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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Another Modest Hawl

Last night I used the same combination of traps, actinic at the front and MV at the back, and again the moths were reluctant to respond, 28 individuals of 19 species being the final tally.

Highlights of the session were the first Poplar Hawk Moths (2) of the year, and this splendid Lunar Thorn:

Yesterday morning I spent some time inspecting the abundance of buttercups in the garden and saw numerous Micropterix calthella and a single M.aruncella.  There should be more of the latter species when the May blossom appears - it's not quite there yet.


  1. I've yet to see M.aruncella anywhere; if I do, it will be a first ever for me! I'm glad you made that remark (above) - perhaps I had better search the Hawthorns, rather than just Marsh Marigolds! You live and learn, don't you?

  2. I've checked last year's photos Steve and found some of aruncella on may blossom on 24 May. I think that I put one on the blog. Also had Grey Birch last night, usually get the odd one or two each year, no more, and it's listed as common!