Wednesday 23rd

Ater two unsuitable days the rain and wind stopped and the sky cleared. This led to the temperature dropping to 3.8°C and a very quiet trap. There were just six moths- three Green-brindled Crescents, two Large Wainscots and an Angle Shades

Sunday 20th

A more autumnal minimum of 5.4°C but the catch went up a bit to 59 moths of 22 species. This included three Satellites, six Large Wainscots and singles of Rush Veneer, Turnip and Delicate. The first of the November Moth group of species was actually identifiable as Autumnal Moth due to his distinctive genitals!

Friday 18th

A quiet night with only 25 moths but this did include a Pearly Underwing and a Delicate.

Thursday 17th

With drizzly rain around at times the cloud kept the temperature above 9.7°C and there was more moth activity. One hundred and twenty seven moths of 32 species were identified. Local highlights included 16 Black Rustics, five Brown-spot Pinions and a Dusky-lemon Sallow. There were the first Feathered Thorns (two) and Red-green Carpet of the autumn. Moths linked to migration included two Delicates, five Silver Ys and single Scarce Bordered Straw, Pearly Underwing and Vestal.

Wednesday 16th

The night started with a clear sky and a very bright moon so a catch of 55 moths of 21 species was not unexpected. Delicates continued their amazing run with another example. There were also two Rush Veneers and Large Wainscots seem to be emerging with four last night.

Tuesday 15th

After the thunderstorms and squalls which bashed through last night it was a relief to find the trap in one piece and a surprise to find the moths not lined up two by two.

There were 55 moths of 22 species including the first Dark Chestnut of the autumn and yet another Delicate.

Monday 14th

It clouded up over night and 96 moths of 26 species were caught. A Convolvulus Hawk-moth was so fresh it was difficult to imagine it having flown far. However a Scarce Bordered Straw was so worn it appeared as if it had swum the Channel. There was also a Delicate, seven Diamondbacks and the first Cypress Carpet of the autumn.

Friday 11th

Despite the strong, gusty, wind it was a good haul helped by the cloud cover which kept the temperature above 14.8°C.

There were 133 moths of 20 species. This included another Clancy’s Rustic and five Delicates. The biggest surprise was two Diamondbacks and two Gold Triangles. They must have been very determined to be out in such conditions.

Thursday 10th

The trap was back in action last night and it was worth it. Local species included seven Deep-brown Darts, two Brown-spot Pinions and the first Pale-lemon Sallow of the autumn. Delicates continued their impressive showing with six and there was a Clancy’s Rustic and a Pearly Underwing amongst 143 moths of 29 species.

Monday 7th 

With the cloud keeping the temperature above 10°C and the wind dropping away there was a good catch of 366 moths, even if 120 were Lunar Underwings. Eight Deep-brown Darts was a good count and there was another Blair’s Shoulder-knot plus a Diamondback.

The most interesting record was our second ever Southern Oak Bush-cricket.

Southern Oak Bush Cricket. 07/10/19. I Hunter

Southern Oak Bush Cricket. 07/10/19. I Hunter

Sunday 6th 

Whilst the regulars were away a visitor kept the lamp burning. Despite some squally showers another Golden Twin-spot and Scarce Bordered Straw showed up. They also had the first Blair’s Shoulder-knots and Green-brindled Crescents of the year.

Thursday 3rd

The wind dropped, the sky cleared and by morning there was a ground frost despite the thermometer only dropping to 4°C. The catch dropped to 159 moths of 19 species. There was a Convolvulus Hawk and four Delicates plus 16 Black Rustics and the first Bulrush Wainscot of the autumn.

Bulrush Wainscot. 3/10/19. I Hunter

Bulrush Wainscot. 3/10/19. I Hunter

Wednesday 2nd

After a strong, gusty,  wind swept in from the north carrying heavy showers it was pleasing to find the moth trap in one piece this morning. It was even more pleasing to have a catch of 304 moths even if the species count was down to 20.

Lunar Underwing led the way with 111 and Delicates hung on with another three. Deep-brown Dart (4) and Brown-spot Pinion (2) were examples of regular autumn species which seem to be having a good year. An L-album Wainscot of the form o-album briefly raised hopes of something rarer.

Tuesday 1st

A complete covering of cloud kept the temperature up and resulted in a good catch of 532 moths of 35 species.

Three species, Large Yellow Underwing (131), Lunar Underwing (116) and Setaceous Hebrew Character (152) made up the majority but there was a good supporting cast. This included eleven Delicates, 13 Black Rustics, a Clancy’s Rustic and a Vestal.