Sunday, 6 October 2013

Small but select...

..best describes the content of my small actinic trap this morning.  Only 6 moths in the trap: 2 Yellow-line Quakers and one each of Lunar Underwing, Green Brindled Crescent, Feathered Thorn and Red Sword-grass.  Nice to see the latter two species though, I don't remember having them last year.  Outside the trap: 3 Common Marbled Carpets and a Silver Y.  Nothing like the numbers that Sam had, but it was cold and clear here late evening so my expectations were low, and when I checked the trap at about 10.30pm there were no moths around at all.   I may put the MV out tonight because the weather's due for a change next week.


5 comments:

  1. Nice to have red sword grass Chris.... a very uncommon species! Apart from tiredness, I looked at the night sky last night and it was too clear to seem to be worthwhile. The Brechfa Valley must have experienced a temperature inversion judging by the excellent catch made by Sam....including a species that I never get - grey shoulder-knot. Well done.
    Yes, Chris, the weather looks favourable tonight, so I will also put the actinic out at home.

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  3. It was clear and starry here as well, but the preceding day was pretty warm. The temperature didn't drop much below 10 degrees during the night.

    I'm afraid a good, powerful MV will almost always beat a small Actinic!

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  4. I'm sure that you're right Sam, but it's a question of horses for courses: Saturday evenings here are spent preparing a curry dish and enjoying it with a bottle of wine, so it's expedient to put out the small actinic and let it get on with the job without entertaining hopes of a bumper catch. Incidentally, bearing in mind our previous discussions on this issue I'm wondering what proportion of your moth count went into the trap as opposed to being observed in its vicinity; if the majority were actually 'trapped' then clearly your trapping is much more effective than mine!

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  5. Two good points - last night's corn & chickpeas with chimichurri was a 15 minutes easy cook, whilst well over half the moths were outside the trap including all 5 Dark Sword-grass. It took far longer in the morning to find everything hiding at the base of the house wall and tucked among the flowerpots. Luckily I had Bea to help me spot the moths outside the trap, and she's even careful enough to take them gently from their hiding places and put them into the trap. I will concede that an MV is not the solution if time is limited.

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