Moths: February 2019
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Still no trapping due to the heavy frosts but an image of the recent Pale Brindled Beauty.
This time the temperature dropped to -1.7°C but the warmth of the day was enough to tempt out two moths- another Pale Brindled Beauty and a Hebrew Character.
According to the web temperature prediction it will not drop below 5 tonight but the tv forecast was different pointing to -4°C. The moth trap was given a rest as the latter forecast appears to be closer to the truth.
The temperature did not drop below the heady heights of 3.8°C and one moth was tempted out- a Pale Brindled Beauty.
Even though there is talk of warm plumes of air the night time ignores this. Last night it was down to -0.5°C. No moths bothered to be out and about.
Despite warm sunny days (in the open the thermometer was up to 28°C) the nights remain cold, 2.8°C last night. There was only one moth in the trap a Hebrew Character, which at least was new for the year.
The beautiful, warm, days tempted me to dig the trap out. However a clear night saw the temperature drop to -1.2°C and the trap was covered in frost. Two moths did make it onto the outside of the trap, an Early Moth and a Dotted Border.
Our second moth species of the year creeping onto the list concerns a Dark Chestnut rescued from a spider’s web in the hide at Restharrow Scrape.