September 30th

The wind calmed overnight and there was a slight increase to 277 moths of 26 species. There were 31 Rush Veneers, two Delicates and a Brown-spot Pinion. Two Red-line Quakers and a Blair’s Shoulder-knot were new for the year.

The threatened plague of crane-flies does not seem to have materialised yet, maybe the dry ground is helping?

September 29th

Strong wind curtailed moth activity and 229 moths of 22 species were recorded including another Delicate.

September 28th

An unsettled but still warm night with the temperature dropping to 12.7°C. Moths were active with 428 of 35 species. There were 29 Rush Veneers and one each of Gem, Delicate, Silver Y and Diamondback. Brown- spot Pinion was new for the year.

September 27th

Although the night was 3° warmer the number of moths decreased to 281 of 30 species. Most notable was the fact that Setaceous Hebrew Characters dropped below 100 for the first time as 91 were recorded. There was a Delicate and 20 Rush Veneers.

September 26th

Despite the coolest night of the autumn so far (7.4°C)  there were 327 moths of 29 species including 45 Rush Veneers, a Delicate, a Dusky-lemon Sallow and two Deep-brown Darts (which were new for the year).

Deep-brown dart and Black Rustic 26 Sept 2016 I Hunter
Deep-brown Dart and Black Rustic. 26 Sept 2016 I Hunter

September 25th

Six degrees warmer last night and there was a corresponding increase in moth activity with 394 moths of 36 species. Setaceous He brew Characters continue to lead the way with 176. Lunar Underwings are making their cutomary surge up the charts with 59.

Moths of note included another Dusky-lemon Sallow, a Vestal, 23 Rush Veneers and a Dark Swordgrass. A Southern Wainscot was an example of a not annual occurence of a second brood.

September 24th

Still getting cooler but the wind heading round to SW brought a few migrants to the trap ( although they may be locally reared from migrant parents). There were 25 Rush Veneers, two Delicates and a Pearly Underwing. Black Rustic and Autumnal Rustic were more typical autumn fair.

September 22nd

The nights are slowly getting cooler but still remain above 10°C, just. The one trap yielded 202 moths of 28 species. There was another Convolvulous Hawk and Pink-barred Sallow and Red-Green Carpet were new for the year.

September 21st

Two traps run last night in preparation for the moth workshop tonight. Neither trap was buzzing but there were 40 species of which two Red Underwings and a Scarce Bordered Straw were the highlights.

September 20th

Another increase in numbers and species to 310 moths of 44 species. To emphasise the onset of autumn there were three Autumnal Rustics and Black Rustic was also new for the year. There was another Dusky-lemon Sallow and three worn Silver Ys. Caloptilia elongella is usually recorded by its distinctive leaf mines but there was an adult in the trap.

September 19th

A slightly cooler night , but still in double figures, and with no wind resulted in 178 moths of 32 species. Feathered Brindle was new for the autumn and a second brood Beautiful Hook-tip lived up to its name.

Fox moth caterpillars seem to be doing well and there are regular sightings on the dunes.

September 18th

The same overnight temperature as the previous night but only a stiff breeze and no rain. This resulted in a catch of 105 moths of 28 species. There was another Convolvulous Hawk and the first Dusky-lemon Sallow of the year.

Red Underwing 18 Sept 2016 I Hunter
Red Underwing 18 Sept 2016 I Hunter. This is a rare photo as not only does it have its wings open but it is keeping still, they are normally like someone with a gang of ferrets down their trousers.

September 17th

Fortunately there is a sheltered spot where the moth trap can be put and so it was not washed away. Thirty five moths of 10 species made it out between the showers.

September 16th

We avoided the storms but a few showers raised the number of moths a bit to 252 of 33 species. Oncocera semirubella and another fresh looking Convolvulous Hawk were the pick of the bunch.

September 15th

As can happen when it stays very hot the local moth numbers dwindle and suprisingly there was no evidence of migration. 176 moths of only 30 species with Setaceous Hebrews down to 91.

September 14th

No evidence of migration but Beaded Chestnut was new for the year.

September 13th

A warm night ensured a few migrants appeared. These included another Convolvulous Hawk Moth, a Vestal, and four Dark Swordgrasses. Two Vapourers and a Pink-barred Sallow were new for the year.

On the non-moth front there were two Western Conifer Bugs in the trap.

Western Conifer Bug. 13 Sept 2016 I Hunter
Western Conifer Bug about to continue its migration. 13 Sept 2016 I Hunter
Convolvulous Hawk Moth !3 September 2016 I Hunter
Convolvulous Hawk Moth 13 September 2016 I Hunter

September 12th

Setaceous Hebrews Characters dwindled to 306. This left room for our first Sallow of the autumn and for us to join in the Convolvulous Hawk Moth fest with a single, sadly tatty, individual.

September 11th

After a night off we were back to count Setaceous Hebrew Characters and there were 319. Rush Veneers and Silver Ys crept upto 12 each but there was no other hint of migration. Large Wainscot was new for the year.

September 9th

Back upto 617 moths due to 376 Setaceous Hebrew Characters. Red Underwing was the first one to make it into the trap this year.

Setaceous Hebrew Character 9th September 2016 I Hunter
Setaceous Hebrew Character 9th September 2016 I Hunter

September 8th

The temperature dropped to 10°C but there were still 524 moths of 36 species. 227 were the usual suspects but Gem and Dark Swordgrass were potential migrants. Another trap had Scarce Bordered Straw and Evergestis limbata.

September 7th

The forecast of a hot, humid night with very light south-easterly did not materialise, it only reached 16.8°C. The hoped for rush of moths did not materialise and it was an average night with 353 moths of 58 species. Pearly Underwing was a possible migrant and there was another Oncocera semirubella.

September 6th

My subtle ploy of getting someone else to run other traps did not quite work as Setaceous Hebrew Characters were much reduced all aroundwith only 243 in the main trap. However this left room for our second ever record of Jersey Tiger. Despite this becoming increasingly common in the south-east they have kept away from here and this battered individual looked as if it had travelled a bit.

Barred Sallow was new for the year and there was a Scarce Bordered Straw and a Vestal.

Bays 2nd Jersey Tiger 6 September 2016 I Hunter
Bays 2nd Jersey Tiger 6 September 2016 I Hunter

September 5th

The overnight cloud increased the catch to 1056 moths of 51 species. 700 of these were Setaceous Hebrew Characters. There were six Silver Y’s and a Dark Swordgrass.

Only 50 Setaceous Hebrew Characters on this tray 5th September 2016. I Hunter
Only 50 Setaceous Hebrew Characters on this tray 5th September 2016. I Hunter

September 4th

The threatened heavy overnight rain did not materialise but it was windy and showery. The cloud kept the temperature to a balmy (barmy?) 17°C . Setaceceous Hebrews dropped to 334 which left a bit of room for our third ever Scarce Silver-lines and a Scarce Bordered Straw.

Dark Silver Y Wed 31st Aug 2016. I Hunter
Dark Silver Y Wed 31st Aug 2016. I Hunter
Bays 3rd Scarce Silver Lines 4 September 2016 I Hunter
Bays 3rd Scarce Silver Lines 4 September 2016 I Hunter

September 3rd

The overcast start to the night ensured the trap was busy. One begins to wonder how the range of herbaceous plants said to form the Setaceous Hebrew Characters diet will fare as there were 467 in the trap. The second most frequent moth was the attractive Rosy Rustic with 48 individuals.

September 2nd

The Setaceous Hebrew Character fest continues! Last night there were 315 amongst 539 moths. There were 13 SilverYs, six Rush Veneers, six Rusty-dotted Pearls and a Diamond back. A further sign of the approaching autumn was the first Centre-barred Sallow of the autumn.