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Wednesday, 24 October 2018


It was colder up here on the mountain than the valley-centric weather forecast predicted and it's quite likely to be freezing here in a few days, so I somewhat foolishly grabbed the opportunity to deploy the MV trap at Cwmllwyd last night. The trap attracted a miserly 17 moths of 7 species, with 5 Feathered Thorns and 4 Chestnuts almost excluding anything else. What a waste of time, you may think - and why bother to report it.

Well, the catch included a second Merveille du Jour  for the year:

along with a first for both Cwmllwyd and for me:


As I was standing by the trap at about 22:30, a fox strolled out of the adjacent blackthorn scrub about 20 feet from me and made its way up slope to the nearby hedge line. It would not have been able to see me, for I had my head light on, pointing straight at it and I was standing behind the trap. It was obviously interested but confused by this. After several minutes it made its way through the hedge and walked away. I shall not let the chickens out today.


  1. If that was miserly, Steve, I'm lost for words to descibe the outcome of my MV + Actinic trapping session last night, just 8 moths of 3 spp. recorded. I only trapped because the local forecast said that it would be cloudy and relatively mild (8C). Not so, clear, moonlit and cold, clouded over at daybreak! That's the wrong way round!! Well done on the Sprawler (and the fox), I've never had a Sprawler here - foxes, yes!

  2. I`ve never had a sprawler - anywhere! So, really well done Steve.

  3. ...and a PS - a particularly nice, crisp photo (and likely to end up adorning the Spring Newsletter).
    Have not trapped since Friday when the usual stuff, including a `Merv` for me too.