On the 31.v.17 I ran the Heath 15W actinic trap on a grassy footpath, adjacent to several horse fields.
A total of 52 moths of 14 species were taken in the 2 hours the trap was one.
New for year were:
That night, the home Skinner 125W gave up a pleasing 49 of 29 species with year additions being:
Small dusty wave
Least black arches
shoulder striped wainscot
Beautiful golden Y
|Beautiful golden Y|
|Small dusty wave|
|Least black arches|
|Shoulder striped wainscot|
By 12.45a.m. I had plenty of records and these increased upon opening the trap before setting off for home.
New for my parish records were:
Whilst the following made it on to the 2017 list:
In total, Stocking Wood gave up an impressive 130 moths of 41 species. Back home, another 36 of 21 species were recorded, including NFY:
The night of the 2nd meant just a garden trap as we were off for the ferry from Southampton early. Additions were:
Returning from the IOW, I once again just ran the garden trap on the 10th, taking NFY:
Last night, the heath trap ran for no more than an hour in Millennium Wood whilst the garden trap was on as usual.
From the wood:
Small fan foot
whilst at home, new for year records were:
Treble brown spot
All these additions mean I have now recorded 1957 moths this year of 210 species: 139 macros and 71 micros.
This compares to last year where had recorded 1115 moths made up of 160 species: 102 macros and 57 micros.
Just to emphasise how much better this year is than last, in 2016 by this time I had been away and not trapped on 4 nights only, whilst birdwatching in Aviero, Portugal.
This compares to this year, where I have been away on 23 nights, having visited Sri Lanka, The Camargue and the Isle of Wight.