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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.
A clear cool night meant just nine moths made landfall.
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.
No influx of moths with the Saharan dust apart from a very tatty Dark Swordgrass.
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.
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.
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.
Twelve moths included the first Shuttle-shaped Dart and Chocolate-tip of the year.
No trap last night but walking across the rough grassland around the Oasis kicked up 12 Oblique Striped and six Grapholita jungiella.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The temperature was five degrees warmer than last nights but the easterly was fresher and there were only three of the usual suspects.
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.
The temperature dropped to -0.7°C and with a keen easterly there were only three moths – two Common Quakers and a Hebrew Character.
No trap set last night but our earliest ever Oblique-striped was found on Worth this morning.