Sunday, 29 July 2012
Monday, 23 July 2012
At last a run of warm weather makes it feel worthwhile to put the traps out although the huge numbers of midges still being attracted to the light is a bit off-putting. Catches are still nowhere near what I would normally expect at this time of year - 230 moths of 72 species. New for the garden was the distinctive Eana incanana, almost released as an oddly worn Cnephasia.
Thursday, 19 July 2012
Another new moth for the garden in the trap last night and it couldn't be more different to the huge Goat Moth of the previous night - a diminutive Acrolepiopsis assectella or Leek Moth. A rarity in Huntingdonshire, this is just the 4th record, perhaps attracted to the rows of leeks that I'm growing for the first time in the garden!
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
A fairly warm, muggy, wet night produced a reasonable crop of moths but also thousands of midges - they formed a layer about half an inch deep at the bottom of the traps. More or less as an afterthought I put the Cos lure inside the MV Robinson trap and pretty well the first moth I found was a large Goat Moth sitting just under the bulb. A first for the garden and a stunning moth. There were a few year firsts amongst the rest of the catch including the second garden record of Large Twin-spot Carpet.
Saturday, 14 July 2012
Thursday, 5 July 2012
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Tuesday, 3 July 2012
With wet but warm weather forecast overnight I very nearly didn't bother trapping - I'm very glad I did. A very smart Rosy Marbled was my reward - not just a first for the garden list but also, I think, for the vice county. There were several new for the year including a very fresh Cydia nigricana, the first here since 2006. There's another warm, wet night forecast for tonight...