Monday, 10 July 2017

A V Successful Sunday Night

I couldn't resist putting an MV trap out last night given that the rest of the week does not look very promising.  The rain started before 4am so I checked the trap a bit earlier than I had intended, and saw these two moths on the wall close by:

                 Barred Yellow                                       V-Moth

Both are FFY for me, and it was very satisfying indeed to see the V-Moth for the third successive year.  The site of the trap, at the back of the bungalow, is just a few metres away from a fruit cage containing a number of currant and gooseberry bushes.  It seems reasonable to assume that this is a breeding ground, although I checked the bushes on several occasions earlier in the season for signs of larval activity and found none.  I will search with more diligence next year!

These two apart, the trap attracted a modest selection of the usual seasonal suspects including Scallop Shell, Yellow-barred Brindle, Elephant and Poplar Hawk Moths, 4 Rosy Footmen, 3 Garden Tigers and a Shark, numerous Uncertain Rustics and only one Large Yellow Underwing!

8 comments:

  1. Well done Chris. V-Moth - another one I've never seen.

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    1. I think that anyone who sees one is quite lucky Steve, the Butterfly Conservation report in 2013 on the state of the larger British moths said that they've declined by 99% in the past few decades. I consider myself privileged to have them here, possibly breeding too.

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  2. I think the LYU might be in a mid-summer lull as I had 90+ species at Parc Slip last week without a single one...

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    1. That's amazing, Vaughn, to get none in what must have been pretty favourable conditions. Checking back on previous years' records though I find that LYU peaks in August when it's very abundant, from June through July it comes in dribs and drabs.

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  3. This seems to be one of the few (only?) sites in South Wales where V-moth turns up regularly. Great to know it's still there.

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    1. I do my best to nurture it, George, my wife has refrained from pruning the currant bushes for the last two years but I shall have to give in to her before long, this year's crop has been dismal!

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  4. You'll have to plant some more, Chris!

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  5. I had my first V Moth on Weds 12 July. I had the Robinson trap near the pine end of my bungalow, but was luck to have spotted it on the wall just outside my back door!

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