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Friday, 23 August 2019

A wet night...

I put out the garden moth traps last night (22/8, the first time for ages!) and the results were rather disappointing. However, night-time conditions are really improving so I`ll certainly continue for the next couple of nights.
It seemingly rained for much of the night, from 10.00 pm, when I first went out (and immediately went back in) to about 6.00 am when fine drizzle dampened everything, including yours truly!

A worn rusty-dot pearl and an equally tatty yellow belle were of some interest, as was a lesser wax moth Achroia grisella.

Above: the worn yellow belle. I suspect that the bothersome and restless hordes of LYU`s contribute to the `wear and tear` of other moths in the trap.

Above: the lesser wax moth. A beekeeper has hives in woodland next to my garden and they are a likely source of this infrequently-recorded species.

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