Sunday 18th

The cooler nights seem to be setting in and it was down to 10°C. The catch was pleasing with 288 moths of 90 species. New for the year were three Orange Swifts, a Six-striped Rustic and a Matthew’s Wainscot. Tree-lichen Beauties continue to appear with two more and the next generation of White-points is looking healthy with eight. A Gem was a new arrival.

Friday 16th

A catch of just 183 moths reflected the colder temperatures overnight. Autumn is definitely on it’s way. A few migrants made landfall though with Vestal, Dark Sword-grass, Rush Veneers, Silver-y’s, and Diamondbacks in the trap.

Thursday 15th

There’s been a small break away from trapping this week but the trap should be set more frequently from now on. A Pine Hawk-moth in the carpark trap last night continued it’s above-average showing this year. On the flip side there’s been a big increase in Wasps in the trap too, thankfully they’re reasonably placid.

Friday 9th

After a night off there was a really nice haul on the 9th. There was nothing new but good variety. A couple of Tawny-barred Angles were unusual for us and 28 Turnips was quite high too.

Wednesday 7th

Despite the big influx of Red Admirals there has been no equivalent mass arrival of moths the best the trap could offer was 18 Turnips ( and not a Baldrick in sight). With a windy night the catch was down to 293 moths of 67 species.

This did include a Convolvulus Hawk-moth and a Scarce Bordered Straw. The distinctive micro Mompha propinquellsa was our first record.

Tuesday 6th

Hopes were raised, despite the strength of the wind, when I noticed a Hummingbird Hawk-moth nectaring on the scabious as I walked to the moth shed.

The wind reduced the catch a bit to 349 moths of 90 species. It did include our second ever Scalloped Hook-tip, our third ever Jersey Tiger and Acrobasis tumidana. Campion is also irregular but maybe Dark Spinach is on the increase following a good showing last year.

Monday 5th

Possibly the last settled night for a while and it was a big catch. The highlight was a Great Brocade and there was also a Cydia amplana.

Sunday 4th

Although there was cloud it was not much warmer. The catch crept up to 450 of 110 species. This included a Gypsy Moth (our second ever).

This was the highlight until a visitor staying in the accommodation next door popped in. They had had another two Gypsy Moths and an Oak Processionary the night before.

Saturday 3rd

A clear sky most of the night resulted in a smaller catch of 383 moths of 99 species. It did include the third ever Dark Crimson Underwing and a Convolvulus Hawk-moth from the Whitehouse.

Friday 2nd

Another very busy night with two new species for the observatory, both of which did not make it into the trap and were found by visiting mothers. The first was a Pale Shoulder which was found dead on the ground beside the trap. The other was the very scarce grass moth Ancylolomia tentaculella which was found on the wall by the trap.

The car park trap had 650 moths of 145 species. The highlight was a Marbled Clover. One was recorded nearby in the 1990’s and there were a few records at the start of the 20th century. There was also another Golden Twin-spot. The majority of the other species were a really good selection of our resident moths.

Visitors have contributed a lot recently and also added a second Golden Twin-spot, a Vestal and an Oak Processionary.

Ancylolomia tentaculella. First observatory record Darren Taylor 2/8/19. I Hunter

Ancylolomia tentaculella. First observatory record Darren Taylor 2/8/19. I Hunter

Marbled Clover. 2/8/19. I Hunter

Marbled Clover. 2/8/19. I Hunter

Thursday 1st

A bit cooler and the catch reduced to 385 moths of 80 species. Twin-spotted Wainscot was new for the year but the main feature was the high total of Swallow Prominents – 24. A Lesser Swallow Prominent, which is increasingly rare here, tried to sneak through unnoticed.