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Moths of May 2010 (1 Viewer)


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A respectable night here, with a NFG in th for of
White Pinion Spotted (NFG)
Barred Umber
Silver Ground Carpet 6
Sandy Carpet 2
Green Carpet 2
Small Phoenix
Brown Silver Line 3
Scalloped Hazel 9
Spectacle 6
Flame Shoulder 5
Pebble Prominent 2
Purple Bar
Broom Moth 2
Dark Sword Grass

Had the first Treble Lines of the year evening before.

Tri-Counties Birder

AKA The Portland Naturalist
Another decent night for quality, despite the slightly breezy conditions keeping numbers down. Its supposed to warm up by the end of the week.

New for me was a Clouded-bordered Brindle (pic 4), and new for the garden was a Scalloped Hazel (pic 3), and a Lime Hawk-moth (pic 2), which I was absolutely delighted to see in the trap. Yesterday while I was setting the trap up, a tiny moth was flying around, but I expected it to be a micro. I caught it in my hand, and it turned out to be a Small Dusty Wave (I think, pic 1), which is only the second I have had in the garden.

Good mothing.


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Like others, I was relatively surprised that last night's catch was pretty good, considering the weather anyway. Not sure how well Sandwich Obs did-Josh? (I live about 5 mins away)

1 Fern
2 Heart and club (nfy)
2 Muslin
1 Set heb character
1 Silver ground cpt
2 Sml clouded brindle (nfy)
1 Cmn wainscot (nfy)
1 white point
3 Common swift
2 White ermine (nfy)
2 Rustic shoulder knot
1 Herald (nfy)
1 Pebble prom
1 Rustic (nfy)
1 Campion (nfy)
1 Orange footman (nfy)
1 Light brown apple moth
3 Diamond backs


Registered Moth-er
Catch of 29th May

This is my catch from Saturday night. Both my traps out in cloudy and calm weather with temperatures around 10 degrees. 5 nfy and some other good moths! I noticed some ants in the trap during the night and in the morning I found out that they had been eating my Pale Tussocks!

5 Apamea Illyria
2 Buff Tip
2 Pale Prominent
2 Pale Tussock
2 Treble Lines [nfy]
1 Pebble Prominent
1 Great Prominent
1 Eyed Hawk-moth
1 Poplar Hawk-moth [nfy]
1 Rustic Shoulder-knot [nfy]
1 Silver Y [nfy]
1 Scalloped Hazel
1 Spectacle [nfy]
1 Fox Moth (female)


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Kent Birder
Did fairly well here at Sandwich Bird obs, Kent;
4 Robinsons out around the obs...
Eyed Hawkmoth 1
Lynchnis 1
Angle Shades 3
Least Black Arches 1
Common Wainscot 6
Common Swift 4
Silver Y 1
Treble Lines 25
Heart and Dart 17
White Ermine 2
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Small Elephant Hawkmoth 2
Rustic Shoulder-knot
Pale Prominent 1
Cinnabar 1
White-point 1
Diamond-backed Moth 2
Yellow Belle 3
Marbled Minor 1
Vine's Rustic 1
Muslin 1
May Highflyer 1
Turnip 1
Dog's Tooth 1
1082 Plum Tortrix 1
1076 1
Peppered Moth 1

Netted round the estate this morning;
Latticed Heath 1
Dingy Shell 1


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Did fairly well here at Sandwich Bird obs, Kent;
4 Robinsons out around the obs...


Nothing unusual in my trap this morning in soggy conditions.

Silver Y and Rush Veneer were nfy.

Two pugs driving me potty are going in the id section.



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Couldn't really have asked for better conditions last night, with no wind, a cloudy sky and mild temperatures. As a result I had my best catch of the year last night, and when I packed the trap away at 1am I had...

1 Grey Pine Carpet
1 Green Carpet
1 Common Marbled Carpet
2 Triple Lines
1 Silver Y
1 Light Emerald
2 White Ermine
1 Willow Beauty
1 Pale Mottled Willow
1 Heart and Dart
2 Flame Shoulder
1 Waved Umber


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Tri-Counties Birder

AKA The Portland Naturalist
Just like Billy, I had my best night of the year with 50 moths of 27 species in the trap.

I got two more Light Brocade, as well as several new-for-the-year, of Common Carpet, Bird's Wing, Oak Hook-tip, Coxcomb Prominent, Heart and Club, and a Dwarf Pug (pic 3), which is only the second I have had, after an unconvincing record very early on in my mothing career.

New for the garden was Small White Wave (pic 2), and a May Highflyer (pic 4), and completely new to me was two Alder Moths (pic 1), of great size difference (not obvious on photo).

More photos and details on the blog.

Good mothing


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Birding Bob

Robert Williamson
Just took the dog out to the garden and while she sniffed about I checked the garage light and found what I think is a Lesser Swallow Prominent but my sister thinks it's just a Swallow Prominent. Could anybody please confirm what it is. There's a 1p bet riding on it! 3:) also found a Heart and Dart? and a Bufftip.

kind regards,



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Adam M

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Just been to watch my moth trap for a while, make sure it isn't letting too many out. I looked in and saw my first Lime Hawk moth (which was greeted with a little victory dance) Only for a second one to fly into the shed door, bounce off, into the perspex of the trap and the settle inside the trap next to the first!!! Cracking stuff.

Also a brimstone in the trap and one on the shed door, did see another moth in the trap but due to the bulb destroying my eyes I couldn't ID it there and then.

Full report tomorrow. Got to try and calm down now and go sleep :king:


Adam M

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33 moths in total last night, 24 specimens of 10 species Id'd on the spot (I am getting there.......slowly) 9 still to do when I get back in from work.

So far,

Small Pheonix 4
Silver Y 2
Cabbage Moth 1
Early Thorn 2
Brimstone 7 (4 in the trap, 3 sat outside it)
Rustic Shoulder Knot 1
Spectacle 1
Lime hawk 2
Pale Tussock 1
Heart and Dart 3

There was also a Common Marbled Carpet sat outisde the trap last night, but it didn't find its way in.

Photos to follow later.

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