Monday, 3 June 2013

A moth-filled weekend!

My garden trap has been a little quiet over the last few nights in spite of the improving weather. But that's not the highlight of the weekend.

A group of 8 people (4 proper experts and the rest of us) ran a total of 9 lights at Pitlands Wood about 5 mins away from my house. The area is formerly ancient woodland, although many years of planting and chopping have left very few ancient trees. The site is now a woodland burial park and is being managed almost as a nature reserve, which is excellent!

During the day, a general insect survey was carried out, with a few moths found. Most were micros but we had:

Brown Silver-lines
Small Yellow Underwing
Green Carpet
Spruce Carpet

The evening session caught over 40 species; again some micros and pugs have been taken away for id, but some new species for my year list included:

Phyllonorycter harrisella
Cochylis atricapitana
Syndemis musculana
Oak Hook-tip
Clay Triple-lines
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Silver Ground Carpet
Clouded Border
Scorched Wing
Common White Wave
Common Wave
Pale Prominent
Flame Shoulder
Treble Lines

 Scorched Wing
Barred Hook-tip

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