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Friday, 5 June 2015

I'd give it a Figure of 80 out of 100 for moths last night

Sorry, poor pun - Figure of 80 new for Cnwc was the highlight of a wonderfully warm night's mothing.

I stayed with the trap until 00:30 and there was a constant stream of moths coming in, with geometrids dominating in still conditions.  61 species of Macro and 18 species of Micro was a good haul for one MV.  Highlights included:
1 Map-winged Swift (photo), 2 Devon Carpet, 5 Broken-barred Carpet, 1 Scalloped Hook-tip, 3 Coronet, 2 Least Black Arches, 5 Heart & Dart (they are bizarrely rare here), 1 Alder Kitten, 2 Barred Umber, 2 Red-necked Footman, 1 Small Seraphim, 1 White-pinion Spotted, 1 Sharp-angled Peacock (photo) and 1 Larch Pug (photo).

15+ Coleophora caespititiella (photo, tiny and buff with pale costa and antennae ringed to 4/5), 1 Coleophora glaucicolella (slightly larger, very pale, antennae ringed to 1/2) and 1 Coleophora albicosta (photo, larger, pretty strikingly marked with white streaks).

The only real disappointment was the paucity of migrants: 5 Diamond-backed and 1 Silver Y to the MV, and 5 Silver-Y nectaring on Red Campion.


  1. A nice haul Steve - well done. I had six traps out last night (inc two at home). My only migrants were diamond-backs, but I had some good records of resident species. Too tired to blog at present (it took me 3hrs from 4.30am to get the traps home), and I`ve still got the moths to sort out and properly i/d, but there were goodies in the batch - to be blogged, with pics sometime over the next few days. It may be worth leaving a trap out tonight, just in case `our migrants` arrive late! Daytime mothing is profitable at present - had some good stuff on Thurs pm. Must go - brain dead!

  2. Ian, you're so tired you don't even know who's blog you're reading - ah the hazy blur the morning after after a full on trapping session! That's an excellent haul Sam for a single trap - we were overdue a good night.

  3. Ha!....You`re right Barry! I`ve (half) woken up now. Sorry Sam!