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Thursday, 30 July 2020

Timothy Tortrix en masse

Early in July, from around the 9th, I started to see rather a lot of Timothy Tortrix, in and around the trap. 16+ to start with, then over 40, the following trap day on the 13th saw 250+, on the15th it was an estimated 350. Friday 17th, my Garden Moth Scheme day, they were counted to at least 400, but since then I have seen, at the most, 3 each trap morning. It dawned on me rather late that it might be an interesting phenomenon, so belatedly took some rather poor pics. There were TTs all around me, simply too many to accurately count.
It will take my moth count up though, in this rather dire year when numbers seem to be severely down.

 

1 comment:

  1. Interesting - I trappped at the Rhandirmywn camp site near you on the nights of 30th and 31st. The first night I had at least 20 Timothy Tortrix and a few remained uncounted as they flew off. The next night there were only two! I have never had more than one in the trap at home in Pembs.
    Other moths that were nice for me were Oak Hook-tip, Scalloped Hook-tip and Catoptria pinella.

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