Thursday, 25 October 2012

Hark the Herald!

A good catch for this time of year last night.

1 Herald
3 Pale Pinions
2 Angle Shades
3 Feathered Ranunculus
1 Black Rustic
1 probable Northern Deep-brown dart
1 Common Marbled Carpet
3 Silver Y

Any suggestions or corrections appreciated.

 A lovely Herald
 Common Marbled Carpet
 Black Rustic?
 Figure of Eight
 Figure of Eight
 Northern Deep Brown Dart?
 Pale Pinion
 Silver Y
 No idea - any help please?

Sunday, 21 October 2012


New in for the year last night was a figure of eight while also trapped were a silver Y, feathered ranunculus and lbam.

Friday, 19 October 2012


There has been a report of a large influx of Jays into the UK recently. Mike Smith has had a few around Cemaes this week and I had one nearby at Llanrhuddlad today. We don't normally get them in this neck of the woods so presume them to be migrants. Has anyone else had Jays in parts of North Wales that doesn't normally get them this week?

Still coming

Green brindled crescent was new for the year last night while I also trapped a paler version of beaded chestnut plus silver Y, feathered ranunculus, angle shades, blair's shoulder knot and 2 red line quakers.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012


Not a lot happening lately but managed an immigrant dark sword grass last night along with blair's shoulder knot, common marbled carpet and an lbam.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Scorpion Fly

Got this shot of a Scorpion Fly whilst Blackberrying with the kids at the weekend.It was wondering around cobwebs looking for prey on which to feed with it's extended mouth-parts.You can see the scorpion like tail on the tip of it's abdomen.
For the first time in about three weeks I was able to set the heath traps out again, and they certainly produced a good number of moths. I had over 110 moths in one trap, most of which were Lunar Underwings. There were also a few new moths which included my first Red-line Quakers of the autumn, a lovely Green-brindled Crescent, a Turnip Moth and a migrant Dark Sword-grass. The first Blair's Shoulder-knot for Bardsey was trapped in the observatory MV trap.

 Green-brindled Crescent
 Blair's Shoulder-knot
 Red-line Quaker
 Turnip Moth and Dark Sword-grass
Caloptilia stigmatella- 12 in the moth trap is a record catch for the island

Line up

A red-line quaker was new for the year last night while also trapped were 5 feathered ranunculus, black rusric, lesser yellow underwing, blair's shoulder knot and garden rose tortrix.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

New garden record

New record for the garden last night with a dusky thorn, although I used to catch the odd one when I lived in Deeside. Also 3 blair's shoulder knot, brimstone, black rustic, common marbled carpet and feathered ranunculus.

Cemaes 6th Oct 2012

Last night was pretty good in my Cemaes back garden. 3 Black Rustics, 1 Green Brindled Cresent, 3 Blair's Shoulder Knots,1 Setaceous Hebrew Character, 2 Feathered Ranunculus, 2 Marbled Carpets and an Ichneumon Fly. Most was around but not in the trap, and thankfully I got there before the blackbird and sparrows! Also for interests sake here's a shot of a Black banded I had in the garden in Sept 5th 2008.A nationally and locally rare species with the only other Anglesey records being in Swtan and Amlwch.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Biggest total

My biggest single catch of 5 Blair's shoulder-knot in the trap last night along with common marbled carpet, feathered ranunculus and nfy beaded cheshtnut.