Friday, 24 July 2015

A V Pleasant Surprise

Trapping at home in the aftermath of the Orielton course could easily have been something of an anticlimax, but not so, on Tuesday night a Shark turned up in my MV trap, a new record for me, and this morning a modest catch in the small actinic trap included what I believe to be a V Moth.  The V mark on the forewing is not as clear as in some of the illustrations, but I don't see what else it could be.  Reassure me, please, someone!


8 comments:

  1. I agree with you, Chris - I can`t see (after a very quick check) what else it can be....so well done indeed. From memory, the only other modern record is one by Barry Stewart at Ty Croes near Ammanford about 10+ years ago.

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  2. Thanks Ian. Sam's list says 4 records, the last in 2005 (presumably Barry's) but I didn't know whether there have been any since 2003. We have currants and gooseberries in the garden and I don't use insecticide, perhaps that helps!

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  3. Brilliant! Nice to know they still exist.

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  4. `V for Victory`, I say! One of the best Carms records for 2015.
    I deliberately planted currants in my garden in the hope of getting one (and currant clearwing), but no luck with either.

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  5. Excellent, good to know it is still in South Wales. No Glam records since 2002.

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  6. Thanks for your comments, guys. As soon as conditions allow I will put a trap near the fruit cage and see if there are more around. OK, I know that it doesn't work like that but you never know!

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  7. Congratulations and well done, Chris. You'll need to go on another course, now: rare macros!

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    1. Good idea Steve, the nearest one can get to this might be the Coastal Speciality Moths Course at Sandwich Bay, but too late - it was on July10th. Anyway, it's best to avoid travelling to Kent just now!

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