Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Well done to others....

Well done Sam, Jane and Chris with your `start of the season captures` - all of you did rather well compared with my quite limited catch last night (19/2) at Pwll (chestnut, hebrew character, pale brindled beauty and common quaker); essentially the night turned too cold and clear here at the coast. I had actually previously trapped once about a month ago which, perhaps unsurprisingly, only yielded a handful of winter species (winter moth, early moth and dotted border).
Today was sunny and it made me think that we are on the cusp of spring, with three species of bumblebee and also hive bees all abroad and nectaring in the garden - winter flowering heather Erica carnea, crocuses and the borage-ally Trachystemon orientale being favoured plants. However, winter with icy Siberian winds is set to return by the start of next week....

Above: this Mompha (caught at my kitchen window one evening last week) certainly has the look of M. bradleyi (see photo on p.111 in Chris Manley`s British Moths, 2nd Ed).

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