Friday, 29 May 2015

Cullaloe LNR, May 28th 2015

Just a quickie between 21:30 and 23:00 with some headtorch wanderings. Most were netted while walking. A very large moth flew away from us never to be relocated. Most likely a hawk moth of some type (Poplar maybe - it was very big)

The list:Common Wave (2)
Water Carpet (1)
Silver-Ground Carpet (1)
Brindled Pug (1)
Ancylis badiana: (1)

The pictures:



Common Wave

Common Wave

Brindled Pug

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Mossmorran, Fife, 25th May 2015

A large emergence of day-flying Common Heath moths has occurred at Mossmorrran, with 100s on the wing and moths flying up at every step through the heather. Given the ongoing work there that seems to relate to peat extraction maybe we should make the most of it while it lasts

Cullaloe 23rd May 2015

(Cross posting from Cataloguing Cullaloe)

A good night for mothing with cloud covering after a sunny day and keeping the air warmish. We ran four traps- three MV Robinsons and a heath trap. A couple of new species for the reserve and one for me.

Brown Silver-lines were abundant

Yellow-barred brindle from Holly flowers

Flame Shoulder at the filter beds

Small Phoenix at the filter beds
Clouded Silver

One of two Lunar Thorns

A nice one - Elephant Hawk Moth

Common White Wave

Thursday, 7 May 2015


Another night of zero moths in the domestic moth trap. Not the best place in the world for moths, but still ... 5 degrees. Not even a compensatory beetle.

One micro swept at Cullaloe this morning, so something to look at at least

Tuesday, 5 May 2015


On a horrible overcast day I decided to bash fir trees for ladybirds. As I was preparing to beat a pine I noticed a shape that didn't look very pine-ish. In fact it looked quite moth-ish ...