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…

Moths: May 2022

Tuesday 31st Cold overnight temperatures hampered the catch in the trap but a few Nemophora degeerella were along the Worth track. A Water Ermine in the trap was new for the year. Monday 30th Nematopogon metaxella was the highlight in the moth trap. The nights are cold, down to 4.5°C last night so an overall catch of 65 moths of…

Moths: April 2022

Saturday 30th Ditto, ditto. Although the temperature stayed above the dizzy heights of 8.3°C the moths were not impressed and there were just five- two Common Quakers and singles of Oblique-striped,Shuttle-shaped Dart and Powdered Quaker.   Friday 29th Weather – ditto, moths not ditto. There were 21 of 16 species. This included the first Pinion-spotted Pug and Poplar Hawk-moth for…

Moths: March 2022

Wednesday 30th Another overcast night, this time with drizzle, kept the catch to 36 moths of 10 species. For the first time Common Quaker outnumbered Hebrew Character ten to nine. Two Early Greys were the first since last week. With strong winds and sleet forecast the trap will be kept inside for a few days. Tuesday 29th A return to…

Moths: February 2022

The Kent Moth Group have a new revamped website https://kentmoths.org/ It has lots of new features including maps and details of flight times. Give it a look.   Thursday 17th Two Tortricoides alternella in The Elms were our first records since 2011. Wednesday 9th Another, and possibly the last chance for a few days, night when conditions were mild for…

Moths: January 2022

Tuesday 4th Although there has been an amazing run of mild weather it has been too windy and/or wet to run the trap. However, last night it seemed as if there would be one relatively calm evening before the colder air sweeps in. The temperature did not fall below 8.1°C and there were four moths in the trap – two…