Moths: March 2014
In encouraging weather at the start of the month, March Moth and Common Quaker were recorded on the 3rd, followed by Red Chestnut on the 5th and Engrailed on the 7th, but the 8th produced a real surprise when, in addition to Pine Beauty and Grey Shoulder-knot, itself only the seventh to have been caught at the Bay, the first ever Barred Tooth-striped to have been recorded here was extracted from one of the traps (photo by Tim Bagworth). 70 macros were trapped on the 9th, a remarkable total for early in the spring, Small Quaker was recorded on the 11th, Early Grey on the 12th, Dark Sword-grass and Pale Pinion on the 14th and Oak Beauty on the 15th, followed by Herald and Early Thorn on the 16th in a catch of 89 moths. Another Grey Shoulder-knot, Powdered Quaker and Tawny Pinion, only recorded at the Bay on eight previous occasions, were trapped on the 17th. Shoulder Stripe was recorded on the 18th, but cold nights ensured little of note until the 30th when, in a catch of over 180 macros, five new species for the month were recorded, along with another Barred Tooth-striped. They were Brindled Pug, Pebble and Pale Prominents, Shuttle-shaped Dart and Twin-spot Quaker, bringing the macro total for the year so far to 29, a new record for the end of March.