31 December/1 January 2011: total 4, species 1 (Min 7.5C, Max 9C, overcast & calm). After returning from a week photographing curlews and other waders on the Devon rivers (Exe and Teign), mostly in icy-cold conditions, the last night of the year was positively balmy. I looked hard for a flightless female, but was disappointed.

Winter Moth 1799 Operophtera brumata (4)

11/12 December: total 3, species 3 (Min 3.3C, Max 10.1C, cloudy & calm). The first time in exactly three weeks that I have bothered to turn the trap on and I get three species!

Winter Moth 1799 Operophtera brumata (1)
Scarce Umber 1933 Agriopis aurantiaria (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (1)

20/21 November: total 2, species 1 (Min 7.9C, Max 9.4C, clouding over, slight breeze). I know I had some wine last night, but I really wasn't seeing double this morning!

Scarce Umber 1933 Agriopis aurantiaria (2)

19/20 November: total 1, species 1 (Min 5.7C, Max 6.1C, some cloud cover, slight breeze). Other than a couple of nights when we were away visiting family, the trap has been every night, but despite encouraging night temperatures I was drawing a blank until the Scarce Umber turned up again.

Scarce Umber 1933 Agriopis aurantiaria (1)

10/11 November: total 1, species 1 (initial icy start with Min 0.8C, then rising to 10.9C as the night wore on as the weather detiorated with gales & heavy rain - a filthy night). The only surprise was that anything at all flew last night!

Scarce Umber 1933 Agriopis aurantiaria (1)

9/10 November: total 1, species 1 (Min 6.1C, Max 7.9C, clear, very windy & feeling much colder). The good times are over for the year!

Acleris spp. (1)

8/9 November: total 3, species 2 (Min 9.0C at 22.30 then rising, rain, slight breeze).

Azalea Leaf Miner 0285 Caloptilia azaleella (1)
Yellow-line Quaker
2264 Agrochola macilenta (2)

7/8 November: total 5, species 2 (Min 4.1 at 22.30 then rising, very windy with heavy rain by morning).

Brick 2262 Agrochola circellaris (1)
Yellow-line Quaker
2264 Agrochola macilenta (4)

6/7 November: total 8, species 3 (Min 5.3C, Max 6.1C, clear, calm). Dead on cue - the cold returns!

Feathered Thorn 1923 Colotois pennaria (2)
Merveille du Jour 2247 Dichonia aprilina (1)
Yellow-line Quaker
2264 Agrochola macilenta (5)

5/6 November: total 14, species 6 (Min 10.5C, Max 16.9C, overcast & extremely windy). On what was probably the last mild night I forgot to open the doors to the Moth Hotel, which resulted in a much reduced catch.

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (3)
Ashy Button 1041 Acleris sparsana (1)
Red-green Carpet
1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet
1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Feathered Thorn
1923 Colotois pennaria (1)
Yellow-line Quaker
2264 Agrochola macilenta (7)

4/5 November: total 27, species 10 (By 22.30 it was still 15.8C and continued to rise as the night wore on, overcast & very windy). I am determined to enjoy what is left of this unseasonal mild period, as it has brought in some really nice moths and I have thoroughly enjoyed them. Colder weather is imminent!

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (2)
Red-green Carpet
1760 Chloroclysta siterata (2)
Feathered Thorn
1923 Colotois pennaria (1)
Lesser Yellow Underwing
2109 Noctua comes (1)
Blair's Shoulder-knot
2240 Lithophane leautieri herperica (1)
Green-brindled Crescent
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae (1)
Chestnut
2258 (Conistra vaccinii) (1)
Brick
2262 Agrochola circellaris (3)
Red-line Quaker
2263 Agrochola lota (1)

Yellow-line Quaker
2264 Agrochola macilenta (14)

3/4 November: total 25, species 7 (Min 15.8C, Max 16.2C, overcast, very windy with occasional light drizzle). With continuing unseasonal very mild nights I suspect the decline in moth numbers has more to do with the depradations of the greenhouse spiders than anything else, although I did manage to rescue a few from their clutches.

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (7)
Red-green Carpet
1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet
1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Feathered Thorn
1923 Colotois pennaria (1)
Brick
2262 Agrochola circellaris (1)
Yellow-line Quaker
2264 Agrochola macilenta (13)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)

2/3 November: total 22, species 8 (another night getting warmer as it went on from a low of 15.1C, scudding cloud & very windy).

London Dowd 0874 Blastobasis lacticolella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth
0998 Epiphyas postvittana (3)
Red-green Carpet
1760 Chloroclysta siterata (3)
Common Marbled Carpet
1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Satellite
2256 Eupsilia transversa (1)
Red-line Quaker
2263 Agrochola lota (1)
Yellow-line Quaker
2264 Agrochola macilenta (11)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)

1/2 November: total 22, species 9 (initially clear & cold down to 8C as darkness fell but by 22.30 it had risen to 11.2C & continued to rise as it continued to cloud over). Remarkably, a very late Large Yellow Underwing.

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Grey Poplar Bell
1138 Epinotia nisella (1)
Red-green Carpet
1760 Chloroclysta siterata (6)
Spruce Carpet
1769 Thera britannica (1)
Feathered Thorn
1923 Colotois pennaria (1)
Large Yellow Underwing
2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Lesser Yellow Underwing
2109 Noctua comes (1)
Yellow-line Quaker
2264 Agrochola macilenta (8)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (2)

31 October/1 November: total 31, species 8 (Min 10.1C, Max 11.9C, clear but windy). Another remarkable influx, this time Red-green Carpets and a late-autumn London Dowd lurking in the Moth Hotel. Let us hope these mild nights keep on coming!

London Dowd 0874 Blastobasis lacticolella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth
0998 Epiphyas postvittana (3)
Red-green Carpet
1760 Chloroclysta siterata (7)
Grey Pine Carpet
1768 Thera obeliscata (1)
Spruce Carpet
1769 Thera britannica (1)
Feathered Thorn
1923 Colotois pennaria (1)
Dark Sword-grass
2091 Agrotis ipsilon (1)
Yellow-line Quaker
2264 Agrochola macilenta (16)

30/31 October: total 32, species 8 (Min 11.6C, Max 13.0C, mainly cloudy, falling wind & over-night rain). Yet another mild night and the number of moths continues to increase with some unexpected appearances.

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Garden Carpet
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Spruce Carpet
1769 Thera britannica (3)
Cypress Carpet
1771a Thera cupressata (1)
Dark Sword-grass
2091 Agrotis ipsilon (1)
Brick
2262 Agrochola circellaris (2)
Yellow-line Quaker
2264 Agrochola macilenta (22)
Sallow 2274 Xanthia icteritia (1)

29/30 October: total 26, species 8 (Min 9.0C, Max 13.7C, wet & windy). As the unusual mild period continues, the number of Yellow-line Quakers builds ever higher. After an autumn reconciliation I have discovered that the garden moth count of species is in fact 499, which makes the Ashy Button the 500th garden species. What a great landmark! As the day has progressed I have found myself updating these details on numerous occasions, as more moths emerge from crannies in the Moth Hotel.

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
*New* Ashy Button
1041 Acleris sparsana (1)
Cypress Carpet
1771a Thera cupressata (1)
Feathered Thorn
1923 Colotois pennaria (1)
Chestnut
2258 (Conistra vaccinii) (1)
Brick 2262 Agrochola circellaris (1)
Red-line Quaker 2263 Agrochola lota (2)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (18)

28/29 October: total 28, species 9 (Min 13.7C, Max 15.1C, cloudy, very windy). With such a temperate night, quite a crowd really.

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (8)
Common Marbled Carpet
1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Feathered Thorn
1923 Colotois pennaria (2)
Lesser Yellow Underwing
2109 Noctua comes (1)
Merveille du Jour
2247 Dichonia aprilina (1)
Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (12)
Beaded Chestnut 2267 Agrochola lychnidis (1)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)

27/28 October: total 22, species 8 (Min 10.5C, Max 13.7C, some cloud, slight breeze). An interesting night really, what with a very late Large Yellow Underwing (what is it with the yellow underwings this year?) and what accounted for a small swarm of Yellow-line Quakers, all at it like rabbits!

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (3)
Common Marbled Carpet
1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Feathered Thorn
1923 Colotois pennaria (2)
Large Yellow Underwing
2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Grey Shoulder-knot
2237 Lithophane ornitopus (1)
Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (3)
Brick 2262 Agrochola circellaris (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (10)

26/27 October: total 10, species 8 (Min 14.1C remaining constant, rain and wind). The weather really is see-sawing all over the place with a really good night temperature and a very late Lesser Yellow Underwing.

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Lesser Yellow Underwing
2109 Noctua comes (1)
Grey Shoulder-knot 2237 Lithophane ornitopus (1)
Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (1)
Brick 2262 Agrochola circellaris (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (3)
Beaded Chestnut 2267 Agrochola lychnidis (1)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (1)

25/26 October: total 1, species 1 (Min 1.3C, Max 2.1C, clear & breezy). Ever colder!

Grey Shoulder-knot 2237 Lithophane ornitopus (1)

24/25 October: total 1, species 1 (Min 2.5C, Max 4.1C, clear & breezy). I did not choose a good weekend to visit family, as the night temperatures were not too bad, and things returned to normal the moment I got back.

Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (1)

21/22 October: total 7, species 7 (Min 3.7C, Max 6.1C, clear with slight breeze).

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Blair's Shoulder-knot
2240 Lithophane leautieri herperica (1)
Satellite
2256 Eupsilia transversa (1)
Red-line Quaker 2263 Agrochola lota (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)

20/21 October: total 2, species 2 (Min -0.5C, Max -0.4, very clear & freezing). A really dreadful night!

Feathered Thorn 1923 Colotois pennaria (1)
Satellite
2256 Eupsilia transversa (1)

19/20 October: total 8, species 7 (Min 2.9C, Max 6.1C, very clear & windy). We seem to have see-sawed back into another very cold night.

Feathered Thorn 1923 Colotois pennaria (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart
2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing
2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Satellite 2256 Eupsilia transversa (1)
Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (2)
Pink-barred Sallow 2273 Xanthia togata (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)

18/19 October: total 14, species 6 (Min 8.3C, Max 10.1C, overcast, slight breeze with overnight rain). A welcome slight warming after yesterday's chilling!

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (6)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (3)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (2)
Chestnut 2258 (Conistra vaccinii) (1)

17/18 October: total 4, species 3 (Min 2.1C, Max 4.3C, clear & calm, with little owls calling). From cold to even colder. The Dark Chestnut appeared in one of the watering cans!

Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Chestnut 2258 (Conistra vaccinii) (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (2)

16/17 October: total 6, species 6 (Min 4.1C, Max 5.3C, clear with slight breeze). Considering how cold it was, an interesting small bunch of moths turned up.

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Large Yellow Underwing
2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Green-brindled Crescent 2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae (1)
Satellite 2256 Eupsilia transversa (1)
Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (1)

15/16 October: total 10, species 7 (Min 7.5C, Max 10.9C, rain and breezy). Still busy backing up all my images and still extremely frustrated that TalkTalk have not got their act together and sorted out the email problems.

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (2)
Red-green Carpet
1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (3)
Green-brindled Crescent 2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae (1)
Red-line Quaker 2263 Agrochola lota (1)
Barred Sallow 2272 Xanthia aurago (1)


14/15 October: total 13, species 6 (Min 10.1C, Max 10.5C, overcast with slight breeze). Another thing really bugging me about my computer is that since Talk Talk took over Tiscali, the service has declined badly. After a recent so-called upgrade, it is now sometimes impossible to see my emails for large chunks of the day. They simply will not load!

Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (8)
Green-brindled Crescent 2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae (1)
Barred Sallow 2272 Xanthia aurago (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)

13/14 October: total 13, species 9 (Min 10.1C, Max 10.9C, thin cloud cover, breezy). After a catastrophic computer failure it has just taken me two stress-full days to get things back onto a relatively even keel. At least the pristine Mint-choc Chip moth made up for some of my frustration!

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (2)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Feathered Thorn 1923 Colotois pennaria (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (4)
Merveille du Jour 2247 Dichonia aprilina (1)
Red-line Quaker 2263 Agrochola lota (1)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)
Bordered Straw 2403 Heliothis peltigera (1)

12/13 October: total 10, species 5 (Min 8.7C, Max 11.9C, overcast & windy). The stark decline in moth numbers continues, helped no doubt by the nasty wind-chill factor.

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (2)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (5)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (1)

11/12 October: total 17, species 7 (Min 8.7C, Max 10.5C, scudding cloud & very windy).

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (2)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Spruce Carpet 1769 Thera britannica (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (8)
Red-line Quaker 2263 Agrochola lota (3)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (1)

10/11 October: total 23, species 9 (Min 11.6C then rising as the night wore on, clear & windy).

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (2)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (3)
Dark Sword-grass 2091 Agrotis ipsilon (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (10)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (1)
L-album Wainscot 2202 Mythimna l-album (2)
Blair's Shoulder-knot 2240 Lithophane leautieri herperica (1)
Bordered Straw 2403 Heliothis peltigera (2)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (1)

9/10 October: total 35, species 14 (Min 15.5C then rising as the night wore on, overcast & very breezy). Quite a few of last night's lot turned up again, but they managed to attract some other species not seen for quite a while. Excellent!

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (10)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Dark Sword-grass 2091 Agrotis ipsilon (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (10)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (1)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (2)
L-album Wainscot 2202 Mythimna l-album (1)
Tawny Pinion 2235 Lithophane semibrunnea (1)
Blair's Shoulder-knot 2240 Lithophane leautieri herperica (1)
Pink-barred Sallow 2273 Xanthia togata (1)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (3)

8/9 October: total 26, species 11 (Min 14.4C, Max 15.8C, light cloud base & breezy). By recent standards an excellent night with decent diversity and another garden first, an excellent Tawny Pinion.

Common Clothes Moth 0236 Tineola bisselliella (1)
London Dowd
0874 Blastobasis lacticolella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth
0998 Epiphyas postvittana (2)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (3)
Turnip Moth 2087 Agrotis segetum (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (10)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (4)
L-album Wainscot 2202 Mythimna l-album (1)
*New* Tawny Pinion 2235 Lithophane semibrunnea (1)
Pink-barred Sallow 2273 Xanthia togata (1)
Bordered Straw 2403 Heliothis peltigera (1)

7/8 October: total 21, species 7 (Min 13.0C, Max 14.4C, light cloud base, calm, damp).

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (3)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (11)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (1)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (1)
Red-line Quaker 2263 Agrochola lota (1)
Lunar Underwing 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (3)

6/7 October: total 18, species 7 (Min 6.4C, Max 9.0C, clear & calm). A cold night reflected by the poor 'catch'.

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (5)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (4)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (5)
Lunar Underwing 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (1)
Pink-barred Sallow 2273 Xanthia togata (1)

5/6 October: total 34, species 8 (Min 16.9C then rising as the night wore on, overcast, calm with heavy rain by morning). Another filthy night! On the other hand, this is when the Moth Hotel really comes into its own, as many would not even have bothered to turn their traps on.

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (9)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (6)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (13)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (2)
Large Ranunculus 2252 Polymixis flavicincta (1)
Lunar Underwing 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (1)

4/5 October: total 34, species 9 (Min 11.6C, Max 14.1C, clear & calm, rain (yet again) by morning).

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (3)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (2)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (21)
Brindled Green 2248 Dryobotodes eremita (1)
Lunar Underwing 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (3)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)

3/4 October: total 29, species 9 (Min 15.8C then rising as the night wore on, rain clearing by morning).

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (10)
Rhomboid Button 1042 Acleris rhombana (1)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (2)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (11)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (1)
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2110 Noctua fimbriata (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
*New* Bordered Straw 2403 Heliothis peltigera (1)

2/3 October: total 24, species 10 (Min 17.6C, Max 18.6C, heavy rain). How on earth anything flew last night beggars belief, but some did!

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (3)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (9)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (5)
Large Ranunculus 2252 Polymixis flavicincta (1)
Lunar Underwing 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (1)
Vine's Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (1)

1/2 October: total 32, species 7 (Min 11.9C, Max 17.9C, fairly clear, calm, but still very wet after heavy rain all day)

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (8)
Rhomboid Button 1042 Acleris rhombana (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (2)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (16)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (2)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (1)
Lunar Underwing 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (2)