A Red Twin-spot Carpet was disturbed from vegetation in the Whitehouse ringing area.
There was a Silver Y in the Observatory trap whilst a brief permitted walk produced a Cinnabar and a quite early Crambus lathoniellus. The most unusual record at Sandown Road was on the outside of the trap where there was a young Psyche casta larva. These caterpillars collect small stems of vegetation around them and appear like caddis fly larvae which are so familiar in ponds and streams.
The Sandown Road trap haul still remains in single figures each night but a Poplar Hawk-moth was a pleasant surprise last night.
No trap last night but another wonder around the Whitehouse paddock produced a handful of Glyphipteryx fuscoviridella.
Another good night with 47 moths of seven species. Angle Shades dominated again with 27. The first Pebble Prominent of the year was on the wall of the Field Centre whilst around the Whitehouse there were Oblique-striped, Elachista maculicerusella, Adela reaumurella, and Aspilapterix tringipennella.
An excellent 40 moths in the Observatory trap last night despite the temperature dropping to 4°C. Most surprising was the number of Angle Shades with 18 in the trap. I presume there was a mass emergence from somewhere nearby? Chinese Character and Nutmeg were new for the year.
It was still a little breezy overnight but the winds dropped enough to see a small increase in numbers in the trap. Three Swallow Prominents were the highlights.
The winds overnight were still very strong. Despite this the trap at the Observatory had a handful of moths with Shuttle-shaped Dart the highlight.
Another much better night with a few highlights namely Herald, Flame Shoulder, and Pine Hawk-moth. The latter is our earliest record by over a month and a half! Down the road Chocolate-tip and Shuttle-shaped Dart were new for the year.
The warmer temperatures during the day and overnight cloud cover (at least for the first half the night) meant the Observatory had the best trap of the year so far. There were almost 30 moths in the trap with V-pug, White-spotted Pug, and Swallow Prominent new for the year.
Despite temperatures dropping to 0.3°C there were 13 moths in the trap at the Observatory, most of which were Hebrew Characters with a few Clouded Drabs, a Red Chestnut, and an Angle Shades. The same cannot be said for the Sandown Road trap where the only moth was another E. sulphurella.
A bit of cloud last night helped the Sandown road trap make its first double figure catch of moths this year. Least Black Arches was new for the year.
The Sandown Road trap had two macros – a Streamer and a Red Chestnut.
The trap at the Observatory finally made it back into double figures. Most of which were Hebrew Characters though. There was another Early Thorn and an Early Grey.
Despite high hopes the temperature last night remained low. There was a small increase in fortunes with our second Early Thorn and first Muslin of the year at the Observatory.
The biggest competition at present is provided by the ‘super moon’ which out-competes the light bulb. The trap just down the road added Double-striped Pug and Angle Shades.
The start to the month has been particularly quiet. Clear skies last night brought temperatures down to 2.2°C and only two moths made it into the trap, both Hebrew Characters. The cloudy easterlies tonight might help out a bit.
A Streamer and Eudonia angustea were first for the year on Sandown Road.
Agonopterix arenella was new for the year down the road
Powdered Quaker was new for the year. The trap on Sandown Road added Early Grey, Muslin and Red-green Carpet.