Moths: September 2014
Feathered Thorn was in this morning’s moth selection.
The moth catch from last night was overshadowed by the news that John Beugg – ‘Badger’ to those at the Bay who knew him – passed away this morning. He will be sorely missed but hugely appreciated for the work he has done in expanding our knowledge of moths at the Bay and at least he got to see his efforts this year result in a new Bay macro record. Our condolences go to his family and friends, of which he had many.
Red-line Quaker last night, setting a new Bay record of 376 macro species for a single year. Partying into the night!
Mallow and Dusky-lemon Sallow were recorded last night, equalling the Bay’s best ever macro total for a year of 375. Yet another Golden Twin-spot was also recorded, suggesting that this former migrant has a colony somewhere nearby.
2 Black Rustics last night.
A reasonable haul of 72 moths last night included the first Beaded Chestnut of the year.
Last night produced 2 Convolvulus Hawk-moths and another Golden Twin-spot, along with our earliest ever Deep-brown Dart and Feathered Ranunculus.
In the best night for two weeks a total of 277 moths included the first Feathered Brindle of the year and a Golden Twin-spot. The capture of Feathered Brindle equalled the total of macros recorded in 2010; the second highest in the history of moth recording at the Bay.
The autumn speciality Sallow was trapped last night.
A better night again, with Mathew’s Wainscot new for the year and a Buttoned Snout, which is by no means annual locally.
Numbers are improving slightly, with 98 moths last night, including the first Autumnal Rustic of the year.
Brick was new for the year in a slightly improved catch of 73 moths.
Although numbers and variety continue to bump along the bottom of the barrel another Convolvulus Hawk-moth was recorded last night, sitting helpfully by the side of the moth trap.
The less than annual Large Thorn was part of a fairly miserable total of 256 moths last night.
Centre-barred Sallow was recorded last night in a reasonable catch of 668 moths.
The migrants Scarce Bordered Straw and Vestal were recorded last night in a catch of nearly 700 moths that was the best for a few weeks.
After a quiet start to the month last night turned up an Old Lady and the first Lunar Underwing of the year, together with 2 Gems.