Monday 20thDespite yesterday’s prediction there were a handful of new moths to report, with at least five Winter Moths on the windows of the Observatory.
A couple of Mottled Umbers were attracted the lights around the building. Probably the last moths of the year….
This time the minimum was 10°C but it did not impress the moths. There were three again but different species – Acleris hastiana, Angle Shades, and Dark Chestnut.
The forecast of the temperature not dropping to single figures overnight was enough for me to get the trap back out. In the end it dropped to 6.1°C. There were two moths- a December Moth inside the trap and an Epiphyas postvittana on the outside. An actinic in The Elms produced a Winter Moth and Scrobipalpa costella.
Of much more note was the confirmation of the ID of a spider, Steatoda triangulosa, numbers of which were found whilst our intern was cleaning the Moffice. It is a first for Kent.
Some people may remember the ‘mystery’ all dark carpet-type moth from the summer which had everyone scratching their head. It was sent for gen. det. and turned out to be a Clouded Border! I cannot see any way we could have worked that out just on looking at the exterior.
This is a quiet time of year for Moths, check back soon to see if we have any records to share.
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