Sunday 30 March 2014

Good catch at Commins Coch

Things are picking up in the west of the county as well. I can't quite match Douglas' figures, but last night I did record 150 moths and 21 species.

My best micro was Agonopterix ciliella and as for the macros, Red Sword-grass and White-marked are worth a mention.



Last night was productive with over 400 moths comprising of 24 species.

Best micros were Zelleria hepariella, Agonopterix alstromeriana and Caloptilia semifascia.

C. semifascia

Also, first Lead-coloured Drab of the year. An exceptionally dull form.

A drab Lead-coloured Drab

Monday 24 March 2014

Montgomeryshire Moth Group (MMG) annual report for 2013

My annual moth report for 2013, can now be found in the 'Articles and Reports' area of the website.


Saturday 22 March 2014

Identifying Lead-coloured Drab

New PDF posted in the 'Articles' section of the site. Hope some of you may find it useful.


Thursday 6 March 2014

An unexpected visitor!

This unexpected Common Marbled Carpet turned up last week (February 25th) in our sitting room. It was spotted by my husband, Steve, who doesn't purport to be a moth-er, but is always interested in what's around. Whether it's a very early or very late record is an interesting thought! There doesn't seem to be any reference to this species overwintering in the literature I've referred to, but whether the very mild weather could have played a part............?

To quote Peter W, "I can only come up with two suggestions – either the larva somehow crawled into your house, pupated and then emerged early in the warmth, or the other possibility is that it is just a very early 2014 emergence (over seven weeks earlier than the previous earliest record for the county), either way, it’s certainly a record breaker."

Thanks Peter - perhaps we'll never know?!