Friday, 12 February 2016

The first `away from home` trap of the season.

Last night, I thought that I`d begin the season`s `away from home` trapping at a local site - Stradey Woods, which overlooks the western outskirts of Llanelli. Conditions were not perfect (it was rather cold for trapping) but I went ahead. Two actinics were left overnight, just out-of-sight of each other, on the slopes of a mixed wood (oak, birch, some conifers etc).
The results were not impressive - just five species being the total for both traps: Tortricodes alternella (x 4), chestnut (x2), Hebrew character (x1), winter moth (x1), dotted border (x2).

Above: Tortricodes alternella - a common but perhaps under-recorded moth due to its early flight season (late Jan- early April); it feeds on a variety of deciduous trees and shrubs.

1 comment:

  1. Well done Ian: you've set us all a good example.

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