Moths: August 2023

Thursday 31st I am guessing the cloud cleared during the night and the big moon then affected the catch. The temperature fell below 10 to 9.3°C as well. There were only 70 moths of 26 species, none of which were migrants. Clay Triple-lines was new for the year. The night was saved by a visitors trap which caught our second…

Moths: July 2023

Monday 31st Windy again and there were just 82 moths of 32 species. Silver Y’s were down to two and there was one Diamondback. A male Oak Eggar was probably searching for the females which had been in the previous two nights. Sunday 30th The wind continued to pick up and the temperature reduced to 13.9°C. This resulted in a…

Moths: June 2023

Friday 30th A much reduced trap today after the clear sky, bright moon, and slightly cooler temperatures. The clear highlight was Anarsia spartiella which is, surprisingly, new for Sandwich Bay. Thursday 29th I was wrong. The thermometer stayed upright and the temperature minimum was 18.8°C so it is warm out there. The catch was even larger – 884 moths of…

Moths: May 2023

Wednesday 31st The difference last night was a layer of cloud. This was enough to increase the catch to35 moths of 19 species. None of these were new for the year although Green Carpet is more frequent in sheltered spots such as the Elms. The migrant last night was a Diamondback. Tuesday 30th We have a severe attack of repetitive…

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…