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Friday, 30 August 2013

Last night: a Damp Squib.

Reading of some migrants in Cornwall and elsewhere on the `Atropos Arrivals` website, I decided not to trap as planned at some bog sites and chose instead the (easier) option of trapping on the coast close to home. I placed the two small portable actinics right on the coast just east of Burry Port, one on a shingle beach and the other on a higher, part wooded, sandy ridge - both regular sites. Both are actually out of sight to people walking along the path, unless an approach is made from certain unlikely directions.
The photo below shows the shingle beach earlier this year.

The other trap was just a couple of hundred yards to the west. In spite of my hopes, not a single migrant was caught in either trap- not even a solitary silver y in an ideally placed trap, facing the sea! This complete failure, and the fact that I got thoroughly dampened by fine drizzle prompted the blog`s title.
There were the expected late August moths in the traps, with flounced rustics putting in an appearance (photo below) and typical coastal moths such as plenty of lime-speck and tawny speckled pugs (though latter are now `going over`), shuttle-shaped darts and several Archer`s darts (photo of latter below). A plume caught looks like Emmelina monodactyla to me (photo below, please correct me if I`m wrong).

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