On 24th June and Acleris holmiana, Oegoconia sp, Rhopobota naevana, Ephestia sp (possibly Vitula biviella and a Light arches were all new for the year in the garden Skinner 125W MV.
The following evening I set the Heath 15W actinic in Millennium Wood adding Hypsopygia costalis to the 2017 list whilst finding my 1st Yponomeuta mallinellus of the year at home along with a Dusky sallow, Endotricha flammealis, Pleuropyta ruralis and Dwarf cream wave.
|Blue bordered carpet|
The following night the heath trap was set along a beech lined green lane near horse paddocks where I took Carcina quercana, Bryotropha affinis and Dun-bar, whilst the garden gave up only my 2nd ever Small dotted buff and 2nd only Eudonia pallida. Also, a herald and Broad bordered yellow underwing made the list of new for years.
|Small dotted buff|
The 27th was basically a washout with just a handful of common visitors and ending in a smashed bulb, so Wednesday night I ran the Skinner with an old, faded bulb before replacing it last night with a new one.
On the 28th a Brown line bright eye and Agapeta zoegana were new from Millfield Lane in the heath and a Scarce footman at home.
Last night, with new bulb, I added nothing at home but the heath trap, in pine and hornbeam wood, added a new for parish records in the form of Ypsolopha parenthsella, my 350th micro on record and, in total, the 686th moth for the parish.
|Brown line bright eye|
Wendy put a bright cloth on the table on the patio and, as can be seen, the moths appear to be quite happy roosting here. I tip them on to leaves, which they immediately jump off and land on the cloth. Not a particularly natural setting, but does help to highlight the colours. Need to get a leaf pattern on the next table cloth!