Friday, 29 November 2013

It's Been A While...

...since I last saw any moths, but after a slightly milder night, a regular actinic light placed in a local managed woodland produced a couple of December Moths and an Acleris sparsana.

Also on the site were a brace of Mottled Umber, a Scarce Umber and a pair of Winter Moths.

I am trapping for the Winter Garden Moth Scheme, both at home and at the above site, and these were the first moths I can report during the season. Last year (garden only) I had a total of 9 moths during the whole 16 weeks; currently I'm not holding my breath for anything better but let's see shall we!

December Moth

Friday, 1 November 2013

Quiet October

October has been very quiet on the moth front. This is partly because I was out of the country for two weeks (I did see a few moths, but nothing too spectacular) and because of the deteriorating weather, I have only run the trap 4 times during the rest of the month.

The only new moths for the year during these sessions has been the aggregate November Moth and a brace of Yellow-line Quakers.

My regular woodland site hasn't been much better, although there have been some new species for my year list and one new for the site:

Blair's Shoulder-knot
Feathered Thorn
Agonopterix arenella

Feathered Thorn