Sunday 23 April 2017


Streamer - a beautiful moth with a combination of colours and markings to rival any butterfly.
Twenty-one moths of 13 species after a clear cold night last night - 1 Streamer, 1 Brimstone, 1 Angle Shades, 1 Oak-tree Pug, 1 Double-striped Pug, 1 Early Grey, 1 Lunar Marbled Brown, 1 Muslin Moth, 1 Flame Shoulder, 1 Small Quaker, 3 Common Quaker, 4 Shuttle-shaped Dart and 4 Hebrew Character.
Orcombe Point was again quiet with 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Wheatear and a couple Willow Warblers the only evidence that anything at all was moving.
Off Mudbank the Whimbrel count has risen to 80+ but just 3 Greenshank remain. Also 1 Grey Plover, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 5 Dunlin on a very quick afternoon visit.
This evening there were 115+ Black-headed Gull and 8+ Common Gull off Mudbank - a big increase in recent weeks.

Muslin Moth

Lunar Marbled Brown

Oak-tree Pug - big thank you to Lee and Nick for ID.

Angle Shades

Early Grey

Hebrew Character

Flame Shoulder

Shuttle-shaped Dart

Small Quaker
Common Quaker - this small individual was very similar in size to the above Small Quaker.


  1. Hi Matt, I'm far from an expert, but I've looking at Oak-tree and Brindled Pugs a lot over the last few days and I'd go for Oak-tree Pug. I found a good identification article on pugs on the Lancashire Moths website that you might be interested in downloading (if you haven't already) - link here: Hope it helps, Lee

    1. Many thanks Lee. I was initially thinking Oak-tree but talked myself out of it. I've got very rusty on this pair having not trapped this early in the year for a good while. Will check out your link. All the best. Matt

  2. Hi Matt, I had also gone for Oak-tree before seeing Lee's comment. Far from certain, but more rounded wing tips, pale patch outside of dark spot on wings and reddish leading and trailing edges to fore wing suggested it to me. Hope that helps. Nick

    1. Thanks Nick - I used your same line of thinking, having looked back through your blog posts, but I guess not having Brindled alongside and being so out of practice put me off making a confident decision. Need to get the trap out more! See you soon. Matt