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Monday, 8 April 2019

Bancyffordd 7/4/19 - some numbers at last.

So far this year my trap hasn't been attracting much. Last night I had 20 species among 231 moths, quite a turn around. Nothing of any rarity value but 11 Brindled Beauty were the first I have seen this year, and 2 Streamer showed how stylish nature can be. In contrast a single late Early Moth was on the wall of the trap and I notice from the recording sheet that this is an "A" category - made me wonder if this species has undergone a decline in this area or if it has never been very frequent to have achieved this status?

3 comments:

  1. My trap on Saturday (6/4) was unimpressive - just 10 spp with nothing noteworthy, though pebble prominent was FFY.
    You did MUCH better Andy!

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  2. Hi Ian
    Good trapping last night in Llansteffan using my daughter's partner's heath trap (Mark Carter). 90 moths including Frosted Green, Early tooth striped.
    I'm into hospital for a knee op this afternoon so out of action for a few weeks

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  3. I hadn't noticed that Early Moth is 'A' category on the list (how unobservant can one be?) I'm surprised too because it's never struck me as anything other than a common late winter species, probably much under-recorded because not much trapping goes on in winter. This year I recorded it on five occasions in February, the latest being on 27/28th when I had 6.

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