Sunday, 24 May 2015

A much better week!

First off, I left a light on a timer at a private woodland site. I managed to pick the coldest and clearest night of the week so the total score was 19 moths of 14 species; new for the year list were Common Swift, Ancylis badiana, Crambus lathoniellus, Sandy Carpet, Iron Prominent, Pale Tussock, Orange Footman and Flame Shoulder.

Also found was the larval case of Psyche casta on a Deadly Nightshade leaf.

My garden actinic did rather better over a couple of nights, mainly because of far more conducive conditions. The year list was boosted by White-shouldered House Moth, Epinotia immundana, Notocelia cynosbatella, Oak Hook-tip, Chinese Character, Common Marbled Carpet, White-spotted Pug, Heart & Dart, Shuttle-shaped Dart and a brace of Treble Lines.

Also randomly in the car was an Argyresthia goedartella and whilst out on a walk to the pub, Alabonia geoffrella.

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