Carmarthenshire Moths

May 22, 2017

Carmarthenshire Moths

In the past we have had visitors staying who have kindly undertaken bird counts and also identified flowers, plants and grasses for a plant count here at Old Oak Barn - This week it is the turn of Carmarthenshire Moths to come under the spotlight!

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Our visitors this week from near Cardiff look to me to be experts in their field and asked prior to arrival if they could set up their moth recording equipment which includes a state of the art trap.  By contributing moth sightings to the National Moth Recording Scheme (via Carmarthenshire County Moth Recorder), a picture of the distribution of each macro-moth species across the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands is being built up.

Carmarthenshire Moths

The Poplar Hawk Moth


Carmarthenshire Moths

Peppered Moth


Carmarthenshire Moths

Scorched Wing








Of course I said yes!

Such maps when plotted play a vital role in assessing the conservation status of species. By considering the rarity of each moth and, more importantly, whether the distribution of a species is increasing or declining over time, conservation priorities can be determined and action directed to the species at greatest risk. This aim sits very comfortably with our general values and ethos here on the farm and woodlands. It would be wonderful if they came back in 10 years time to do more recordings and by then they may even have the help of their little boy currently age only 17 months! Below is the initial record which I will add to in the future.  By Wednesday 24 May a total of 60 species have been identified.

Thanks to Stephen for the photos he took this week which I have used here - please ask if you would like to use them.

Carmarthenshire Moths at Old Oak Barn in May

Species List for Moths Recorded at Old Oak Barn, May 2017

291 moths of 61 species recorded over three nights using a Skinner trap fitted with 2 x 15 W actinic light tubes. 

Code Taxon Vernacular
- Cnephasia sp. Cnephasia species micro moth
- Eudonia sp. Eudonia species micro moth
15.009 Caloptilia robustella New Oak Slender
28.009 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House-moth
28.010 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House-moth
40.013 Mompha locupletella Red Cosmet
49.090 Eulia ministrana Brassy Twist
63.052 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer
65.002 Watsonalla binaria Oak Hook-tip
65.005 Drepana falcataria Pebble Hook-tip
65.007 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character
65.013 Ochropacha duplaris Common Lutestring
69.002 Smerinthus ocellata Eyed Hawk-moth
69.003 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth
70.009 Idaea subsericeata Satin Wave
70.053 Xanthorhoe designata Flame Carpet
70.075 Hydriomena impluviata May Highflier
70.079 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet
70.086 Electrophaes corylata Broken-barred Carpet
70.094 Ecliptopera silaceata Small Phoenix
70.100 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet
70.151 Eupithecia pulchellata Foxglove Pug
70.200 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle
70.207 Lomaspilis marginata Clouded Border
70.212 Macaria alternata Sharp-angled Peacock
70.222 Petrophora chlorosata Brown Silver-line
70.224 Plagodis dolabraria Scorched Wing
70.226 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth
70.240 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel
70.252 Biston betularia Peppered Moth
70.270 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed
70.278 Cabera exanthemata Common Wave
70.280 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver
71.006 Furcula bicuspis Alder Kitten
71.009 Stauropus fagi Lobster Moth
71.010 Drymonia dodonaea Marbled Brown
71.012 Notodonta dromedarius Iron Prominent
71.013 Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent
71.020 Pterostoma palpina Pale Prominent
71.025 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip
72.015 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock
72.019 Spilosoma lutea Buff Ermine
72.020 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine
73.022 Plusia festucae Gold Spot
73.024 Deltote pygarga Marbled White Spot
73.032 Colocasia coryli Nut-tree Tussock
73.036 Acronicta alni Alder Moth
73.047 Craniophora ligustri Coronet
73.087 Spodoptera exigua Small Mottled Willow
73.101 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines
73.114 Euplexia lucipara Small Angle Shades
73.244 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker
73.249 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character
73.264 Lacanobia thalassina Pale-shouldered Brocade
73.317 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart
73.329 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder
73.333 Diarsia mendica Ingrailed Clay
73.334 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot
73.352 Anaplectoides prasina Green Arches
73.359 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character
74.004 Nola confusalis Least Black Arches
Carmarthenshire Moths

Alder Moth

Carmarthenshire Moths

Buff Tip


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