Saturday 30 June 2012

Llanymynech Rocks event 23/6

The full report from last Saturday evenings moth event at Llanymynech Rocks can be found here.

Monday 25 June 2012

Who am I: the answers

Here are the answers for the 'Who am I?' ID quiz.

1, Eyed Hawk-moth
2, Blood-vein
3, V-pug
4, Orange Moth
5, Pale Prominent
6, Peppered Moth
7, Dark Sword Grass
8, Early Thorn
9, Lime-speck Pug
10, Eurrhypara hortulata (Small Magpie)
11, Alucita hexadactyla (Twenty-plume Moth)
12, Scorched Carpet
13, Grey Dagger caterpillar
14, Oak Nycteoline
15, Seraphim
16, Burnished Brass
17, Alabonia geoffrella
18, Poplar Grey

Wednesday 20 June 2012

'Moth Night' mothing event at LLanymynech Rocks Nature Reserve 23/06/12

Hello all,

Below you will find details of the MMG’s next mothing event, which is on Saturday 23rd June at Llanymynech Rocks Nature Reserve.
                                                             Moth Night event

This is a joint event with the Shropshire Wildlife Trust and we are once again very hopeful of some excellent results from this wonderful limestone site. This will be our biggest event of the year and we hope to be operating more than a dozen traps, so there should be lots of action going on, so please come along to support us The event details are:-

Venue: Llanymynech Rocks Nature Reserve.
Meet: 8:45 pm at the reserve car park.
Directions: The reserve sits between Llanymynech and Pant, and is signposted from main road (A483).
Map reference: SJ267218

Montgomeryshire Moth Group (MMG) is an independent voluntary group of people interested in moths. All ages are welcome, beginners or experts.
This year all the events are light trapping events. We set up the light traps at dusk to attract moths and then release them after identification.
You are welcome to join us for as much of the evening as suits you, we are likely to stay for several hours. However, in case of cancellation, in poor weather or unforeseen circumstances, always ring or e-mail to check the event is on before joining us. Please bring a touch and suitable clothing
Please note that some sites are not easy to find, so please make sure that you know where the venue is before you set off.

Hope to see some of you at the event.


Sunday 10 June 2012

May at Morben Isaf

I guess that, along with many of you, I was finding early May to be a fairly lean time for mothing.  Certainly the month started very quietly at Morben Isaf, although as I blogged earlier, the highlight was the Brindled Beauty on the 11th.  Another trapping session 6 days later yielded 35 moths of 16 species, the highlight of which was this Oak-tree Pug - a first for the site.

Oak-tree Pug

Total numbers still hadn't really picked up by the time of my next trapping session on 22nd May; that night I recorded 32 individuals of 18 species, but did include first-timers for the site of Pale-shouldered Brocade, Barred Umber and Light Knot Grass (as reported in Stop Press).

Pale-shouldered Brocade
Barred Umber

Others of note included first-for-the-year individuals of Poplar Hawkmoth, Peppered Moth, Clouded-bordered Brindle, and these Peach Blossom, Green Carpet and Campion.
Peach Blossom

Green Carpet

Hopefully, once the floods have receded, I'll be back next week; let's just hope that the 5 inches of rain that fell on Friday and Saturday doesn't put too big a dent in the June moth population!


Wednesday 6 June 2012

Llyn Mawr 2/6/12 - event report

The full report of Saturday's evenings moth event at Llyn Mawr can be found here.