Monday, 26 July 2010

The Vapourer

I was hoping a morning tour of the local patch would show lots of waders as it is full moon time...but no! A Whimbrel and a few Common Sandpipers being all I could muster. There had been a small arrival of duck though, with nine Shoveler and a Teal on the river north of Coronation Corner with the flock of moulting Mallards.

Mothing last night got me a vey attractive first for the garden...

The Vapourer

In the trap were 68 moths of 33 species. Although not a good count, there was a nice selection; 10 Bright-line Brown-eye, 6 Dark Arches, 4 Ruby Tiger, 3 Common Footman, 3 Heart and Dart, 3 Cabbage Moth, 3 Large Yellow Underwing, 3 Silver Y, 2 Small Fan-footed Wave, 2 Red Twin-spot Carpet, 2 Early Thorn, 2 Poplar Hawkmoth, 2 Elephant Hawkmoth, 2 Dingy Footman, 2 Uncertain and singles of: Buff Arches, Common Emerald, Riband Wave, Wormwood Pug, V-Pug, Willow Beauty, Buff Ermine, Four-spotted Footman (male), Rosy Footman, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Double Square-spot, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Common Rustic, Grey Dagger, Coronet and Snout.

Will have the trap out again tonight, but that will probably be it for a week as I have a few days and nights of camping ahead of me....

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