A Flounced rustic on the 1st was new for the year (NFY) before no trapping for a couple of evenings due to having a new shed/office/Mothicce built at the end of the garden. This is now complete and houses all my moth equipment including fridge and bookcase for field guides. Really pleased with it!
A Copper underwing, Bordered beauty, Cloaked minor and an Oak hooktip were NFY's for the macro count whilst a Cydia splendana, and Cameraria ohridella were on to the micro list for 2019 on the 4th.
Blastobasis adustella were having a good year during this month, with counts well into double figures most nights. A Straw underwing was NFY on the 5th along with a Gypsy moth, Square spot rustic and 2 Mompha propinquella. On the 6th a Nephopterix angustella (also having a good year here in VC20) was my 5000th moth of the year.
Week one concluded with an NFY Orange swift and an Argyresthia bonnetella.
An exceptionally warm and calm night on the 25th brought in good numbers in excess of 160 moths of 49 sp including the first Jersey tiger f lutescens and Grapholita funebrana. Another busy night on the 16th gave up a good selection of NFY's: Frosted orange, Currant pug and Crambus pascuella.
A trip out to a local wood on the 27th offered: Treble bar, Pandemis corylana, Epinotia nisella, Acleris emargana, Acleris rhombana and Agriphila selasella in a haul of over 100 moths. The garden trap, whilst full, didn't give up anything new.
The following night, 28th another new for parish record in the form of a Dark spectacle as well as an NFY Six striped rustic. Another chilly night on the 29th passed without any revelations as did the 30th. The last day of the month, in improved conditions, gave up a very late Beautiful golden Y whilst a Hummingbird hawkmoth fed during the day on the garden buddliea.
|Beautiful golden Y|
The month ended on 6323 moths.