Sunday, 22 September 2013

Some warmer weather!

This weekend the temperature has risen by around 5C and there is no rain, so after a quiet week, we ran an evening MV in a local woodland, and I ran an evening MV in my garden. The garden session (same length of time) produced quite a few more moths than the woodland, which is odd, but it was nice to be able to count into double figures again!

The woodland session produced only singles of 10 species (apart from 2 Light Emerald). Nothing desperately unusual arrived, but a lifer for me was Pink-barred Sallow and new for the year was Acleris emargana and the first Red-Green Carpet of the season.

The general picture in the garden over the last week has been small numbers of Large Yellow Underwing and Lunar Underwing, with a smattering of Lesser Yellow Underwing.

The MV session, though, produced 51 moths of 18 species, with the highlights being a garden-first Acleris emargana and late (or new generation?) examples of Barred Hook-tip (last 21st Aug), Small Blood-vein (last 1st Aug) and Small Dusty Wave (last 31st Jul).

Acleris emargana

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