Sandwich Bay is rapidly cementing itself as one of the UK’s premier sites for moth trapping with over 1,100 species recorded and more BAP species than anywhere else. Particularly notable are RDB3 species such as Bright Wave and Restharrow with almost their entire UK distribution centered right here. So why not plan a visit to us this year and see some great moths for yourself? Get in touch at sbbotmail@gmail.com to enquire about accommodation and moths.

 

Tuesday 30th

A slight improvement with 13 moths but the cold overnight temperatures do seem to hindering things. A Poplar Hawk-moth was new for the year. Hopefully this dark moon phase coming up will increase catches.

Friday 26th

A clear cool night meant just nine moths made landfall.

Thursday 25th

The heavy rain forecast did not amount to much but the temperature was down to 6°C and there were only 18 moths of eight species. Eight Muslins led the way. A Fox Moth caterpillar was also seen on Royal St George’s Golf Course during the day.

Wednesday 24th

No influx of moths with the Saharan dust apart from a very tatty Dark Swordgrass.

Tuesday 23rd

A covering of high cloud ensured the catch improved a bit to 33 moths of 12 species. The highlight was a Northern Drab, only the 4th ever in the main trap. There was also another Blossom Underwing and a Swallow Prominent. The actinic trap in the Elms yielded a couple of species which rarely venture away from the trees namely a Streamer and a Seraphim.

Northern Drab. 23/4/19. I Hunter

Northern Drab. 23/4/19. I Hunter

 

Streamer. S Walton 23/4/19. I Hunter

Streamer. S Walton 23/4/19. I Hunter

Monday 22nd

Unsurprisingly with the temperature reaching the twenties there is plenty of daytime insect activity. With clear skies at night the temperature drops sharply, last night to 5.1°C, and this is reducing night time insect activity. Last night there were 21 moths of ten species. The only new one for the year was Agonopterix ocellana.

Sunday 21st

Another fairly quiet night but Brimstone, Cabbage and Pebble Prominent were new for the year. A walk along Prince’s Beach produced our first Cinnabar and a Ruby Tiger was found in the hide at Restharrow Scrape.

Saturday 20th

Twelve moths included the first Shuttle-shaped Dart and Chocolate-tip of the year.

Friday 19th

No trap last night but walking across the rough grassland around the Oasis kicked up 12 Oblique Striped and six Grapholita jungiella.

Wednesday 17th

Even less breeze but the temperature still went down to 4.2°C. There were 19 moths of seven species. Agonopterix purpurea and Twenty-plume were new for the trap this year.

Tuesday 16th

The breeze is finally moderating but it is still cold. Eighteen moths of eight species were caught. Our fourth ever record of Blossom Underwing was accompanied by a Herald and an Angle Shades.

Blossom Underwing. 16/4/19. I Hunter

Blossom Underwing. 16/4/19. I Hunter

Sunday 14th

With sleet in the showers overnight it was no surprise that there were no moths in the trap, it was a surprise that the temperature only dropped to 3.4°C.

Saturday 13th

After two nights when the easterly was strong enough to deter any activity the trap was put out last night. With a clearing sky it was s surprise the temperature only dropped to 4.9°C. Seven moths ventured out with Muslin being the pick of the bunch.

Wednesday 10th

As forecast a stiff, cold, easterly set in and blasted any murk and cloud away. It was a surprise the temperature only dropped to 7.3°C.  Only four moths ventured out- three Common Quakers and a Hebrew Character.

Tuesday 9th

It was a damp night perhaps reflected in the fact that the main feature of the catch was eleven Great Silver Diving beetles and a Dytiscus marginalis. Fortunately eight of the beetles were underneath the trap, not in it. This did leave enough room for the first Flame Shoulder of the year.

Monday 8th

The breeze reduced and it was overcast keeping the temperature above 8.2°C. This resulted in a catch of 48 moths. Common Quaker led with 16 and there was the second Dark Sword-grass of the year.

Sunday 7th

A damp night with the easterly dropping to a gentle breeze allowed the catch to more than double to 15 moths of five species. Three Red Chestnuts were the best of the bunch.

Saturday 6th

The temperature did not drop below a heady 7.2°C but the easterly persisted. The catch crept up to seven moths of which Brindled Beauty was new for the year.

Brindled Beauty. 6/4/19. I Hunter

Brindled Beauty. 6/4/19. I Hunter

Friday 5th

The temperature was five degrees warmer than last nights but the easterly was fresher and there were only three of the usual suspects.

Thursday 4th

The easterly persists but the temperature did not drop below -0.4°C. There were nine moths of which Early Grey and Small Quaker were additional to yesterdays species.

Wednesday 3rd

The temperature dropped to -0.7°C and with a keen easterly there were only three moths – two Common Quakers and a Hebrew Character.

Tuesday 2nd

No trap set last night but our earliest ever Oblique-striped was found on Worth this morning.