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Last night was a bit breezy but Nutmeg, Large Yellow Underwing and Pale-shouldered Brocade were all new for the year.
The 27th brought Eyed Hawk-moth and Mottled Rustic, with Common Wainscot, a very smart Light Brocade and Light Emerald last night
The last couple of nights have been cold and unproductive, but some fossicking about in weedy margins on New Downs this morning turned up Latticed Heath and Lesser Treble-bar, which was unrecorded last year. The subsequent overnight session turned out to be the most productive of the year so far, with 52 moths including Vine’s Rustic, Blood-vein and Cabbage.
Despite being rather cool last night brought the princely sum of 41 moths, including new-for-the-year species in Pale Oak Beauty, Lychnis and Pinion-spotted Pug, of which there are only about 20 local records.
Despite last night appearing to have been the Night of the Treble Lines, the best capture was a Poplar Kitten, which is very much less than annual at the Bay, having been recorded here in only seven previous years.
New species over the last couple of nights have included Common Swift, Marbled Minor, Setaceous Hebrew Character and Common Pug.
Treble Lines was recorded for the first time this year last night, as numbers stagger slowly upwards.
Small Square-spot was recorded for the first time last night and some Small China-marks were fluttering about a pond on Worth.
Well, last night won’t cause an emergency meeting of the rarities committee, but of 9 moths in the trap 3 were new species for the year: Broad-barred White, which is less than annual at the Bay, Bright-line Brown-eye and, it is safe to say, the first of many Heart & Dart.
Last night was more Mundane Night than Monday night, with just 4 moths in the trap this morning. However, a Yellow Belle was seen along the spillways on New Downs this morning.
Although last night’s assortment was less than spectacular, it did include the first Pale Mottled Willow of the year.
Rustic Shoulder-knot, Poplar and Small Elephant Hawk-moths, Poplar Grey and Orange Footman appeared last night for the first time this spring.
A damp, humid night produced Chinese Character, Gold Spot, Common Wave and Yellow-barred Brindle for the first time this year.
In a night of frequent showers seven new species appeared in the trap this morning, including Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Pebble Hook-tip, Grey and Oak-tree Pugs, Yellow Belle, White Ermine and Knot Grass, bringing the macro total for the spring so far to 50.
The Mediterranean weather continues to bring out a succession of new species for the year and last night’s trapping (the first night of the year when the thermometer stayed in double figures) brought first records for the year of Gem, Herald, Sharp-angled Peacock, Dark Sword-grass, Maiden’s Blush (less than annual at the Bay) and Muslin.
Recent sessions have seen a significant increase in numbers and variety, with new macros for the year on the 6th including Brimstone, Pale Prominent, Nut-tree Tussock and Shuttle-shaped Dart, while last night Red Twin-spot Carpet, Chocolate-tip, Lime-speck, Double-striped and Brindled Pugs were all new and several Brown Silver-lines were in the Whitehouse this morning.
Slightly improved again last night, with Clouded Border new for the year.
Last night’s capture of 17 moths included the first Swallow Prominent and Pebble Prominent of the season.
Having unintentionally supressed news of Silver-y and White-point yesterday, both new for the year, Flame Shoulder followed suit last night, though numbers in the trap continue to reflect low overnight temperatures.
A Cinnabar was disturbed from long grass on the golf course and an Emperor was found in the Whitehouse.