Sunday, 17 November 2013

One Better than Friday Night

That is to say, there was one moth in the trap this morning!  I put the small actinic trap outside the front door last night, and by the time I retired it had attracted two Feathered Thorns and a dark geometer which I didn't immediately recognise, all on the wall close to the trap.  The latter moth turned out to be, surprisingly, a Common Marbled Carpet - surely very late in the year for this species?  The lone moth in the trap was another Feathered Thorn.  Altogether a very disappointing result, considering that it was a relatively mild, dry night with little wind.


The Latecomer

4 comments:

  1. Here in Cardiff, CMCs usually peter out at the start of November. The latest Glamorgan record on the database is 22nd November, in 1995.

    George

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  2. Thanks for that George, that makes my 'Latecomer' a week early! I don't know the latest record for Carms., but Jon Baker's Annual Reports 2006/2008 give latest sightings in mid to late October, so on that basis I thought that mine was pretty late.

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  3. There are two November records for Carms: 6th November 2012 and 4th November 2010. So yours wins for this county!

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  4. It's appropriate to mention a report on the Ceredigion Moths site by Sarah in Aberporth, her catch on Saturday night included a CMC along with several other species - conditions in the Cardigan Bay area must have been better than they were here!

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