Moths: March 2018
Sporadic downpours and cold weather meant only five Hebrew Characters. A far cry from this time last year . . .
The usual suspects in the trap this morning with one exception, our first Small Quaker of the year.
With the temperature down to 2°C the catch dropped to only 23 moths.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5.9°C last night but the trap was quieter. Thirteen moths of which Satellite was new for the year.
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.
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.
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 ……….
The slight warming tempted the trap out and three moths were caught. One each of March Moth, Hebrew Character and Dotted Chestnut.