Monday 17 September 2018

16th September 2018

A beautiful Oncocera semirubella in the MV trap this morning, brightening up the otherwise almost entirely brown bunch of moths. It's a first for the garden and only the third for VC31.

Thursday 9 August 2018

7th August 2018

Another good night for moths rarely seen in the garden with a second record of Acleris cristana and the first Six-striped Rustic since 2013.

Tuesday 7 August 2018

5th August 2018

Apodia bifractella was a surprise addition to the garden list at a time when traps are becoming dominated with S.H.Characters, Turnips and various Rustics. It appears to be just the second VC31 record.

Friday 3 August 2018

2nd August 2018

I've been making a habit this year of catching moths that are just the second or third garden records of the species. This continued last night with Agonopterix purpurea and The Olive - both recorded just once before, both in 2006!

Wednesday 25 July 2018

24th July 2018

An influx of male Oak Processionary moths seems to be underway with several recorded in Cambs VC29. There were two here, one in each of the traps, perhaps the second and third county records after one in 2012. In addition a Dusky Thorn was new to the garden.

Tuesday 17 July 2018

16th July 2018

An extremely busy night produced 3 new species for the garden (The Phoenix, Small Ranunculus and Eudemis porphyrana) - something that seldom happens any more. A very smart Tree-lichen Beauty was new for the year as was a less showy Plain Wave.

                               The Phoenix

                               Small Ranunculus

                               Eudemis porphyrana

                               Tree-lichen Beauty

                               Plain Wave

                               Yarrow Pug

Monday 16 July 2018

14th July 2018

Waved Black has been slowly spreading in this direction so it wasn't a complete surprise to find this one perched on the outside of the actinic trap. The Crescent was only the 4th garden record, last seen in 2012.