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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Two micros from last night`s bumper moth crop...

Like Steve, I`ve still got some micros to go through but they`ll last a day or two in the fridge before processing. Among the ones dealt with so far are the two shown below.

Above: I believe that this is Aethes rubigana, broader-winged and with a wider, more indented cross-band than the similar A. cnicana. A rubigana is said to feed on burdock seed heads - the plant grows nearby on a species-rich rank grassland site.
Above: I think that this small tort is Lobesia reliquana, which feeds on creeping thistle (again a common plant close-by). Caught at two sub-sites last night (18/7).

Looking forward to seeing what will be in the trap tomorrow morning after this day of strong SE winds. Remember, if you`re really busy - rushing to work, loads of jobs on etc - the moths can be retained as noted above in the fridge for a few days. Good mothing weather, as we`re currently and probably briefly experiencing, has been in short supply over the last month.


  1. Don't let your enthusiasm run away with you Ian! Yes, moths can be retained for a day or two in the fridge, once you've got them there, but emptying the catch, noting the contents and boxing them up is very time-consuming (as Steve noted in his blog today) and it's a lot to ask of those amongst us with busy week-day jobs, let alone getting up at 5am to start the process! All very well for us retired folk, but even so there are limits - I've trapped for two consecutive nights and I'm having tonight off, however good the conditions might be!

  2. It depends on your job Chris - if you`re doing a daily commute to (eg) Cardiff, then fair enough, but when feasible I used to set traps out in the evening, collect them en route to work, put the moths in the (work) fridge and det them that evening. It IS hard continuing to trap - last night was my fourth consecutive night, three of which also involved driving to non-home sites (as well as the easier to check garden traps), but there`ll be periods when trapping weather is poor and the effort is solely a home trapping session. With a house renovation going on, as well as other daily tasks and obligations, time is n`t exactly plentiful and some things such as a weekly nat hist day out have ceased this year. There are lots of good sites out there in Carmarthenshire to check! Must go...

  3. Well, good luck to you Ian, I suspect that very few people have domestic situations that allow them to carry out the sorts of routines that you describe. Mine certainly doesn't, even if I had the stamina - which I don't, maybe 10 years ago but not now. However, your blogs do make good reading and this morning's was no exception, very well done on your Leopard Moth. My last sight of one was on a golf course near Tadcaster in the mid-1990s, when looking for a ball in the rough. If I remember rightly it wasn't my ball - for once!