Friday 21st

The days are hotting up and once the full moon wanes lets hope the catches improve. A clear sky also meant the temperature went down to 9.1°C. There were 47 moths of 25 species. No species reached double figures and there were no migrants. Delicates continue their steady form with another four.

Thursday 20th

It is difficult to imagine how other creatures such as birds and bats are coping as the catches of moths remain very small. Last night there were just 21 moths of 13 species.

Southern Wainscot was new for the year and a Lesser Yellow Underwing was only the second this year.

Wednesday 19th

The night started calm but a stiff ENE breeze got up and the catch was restricted to 61 moths of 31 species. White Satin and Riband Wave were new for the year but there were no migrants.

Tuesday 18th

The night started calm but fairly clear and with a minimum of 12.4°C it was hoped the catch would improve. It did a bit to 115 moths of 46 species. Rosy Wave, Double-lobed, Bordered Pug and Cream-bordered Green Pea were new for the year Delicates continue to do well and eight were counted. A Silver Y was the only migrant.

Monday 17th

Conditions remain unfavourable for moths. The temperature remained in double figures at 11.8°C and there were 66 moths of 25 species. Large Yellow Underwing dominated with 16 examples. Common Rustic agg. and Donacaula forficella were both new for the year. Five Reddish Light Arches was of note.

Sunday 16th

Although the wind dropped a little bit overnight it was not enough to tempt many moths out. There were 40 moths of 16 species. Three Delicates and a Dog's Tooth were of interest.

Saturday 15th

Another unsettled night with a strong, cool, breeze. There was enough cloud to keep the temperature above 10.1°C. There were 121 moths of 32 species, still well below the norm at this time. Barred Straw (2) and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing were new for the year and there were two Diamondbacks.

We have just heard of a new macromoth for the recording area - Fiery Clearwing. An adult was recorded and photographed on June 12th. This once very rare species and one with special legal protection is doing well in Kent and being found at a range of new sites.

Friday 14th

With heavy rain forecast most of the night the trap was placed in a sheltered spot. The cloud meant the temperature did not drop below 12.3°C. There were only 17 moths of five species - Middle-barred Minor (2), Heart and Dart (4), Setaceous Hebrew Character (5), Large Yellow Underwing (5) and Flame (1).

A male Adela croesella was in the Haven.

Thursday 13th

A slight drop of 0.4°C in the minimum plus more breeze saw the catch reduce to 54 moths of 19 species.

Wednesday 12th

The fun of wildlife is you can not predict what will happen next. Last night was a bit warmer at 9.8°C and the catch improved significantly to 72 moths of 36 species. Our second ever record of Porter's Rustic was a surprise. There was also a Clouded Brindle which at best occurs just a few times each year, plus the first Treble Brown-spot for the year.

Clouded Brindle.S Walton.-12th June 2024.IHunter.
Porter's Rustic. S Walton June 12th 2024. I Hunter

Tuesday 11th

Two traps were set more in hope than expectation. The temperature tumbled to 6.7°C. The car park trap held 16 moths of 12 species and the feeders trap had five moths of four species. These are probably the worst catches this millennium at this time of year. A Pine Hawk-moth did its best to raise the standard.

A case of Coleophora limosipennella was also found in The Elms during the day.

Monday 10th

The forecast was for cold north westerlies to set in and the day time was cold and damp to start with. The cloud which preceded this helped keep the overnight temperature above 11.7¨C. This resulted in a decent catch of 127 moths of 30 species. A Golden Twin-spot was a surprise this early and a new moth for the year. Silver Y was the other migrant.

Sunday 9th

The sky started cloudless and this allowed the temperature down to 6.2°C. The catch went down to 55 moths of 21 species. Buff-tip was new for the year but there are still lots of regulars which have not emerged here yet although some inland traps are getting them.

Saturday 8th

Two traps were run in preparation for the moth night. The car park trap had 99 moths of 27 species. This included a second Pandemis cinnamomeana and three Delicates. The feeders trap held 50 moths of 27 species. Giving 35 species in total. It was left to a visitors trap at the back of the ringing room to deliver the goods. The best was our first ever record of Alder Moth. There was also the first Privet Hawk-moth for the year

Alder Moth. June 8th 2024. photo by I Hunter.

Friday 7th

A bit of cloud helped keep it a bit warmer at 8.3°C. This was enough to increase the catch to 75 moths of 25 species. There was one Diamondback plus Uncertain and Lesser Yellow Underwing were new for the year.

Visitors trapped an Ingrailed Clay which is not recorded regularly here.

The first lot of Mullein moth caterpillars have been heading underground to pupate but smaller ones are now in a race to defoliate the Mullein plants.

Thursday 6th

A cooler, clearer, night with the temperature own to 7.3°C resulted in a small catch of just 42 moths of 20 species. Pinion-streaked Snout was new for the year. There were no migrants in the trap.

Wednesday 5th

Last night was cooler at 9°C but not before the first part of the night was cloudy. There were still 216 moths of 48 species. Firsts for the year included Dog's Tooth, Eyed Hawk-moth(2), Peach Blossom and Reddish Light Arches. There had been a small emergence(or arrival?) of Delicates with five fresh examples. Diamondbacks were down to seven.

Visitors doing some dusking added Rest Harrow, Breckland Plume and Yarrow Plume to the list for the year. None of these have ventured near the trap yet.

Tuesday 4th

Last night there was no breeze, the temperature did not go below 15°C and there was a layer of cloud, just what was needed.

There were 274 moths of 72 species. Migrants consisted of 17 Diamondbacks and 12 Silver Ys. Four Shaded Pugs was good. Singles of Peppered Moth, Clouded Silver, Bordered White and Dusky Brocade were all new macros for the year. New micros included Green Oak Tortrix (just the one for now), Synaphe punctalis, and, best of all, our third ever record of the distinctive pyralid Anania verbascalis. A Buttoned Snout and a Purple Bar were also of note.