Category: Moth Trapping

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Glamping in the Garden

We have visitors coming this weekend – Well, actually they are arriving Sunday night for a couple of days. It’s my Sister Trudi, her boyfriend Mike and he children Kia an Shaun. As we only live in a small(ish) bungalow we don’t have huge amounts of room for them, mainly because one of our bedrooms...

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Another New Moth Record

No, not a record in numbers, but just a new species for the garden, a lovely little Flame Carpet. Here’s the full list from last night – A nice manageable 45 moths from 18 different species. Enough to keep us busy, but not so many as top take all day to go through and identify...

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Moths Galore

Despite having to compete with an almost full moon, we were greeted with loads of moths in the trap this morning. Temperatures only dropped to 16.2ºC and winds were light. As well as loads of Caddis Flies and quite a few nice looking micro moths (that I didn’t record), I managed to record 143 moths...

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The Moths of Summer

Day 6 of Summer is here and after collecting strawberries from the garden it was time to inspect the moth trap that I’d put out last night. It’s been a while since we did any moth-trapping but there was quite a haul. Conditions were perfect for the moths, temperatures only dropped to 14°C and winds...

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April Moths in Ceredigion

It still isn’t warm here but temperatures have at least made it into double figures for the past few days. It got to 12°C here yesterday and pretty much stayed that way all night as well with a minimum temperature of 10.1°C. Combined with misty, murky conditions, the relatively warm temperatures seemed ideal for moths so...


Early Moths

Not much in the moth trap today, just a solitary Early Grey. But that’s the first moth of 2013 in the trap – Admittedly it hasn’t been out much but previous attempts so far this year had so far proved fruitless.

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Kiwis, Caves and Snow-Capped Volcanoes – New Zealand Day 14

It’s Monday and we are still having the holiday of a lifetime in New Zealand. We awake to a damp drizzly day in Otorohanga, have a shower and breakfast in Camp Kiwi and then take the 30 second walk to the Kiwi House. The Kiwi House We are the first ones in and are treated...

Surfing The Bar, Whangamata 1

Surfing ‘Da Bar’, Crazy Golf and Kawhia – New Zealand Day 12

It was the day of the K2 race around Coramandel today. I’d found out a little bit about it now. It was a 200km hard core hilly bike race around the Coramandel Peninsula. The start location and route change from year to year and with the hot sun and the hilly route this years looked...

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Black-banded Moth in Ceredigion

It may not be the most exciting of moths to look at, but it has caused some excitement here today. It’s a Black-banded moth (Polymixis xanthomista) that I found in the trap last night. It’s fairly rare in the UK having a designation of ‘Nationally Scarce A’. It is a sub-species distinct from those in mainland...