March 22nd

The cold wind continues and the temperature dropped to 2.6°C but it remains extremely dry. It will be interesting to see if this has an effect on the moths as well. Only ten moths in the main trap but a run out for a new portable trap in the Whitehouse showed moths were still around in sheltered spots. 27 moths included the first Powdered Quaker of the year.

Red Chestnut. March 22 2017 I Hunter

Red Chestnut. March 22 2017 I Hunter

March 21st

Despite the strong cold wind continuing there were 38 moths in the trap including the first teo Early Thorns of the year.

March 20th

The return of strong wind did not reduce the night time minimum below 10°C but drastically reduced moths to 23, this included 2 more Red Chestnuts.

March 19th

An excellent haul, for us in March, of 85 moths was bulked up by Hebrew Characters and Common Quakers. It did include another Lead-coloured Drab, three Red Chestnuts and a Diurnea fagella. The second migrant Diamond-back of the spring reflected last weeks mild spell.

Clouded Drab and Lead-coloured Drab. 20/3/17. I Hunter

Clouded Drab and Lead-coloured Drab. 19/3/17. I Hunter

March 15th

A decent night again that produced Oak Beauty, which we failed to record last year, and only the Bay’s third record of Lead-coloured Drab.

March 14th

An excellent total of 63 moths included Twin-spotted Quaker, Double-striped Pug and Red Chestnut for the first time this year.

March 11th

Even cooler, down to 1.6°C, but still 28 moths. Two March Moths, an Engrailed and an Early Grey were new for the year.

Trio of Clouded Drabs 11March 2017 I Hunter

Trio of Clouded Drabs 11March 2017 I Hunter

March 10th

Slightly cooler, down to 5°C, and a bright moon at times but this did not deter the moths there were still 24. Clouded Drab, Chestnut and Acleris schalleriana were new for the year. The latter is only about the third adult record but its larvae have been found.

Hebrew Characters 11 March 2017 I Hunter

Hebrew Characters. I Hunter

March 9th

The mild spell is finally having an effect and there were 28 moths in the trap. All four species were new for the year; Hebrew Character 20, Common Quaker six, Small Quaker one and one Epiphyas postvitana.

March 2nd

The forecasts are generally not good enough to risk the trap surviving in such an open spot, but they have been wrong overnight at least twice. A Pale Brindled Beauty was attracted to the car park floodlight tonight.