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March 31st

Sporadic downpours and cold weather meant only five Hebrew Characters. A far cry from this time last year . . .

March 28th

The usual suspects in the trap this morning with one exception, our first Small Quaker of the year.

March 27th

With the temperature down to 2°C the catch dropped to only 23 moths.

March 26th

Another degree drop but it remained calm and there was an increase in catch to 47 moths. Red Chestnut and Acleris hastiana were new for the year.

Diurnea fagella. 25/3/2018. I Hunter

Diurnea fagella. 25/3/2018. I Hunter

March 25th

Although the temperature dropped a degree the sky was cloudy and the wind light. The main trap held 47 moths including 32 Hebrew Characters. Lead-coloured Drab was new for the year. An Actinic trap in the Elms yielded 17 more Hebrew Characters plus Pale Pinion and Diurnea fagella, both new for the year.

Lead-coloured and Clouded Drab 25/3/2018. I Hunter

Lead-coloured and Clouded Drab 25/3/2018. I Hunter

March 24th

With a similar temperature the number of moths was similar-35. hebrew Characters increased to 18 and Early Grey plus Agonopterix yeatiana were new for the year.

Early Grey. 24/3/18. I Hunter

Early Grey. 24/3/18. I Hunter

March 23rd

With the temperature not dropping below the heady heights of 6.4°C there were 33 moths in the trap of four species.Seventeen Hebrew Characters, ten Common Quakers, five Clouded Drabs and an Oak Beauty.

March 14th

Although it started cloudy the sky cleared and the temperature dropped to 0.5°C. The car park trap held eleven moths and the actinic trap in the Elms had another four but they were all the usual suspects.

March 12th

5.9°C last night but the trap was quieter. Thirteen moths of which Satellite was new for the year.

March 11th

Although the temperature dipped to 5.4°C the generally mild feel meant it was the best night so far. There were 24 moths of nine species. Hebrew Character led the way with seven. Chestnut, Clouded Drab, Oak beauty, E. postvitana and four Agonopterix alstroemeriana were all new for the year.

Oak Beauty. 11/3/2018. I Hunter

Oak Beauty. 11/3/2018. I Hunter

March 10th

Although the temperature did not drop below 7°C it was a wet night to start with and only one moth made it to the trap- a Hebrew Character.

March 9th

The slow improvement since the weather relented continued with our first Common Quaker of the year in an actinic in the car park. From little acorns ……….

March 6th

The slight warming tempted the trap out and three moths were caught. One each of March Moth, Hebrew Character and Dotted Chestnut.

Dotted Chestnut. 6/3/2018 I Hunter

Dotted Chestnut. 6/3/2018 I Hunter