Wednesday, 30 June 2010

The Future's Bright, The Future's Orange

Well what a way to celebrate the one year anniversary of when I first ran a moth trap in my garden! Last night was an excellent night for moths, and my two traps pulled in an amazing 367 moths of 70 species!!!

This mass of moths included six new species for the garden, with this beaut being the most surprising...

A stonking Orange Moth!

Equally as stunning though was this..

Lilac Beauty

With the other four new'uns being...

Barred Straw

Little Emerald

A very battered and worn Plain Golden Y

And two of these; Miller

Ok, so that's the new ones, here are the other 360 macros moths from this morning (with new for year in red): 67 Heart and Dart, 24 Riband Wave, 19 Heart and Club, 18 Willow Beauty, 16 Flame, 12 Uncertain, 12 Flame Shoulder, 11 Pug sp., 11 Fanfoot, 10 Minorsp., 9 Elephant Hawkmoth, 9 Buff Arches, 7 Common Marbled Carpet, 7 Brimstone, 7 Grey Dagger, 6 Scorched Wing, 6 Clouded Silver, 6 Bright-line Brown-eye, 5 Buff-tip, 5 Double Square-spot, 5 Large Yellow Underwing, 5 Dark Arches, 5 Small Fanfoot, 4 Light Emerald, 4 Poplar Hawkmoth, 4 Snout, 3 Foxglove Pug, 3 Sharp-angled Peacock, 3 Buff Ermine, 3 Poplar Grey, 3 Clouded Brindle, 3 Ingrailed Clay, 2 Peach Blossom, 2 Common Emerald, 2 Common Carpet, 2 Cypress Carpet, 2 Clouded Border, 2 White Ermine, 2 Common Footman, 2 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 2 Light Arches, 2 Green Silver-lines, 2 Small Angle Shades, 2 Treble Lines, 2 Lychnis, 2 Coronet, 2 Mottled Rustic, 2 Spectacle and singles of: Garden Carpet, Pine Carpet, Grey Pine Carpet, Scorched Carpet, Foxglove Pug, The Fern, Brussels Lace, Common Wave, Rosy Footman, Pale Tussock, Peppered Moth, Dot Moth, Angle Shades, Beautiful Hook-tip and Straw Dot.

What a morning! Not only have I sorted though this lot this morning, I've also done two bird surveys (one in Exeter!) and written the twice monthly local birding newsletter!

Great news for the followers of this blog who are not moth fans. Yes, moths will still feature very heavily, but tomorrow is July 1st...and what does that mean??? Well that means it's time to dust the bins and scope off and go birding....

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great return! like the Little Emerald especially.