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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Unintentional `dusking`

I thought that I`d finished with moths for yesterday (Sat 23rd) but, in the late evening (at about 8.30pm), I went for a walk down the garden as it was so warm and pleasant. Noticing that a few micro-moths were about, I returned to the house to collect a net and some containers. My Pwll (Llanelli) garden is quite large for an urban edge garden and it abuts good semi-natural habitats.
I had at least four species - Gracillaria syringella (associated with lilac and privet, of which plenty in the garden), twenty-plume moths Alucita hexadactyla, the tortricid Notocelia cynosbatella and Incurvaria mascuella. I also missed one or two others.
I was pleasantly encouraged how profitable (and easy) it was and I may re-try this technique which lepidopterists of old (as well as more recent ones such as Jon Baker at Pembrey Forest etc) used with notable success.

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