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May Moths 2021 (1 Viewer)

delia todd

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So sorry to hear that Andy.

Hope the bairn is much improved now. Do they know what cause it?

Andy Adcock

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So sorry to hear that Andy.

Hope the bairn is much improved now. Do they know what cause it?
Thanks Delia,
caused by a toddlers body, being unable to deal with a sudden rise in temperature, she was at 39C. We hope it won't happen again but they say it can, up until the age of about five but fingers crossed. Very alarming to have your toddler in your arms like that.


Jan Ebr
Czech Republic
I have recently found out that many things flying around in daytime that I considered butterflies are actually moths :) I have also finally received my insect book and oh my, there is a lot of moths!

During May, we have seen in Poland, the following - according to the IDers on iNat:
Clouded Border
Peach Blossom
Common Heath
Drinker Moth (larva)

And some not IDed to species:
Spear-marked and White-banded Black Moths (Complex Rheumaptera hastata)
Yponomeuta (larva)
Zygaena (larva)
some more unIDed Carpet Moths

Not sure if any of this is of interest to anyone :) I am sure that trapping or just watching in the night would be more productive, but I am quite fascinated by there being so many moths in broad daylight!


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Sorry to read about your kid. Hope you are out of the woods now and she is OK.

Ken M
I think it is the larva of Figure of Eight.
When I saw it my reaction was Mullein, but when I looked in the book it wasn't.

Andy Adcock

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Thanks to all for expressions of concern for my daughter, she's still unwell but we hope the siezure was a one off event due to the high temp she had.

Didn't know if to put the light on last night, it wasn't warm at all here but I did and all I got was a single Brown-line Bright-eye


Quis custodiet ipsos custodes
25/05. After a fair gap put the actinic out last night. 3 moths. 1LBAM, 1Garden Carpet and 1 Pale Mottled Willow.

Farnboro John

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Much better this morning, still only 8 moths in total but some quality included a lifer Chocolate Tip - excellent!

Chocolate Tip TICK!
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
Flame Shoulder
Grey Pine Carpet NFY
Nut-tree Tussock
Poplar Hawk Moth NFY - probably the most regular hawk moth to visit my back garden but a very smart moth and this one was very fresh.

Nice start to the day.



Quis custodiet ipsos custodes
26/05. Cool, clear with a large moon, not a recipe for success. Nil moths. One huge Cockchafer in trap.

Tonight is cloudy and warm according to the app so more hopeful.
Good luck everyone, lets hope all our chances change for the better.

JWN Andrewes

Poor Judge of Pasta.
Last night completed my first 12 months of trapping, and a nice fresh Broken-barred Carpet was my 202nd macro since starting. Also NFY was a couple of Common Marbled and a Green Carpet, and a Foxglove Pug, taking the macro year list past the 50 mark to 51. Only just really started paying much attention to micros, so only a handful of species so far (not been back through and checked and counted yet), but now that I have the field guide I'm looking forward to identifying more.


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A fat zero for me last night....and I rose at 3.30am to put off the light and cover the trap. πŸ˜•

Farnboro John

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Eight moths (and 7 May Bugs/Cockchafers) in the trap this morning, with Turnip the only year-tick.

Chocolate Tip 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 5 (they're off - definitely one of the local stalwarts!)
Nut-tree Tussock 1
Turnip 1 NFY
Flame Shoulder 1

Hopefully dry enough to go again tonight.



Quis custodiet ipsos custodes
27/05.. Things improved with 21 moths, mostly off the house wall on frequent checks. Two lifers too - Seraphim and Platyedra subcinerea, the latter is Herts rare so pleasing (there don't appear to have been any records for a few years). Nfy were - Ruby Tiger, Chinese Character (my fav moth), Green Carpet, Bee Moth, Pale Tussock, Light Brocade (viewable for a small fee - 'The charge of the Light Brocade'), Shears and Silver Y. Also ran - LBAM, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Brimstone and Scorched Carpet.
I have a micro and a Pug in the fridge to perplex me later. Micro was Notocelia cynobatellia, Yellow-faced Bell, but the Pug is too worn to do.
Tonight is 12C at midnight so has potential if it goes to plan.
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Trapping tonight, but a walk in the sunny weather yesterday brought my first Brown Silver-line and Common Heaths of the year, as well as a fast moving Garden Tiger larva.
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