Monday, 2 January 2017

Last year's records

If anyone has any 2016 butterfly records for me, please drop me an email ( It would be great to have these sooner rather than later, if possible please.

And of course, Peter will no doubt appreciate your moth records too (

Friday, 30 December 2016

January Moth Challenge

Hello all,

With another New Year approaching I am once again doing our January moth challenge. The challenge is to record 10 macro and or 5 micro species (or of course, as many species as you can record) during January. As many of you have found out in the past, this is definitely not an easy challenge, but it’s well worth having a go at as it generates many extra winter records when recording is often very sparse. It’s also a bit of fun, so go on, have a go, see how you get on, you might surprise yourselves!

There are only a few basic rules I would ask you to follow:-

1) Adults only to be recorded.
2) Records from a single site only.
3) Using one trap only.
4) Anyone can take part, but if you're not a recorder in Montgomeryshire you will have to let me know you're taking part so that I can contact you for your results.

I will ask you for your results at the end of January when I will ask you for a simple list of:-

1) What species you recorded.
2) How many moths of each species you recorded
3) How many days you trapped on.

Have fun – see if you can beat your total of last year.

Happy New year to all of you and I hope you all have some great mothing in 2017.


Saturday, 24 December 2016

Public mothing events for 2017 in Montgomeryshire

Hello All,

Our programme of public mothing events for 2017 in Montgomeryshire has now been finalised and has been posted on the events area of the our website; I know many of you like to know the details of events in advance so that you can note the dates and venues in your diary.

I hope you all have a good Christmas and some great mothing in 2017.


Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Migrant activity in a mild southerly air flow!

Hello Moth-ers,

Just a quick line to remind you all that as we currently have a very unseasonal mild southerly air flow over us at the moment it may well be a good time to fire those traps up to see if there’s any migrant activity in our neck of the woods.


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Tinea pellionella

Checked a bag of wool in the same room as the potential Tinea pellionella. There are hundreds of them in there munching their way through the wool.

The case of the strange caterpillar

Have got about 80 of these on the walls and ceiling of the spare bedroom. They are about 8 - 9mm long. The case appears to be attached to the surface at a single point. The grub extends itself approx half way out of the case, but withdraws back in when there is movement nearby.

Douglas thinks they are Tinea pellionella (case-bearing clothes moth). I am going to rear some on to try and confirm this. Will attempt to feed them on bits of wool.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Deadline for sending in your 2016 'Moth Night' records is 30th November

This is just a reminder to all recorders to ensure all Moth Night 2016 datasets (records from 09th to 11th June) are submitted via the Butterfly Conservation online recording system ( or email to by close-of-play Wednesday, 30th November 2016, after which the online system will be closed and the data shortly afterwards will be forwarded to all County Moth Recorders for verification.