Sunday 17th

Some cloud increased the minimum to 8.5°C. The catch increased to 79 moths of 23 species. Delicates (5) and Rusty-dot Pearls (2) reappeared. Also of note were a Barred Sallow, a Dusky-lemon Sallow and a late Willow Beauty.

Saturday 16th

A clear, cold, night with the temperature down to 3.7°C meant the trap was quiet with only 32 moths of ten species.

Friday 15th

The same minimum temperature last night but a bit more cloud. There were 111 moths of 22 species. A Dewick’s Plusia was the highlight and a Canary-shouldered Thorn was late. Delicates continue with another four.

Thursday 14th

Three degrees celsius warmer last night and the catch increased to 130 of 25 species. Of interest were nine Deep-brown Darts, a fresh Common Wainscot and three Delicates. The definite highlight was a Merveille du Jour. We are lucky enough to get the occasional one each year even though we are not rolling in its traditional woodland habitat.

Merveille du Jour. 14/10/21. I Hunter
Merveille du Jour. 14/10/21 I Hunter

Wednesday 13th

With the temperature dropping to 4.8°C over night the catch also reduced to 87 moths of 19 species. The highlight was the third Radford’s Flame Shoulder of the autumn. There was another Blair’s Shoulder-knot and colour was added by a Green-brindled Crescent. A Bordered Beauty was rather late and very tatty.

Tuesday 12th

Cooler autumnal nights are definitely setting in but no frost yet and so there are still interesting moths showing up. Last night there were 117 moths of 22 species. This included another Radford’s Flame Shoulder, a male Gem, a Dark Sword-grass and the first Pale-lemon Sallow for a couple of years.

Monday 11th

Clearer overnight with no cool, damp, fog. We continue to get interesting moths. This time it was the following firsts for the year- Radford’s Flame Shoulder, Blair’s Shoulder-knot and two Green-brindled Crescents. There was also another Clancy’s Rustic, three Delicates and four Rusty-dot Pearls.

Radford’s Flame Shoulder. 11/10/21. I Hunter
Green-brindled Crescent. 11/10/21. I Hunter

Sunday 10th

Fog and damp gathered after a clear start with the temperature down to 7.5°C. This reduced the catch to 162 moths of 25 species. The Rusty-dot Pearls had moved on and there were just three. However, Dark Sword-grass put in an appearance with six plus two male Gems and single Silver Y, Rush Veneer and a Clancy’s Rustic.

There was a Dewick’s Plusia sat on a shed along Sandown Road.

Saturday 9th

The sky remained clear and it was cooler at 8.1°C. There was an influx of Rusty-dot Pearls, with 18 in the trap and lots reported from the field, and Rush Veneers, with four in the trap and more in the field. The trap held 222 moths of 31 species. The best was a Scarce Bordered Straw.

Friday 8th

Excellent overnight conditions as cloud gathered and the rain was only light keeping the temperature above 14.4°C. There were 370 moths of 42 species. Highlights included the first Barred Sallows of the year (4), 104 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 82 Lunar Underwings, 18 Delicates, the first Dark Chestnuts (2) of the autumn, Box-tree Moth, Gem, Diamondback, Rusty-dot Pearl and the first Caloptilia falconipennella for a while.

Thursday 7th

Although the temperature dropped to 6.4°C the wind dropped to zero, cloud gathered, and it warmed up giving a catch of 224 moths of 28 species. There were good numbers of Deep-brown Darts and Black Rustics. More of note was the first Red-line Quaker of the autumn, Dusky-lemon Sallow, Cypress Carpet and Brick. Recently I listened to a talk on moths in France and they mentioned that in the south Buff-tip is a continuously brooded species. Well, we had our first ever October record of one last night.

Wednesday 6th

Considering the wind continued all night I was pleased the catch made 66 moths of 12 species! Lunar Underwing made over half of these with 35.

Monday 4th

Another lull before the next blast of wind and the moths made the most of it with 173 0f 29 species. The highlight was the first Scarce Bordered Straw of the year. There was also a Rush Veneer, a Silver Y and two Rusty-dot Pearls. There were a few moths which we have not seen for a few weeks such as two Shuttle-shaped Darts, a Rosy Rustic and a Common Wainscot.

Saturday 2nd

Although last night was much cooler at 5.7°C it did cloud over and the catch increased to 256 moths of 24 species. Lunar Underwings continued to lead the way with 92. There were nine Delicates, three Rusty-dot Pearls, a Rush Veneer and a Silver Y.

The forecast for tonight means it will not be safe to put the trap out (and they were correct it really blew up a storm).

Friday 1st

Despite last night keeping into double figure temperatures there were only 150 moths of 16 species. Exactly half of these were Lunar Underwings. There was one Delicate and one Diamondback.