Moths: April 2023

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Moths: March 2023

Thursday 30th A brief lull with hardly any rain allowed a range of traps to be put out. An actinic trap in the Elms caught 14 moths of four species, the highlight was a Pine Beauty; an attractive moth which is not annual. The car park trap held 38 moths of nine species. New for the year were Dotted Chestnut…

Moths: February 2023

Monday 20th The daytime temperatures are mild so the trap was out again. The night-time temperatures did not listen to the forecast and dropped to 3.5°C. There were six moths in the trap. Hebrew Character (3) and Satellite were new for the year, plus there was a Common Quaker and a Pale Brindled Beauty Wednesday 15th Hopes of an interesting…

Moths: January 2023

Friday 13th Not much to report moth-wise with the horrible weather recently, but a female Winter Moth was found on the gate to Middle Field. Friday 6th Last night started at a balmy 12.5°C but the wind picked up significantly. Once again there were no moths Tuesday 3rd Although it was calm the sky was clear and the temperature dropped…

Moths: November 2022

Sunday 13th Overnight fog turned what could have been a mild night into a cooler, damp, one. The moths on Sandown Road were not impressed and just a Large Yellow Underwing and an Epiphyas postvitana were caught. Friday 11th A bit more cloud last night and a mild, but strong, breeze kept the temperature above 12.5°C. Two December Moths were…

Moths: October 2022

Monday 31st Although it was still mild (11.3°C) last night the approach of stormy weather might have had an effect as the catch was down to 100 moths of 23 species. Rush Veneers went down to 37, Scarce Bordered Straws to six, and Vestals to one. The most extraordinary catch however was a very fresh looking Garden Tiger. Checking the…

Moths: September 2022

Friday 30th A slight delay in the trap being put out did not have a big affect on the catch. There were 271 moths of 21 species. This included 183 Lunar Underwings and 10 more Deep-brown Darts. Thursday 29th Even cooler last night at 5.1°C but the Lunar Underwing fest continued. Out of 319 moths (of 21 species) 191 were…

Moths: August 2022

Wednesday 31st The wind increased and the catch decreased. There were just 104 moths of 25 species. Were the four Diamondbacks heralds of an arrival which may show if the wind drops? Tuesday 30th One or two forecasts are catching up with the fact of how blustery it is on the coast. Despite the wind the temperature did not fall…

Moths: July 2022

  Friday 29th Catches seem to be stuttering with not much new to report on. Still good numbers of residents though. A Bordered Straw was the first for a few weeks and there were singles of Rest Harrow, Small Scallop, and Large Emerald in the Whitehouse area. Thursday 28th Dewick’s Plusia and Sussex Emerald were trapped overnight around the Haven…

Moths: June 2022

June 28th Although it was windy during the day it did drop but the sky was fairly clear and the temperature just stayed in double figures with a minimum of 10.5° C. There were just 115 moths of 40 species. Small Angle Shades is scarce here and so one was of note. A visitor had more joy adding Scallop Shell…