Saturday, 6 August 2016

5th August 2016

A warmer night brought back fair numbers of moths following a couple of very poor catches. One micro was unfortunately lying dead at the bottom of the trap but was at least in identifiable condition - Bucculatrix ulmella, a new garden tick. A beautifully marked Tissue was the third garden record as was a very small (about 12mm wing span) Crombrugghia (formerly Oxyptilus) distans.




Friday, 29 July 2016

28th July 2016

The first Recurvaria nanella here for 9 years and the second garden record of Whte-line Dart were the highlights of a somewhat quieter session than over the past few days and cooler nights are forecast over the next few days.



Friday, 22 July 2016

21st July 2016

Peach Twig Borer, Anarsia lineatella, was the highlight of a very busy night with over 100 species in the traps. Looks like being the second Hunts record following one last year.


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

19th July 2016

It's been a disappointing July to date with poor weather and low numbers of moths. That changed last night with warm and humid weather attracting close to 100 species to the traps with Dotted Fanfoot and Small Fan-footed Wave turning up for the first time in 4 years and a dark-phase Gypsonoma dealbana causing ID problems.




Sunday, 10 July 2016

9th July 2016

Nothing particularly rare or exciting in the traps last night as the poor weather continues - warm and muggy but with a strong wind. However several moths in the catch were the ones that make it worth getting up at 4am:

Garden Tigers
The Coronet
Peach Blossom
Not in this league but the first record here since 2009:
Plodia interpunctella

Friday, 8 July 2016

7th July 2016

A very disappointing summer so far with lots of rain, wind and chilly nights. Some improvement in the last few days but still few moths worth getting up at 4am for. One such was the third garden record of Goat Moth and the first attracted without the use of a pheromone lure.



Wednesday, 8 June 2016

7th June 2016

The recent influx of Diamond-backed Moths continues with over 300 in the two traps and many more flying in the garden. Overnight there were thunderstorms and some heavy rain but over 100 moths of 42 species were still attracted to the traps. Amongst several new for the year was this attractive tort, Ptycholoma lecheana, a new garden record.