Chamomile Shark – Ceredigion Moths

Things have been quiet in the moth trap here lately thanks to the cold overnight temperatures, but there was a new species for me in the trap last night:

3x Hebrew Character

1x Chamomile Shark*

The Chamomile Shark feeds on chamomile and feverfew and we have loads of feverfew in the garden. I don’t think it is that common though and hasn’t been recorded much in Ceredigion so its a nice record for me.

Chamomile Shark

Chamomile Shark

Chamomile Shark

Chamomile Shark

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3 Responses

  1. Alan says:

    I’ve just had an e-mail from the County Moth Recorder in VC46 comfirming that this record of a Chamomile Shark is the first ever recorded in the County. Always exciting when that happens.

    Alan: Have been conferring with Ian over the last week, pondering your Chamomile Shark record which is a first for VC46. Confusion could arise with C.umbratica, which makes your photograph so important, as also does the date of capture (April/May) – umbratica flies later (June /July). The ‘UK Moths’ distribution map also helps, showing records creeping along the n. Pembs coastline, with another two in north Wales – so there is no reason why chamomillae should not occur in Ceredigion. All these positive observations enable us to confirm your record which has been incorporated into the VC46 verified County list of macro-moths. With many thanks, until your next offering. . . . Peter

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