Here are some photos taken in the Senni Valley:

Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar

Elephant Hawkmoth larva, Deilephila elpenor. Photo taken by Liz Maclean in Sennybridge 06/09/2012

Caterpillar of Vapourer moth

Photo taken by Christine Havard 25/06/2010.

Norman Lowe's comment "It's a caterpillar of the Vapourer Moth. It’s probably wandering round looking for somewhere to pupate, such as a fence or tree trunk, though it’ll make do with some twigs on a jamjar. It’ll first spin a protective cocoon around itself then pupate. The males are reddish brown but the females are wingless. They just sit on the cocoon and wait for a male, then lay their eggs nearby, often on the cocoon itself. If a female emerges take it outside on a warm day and wait for the males to assemble to it. Only works with a virgin female of course."

Bird-Cherry Ermine Moth web 1 Bird-Cherry Ermine Moth web 2

Photos taken by Christine Havard on 6/6/2010.

Norman Lowe's comment "These are webs of the Bird-cherry Ermine moth, Yponomeuta evonymella, the larvae of which feed almost exclusively on Bird Cherry, although there are related species on other trees and bushes. So the Spindle Ermine has been in evidence producing similar webs on spindle a few weeks ago. Numbers of both species vary from year to year but in good years they can be very numerous and obvious. Although the damage seems serious, the Bird Cherry bush generally recovers very quickly. The larvae feed for only a few weeks in June and shortly afterwards the plant produces a lot of new growth and doesn’t seem to suffer any long-term damage. The two species (moth and bush/tree) are both native and have evolved alongside each other for thousands of years. Certainly Bird Cherry is very common."

Photo taken by Christopher Spry at Dan-y-Graig isaf, 25/01/2007. The Herald moth, Scoliopteryx libatrix, indoors. They hibernate and start flying when it is warm.

Photo taken by Christopher Spry in the upper field of the land of Dan-y-Graig isaf, 22/05/2005. Caterpillar of Drinker Moth, Euthrix (Philudoria) potatori

Photo taken by Christopher Spry in Dan-y-graig isaf, 20/05/2005. Old Lady Moth Mormo maura

Moth surveys have been done in the garden at Dan-y-graig isaf, Senni, using moth traps by Roy & Hilary Perry

1976 - 1980

Acentria ephemerella (Water Veneer)
Acronicta alni (Alder Moth)
Acronicta psi (Grey Dagger)
Acronicta rumicis (Knot Grass)
Agrotis exclamationis (Heart and Dart)
Alcis repandata repandata (Mottled Beauty)
Anaplectoides prasina (Green Arches)
Apamea crenata (Clouded-bordered Brindle)
Apamea epomidion (Clouded Brindle)
Apamea monoglypha (Dark Arches)
Aphomia sociella (Bee Moth)
Apotomis lineana (a Tortrix moth)
Arctia caja (Garden Tiger)
Autographa pulchrina (Beautiful Golden Y)
Autographa gamma (Silver Y)
Axylia putris (Flame)
Biston betularia (Peppered Moth) (not melanic)
Cabera exanthematica (Common Wave)
Cabera pusaria (Common White Wave)
Chrysoteuchia culmella (a Pyralid moth)
Colocasia coryl (Nut-tree Tussock)
Colostygia pectinataria (Green Carpet)
Craniophora ligustri (Coronet)
Deilephila elpenor (Elephant Hawkmoth)
Deltote uncula (Silver Hook)
Diarsia brunnea (Purple Clay)
Diarsia mendica mendica (Ingrailed Clay)
Drepana falcataria falcataria (Pebble Hook-tip)
Ecliptoptera silaceata (Small Phoenix)
Elophila nympheata (Brown China-mark)
Epiblema scutulana (a Tortrix moth)
Epirrhoe alternata alternata (Common Carpet)
Epirrhoe rivata (Wood Carpet)
Eudonia truncicolella (a Pyralid moth)
Eulithis pyraliata (Barred Straw)
Eupithecia pulchellata pulchellata (Foxglove Pug)
Eupithecia vulgata vulgata (Common Pug)
Euplexia lucipara (Small Angle Shades)
Eurrhypara hortulata (Small Magpie)
Euthrix potatoria (Drinker)
Evergestis forficalis (Garden Pebble)
Graphiphora augur (Double Dart)
Hadena bicruris (Lychnis)
Hadena rivularis (Campion)
Hepialis humuli humuli (Ghost Moth)
Hepialus fusconebulosa (Map-winged Swift)

Hydrelia flammeolaria (Small Yellow Wave)
Hydriomena impluviata (May Highflyer)
Idaea aversata (Riband Wave)
Lacanobia oleracea (Bright-line Brown-eye)
Lacanobia thalassina (Pale-shouldered Brocade)
Laothoe populi (Poplar Hawkmoth)
Lomaspilis marginata (Clouded Border)
Lomographa temerata (Clouded Silver)
Lycophotia porphyrea (True Lover’s Knot)
Mamestra brassicae (Cabbage Moth)
Melanchra pisi (Broom Moth)
Mesapamea secalis (Common Rustic)
Mythimna comma (Shoulder-striped Wainscot)
Mythimna impura (Smoky Wainscot)
Noctua pronuba (Large Yellow Underwing)
Notodonta dromedarius (Iron Prominent)
Notodonta ziczac (Pebble Prominent)
Nudaria mundana (Muslin Footman)
Ochropleura plecta (Flame Shoulder)
Odontopera bidentata (Scalloped Hazel)
Oligia fasciuncula (Middle-barred Minor)
Oligia strigilis (Marbled Minor)
Oligia versicolor (Rufous Minor)
Opisthograptis luteolata (Brimstone Moth)
Orthosia gothica (Hebrew Character)
Perizoma alchemillata (Small Rivulet)
Phalera bucephala (Buff-tip)
Pheosia gnoma (Lesser Swallow Prominent)
Plusia festucae (Gold Spot)
Polia nebulosa (Grey Arches)
Pterostoma palpina (Pale Prominent)
Ptilodon capucina (Coxcomb Prominent)
Rusina ferruginea (Brown Rustic)
Scoliopterix libatrix (Herald)
Scoparia ambigualis (a Pyralid moth)
Scopula immutata (Lesser Cream Wave)
Scotopteryx luridata plumbaria (July Belle)
Spilosoma lubricipeda (White Ermine)
Spilosoma luteum (Buff Ermine)
Tortrix viridana (a Tortrix moth)
Udea olivalis (a Pyralid moth)
Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (Garden Carpet)
Xanthorhoe montanata montanata (Silver-ground Carpet)
5/6 July 2003

Agrotis exclamationis (Heart and Dart)
Alcis repandata repandata (Mottled Beauty)
Anaplectoides prasina (Green Arches)
Apamea monoglypha (Dark Arches)
Autographa pulchrina (Beautiful Golden Y)
Cabera exanthemata (Common Wave)
Campaea margaritata (Light Emerald)
Colostygia pectinataria (Green Carpet)

Crambus hortuellus (a Grass moth)
Graphiphora augur (Double Dart)
Laothoe populi (Poplar Hawkmoth)
Mythimna turca (Double Line)
Noctua pronuba (Large Yellow Underwing)
Nudaria mundana (Muslin Footman)
Pyrausta olivalis (a Pyralid moth)

21/22 May 2017

Abrostola tripartitia, (Spectacle), 1
Calliteara pudibunda, (Pale Tussock), 1
Diarsia rubi, (Small square-spot), 1
Epirrhoe galiata, (Galium carpet), 1


Ochropleura plecta, (Flame shoulder), 1
Odontopera bidentata, (Scalloped hazel), 1
Spilosoma lubricipeda, (White ermine),2 male