he Bank Holiday weekend brought a typical mix of weather, plus new macros in Dark Spinach, Deep-brown Dart and Small Waved Umber on the 28th, with a Vapourer flying by day in the gullies, only the second ever record of Small Marbled, swept from fleabane in the Whitehouse on the 29th and, amid a notable influx of migrants that included 18 Vestals, Dusky Thorn on the 30th.
Despite rather breezy conditions and overnight showers last night brought the first ever Observatory record of BEAUTIFUL MARBLED and, if this was not enough for one night, only our third record of the stunning Orache. There was also a significant influx of Rush Veneer and singles of Bordered Straw and Scarce Bordered Straw.
Frosted Orange last night, plus Vestal, Small Mottled Willow and Scarce Bordered Straw.
Pearly Underwing last night, equalling the Bay record of macro species in a year (308) prior to the recent upsurge of interest in moth trapping that began in 2009.
After three very quiet nights our first Orange Swift of the year was caught last night, along with a Small Mottled Willow and a Bordered Straw.
Recent additions have included Bulrush Wainscot on the 11th, Angle-barred Pug and Currant Pug on the 13th, the very scarce and possibly immigrant Acrobasis tumidana on the 1th and Hedge Rustic and Copper Underwing on the 15th. Last night produced Six-striped Rustic.
Last night produced nothing new but a further 9 Small Mottled Willows brought the total for the year so far to an amazing 109, a tad above the previous annual highest total of 14!
Not much to shout about last night, though Garden Dart is a notable moth at the Bay and migrants included 3 Small Mottled Willows and a Bordered Straw.
Twin-spotted Wainscot was added to the list last night, bringing this year’s macro total to 300.
Our third moth night produced an opportunity to run a trap in the Whitehouse and as a result nine new macro species were added to the list for the year, including Chevron, Barred Rivulet, Wormwood and Tawny Speckled Pugs, the rather sporadic Scorched Carpet, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Old Lady, Webb’s Wainscot, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet and only the second Bay record of Lesser-spotted Pinion.
A Vestal was trapped last night and this morning the fairly scarce but attractive pale lemon Sitochroa palealis was found on a roadside kerb near the Cellars.
Straw Underwing last night, but otherwise a bit quieter.
Migrants among last night’s moths included 6 more Small Mottled Willows and a Scarce Bordered Straw, while new macros for the year included Saltern Ear and Small Rivulet; a fairly scarce insect locally.
Several cold nights have suppressed activity but last night was very good. In addition to 9 Small Mottled Willows, which continue to occur in remarkable numbers, new macros for the year included Garden Dart, of which there have been only two confirmed records since 2001, Square-spot Rustic and Pimpinel Pug which, apart from being only occasional here, is attractive enough to give pugs a good name.