Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Silly old fool.....

.....thought it might be a good idea to put the MV trap in the alder grove at Cwmllwyd last night, despite the fact that it was pouring with rain, because he believed that the night would be a few degrees warmer than of late! Rigged up a fisherman's umbrella over the trap, so only two of the six egg trays outside the trap were sodden this morning; four remained dry along with the entire contents of the trap. No dead or damaged moths were found in, or around, the trap. Indeed hardly any moths were found at all! Even so, this rather uncommon 2nd generation Flame was captured.....

 Flame

.....along with a target species for Cwmllwyd.....

Haworth's Minor

.....Haworth's Minor which was first recorded here on my birthday in 2009, but that record could not be substantiated.

10 comments:

  1. Fantastic!! Haworth's Minor is scarce in Britain as a whole and had no confirmed Carms records until now. On this basis I'm also happy to reinstate your previous record, now that there is confirmation that the species is around. Very exciting!

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  2. Many thanks, Sam. Got lucky again, didn't I? How should I log this on the record sheet: should I insert a new line at 2367, or just bung it on the bottom after the micros?

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  3. Good work Steve - i found one of these in Ceredigion a couple of weeks back - obligingly resting on my camera trap...

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  4. Brilliant Steve.....(if I can say this) I told you that you had a good chance of this species! Excellent!
    Not lucky, but laudable perseverance - well done!

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  5. Please add the row in at 2367 (before The Crescent). The formulae should still work.

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  6. Thanks, Gentlepersons, for your comments; too, too kind. I've updated my record sheet, as you specified, Sam, and awarded the moth category "C" status for now!

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  7. That`s at least three upland `goodies` you`ve had this year - glaucous shears, light knot-grass and now Haworth`s minor. `The right recorder in the right place`!

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  8. It's been a fantastic year since I made contact with the Group for the first time on 24 September 2013. It has focused my mind and instilled a degree of rigour in my approach to moth trapping which was, sadly, somewhat lacking following the end of my career in countryside management some 12 years ago. I have certainly trapped much more frequently than before and this has payed significant dividends: we have logged 201 macro species so far in 2014 - very much better than any previous year at Cwmllwyd. The number would, of course, be much greater if I was any good at micros! So, thanks one and all for the kind comments my inane ramblings on this site have received during my first year, it's all much appreciated.

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  9. You`re an asset to the Group Steve, and you, together with Mel on the coast, were the best `human catches` of 2013! Homework for the winter - swot up on micros?
    Good luck for the rest of the 2014 moth season...it`s not over yet!

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  10. Steve, the answer to improving micros proficiency may be to join Dave Grundy's 3-day residential course at FSC Orielton next July. Following the excellent day at Cilgerran on Sunday, I'm hoping to book myself a place - having just established that it doesn't clash with the first Ashes Test Match in Cardiff! The details are due to be announced next month, but I've been in touch with Dave Grundy and he says that it's to be on18-21 July. Congrats on the Haworth's Minor, a nice record. Incidentally I've had 2nd generation Flames a couple of times recently, it's that Indian Summer factor again!

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