficeps

    30th August 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    I suspect the majority of moths were dazzled by the "Blue" supermoon, so didn't see my trap light. In the event, only 17 moths did drop in. The 13 species comprised 11 singletons plus 3 each Light Brown Apple Moth and very surprisingly 3 more Grey Chi. I wonder if these have taken a liking to my "wildlife garden" (aka jungle) and bred here - it's certainly a nice surprise to get more than one in the same year!

    30th August 2023 - 6.002 Antispila petryi

    by Sue Davies

    Found on Dogwood tree in our garden, cut out for pupa 5mm diameter.

    Antispila petryi
    Antispila petryi

    29th August 2023 - Box Tree Moth Sighting

    by Kim Wheadon

    The Box Tree Moth flew into our house, in Cannington, Nr Bridgwater. We guided it out back into the night, but only after we’d turned out one of our lights, which it kept trying to fly through the glass to get to!

    29th August 2023 - Crook Peak

    by Paul Bowyer

    I ran a single LED trap at Crook Peak for an hour and a half recording 37 species. At dusk a Fox Moth larva was seen emerging from a clump of mixed Salad Burnet and Cotoneaster. Singles of Yellow Belle, Jersey Tiger and Box Tree Moth. Best macro had to be Annulet, I haven't seen one for a few years. Just a few micros seen including: Agonopterix arenella, Rush Veneer, Phyllonorycter messaniella, Mompha miscella and 2 Mirificarma mulinella both in a worn state, determined by dissection.

    The Annulet
    Yellow Belle
    Fox Moth
    Larva

    28th August 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Another poor night's trapping - only 40 moths of 20 species. The only moth of interest was a Grey Chi, a "northern" species which I get most years, but only usually comprising one or two singletons. Looking at the distribution map, it would seem that I am more or less on the southern fringe of its range in Somerset - VC5 hardly gets them at all. I suspect that I only get them when the wind is blowing southwards from the Mendips !!

    27th August 2023 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    73 moths of 32 species. FFG was Garden Lance-wing (Epermenia chaerophyllella) and FFY were

    Lime-speck Pug, Angle Shades and Flounced Rustic. Large Yellow Underwing top scorer again, with 22, followed by Vine's Rustic (15). Also of interest was my 16th Mocha of the year, my best year for the species.

    26th August 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Where did all the moths go? A mere 37 this time, after regularly passing 100 a night for some while. Only 13 species, with just the one FFY, a Cloaked Minor, to relieve the gloom. Oh well, better luck next time (ever the optimist!).

    24th August 2023 - Jersey tiger moth

    by Ann F

    Found inside our house in Merriott, released through the window and saw the orange under the wings.

    23rd August 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Life goes on in much the same manner as in recent times - 118 moths of 39 species, with FFYs Poplar Grey and Common Wave. Common Wainscot (21) and Large YU (17) the most numerous again. Another Jersey Tiger lurking at the bottom of the trap was the third this year so far - although they are now becoming much more common, they don't seem to call in here all that often.

    22nd August 2023 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    An improvement in numbers, with 114 moths of 37 species. FFY were Black-tipped Ermine (Yponomeuta plumbella), Golden-brown Tubic (Crassa unitella) and Yellow-barred Brindle. A pretty unexciting haul overhaul, with Large Yellow Underwing again top scorer with 22. It was nice though to get a Yponomeuta species that could identified without dissection!

    22nd August 2023 - Halsway Manor moths

    by Alastair Stevenson

    Excellent start to David Brown's Butterflies & Moths course at Halsway Manor, near Crowcombe. Two Porter's Rustics, Ypsolopha alpella, Ypsolopha scabrella, Buccalatrix ulmella, Caryocolum tricolorella, Argyresthia semitestacella, Amblyptilia punctidactyla, and one Delicate.

    Porter's Rustic

    22nd August 2023 - Weston Moths

    by Paul Bowyer

    I trapped at Sand Bay 9pm to midnight with a single LED trap. At dusk Eucosma tripoliana and larva of Silver Y at the top of the marsh were found. In the marsh a good number of Bucculatrix maritima, some 50+ seen in a small area. Lots of noctuids were nectaring on the grasses and aster. The catch was initially poor but when the tide dropped the wind also dropped and things started to improve. 6 Gynnidomorpha vectisana, White-point and Porter's Rustic came to the light. 40+ species recorded in the 3 hours.

    Porter's Rustic
    Male Gen Det

    22nd August 2023 - Jersey Tiger moth

    by Caroline Tickner

    Jersey Tiger moth seen this morning in Mill Lane (Lower Backway) Bruton. Also seen a few days ago in garden of 42 High St Bruton but no photo taken to confirm.

    Jersey Tiger

    21st August 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    340 moths of 73 sp. Just the four FFY : Rush Veneer (2) ; Garden Carpet (2) ; Rosy Rustic (2) and Hedge Rustic (2). Others of note : Beautiful Plume ; Garden Rose Tortrix ; Euzophera pinguis (4) ; Agriphila tristella (91) ; Catoptria pinella (3) ; Poplar Hawk-moth (3) ; Brimstone Moth (18) ; Jersey Tiger ; Common Wainscot (9) ; Six striped Rustic (5) and Setaceous Hebrew Character (19).

    21st August 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    A bit of an improvement in numbers (130), although the variety could have been better - 34 species, with FFYs Rosy Rustic,and Cydia splendana, plus a FFG Dark Spectacle. Seeing this last, I am wondering if I may have trapped it before, but misidentified it as the commoner Spectacle, whilst being on autopilot - we will never know !! To be fair to myself, it does appear to be less common in this part of the County. That's my excuse anyway.

    20th August 2023 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    71 moths of 26 species, with FFY Orange Swift, The Spectacle, Small Square-Spot and Setaceous Hebrew Character. Signs of autumn now! Large Yellow Underwing now clear top scorer, with 20.

    20th August 2023 - Weston Moths

    by Paul Bowyer

    I trapped for an hour and a half last night on the south side of Weston-s-Mare with a single LED. A pretty good catch of 54 species: Monochroa palustrellus, Bucculatrix maritima, Parornix torquillella and another Elachista consortella.

    Monochroa palustrellus

    19th August 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Another quiet night, even though warm and with little moonlight to distract the moths. Just 87 moths of 30 species, only one of which was a FFY, a Large Wainscot.

    19th August 2023 - Stock Hill

    by Paul Bowyer

    Dave Nevitt and I trapped at Stock Hill, despite the windy conditions we did quite well recording 110 species. Tawny Speckled Pug x3, Antler x2, Dotted Clay x1, August Thorn, Slender Brindle and a very worn geometrid Gen Det'd as Bordered Pug were the macro highlights. Micro's were well represented despite the wind included: Ocnerostoma friesei, Parornix scoticella, Coleophora striatipennella, Exoteleia dodecella, Acompsia cinerella and 5 Hemp Agrimony Plume hanging around it's food plant at dusk.

    Ocnerostoma friesei
    Female Gen Det

    18th August 2023 - Common Plume Moth Larvae

    by Sue Davies

    Clearing the Field Bindweed off my toms this morning I found a batch of Common Plume Moth larvae in various stages of development plus some adults. Will try and breed through, plenty of food plant!

    Emmelina monodactyla
    Emmelina monodactyla

    17th August 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    Favourable conditions gave a bumper catch of 577 macros of 58 species. It was typical August mothing with 118 Vines Rustic, 93 LYU, 83 Lesser BBYU and 52 Setacious Hebrew Character making up the bulk of the catch.

    Migrants at last made an appearance with 2 Vestals, 5 White Points and a Pearly Underwing. I also had 3 Turnip moths which are about a month earlier than I normally see them which may also be migrants.

    Tawny Speckled Pug was another first for the year.

    Tawny Speckled Pug
    White-point
    The Vestal

    16th August 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    A good haul despite a low of 11.4c . 334 moths of 86 sp. 12 FFY : Nemapogon clematella ; Yposolopha scabrella ; Argyresthia goedartella ; Oegoconia sp (prob O.quadripuncta) ; Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix ; Garden Rose Tortrix (2) ; Cochylis molliculana (2) ; Chevron ; Maple Pug ; Canary-shouldered Thorn ; Straw Underwing (my second one in 9 years here) and Six-striped Rustic (6).

    Nemapogon clematella
    Cochylis molliculana

    16th August 2023 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    An improvement on recent weeks, with 118 moths of 35 species. FFY were Ruddy Streak (Tachystola acroxantha), Oak Eggar (female), Poplar Hawk-Moth (2) and Square-spot Rustic. Joint top scorers were Pyrausta aurata and Large Yellow Underwing, with 13 each - a case of little and large! The former has been particularly abundant in the garden this year, on mint and oregano. Numbers of the latter are now beginning to pick up, this being the highest count so far this year. It's almost unbelievable to get my first record of Poplar Hawk-moth in August, usually it's in May.

    16th August 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    An average catch (for here) - 101 moths of 34 species, including 3 FFYs - Dusky Thorn (2), Rush Veneer, and Acleris laterana (3). There was a second 'spotless' male 4-Spotted Footman lurking on a wall, a few feet from the trap, and I almost missed it - still no sign of the 'spotty' female yet this year. I have finally reached 200 species for the year, several weeks later than usual.

    16th August 2023 - Cocklake

    by Steve Pilkington

    Last year I found 7 Convolvulus hawkmoth in my greenhouse and I suspected that this might be because a rogue Nicotiana had grown in one of our tomato pots. This year I planted 2 Nicotianas in the greenhouse and this morning found my first Convolulus HM. I imagine that it is the concentration of scent in the greenhouse and once in there may not find their way out.

    In the trap last night -74 species so far with FFY - Oak Eggar (male and female), Brown and Beautiful china marks, (alongside the Ringed china marks which have had a very good year here) and August thorn,

    From the 21st July two Coleophoras identified for me by Paul Wilkins - mayrella and albidella, the latter looks a good record for Somerset.

    14th August 2023 - Weston Moths

    by Paul Bowyer

    The garden trap in Weston has been a little disappointing with just a Shore Wainscot as the only noteworthy moth. Last night I ran a single LED trap at Bleadon Levels for 2 hours and recorded 37 species inlcuding: Scarce Bordered Straw, Lobesia abscisana, Agonopterix subpropinquella, Phtheochroa inopiana, Ptocheuusa paupella and Coleophora alcyonipennella.

    Scarce Bordered Straw
    Ptocheuusa paupella
    Shore Wainscot

    14th August 2023 - Curry Rivel

    by Maurice Pugh

    Trapped until midnight, 46 moths of 20 species.

    NFY were Agonopterix alstromeriana, Pyrausta despicata, Poplar Kitten and Straw Underwing.

    Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing with 12 and Vine's Rustic with 7 were the most numerous.

    14th August 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    Overnight rain and strong winds kept numbers down here. However it didn't stop a Spectacle spectacle. I normally only record Spectacles in twos or threes and Dark Spectacles as singletons. Last night I had 12 Spectacles and 5 Dark Spectacles, my first of the year.

    Dark Spectacle

    12th August 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Another reasonable catch - 87 moths of 38 species, with 2 FFYs - Mocha and Copper Underwing agg. Lesser Broad-bordered YU and Large YU both with 11 the most numerous.

    12th August 2023 - Gold spot at Cocklake

    by Steve Pilkington

    Outside my kitchen window Gold spot nectaring on Daphne flowers.

    Gold Spot
    Gold Spot

    12th August 2023 - Shapwick Heath

    by Paul Bowyer

    Dave Nevitt and I trapped at Shapwick Heath in the brief weather window recording close to 120 species. We started the evening with a couple of Brindled Pug larvae on Hogweed. A good variety of species came to light with several Webb's Wainscot arriving throughout the night. A single Cream-bordered Green Pea, Dotted Clay, 3 species of Thorn, 2 Bordered Beauty and lots of Small Seraphim were the stand out macros. A good variety of micros: Metalampra italica, Stigmella roborella, Epinotia solandriana, Parornix betulae, Phalonidia manniana, Agonopterix ocellana and a rather worn Elachista that was identified by dissection as Elachista consortella

    Brindled Pug
    Larva
    Metalampra italica
    Elachista consortella - Male Gen Det

    11th August 2023 - Westbury-sub-Mendip

    by Peter Bright

    177 moths of 43 species. 6 Jersey tigers, 2 white-point, 1 copper underwing, 1 mocha, 1 gold spot, 5 rosy footman, 38 lesser broad-bordered yellow underwing and according to ObsIdentify 8 Vine’s rustic, 1 the rustic and 3 not determined in this group.

    The Mocha
    Vine's Rustic
    Copper Underwing

    11th August 2023 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    This year I set myself a target to record all six clearwings that I have previously recorded in the garden. Yesterday, thanks to Rob, I set out the VES lure much later than usual and within a few minutes a Yellow-legged was secured. I now only have the Red-tipped to go despite several attempts and now probably too late. The light traps yielded 68 species with nothing much of note but a few FFYs: Oak Eggar (F), Rosy Rustic and my earliest Dusky Thorn (3).

    Yellow-legged Clearwing

    10th August 2023 - Middlezoy moths

    by Simon Phelps

    69 species in the trap in Middlezoy this morning. Some species in quite large numbers, such as 25 Straw Dot, 27 Brimstone, 10 Lime-speck Pug and 11 Gold Spot.

    Highlights: Magpie, Mocha, Shark, Marbled Green, Dark Spectacle, Cabbage, Light Emerald, Dog's Tooth, Jersey Tiger, Purple Bar, Pale Mottled Willow, Lychnis, Knot Grass, Aspilapteryx tringipennella.

    9th August 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    297 moths of 89 sp. Ten FFY : Monopis laevigella ; Pyrausta aurata ; Water Veneer ; Tissue ; Dusky Thorn (3) ; Sallow Kitten ; Jersey Tiger ; Vines Rustic ; Ear Moth agg (4) and Square-spot Rustic. Others of note : Honeysuckle Moth (3) ; Beautiful Plume ; Plain Wave ; Mocha (6) ; Golden-rod Pug ; Brimstone Moth (11) ; Ruby Tiger (2) ; Rosy Footman (6) ; Muslin Footman ; Scarce Footman (11) ; Poplar Grey ; Small Rufous (2) and Lychnis. Top score went to LYU ( 38).

    9th August 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    A muggy warm night and the waning half-moon combined to raise the catch quite significantly to more usual levels. 120 moths, of 46 species, with 5 FFYs - 4-spotted Footman (a "spotless" male), Oak Eggar, Orange Swift, Shaded Broad-bar, and a second-generation Pebble Hook-tip. Also making a second-generation appearance were Swallow Prominent and Sharp-angled Peacock. Lesser Broad-bordered YU (13) again the most numerous species. Micros (41 of 16 species) a noticeable increase on my usual range.

    9th August 2023 - Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    My first trapping session of the month produced 80 moths of 38 species. FFY were Satin Grass-veneer (Crambus perlella), Purple Bar, Wormwood Pug, Canary-shouldered Thorn, The Dun-Bar and

    Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (2). Top scorer was Eudonia mercurella, with 11, followed by Brimstone on 10 - finally a decent number of that species. A bit of a disappointment considering the weather forecast.

    9th August 2023 - Curry Rivel

    by Maurice Pugh

    Trapped until midnight.

    72 moths of 30 species.

    NFY were Orange Swift, Scarce Footman, Four-spotted Footman and Square-spot Rustic.

    Others included Mocha, Yellow Shell 3, Magpie, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Dusky Thorn, Common White Wave, Jersey Tiger 4, Silver Y 2 and Straw Dot 3.

    Four-spotted Footman
    Female

    7th August 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Another poor night, with just 53 moths of 26 species, including only one FFY, a second-generation Iron Prominent. No species managed more than 4 individuals, so they were spread quite evenly for a change.

    7th August 2023 - Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    Yellow-legged Clearwing attracted to VES lure this afternoon, my fifth clearwing species this year. I tried for it with the VES lure last month but kept getting Orange-tailed so decided to wait till this month. The big disappointment here this year has been the lack of Lunar Hornet Moths.

    Yellow-legged Clearwing

    7th August 2023 - Weston Moths

    by Paul Bowyer

    Today I was at Weston Sewage Works and found some Atriplex which had 2 freshly emerged Chrysoesthia sexguttella on it as well as some mines. I also found Coleophora anatipennella here and at Sand Point recently. At Hutton Moor, Weston I collected some mines from Narrowleaf Willow which emerged shortly afterwards as Phyllonorycter viminiella.

    Chrysoesthia sexguttella
    Adult
    Coleophora anatipennella
    Pistol Case Bearer
    Phyllonorycter viminiella
    Freshly emerged adult

    6th August 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepron Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Pathetic, really, for early August - just 42 moths, although there were 29 species, just very few of any of them. There were 4 FFYs - Jersey Tiger, Ghost Moth, Canary-shouldered Thorn and Gold Spot. Lesser Broad-bordered YU (6) the only species to have more than 2 individuals, and there were, surprisingly, no Common Footman this time.

    6th August 2023 - Garden Tiger

    by Maurice Pugh

    One seen in the garden today.

    Garden Tiger
    Garden Tiger

    6th August 2023 - Jersey Tiger at Nailsea

    by Chris Pelmear

    Suburban garden Station Road Nailsea at 12:45.

    3rd August 2023 - Curry Rivel

    by Maurice Pugh

    Trapped until midnight.

    35 moths of 15 species. NFY were Blood-vein and Purple Bar.

    Most numerous were 15 Brimstone moths. Others included Box-tree moth, Mother of Pearl 2, Yellow-barred Brindle, Jersey Tiger 3 and Common Rustic agg. 2.

    3rd August 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    No rain, and a light breeze, so again it must be the fullish moon which kept the moths at home. Just 51 moths of 23 species, and the only FFY was a Common Plume. Even the Common Footman (9) were thin on the ground (or in the air).

    3rd August 2023 - Lasiocampa quercus, female Oak eggar

    by Noelle Mace

    Seen basking in the sun in the open, conspicuously with its tawny furry wings and small white eye circled with in dark on the wings.It was resting on a Phlomis russeliana leaf, in a garden In Wells, Somerset, close to a street light. First time I had seen this moth in my garden. The identity of Oak eggar, female, was confirmed on the facebook group. Many thanks for that.

    Oak Eggar
    Beautiful furry moth.

    2nd August 2023 - Butleigh garden MV

    by Sue Davies

    At least the wind dropped. A very odd collection, commonest Ostrinia nubialis-12. Also White-point. FFYs, Dog’s Tooth, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Ypon. Plumbella. 3 plume spp, Common, Brindled and Crescent.

    White-point
    Dog's Tooth

    30th July 2023 - White Plume Moth

    by Noelle Mace

    In the garden in Wells: the first time I have seen this moth.

    Pterophorus pentadactyla
    Feathers and antennae blowing in the wind.

    30th July 2023 - Hummingbird Hawk-moth

    by Louise Bostan

    I saw a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in Wells in my parents' garden 20/7/23. I videoed it and took photos from that.

    Hummingbird Hawk-moth

    29th July 2023 - Caloptilia honoratella.....

    by Adam Gale

    Hi all, have recently started trapping at a new site local to me, just down the road in Barwick, on the outskirts of Yeovil. I caught this micro last Saturday night (29th July), which I thought might like good for Caloptilia honoratella. Still finding my way through the fascinating world of micros (and macros for that matter) so contacted some local Dorset moth-ers I occasionally trap with, and impressions are it looks good for C. honoratella. Was wondering what its current status is in Somerset, recent records, comments etc. Apologies for less than clear photos, one to work on!

    Caloptilia honoratella
    Barwick 29/7/23
    Caloptilia honoratella
    Barwick 29/7/23

    29th July 2023 - Jersey Tiger Moth

    by Nikki Ojiambo

    Super excited to discover a Jersey Tiger Moth in my garden in South Cadbury!

    Jersey Tiger
    Jersey Tiger

    29th July 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    No rain, but probably a light breeze and the 3/4 waxing moon brought the numbers down somwhat - 97 moths, but a slightly improved variety, with 43 species. This included 6 more FFYs - Lesser Swallow Prominent, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Lesser YU, Agriphela tristella, Acrobasis advenella (2), and Caloptilia betulicola.

    28th July 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    A good night after the rain stopped at 9pm produced 383 moths of 105 species, of which 35 sp. were micros. 14 FFY: Tinea semifulvella ; Aspilapteryx tringipennella ; Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix; Cochylimorpha straminae ; Epinotia nisella ; Cydia splendana (2); Endotricha flammealis (3); Golden-rod Pug; Lime-speck Pug; Tawny- speckled Pug; August Thorn (3); Iron Prominent; Garden Tiger and Rosy Minor (5).

    28th July 2023 - Curry Rivel

    by Maurice Pugh

    Trapped until midnight.

    39 moths of 20 species. NFG was a Lesser Wax Moth. NFY was a Double Lobed. Others included Scorched Carpet, Brimstone moth x5, Poplar Hawkmoth, Elephant Hawkmoth, Black Arches, Jersey Tiger, Dusky Sallow and a Silver Y.

    Achroia grisella
    Lesser Wax moth
    Poplar Hawk-moth

    28th July 2023 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    Very mild, dull and drizzly. Perfect conditions and resulted in 280 moths of 85 species. One NFG, a Brown-tail - long overdue. I9 FFY included: Yellow Shell (2), Lesser Yellow Underwing (2), Plain Pug, The Nutmeg, Canary-shouldered Thorn, The Lychnis, Bulrush Wainscot (F), Six-striped Rustic,, Beautiful Plume, The Chevron (2nd record), Sallow Kitten, Maiden's Blush, Yponomeuta plumbella and Lathronympha strigana

    28th July 2023 - Jersey tiger moth

    by Robin Corey

    Seen on a wall in south Bristol on 28 July 2023 -this is the second one we’ve seen. First one was on a window of a terrace house on 27 July but didn’t take photo. Administrator note: This is outside of Somerset but have allowed the post because it's from VC6.

    Jersey Tiger

    27th July 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Another comfortably-not-too-large a catch - 123 moths of 39 species, including just one FFY, a Rosy Footman. Common Footman (33) still the top scorers. The Brimstone Moths have finally started to appear in numbers (well, 6 anyway!).

    27th July 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    I recently returned home after a couple of weeks away and have managed to put the traps out a few times since. I have been pleased to find that if the conditions appeared suitable the moths would come in good numbers. 472 macros of 80 species earlier in the week and 474 from 76 species last night. It has been several years since the mothing has been so promising here. The butterflies also appear to be doing well with buddleia covered in vanessids when the sun shines.

    Nothing of great excitement last night with Bulrush Wainscot, Dusky Thorn, Rosy Minor and Square spot Rustic all firsts for the year.

    Others of interest were 22 Ruby Tigers, 20 Rosy Footmen, 10 White Spotted Pugs and 2 Latticed Heaths.

    95 Common Rustics were the most numerous.

    27th July 2023 - Jersey Tiger

    by Chris Pelmear

    Seen in Pensford at approx midday.

    Jersey Tiger
    In Pensford under the viaduct

    27th July 2023 - Lippetts Way, Catcott

    by Mat Ridley

    A Hummingbird hawkmoth nectaring on our Verbena bonariensis for over a minute at 0900 this morning. A Jersey tiger, also this morning, rescued from the garage. Reports likely to be largely restricted to day-flyers until I get my traps down from Wales…

    Jersey Tiger

    24th July 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    A good haul here despite two heavy downpours and a low temp. of 8.7c. 302 moths of 80 sp. came to the party, including 8 FFY: Ypsolopha dentella (Honeysuckle Moth) ; Ypsolopha sequella ; Catoptria pinella ; Shaded Broad-bar (2); Black Arches; Sycamore; Flounced Rustic and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing. Others of note: Agapeta Zoegana (2); Oak Hook-tip; Drinker; Narrow-winged Pug; Coxcomb Prominent; Rosy Footman (3); Beautiful Golden-Y; Dun-bar (3) and True Lovers Knot (13).

    24th July 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Another reasonable catch, not so large as to cause whimpering in a dark corner. 133 moths of 40 species, with FFYs Flounced Rustic (4) and Ruby Tiger (2), plus FFGs Aethes cnicana and Scoparia basistrigalis. Common Footman (48) still the big hitters. And, at last, another Brimstone Moth - they have been very conspicuous by their absence this year to date.

    24th July 2023 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    68 species from 300+ moths including a FFG Acleris aspersana. Ironic that Acleris species have been very scarce here with only 2 of the 12 species previously recorded here to date. Common Rustic was the most frequent with 63. Nothing much of note with a few FFYs: White-spotted Pug (2), Maple Pug (2), Four-spotted Footman (2), Oegoconia quadripuncta, Eupoecilia angustana and Dun-bar. Also yet another Dichomeris alacella and two beautiful orange/black Sexton burrying beetles.

    Acleris aspersana

    23rd July 2023 - Butleigh Garden MV

    by Sue Davies

    A warm damp dark night yielded 76 species. Highlight a FFG Calybites phasianipennella, FFY White-spotted Pug, Small Scallop, Ruby Tigers, Iron Prominent, Sharp-angled Peacock,Yellow Shell, Aethes rubigana and Caloptilia falconipennella. There were a surprise number of 9 Spotted Footman -3f, and 8 Ostrinia nubialis.

    Calybites phasianipennella
    White-spotted Pug

    23rd July 2023 - Jersey Tiger in Taunton

    by Mary Hart

    A Jersey Tiger moth flew into the conservatory today. It is probably 2 or 3 years since I last saw one in our garden. Welcome back!

    22nd July 2023 - Middlezoy moths

    by Simon Phelps

    55 species in my Middlezoy garden moth trap. Highlights: Swallow Prominent, Dingy Footman, Single-dotted Wave, Scorched Carpet, Box-tree moth, Pebble Hook-tip, September Thorn, Rosy Footman, Small Waved Umber, Phtheochroa inopiana.

    I also had a Palpita vitrealis, a new species for me and something relatively unexpected!

    22nd July 2023 - Weston Moths

    by Paul Bowyer

    Whilst out walking on a very wet day today I found a caterpillar wandering across the footpath which I later identified as Brindled Beauty. After its photo shoot I carefully placed it off the path to avoid it being stepped on. Etainia louisella on Field Maple seeds, Phyllonorycter platani on London Plane, Stigmella crataegella and Leucoptera malifoliella on Hawthorn plus Mompha raschkiella on Rosebay Willowherb were the best finds of the week so far.

    Brindled Beauty
    Larva
    Leucoptera malifoliella
    Sand Point
    Stigmella crataegella
    Sand Point

    22nd July 2023 - Correction

    by John Day - Yeovil

    The Light Crimson Underwing (tbc) noted on 21st July was in fact a Copper Underwing. Apologies for this error.

    21st July 2023 - Yeovil

    by John Day - Yeovil

    A bit more variety: Light Crimson Underwing (tbc|), Brussels Lace, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and Jersey Tiger

    Brussels Lace

    19th July 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Not a very large number of moths (109), but a decent variety of species (39). This included no fewer than 7 FFYs - Dark/Grey Dagger agg., Coxcomb Prominent, Drinker, Dingy Footman, Mother of Pearl, Rusty-dot Pearl and Dusky Sallow. It was nice to see 3 different Prominents together, with Pebble and Pale as well as the Coxcomb. Common Footman (35) still far and away the most numerous species.

    18th July 2023 - Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    A pretty uninspiring night, with 107 moths of 36 species, enlivened by FFG Dark Spinach. FFY were Blastobasis adustella, Euzophera pinguis, Calamotropha paludella (6th record and first for 8 years),

    Chinese Character, July Highflyer and Dingy Footman. Chrysoteuchia culmella (22), Common Footman (17) and Common Rustic agg (10) remain top scorers. Also of interest were 6 Nut-tree Tussocks (my highest count) and more Box-tree Moths.

    18th July 2023 - Hummingbird hawkmoth

    by Mat Ridley

    A hummingbird hawkmoth nectaring on buddleia on Dunster beach at 1800 hrs. No photo, but there was a very fresh painted lady nearby on the pebbles.

    18th July 2023 - White Speck

    by John Day - Yeovil

    Very poor trapping boosted by a first for the garden

    White-speck

    18th July 2023 - Lunar Hornet Moth

    by John Bebbington

    I tried the LHM lure this morning near Fivehead but gave up after 30 minutes. Just getting back into the car when I was buzzed by one! This is the first I have seen since 1963 when I found a femae on Malham Moss, North Yorkshire,

    16th July 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    200 moths of 71 sp. Not great for mid July but the temp. was down to 10.5c. Perhaps they were all trying to get dry. Five FFY : Ypsolopha nemorella ; Caryocolum blandella (2) ; Aethes rubigana ; Eudonia mercurella and Agriphila geniculae. Best of the rest : Peach Blossom ; July Highflier (5) ; White-spotted Pug ; Brussels Lace (6) ; Pebble Prominent ; Dingy Footman ; Common Footman (40) ; Scarce Footman (5) ; Smokey Wainscot and True Lovers Knot (2).

    16th July 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    A new moon, little wind and no rain should have meant lots of moths - wrong !! Just 82 moths and only 22 species, with 2 FFYs - Scalloped Oak and Kent Black Arches. 46 Common Footmen made up over half of the total, so without them, it would have been a very poor night for the middle of July.

    14th July 2023 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    I left the traps out for less than two hours and attracted four FFG: Jersey Tiger f lutescens, Rosy Footman, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and The Herald. I also had my second Dichomeris alacella of the year, strange how it seem to be uncommon elsewhere.

    Dichomeris alacella

    13th July 2023 - Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    A disappointing session, numbers down to 59 moths of 28 species. FFY were Yellow Shell and Ruby Tiger. Chrysoteuchia culmella was back to top scorer, with 12. The most interesting catch was a Gatekeeper, found at 4.50 a.m. at the bottom of the trap funnel! I agree with Paul about a shortage of Geometers and Hawk-moths. Brimstones are low in number, and I've had only 20 Elephant Hawk-moths so far. I've yet to trap Poplar Hawk-moth this year.

    13th July 2023 - Butleigh Garden

    by Sue Davies

    A good result in spite of the wind and rain. Garden first Zelleria Hapariella. Lots of FFYs, Four-spotted Footmen -2m, Maple Pug, Small Rivulet, Dusky Sallow, Kent Black Arches, Oak Hook-tip. A nice collection of micros, Ostrinia nubialis-8, Crescent Plume, Calamotropha paludella, Donacaula forficella, Madder Pearl, Bird-Cherry Ermine and Orchard ermine agg.

    Kent Black Arches
    Donacaula forficella
    Maple Pug
    Zelleria hepariella

    12th July 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Fair numbers again, but lacking in variety, as nearly half (62) of the total of 141 moths were Common Footmans. The other 30 species included 3 FFYs - Small Fan-footed Wave, an early Square-spot Rustic and a Bud Moth (Spilosoma ocellana).

    I have noticed that this year seems to be very short of Geometers and Hawkmoths. Has anyone else registered this? For example, there would normally have been a lot of Brimstone Moths, but so far I have had barely a handful to date.

    9th July 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    290 Moths of 91 species. FFG was Anarsia spartiella . FFY : Orchard Ermine agg ; Carcina quercana (2) ; Acleris hastiana ; Gypsonoma dealbana ; Cydia fagiglandana ; Garden Pebble ; Drinker ; Scalloped Oak ; Ruby Tiger ; Muslin Footman and Dot Moth.

    Anarsia spartiella
    Female

    9th July 2023 - Horner Wood

    by Paul Bowyer

    This weeks trapping session with Dave Nevitt was at Horner Wood. I have trapped there once a couple of years ago but unfortunately although it started well the temperature dropped rapidly and the numbers followed suit so I was keen to try on a better day. It didn't disappoint with 170+ species. Highlights were: Dotted Carpet, Double-line, Blotched Emerald and Satin Lutestring. Micros were also well represented with Caloptilia betulicola, Synaphe punctalis, Nemapogon ruricolella, Celypha aurofasciana and Acrobasis tumidana.

    Dotted Carpet
    Acrobasis tumidana
    Female Gen Det
    Celypha aurofasciana
    Male Gen Det

    9th July 2023 - Cocklake

    by Steve Pilkington

    334 moths. of 72 species. One FFG - Small rufous. A good number of FFY - 15, Orthotelia sparganella (2nd record), Pandemis cerasana, Acleris comariana, Calamotropha paludella, Pleuroptya ruralis(2), Endotricha flammealis, Rosy footman, Mocha, Small Scallop (2), Marbled Beauty, Angle Shades, Kent Black Arches.

    Orthotelia sparganella
    Endotricha flammealis
    Small Rufous

    8th July 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Quite a decent haul - 150 moths of 44 species, but only 4 FFYs - Broad-bordered YU, Yellow-tail, V-Pug and Phtheochroa inopiana. This last I thought initially was new here, but I see from the distribution map that it has occurred before, but I know not when. Common Footman (34) the main contributors again.

    8th July 2023 - Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    A better night, with 121 moths of 38 species. A nice FFG was Large Emerald, a widespread species that surprisingly I'd not trapped before. FFY were Oegoconia agg. (probably quadripuncta), Cydia splendana, Agriphila straminella, Eyed Hawk-Moth (not annual here and only my 6th record), Blood-Vein (2) and Peppered Moth. Top scorers were Common Footman and Common Rustic agg., both with 12. Also of interest were 11 Mottled Rustics, first double-figure tally since 2012 and 2 Box-tree Moths, first recorded here last year.

    Large Emerald
    Eyed Hawk-moth

    8th July 2023 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    A good day, the LUN lure came up trumps with a Lunar Hornet Moth and the mines that I collected from Hypericum (hidcote) in the garden a few days ago produced the tiny Ectoedemia septembrella (NFG) thanks to James McGill for confirmation. The moth trap yielded 78 species but with little of note except my second Kent Black Arches here, Mompha epilobiella and Crassa unitella all FFY. At least 300 Garden Grass Veneer - I left a small patch of lawn to grow this year and they seem to be the main beneficiaries!

    Ectoedemia septembrella
    Kent Black Arches
    Ectoedemia septembrella
    Lunar Hornet Moth

    7th July 2023 - Curry Rivel

    by Maurice Pugh

    Trapped until midnight. 65 moths of 22 species.

    NFY were Garden Grass Veneer, Bee Moth, Beautiful Plume, Small Emerald, Latticed Heath and Scalloped Oak.

    Box-tree moths went through the roof with 21 including 7 of the dark form.

    7th July 2023 - Middlezoy moths

    by Simon Phelps

    72 species in my Middlezoy garden moth trap. Highlights: Donacaula forficella, Nut-tree Tussock, Buff-tip, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Double Lobed, Herald, Lesser Cream Wave, Scorched Carpet, Dusky Sallow, Crescent Plume, Matilella fusca, Lobesia abscisana.

    Maurice Pugh - I believe your photo that you have labelled as a Pale Eggar for the 3rd of July is actually a Lackey moth. Administrator's note: Yes - photo caption corrected 9.7.23

    7th July 2023 - Cocklake

    by Steve Pilkington

    259 moths of 62 species. FFY were E.pinguis, Smoky wainscot, Lackey, Black arches and Anarsia innoxiella (2). The latter is my sixth record since the first in 2021 which suggests that it is established in the Field maples somewhere in our boundary hedges. Increasing numbers of Box tree moths, only 3 in previous years but already 4 this year, box hedges looking increasingly vulnerable.

    6th July 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Two nights of trapping (5/7 and 6/7) averaged 125 moths per night, and a total of 50 species, with 6 FFYs - Peppered Moth, Lesser Broad-bordered YU, Buff Footman, Plain Golden Y, July Highflyer, and Dun-bar. Common Footman (53 on 5/7) the most numerous.

    6th July 2023 - Curry Rivel

    by Maurice Pugh

    Trapped until midnight.

    NFY were Oegoconia quadripuncta, Yellow Shell, Common White Wave and Poplar Hawkmoth.

    9 Box-tree moths with 2 dark form.

    Cydalima perspectalis
    Dark form

    6th July 2023 - Box-tree Moth

    by Tony OBRIEN

    Saw a Box-tree Moth in our garden this morning in Beckington

    Cydalima perspectalis

    5th July 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    274 moths of 74 species produced 10 FFY including a FFG. Zeiraphera isertana (FFG); Eucosma campoliliana ; Rhodophaea formosa ; Rusty-dot Pearl ; Cloaked Carpet ; July Highflyer (2) ; Wormwood Pug ; Beautiful Snout ; Common Rustic agg (12) and Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing. Common Footman (29) just pipped Garden Grass Veneer (26) for top score.

    Rhodophaea formosa
    Eucosma campoliliana
    Zeiraphera isertana

    3rd July 2023 - Curry Rivel

    by Maurice Pugh

    Trapped until midnight. 27 moths of 15 species.

    NFY were Udea prunalis, Pale Eggar, Dwarf Cream Wave, V Pug, Engrailed and Yellow-tail.

    Also present Box-tree moths (4), Elephant Hawk-moths (3), Common Footman (4) and Silver Y (2).

    The Lackey

    3rd July 2023 - Box Tree Moth (Cydalima perspectalis)

    by John Day - Yeovil

    Second recorded specimen for my garden (first specimen last year)

    Cydalima perspectalis

    2nd July 2023 - Butleigh garden MV

    by Sue Davies

    A nice surprise in the trap this morning. My third record of Metalampra italica, the previous ones in late Aug. 20 and early Sept. 19. The trap is about 30m from a large rotting oak stump. Nothing else to report of interest.

    Metalampra italica

    2nd July 2023 - Holcombe, 2 July 2023

    by Christopher Iles

    An Argolamprodes micella basking on our garage door here earlier this morning.

    We have let part of our garden run to meadow the last few years and are being 'rewarded' with large numbers of Chrysoteuchia culmella which are now entering the house through any available open window. I'm thinking of trapping tonight and I think I know what I am going to get...

    2nd July 2023 - Cocklake

    by Steve Pilkington

    Although the wind eased here it was a cooler night and the numbers may reflect that.227 moths of 57 species.FFG was Catoptria pinella and FFY were L-album wainscot and Turnip. Big numbers were Common footman (73) and Dark Arches (19).

    Catoptria pinella

    1st July 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    It's full moon time again, (on 3/7), so the moths ignore MV lights! Down to 60 moths of 26 species, with 3 FFYs - Herald, Dwarf Cream Wave and Small Dotted Buff (VERY small, this one, pretending to be a Micro). Common Footman (10) the commonest now, and C. culmella down to a singleton.

    1st July 2023 - Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    After the Lord Mayor's Show earlier in the week, back to earth with a bump - down to 77 moths of 29 species. FFG was Twin-barred Knot-horn (Homoeosoma sinuella). FFY were Common Grass-veneer (Agriphila tristella), The Phoenix (2), The Rustic, Common Rustic agg. (2) and Green Silver-Lines. Top scorer now Common Footman, with 11.

    The Coronet
    First time I've trapped this colour form
    Homoeosoma sinuella

    1st July 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    A quieter night than last time with only 328 macros of 70 species. Firsts for the year were Blackneck, Clouded Brindle, Barred Yellow and surprisingly 2 Dark Sword Grasses were also the first of the year here.

    The Blackneck
    Clouded Brindle

    1st July 2023 - Cocklake

    by Steve Pilkington

    Tissue found floating on a water trough in the garden this morning, rescued. and dried out. A new one for the garden list.

    The Tissue

    30th June 2023 - Middlezoy moths

    by Simon Phelps

    72 species in my Middlezoy garden moth trap. Highlights: Peach Blossom, Miller, Oak Nycteoline, Cloaked Minor, Pale Prominent, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Double Square-spot, Least Carpet, Small Emerald, Buff Arches, Iron Prominent, Muslin Footman, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet.

    29th June 2023 - Great Breach Wood

    by Paul Bowyer

    Dave Nevitt and I trapped at Great Breach Wood recording 190+ species, a good night despite both of our generators having problems with no AC output at various times during the night. Many highlights but the standout species were: Cydia illutana, Anarsia innoxiella, Celypha woodiana, Assara terrebrella, Gypsonoma oppressana, 5 species of Coleophora including kuehnella and Slender pug.

    Cydia illutana
    Male Gen Det
    Assara terebrella
    Male Gen Det
    Anarsia innoxiella - Female Gen Det

    29th June 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    A fairly quiet night, as a bit of a breeze and a nearly full moon kept the numbers down. Just 88 moths of 27 species with 3 FFYs - Buff-tip (2), Magpie Moth and Common Rustic agg (2). Common Footman (18) the most numerous of any species.

    29th June 2023 - Scarlet Tiger

    by John Day - Yeovil

    A welcome rare (for me) visitor to my garden.

    Scarlet Tiger

    28th June 2023 - Pen Elm, Taunton - 4x FFG

    by Steve Chapple

    An exhausting 104 species (and counting) is my best ever haul, from 331 moths and at least a further 150 Garden Grass-veneer. I had an amazing 4 FFG: Orange Moth, Double Line, Ruddy Carpet and the micro, Nemapogon koenigi confirmed by James McGill. Numerous FFY included: Box-tree Moth, Haworth’s Pug, Pine Carpet, Wax Moth, Oak Nycteoline, Small Rivulet, Ghost, Scalloped Oak, Gold Triangle, Eucosma campoliliana, Spilonota ocellana and Dichomeris alacella.

    Nemapogon koenigi
    Ruddy Carpet
    Double Line
    Orange Moth

    28th June 2023 - Additions to last night's catch

    by Ian Mathieson

    This afternoon I was able to find two new species on vegetation near the trap that brings the final total of macros to 101 species. This included a first for the year Dingy Shell.

    27th June 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    576 moths of 113 species, including 211 garden grass veneers + escapees. 25 FFY : Paraswammerdamia nebulella and Teleiodes luculella (both subject to confirmation) ; Large Fruit-tree Tortrix (2) ; Pseudargyrotoza conwagana; Nut Bud Moth ; Hypsopygia glaucinalis (2); Pyrausta despicata (2); Pyrausta purpuralis ; Crambus pascuella; Ringed China-mark (2); Small Elephant H-m ; Barred Straw (2) ; Dingy Shell ; Scallop Shell ; Lilac Beauty ; Swallow-tail Moth ; Barred Red ; Grass Emerald ; Rosy Footman ; Common Footman (6) ; Scarce Footman (3) ; Small Rufus ; Dun-bar ; Smokey Wainscot ; Green Silverlines (2). Worth getting up at 0330 for - just.

    27th June 2023 - Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    My highest ever June count, and only the second time over 200 in that month - 271 moths of 51 species. FFY were Brown House Moth, Bud Moth, Mother of Pearl, Box-tree Moth, Meadow Grey (Scoparia pyralella), Buff Arches, Small Dusty Wave, Treble Brown Spot, Small Yellow Wave, Swallow-tailed Moth, Scarlet Tiger,

    Burnished Brass, Dot Moth, Turnip Moth and Triple-spotted Clay. Champion scorer was still Chrysoteuchia culmella, this time with 138. There are a few odds and ends to sort out.

    27th June 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    An excellent night that produced 648 macros of 99 species. This is easily the most species I have ever recorded in a single night and the most individuals for at least 3 years.

    11 firsts for the year take my total for macros over 200. This is 20 days earlier than average over the last 20 years. Only once have I reached 200 in June and that year I had caught over 5500 moths at that stage. This year I've done it with only 3500 individuals recorded.

    Best of the firsts were Small Mottled Willow, Leopard Moth and both Green and Scarce Silver- lines. This is the first time I have seen both together.

    Small Mottled Willow
    Green and Scarce Silver-lines

    27th June 2023 - Underwing?

    by Barrie Widden

    Found on the outside of my moth trap yesterday morning (27th). Can this be a Dark Crimson Underwing or just a very early Red Underwing?

    27th June 2023 - Caddis fly

    by Ian Mathieson

    25 years of mothing and I can't even identify what a moth is! That is why I stay away from micros. Thank you, Simon, for your help and for not laughing too loudly. At least I now know why I couldn't find it in the micro moth book.

    27th June 2023 - Toadflax Brocade

    by Paul Bowyer

    Whilst out walking in my street in Weston this afternoon I noticed two small clumps of Purple Toadflax, only half a dozen or so plants in each both of which had singles of the Toadflax Brocade larva nearing full size. Because of their colour they are very easy to pick out on the food plant. One to look out for if you haven't seen it in your area.

    Toadflax Brocade
    Larva

    27th June 2023 - Epiblema costipunctana

    by Steve Chapple

    Despite it being a very fresh specimen I had pondered this moth for several days as ID should have been easy. James McGill put me out of my misery and pointed me to Epiblema costipunctana, my first since 2015 and surely very under recorded in VC5?

    Other moths of interest over the last few days have been The Fern, Grapholita funebrana (2), Brindled Plume Eucosma cana (3) and three clearwings -Red Belted, Orange Tailed and Currant (all on 4 year old lures). Scarlet Tiger moths seem to be having a good year with 8 sightings here.

    Epiblema costipunctana
    Eucosma cana
    Grapholita funebrana

    27th June 2023 - Ian Mathieson - caddisfly identification

    by Simon Phelps

    Hi Ian,

    Your micro moth is not a moth, it is a caddisfly. I only know this as I had one of these last year and it puzzled me. My enquiries led me to the caddisfly species, Athripsodes albifrons. I am pretty sure that is what you have got. Do make other enquiries though to check if I am correct. Hope this helps!

    Thanks

    Simon

    26th June 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    A much cooler night, thank goodness, still managed to produce just over 150 moths, of 44 species. C. culmella, whilst still the most numerous, were down from 72 last time to 23, accounting numerically at least for the lower total. The 3 FFYs were all Micros - Epiblema foenella, Anania coronata and Scoparia ancipitella. This last seems to pop up here every year, but only ever one or two in all. However, it's nice to see them when they do appear.

    26th June 2023 - Heathfield TA4, VC5

    by Simon Davies

    116 moths of 46 species in MV light trap on 24th June. Of possible interest was the pictured micro-moth, possibly Acleris kochiella: I'd be grateful for review please. No specimen retained, sorry. I've also included an image of a beautiful blue tinted burnished brass from the same trap.

    Burnished Brass

    25th June 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    A quieter night last night which still managed to produce a number of good records. I was pleased to see my first 2 Buff Tips after seeing my only previous one of the year back in April. Firsts for the year included Small Angle Shades, Large Emerald, Blue-bordered Carpet, Dun-bar, Small Dusty Wave and Plain Golden-Y.

    I do not record micros but occasionally put up what I think is interesting and easy to identify. I potted up this one this morning but cannot find it anywhere in the book. Can anyone tell me if it is of any interest and what it is so I can check to see where I am going wrong

    25th June 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Addendum to report for 24/6. A further 20 moths and 4 species rounded up (totals now 202/50) - with 1 FFY, a Heart and Club. There were 11 more C. culmella making 72 altogether, but still only 1 Crambus perlella to date. Maybe more later.

    25th June 2023 - Aleimma loeflingiana

    by John Day - Yeovil

    First record of this species in my garden.

    Aleimma loeflingiana

    24th June 2023 - Triscombe Stone

    by Paul Bowyer

    Dave Nevitt and I trapped at Triscombe Stone on Satuday 24th. A breezy night with temperatures holding up to 18 degrees, we logged 136 species in total. Notables included Clouded Buff, Lead-coloured Pug, Pempelia palumbella, Clavigesta purdeyi, Bucculatrix demaryella, Strophedra weirana and Piniphila bifasciana. Some Eriocrania mines found on Birch but they were proving difficult to nail down to the exact species.

    Piniphila bifasciana

    24th June 2023 - Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    A bit of a dip after Wednesday night - 85 moths of 33 species. FFY were Yponomeuta agg., Pyrausta despicata, Udea prunalis (2), Garden Pebble, Eudonia mercurella (2), Grey Pug (2), The Fan-Foot and

    Bright-line Brown-Eye (2). Top scorer was again Chrysoteuchia culmella, but down to 21 this time.

    24th June 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Quite a good haul - 182 moths, of 46 species so far (bearing in mind tonight's round up of strays hiding behind the coats in the porch) with 9 FFYs - Short-cloaked Moth, Cypress Carpet, Mottled Rustic, Light Arches, Barred Yellow, Lilac Beauty, White Plume, Acleris forsskaleana and Udea prunalis (3). 61 C. culmella and 11 Dark Arches the big scorers.

    24th June 2023 - Cocklake

    by Steve Pilkington

    250 moths of 77 species, still lots of micros -110 of 29 species so far. FFG - Ruddy carpet (a very battered specimen). FFY -Yponomeuta evonymella, Acleris forsskaleana, Ostrinia nubilalis, Rhodophera formosa, Chinese Character, Grass Rivulet and Common Wave.

    Ruddy Carpet

    24th June 2023 - Middlezoy moths

    by Simon Phelps

    83 species in my Middlezoy garden moth trap. Highlights: Box Tree Moth, Gold Spot, Early Thorn, Yellow-tail, Peppered, Brussels Lace, Clay, Common Wave, Dun-bar, Broad-barred White, Swallow-tailed, Barred Yellow, Common White Wave, Spectacle, Small Angle Shades, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Figure of Eighty.

    23rd June 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    A reasonable night with 236 macros of 68 species. Although the species count is high, I would speculate that 15 years ago there would have been more than 400 moths in the trap with the good conditions we had last night. Neither Heart and Dart nor Dark Arches have recovered from their low numbers last year around here.

    There were some welcome returnees with both Little Emerald and Royal Mantle being my first records since 2014 whilst Broad-barred White was my first since 2018.

    Broad-barred White
    Little Emerald
    Royal Mantle

    22nd June 2023 - Westbury-sun-Mendip

    by Peter Bright

    Amongst some 150 moths of 50 species caught in a Robinson trap were 3 privet Hawkmoths, 2 elephant hawkmoths, a small elephant hawkmoth, a ruddy carpet and an L-album wainscot.

    L-album Wainscot
    Ruddy Carpet

    22nd June 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Somewhat better numbers, 127 moths of 43 species. I wonder if some of the local moths have zipped over to the brightly-lit Glasto fields (two miles or so away) , as this is fewer than other moth-ers are getting. Mind you, I'm not sure I really want too many more - it's a sweaty business on these warm mornings !! Anyway, there were 3 FFY micros - European Corn-borer, Gold Triangle and Crambus perlella, plus a FFG Scarlet Tiger. I have no idea why it's taken so long to catch one of these, as there is a lot of Comfrey (several species) in my garden, and they are well distributed all over. A mystery.

    22nd June 2023 - Double Line

    by Jacqueline Tonkin

    My first Double Line - with many thanks to Ray Barnett for identification.

    Langford, North Somerset

    Double Line

    22nd June 2023 - Cocklake

    by Steve Pilkington

    Decent night again 350 moths of 82 species. Highlight was Cosmopterix scribaiella, a second record for Somerset. Trapped next to our reed bed, which I hope that it has taken up residence in. Thanks to Neale and David for confirmation. Other FFYs were Opostega salaciella, Crambus perlella (4), Hypsopygia costalis, Sandy Carpet, Scalloped Oak, Swallow-tailed Moth (2), V pug (4), Ingrailed Clay, Grey dagger and Small elephant hawkmoth.

    21st June 2023 - Steart Marshes

    by Paul Bowyer

    Whilst out looking for diptera at Steart Marshes I netted a micro that turned out to be Cydia nigricana. It's the first time I have found this species and yet I see the foodplant often. It doesn't seem to come to light very often but can be found easily by day and comes to pheremone lure apparently.

    Cydia nigricana
    Cydia nigricana

    21st June 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    264 moths of 48 species , a little easier to process than last week's nearly 700. 20 FFY : Agapeta zoegana ; Hedya ochroleucana (2) ; Cryptoblabes bistriga ; Pempelia palumbella ; Anania lancealis ; Anania coronata ; Udea prunalis (3) ; Agriphila straminella (3) ; Single-dotted Wave ; Small Fan-footed Wave (2) ; Small Yellow Wave ; Little Emerald ; Common Emerald ; Fan Foot (4) ; Beautiful Hook-tip ; Poplar Grey ; Rustic (2) ; Double Lobed (3) ; Clay and Heart and Club. 3 Diamond-back moths and 16 Silver-y show some migrant action while top score stays with Shoulder-striped Wainscot (31).

    21st June 2023 - Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    Best night of the year so far, with 155 moths of 45 species, my highest June count for five years. FFY were Privet Tortrix (Clepsis consimilana),

    2 Codling Moth (Cydia pomonella), Common Grey (Scoparia ambigualis), 2 Pied Grey (Eudonia delunella), Cypress Carpet (2nd record), Sandy Carpet, Freyer's Pug (first since 2015), Light Emerald, Straw Dot, The Snout, Common Footman, 2 Beautiful Hook-Tip, Marbled Green (only my 2nd June record), Pale Mottled Willow, 2 Uncertain and The Lychnis. Of the total, 61 were Chrysoteuchia culmella (Garde Grass-veneer), the largest count of this species for four years! I have a few micros that need further work.

    21st June 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    A much more interesting selection of moths with several that I don't see every year. They included my first Shears since 2018, Grey Arches, Reddish Light Arches and Lobster Moth. Only 3 Silver Ys in the trap but I did see many more flying at dusk.

    21st June 2023 - Large Tabby at Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    First Large Tabby for seven years.

    Aglossa pinguinalis

    20th June 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    After the Lord Mayor's Show etc......., numbers down by two thirds to 65 moths of 33 species. 4 FFYs were Rustic, Common Emerald, Mottled Beauty and Common Footman, the first of what ought to be many - one lives in hope !!

    20th June 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    Nothing particularly spectacular in last nights trap. 219 macros of 44 species with Marbled White -spot being the best of the catch.

    Most interesting were 21 Silver Ys, the most I've recorded in one night since 2013. I see on the Portland Bird observatory website that there were huge numbers there last night. Hopefully something more interesting will turn up alongside.

    20th June 2023 - Sand Dart in Nailsea

    by Ben Crabb

    Sand Dart caught overnight in actinic light trap in suburban Nailsea garden. I believe this moth is known to occur around Sand Bay and Berrow but is probably unusual in the Nailsea area.

    Sand Dart

    20th June 2023 - Beautiful Hook-tip - Yeovil

    by John Day

    First of these for a few years

    Beautiful Hook-tip

    19th June 2023 - Unidentified Gelechiid

    by Steve Chapple

    I usually get a few Scrobipalpa throughout the year and try and photograph one or two for the record. It wasn't until I studied the photograph (sadly too late to retain the specimen) that I realised it was probably a new species for me here.

    I showed the photo to Stephen Palmer of the Gelechiid Recording Scheme who said: I am fairly sure this is Scrobipalpa salicorniae but I'd be unwilling to say for sure without the opportunity to examine the specimen itself more closely. Those I have seen do have those three large, rather diffuse gingery brown spots present in the centre of the wing, but I've not encountered such an overly brightly coloured specimen before. The issue with Scrobipalpas generally (with some exceptions) is that a few species can be extremely variable in their markings, making identification tricky. Many will therefore require dissection to be certain.

    18th June 2023 - Leaf mine on Holm Oak, Langport

    by John Bebbington

    Several leaf mines of Brown Oak Slender Acrocercops brongniardella on a young Holm Oak tree. Thanks to Neale for identification. Seems to be the first record for the Langport area.

    Acrocercops brongniardella
    Leaf mine on Holm Oak

    18th June 2023 - Cocklake

    by Steve Pilkington

    414 moths half of which were micros.

    Macros 214 of 54 species. One FFG was a Marbled white spot which I thought must be a good moth until I looked at the distribution map which suggested that I was probably the last person in Somerset to get one. Amongst the 7 FFY were Lilac beauty, Treble brown spot (3rd record), Four dotted footman (3rd record), Cloaked minor, and Short cloaked moth.

    210 Micros of 46 species. 3 FFG as a result of a visit David Aggassiz, Argyresthia cupressella, , Lathronympha strigana and probably the best of the bunch Parachronistis albiceps. There were 9 FFYs including Helcystogramma rufescens, Eucosma cana, Donacaula forficella ( although a regular here, this was the first time I had seen one without the dark markings on the leading edge of the fore wings), Hypsopygia glaucinalis, Acrobasis suavella, and Pterophorus pentadactyla.

    Parachronistis albiceps
    Marbled White Spot

    18th June 2023 - Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    A drop in numbers after last week - 65 moths of 28 species. FFG was Green Oak Tortrix. I'm surprised it took so long to get one considering the recent big influx. FFY were Marbled Orchard Tortrix (2), Buff-tipped Marble, The Lackey, Single-dotted Wave, Poplar Grey and Heart and Club (6). Top scorer was Chrysoteuchia culmella, with 18.

    Tortrix viridana

    17th June 2023 - The Blackneck

    by Steve Chapple

    I sent in my Sighting Report for the 17th June but it seems to have been lost in the ether -probably over 10mb. 64 species were recorded including The Blackneck, FFG and a first for me. Other notable species amongst the 24 FFY were White-point (second record and earliest by 4 months), The Miller and Small Elephant Hawk-moth (both not seen for a few years), Swallowtailed, Lilac Beauty, Nemapogon clematella, Tortrix viridana (2), Ephestia unicolorella woodiella (2), Cochylis molliculana and Pammene fasciana.

    The Blackneck
    White-point
    Nemapogon clematella

    17th June 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Addendum to previous report for 17th. The evening round-up of strays produced a further 8 moths, including a second FFG, a Square Spot - not a common species, but well distributed across the County.

    17th June 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Moths galore (by my standards at least). 176 of 49 species, including 7 FFYs - Swallow-tailed Moth, Clay (2), Fan-foot (8), Blue-bordered Carpet, Barred Straw (2), Buff Footman and Agapeta hamana. Also one more FFG, a Hedya salicella. 31 Culmella chrysoteucha and 20 Minor agg. the big scorers.

    17th June 2023 - Another Clearwing!

    by Rob Grimmond

    Two Red-belted Clearwings to MYO lure this afternoon. My fourth species so far this month.

    Red-belted Clearwing

    16th June 2023 - Blair's Mocha

    by Andy Slade

    Blair's Mocha last night at Burnham-on-sea

    Blair's Mocha

    15th June 2023 - Middlezoy moths

    by Simon Phelps

    69 species of moth in my Middlezoy village garden trap on the night of the 15th June. Highlights:

    Privet Hawk-moth, Beautiful Hook-tip, Barred Straw, Tawny-barred Angle, Elephant Hawk-moth, Green Pug, Short-cloaked Moth, Diamond-back, Poplar Grey, Gold Triangle, Coronet, Fan-foot, Eyed Hawk-moth, Lackey, Shark, Small Elephant Hawk-moth, Kent Black Arches, Blue-bordered Carpet, Small Blood-vein, Dioryctria abietella, Rhodophae formosa, all 3 common Hedya (ochroleucana, nubiferana, pruniana).

    15th June 2023 - Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    My biggest catch of the year, with 85 moths of 42 species. FFY were Common Swift, Ghost Moth (first for 4 years, a female), Red-barred Tortrix (2), Figure of Eighty, Small Elephant Hawk-Moth, Riband Wave (2), Pine Carpet, Mottled Pug, Clouded Border, Scorched Wing, Pale Prominent, The Shark (2), Small Angle Shades (first for 3 years), Dark Arches (5), Common Wainscot, The Flame and Large Yellow Underwing. Top scorers were Marbled Minor agg. (12) and Heart and Dart (9).

    Pale Prominent
    Small Elephant Hawk-moth

    15th June 2023 - Butleigh garden MV

    by Sue Davies

    First decent catch of 63spp. of note FFYs, 3 Blotched Emeralds, 3 Large Nutmeg, Muslin and Shoulder-striped Wainscots, 5 Eudonia delunella and a FFG Aethes beatricella.

    Large Nutmeg

    15th June 2023 - Clearwings at Combe St. Nicholas

    by Rob Grimmond

    I put the VES lure out this afternoon to attract Yellow-legged Clearwing but instead got an Orange-tailed, which is known to be attracted to this lure as well as to the AND lure!

    Orange-tailed Clearwing

    14th June 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Another warm night, and the moon is waning, ergo decent numbers. 133 moths so far of 45 species, with 6 FFYs - Beautiful Hook-tip the only macro, and micros Large Fruit-tree Tortrix (Archips podana (5)), Barred ditto (Pandemis cerasana (2)), Euzophera pinguis, Bramble Shoot Moth (Notocelia uddmanniana), and Catoptria falsella. Wth the newbies in the last three trappings, I have finally staggered past the 100-mark for the year - about time too !!

    14th June 2023 - Cocklake

    by Steve Pilkington

    Biggest count of the year following an overcast sky late evening but clear by daybreak. 293 moths with 84 species so far. I have been overwhelmed with micros -109 (33 species), 10 of which I am still working on so that will rise! There are 21 FFYs and one FFG a Crescent Plume. First time that I have had Green Oak Tortrix and Cream-bordered Green Pea in the same trap, very helpful.

    Marasmarcha lunaedactyla
    Crescent Plume

    14th June 2023 - Clearwings in Combe St. Nicholas

    by Rob Grimmond

    I've put lures out a couple of times in the last week, without success. Today, I hit the jackpot with a FFG Red-tipped Clearwing and 3 FFY Currant Clearwings. It brings the garden clearwing list to 6 species now. The former is particularly good because it is a species of fens, marshes and other damp localities. I have a couple of lakes just over half a mile away, so it probably came from there. Apologies for the quality of the Red-tipped photo.

    Red-tipped Clearwing
    Currant Clearwing

    13th June 2023 - Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    Be careful what you wish for. 678 moths of 123 species including 28 FFY and 2 FFG. : Diamond-back moth (7) ; Neofaculta ericitella (2) ; Scrobipalpa costella ; Mompha lacteella ; Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix (4) ; Acrobasis consociella ; Euzophera pinguis ; Crambus Perlella ; Buff Arches ; Satin Wave (3) ; Ruddy Carpet (second year running) ; Grey Pine Carpet ; Cypress Carpet ; Northern Spinach ; Narrow-winged Pug (2) ; Alder Kitten ; Dingy Footman ; Miller ; Clouded Brindle and Small Square-spot. High numbers of Shoulder-striped Wainscot (85) and Bright-line Brown-eye (36). Think I'll take a few days off !

    12th June 2023 - Wall Common

    by Jack Oughton

    An early evening stroll around Wall Common produced only a handful of species, the highlight of which were 6 Wheeleria spilodactylus found resting on the White Horehound food plant. Best of the rest were Scrobipalpa occellatella, and abundant Platytes cerussella.

    12th June 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Having been a warm and muggy night, I was expecting vast numbers of moths, but surprisingly there were fewer than the Saturday night catch. Just 82 in total, of 34 species including 5 FFYs - Ingrailed Clay, Buff Ermine (2), Figure of Eighty, Thistle Ermine and Eudonia lacustrata, plus another FFG, a Seraphim. According to the distribution map, this last species seems to be relatively uncommon in this area, but I'm not really sure why, as the larval food plant, Poplar, is quite frequent locally.

    12th June 2023 - Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset

    by Rob Grimmond

    I trapped on the nights of 9th and 12th June. The two sessions, each producing 63 moths, gave me 31 FFY. Of note were 8 Pale Tussocks on 12th, my second highest total. The numbers are now what I would expect for the time of year.

    Notocelia cynosbatella
    Poplar Kitten

    12th June 2023 - Grapholita caecana

    by Rob Grimmond

    I also recorded Grapholita caecana in Combe St. Nicholas, on Friday night (9th). Neale Mellersh has told me there were three records on Friday night, all from separate traps. These are the first county records, presumably as a result of migration. The UK Moths website says it is a scarce and local species only known from a few localities in the south of England, particularly Kent and Wiltshire.

    12th June 2023 - Update on Grapholita caecana

    by Steve Chapple

    I have now heard from Paul Wilkins and he has confirmed my 8th June record of a Grapholita caecana. Many thanks to Paul Wilkins for his invaluable help. Great to hear also that Tim Howard has also recorded this moth.

    10th June 2023 - Trap on June 10th

    by Steve Chapple

    Busy times... the day started with a Taleporia tubulosa that I disturbed in the garden. I set out my MV and Actinic traps out in cloudy, warm weather thinking and hoping that it would be the best night of the year and so it proved to be with 69 species of 158 moths. Surprisingly there were four large Scarlet Tigers sitting on the outside of the actinic (I have only had occasional singletons before) and a Cream-spot Tiger on the MV. I had 30 FFY that included Eyed Hawk-moth, Striped Wainscot, Alder Moth, Gold Spot, Clouded Brindle and Green Oak Tortrix.

    The following day I found a Blastodacna atra, Apple-pith Moth FFG indoors - thanks to James McGill for confirming.

    Blastodacna atra

    10th June 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    What a difference a change in the weather can make- far and away the biggest catch of the year to date, with 115 moths of 41 species, including 11 FFYs - Sharp-angled Peacock, Elephant Hawk-moth, Willow Beauty (3), Vine's Rustic, Uncertain, Brussels Lace, Scorched Wing, Codling Moth (Cydia pomonella), Udea olivalis (8), Celypha striana, and Eudonia delunella (3), plus 2 FFGs - Pale-shouldered Brocade and Timothy Tortrix (Z. paleana). There may also be one or two escapees to be rounded up later - hiding among the coats in the porch.

    10th June 2023 - Curry Rivel

    by Maurice Pugh

    Trapped until midnight. 19 moths of 14 species.

    NFY were Garden Pebble, Elephant Hawk-moth, Heart and Dart, Flame, Middle-barred Minor and Straw Dot.

    Only one Green Oak Tortrix after ten the previous evening and no Treble brow Spot, again after four last night. One more Cream-spot Tiger

    10th June 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    Best night of the year with 212 macros of 62 species. It was one of those nights that I was glad I didn't record micros as they filled the trap. Most noticeable micro was Green Oak Tortrix. I normally record one or two here each year. Last night I estimate I had over 50. Best of the first for the year macros were Scalloped Hazel, Alder Moth, Miller, Brussels Lace, Elephant Hawk Moth, Pebble Hook tip, Oak Hook tip, Ingrailed Clay, Barred Straw and Lime Speck Pug.

    9th June 2023 - Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock

    by Tim Howard

    Best night of the year - by far. 308 moths of 91 species. Best was Grapholita caenana - a second for Somerset assuming Steve Chapple's record on 8/06 is confirmed.( thanks to Neale Mellersh for confirming ID). In total 35 FFY - some of the best : Nematopogon metaxella (5) ; Elachista argentella ; Olindia schumacherana ; Scalloped Hook-tip ; Pebble Hook-tip ; Eyed Hawk-moth ; Elephant Hook-moth ; Dwarf Cream Wave ; Clay Triple Lines ; Green Pug ; Scorched Wing ; Mottled Beauty (2) ; Clouded Silver (7) ; Small Fan-foot (2) ; Coronet (2) ; Double Line (2) ; Common Wainscot (4) ; True Lovers Knot and Triple-spotted Clay. Apologies to the moths I've left out but you have probably stopped reading this by now.

    9th June 2023 - St Marys Park, Langport

    by John Bebbington

    I finally managed to repair my Robinson trap (overlong hibernation!) but only running a 20w actinic lamp. 34 moths of 15 species mostly Heart and Dart but including 1 Elephant Hawk-moth, 2 Green Oak Tortrix and a Silky Wainscot, a species I had never trapped before.

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    Silky Wainscot

    9th June 2023 - Curry Rivel

    by Maurice Pugh

    Trapped until mid-night. Numbers are picking up, 38 moths of 21 species.

    NFY were Clepsis consimilana, Green Oak Tortrix (10), Beautiful China-mark, Treble Brown Spot (4), Lilac Beauty, Iron Prominent, Buff Ermine, Light Brocade, Miller and Marbled White Spot.

    Nymphula nitidulata
    Beautiful China-mark
    Lilac Beauty

    8th June 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    Slightly less of a breeze again, so fair numbers - 52 moths of 19 species, with 3 FFYs, Common Pug, Mottled Pug and Flame. Also 2 more Caddises and a FFY Crane Fly.

    8th June 2023 - Pen Elm, Taunton

    by Steve Chapple

    39 species, 74 moths and numerous FFY including: Lobster, Rustic Shoulder Knot, Figure of 80 and Hoary Plume (my second record). I also had an interesting micro that looks a lot like Grapholita caecana - not very likely but hopefully Paul Wilkins will be able to confirm one way or the other.

    Platyptilia isodactylus

    8th June 2023 - Shipham

    by Nigel Voaden

    164 of 54 overnight with NFG Homoeosoma sinuella and Monopis obviella and Red-belted Clearwing to lure during the day bringing the garden total to 500 species. Not that big yet but I've trapped here only 62 times as a visitor over the years which is equivalent to less than one year's effort. The potential therefore must be much higher.

    7th June 2023 - Shipham

    by Nigel Voaden

    137 of 58 overnight despite the strong breeze, clear skies and cool temperatures. NFG Common Swift, Notocelia cynosbatella, Anania fuscalis and Light Brocade with Alabonia geoffrella also NFG during the day. Best however was a singing Quail audible as I emptied the traps at dawn!

    7th June 2023 - Ethmia bipunctella in Weston

    by David Agassiz

    On the outside of my trap was Ethmia bipunctella; like Yponomeuta Ethmia spp emit ultrasound so this one gave me a recording!

    7th June 2023 - Norton sub Hamdon

    by Ian Mathieson

    First 3 figure count of the year with 107 macros of 30 species. Broken-barred Carpet, Treble Brown Spot,Green Pug, Snout, Ghost Moth and Small Elephant Hawk Moth were all firsts for the year.

    That was more encouraging and I am looking forward to bumper catches this weekend with the promised better mothing weather.

    7th June 2023 - Curry Rivel

    by Maurice Pugh

    15 moths of 12 species. NFY were Pyrausta aurata, Small Elephant Hawkmoths (2), Spectacle and Short-cloaked Moth. Another Cream-spot Tiger.

    Small Elephant Hawk-moth
    Cream-spot Tiger

    7th June 2023 - Mullein eaters

    by Paul Newman

    Dave - your caterpillars are almost certainly those of the Mullein Moth (Cucullia verbasca) which are quite common and are found at this time of year. Striped Lychnis larvae whilst quite similar, are later (found from July to September). As far as predation goes, the bright colours and apparent lack of camouflage means that they are probably distasteful to birds (or it might be a bluff !!)

    6th June 2023 - Mullein Moth

    by Dave Dixon

    Thanks for your help with identification Paul. Although the Mullein plants are fairly recently established we have Buddleia and have had a lot of Figwort in recent years, which I read are also a food plant of this moth caterpillar. They've probably been here some time, unnoticed despite their colouring!

    6th June 2023 - Street-on-the-Fosse, Shepton Mallet

    by Paul Newman

    More cold breeze, ergo numbers down yet again. this time just 24 moths of 13 species, with 4 FFYs - Dark Arches (3), Clouded Border, Pale Mottled Willow and the only micro, a Garden Pebble. Plus a very late May Bug.

    6th June 2023 - Striped Lychnis Caterpillar?

    by Dave Dixon

    Two Mullein plants in my garden on the edge of the Somerset Levels are being consumed by caterpillars. Google identifies these as Striped Lychnis or Shargacucullia Lychnitis. They are said to be rarely recorded in Somerset, but are established in Hampshire. Is this identification correct?

    The plants are near the bird feeders, are these caterpillars likely to be predated?