Saturday, 22 May 2010

A Bumper Haul

Had lots of moths to look at this morning, with both traps offering a fine selection. It was by far the biggest catch of the year with 91 moths of 35 species (though yet again, all brown pugs were recorded as just that!).

Firsts for the garden included...

Two lovely White Ermine

Three Scalloped Hazel (all in the same corner of the same trap!)

One Broken-barred Carpet

The rest of the catch were: 16 Pug sp., 15 Brimstone, 6 Flame Shoulder, 5 Nut-tree Tussock, 4 Heart and Dart, 4 Red Twin-spot Carpet, 3 Waved Umber, 3 Vine's Rustic, 3 Muslin Moth, 2 Bright-line Brown Eye, 2 Treble Lines, 2 Common Quaker, and singles of: Poplar Hawkmoth, Pebble Prominent, Swallow Prominent, Pale Tussock, Lunar Marbled Brown, Brindled Beauty, Hebrew Character, Buff-tip, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Least Black Arches, V-Pug, Water Carpet, Small Phoenix, Red-green Carpet, Green Carpet, Flame Carpet, Yellow-barred Brindle, Common Wave, Common White Wave (nice to get this and the previous together) and Small Waved Umber. Also 13 Cockchaffers!!

So a very nice selection, and it was great to have good numbers and a nice selection of geometrids. Here's one more pic from today...

Waved and Small Waved Umber

The previous night (Thursday) I had a bit of a disaster! One of my traps decided to turn itself off during the night...bugger!

The trap that remained on pulled in 37 moths of 16 species. The only species I caught Thursday night that I didn't last night was one of these...

Sallow Kitten - a small one at that!

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