June, the month for moths. This is the month when most species and numbers of moths are usually recorded. The blocking High Pressures over the Atlantic produced a stubborn northerly airstream with cool nights. This has led to frustratingly poor mothing nights. Last Saturday the weather appeared a little warmer.
We had two lights operating and decided to trap along the Lower Path. There were lots of Green and Silver-ground Carpets. Then came in the Snouts with their large brown triangular wings and curved proboscis. Moths were numerous and a series of moths came in. New moths such as the little yellow Strawdot, lots of the day flying Latticed Heath, a Common Quaker, and the scarce but relatively common in Notts Cream-bordered Green Pea. Towards the end the very beautiful Buff and White Ermines.
Meanwhile the other trap captured the spectacular huge Privet and aptly named Eyed Hawk-moths.
I will keep you posted when the next mothing night. Hopefully it will warm up!!!
After a cold National Moth Night, where Netherfield Lagoons did very well compared with many venues that only recorded 1 or 2 specimens, I was itching to set the trap up in warmer conditions. The first warm night, namely Wednesday, was brilliant by all accounts. So a quick email and another session was arranged for Friday. Fortunately 4 people picked it up.
We had one light operating and decided to trap between the slurry lagoon and the Deep Pit first ,close to where we caught the Emperor Moth . As it was going dark a large moth drift through the grass and Rob caught it. Yes it was the female Emperor Moth again! As the night when on we were swamped with Caddisfly including a few large Sedge Flies. As it grew darker they were joined by Common Swift, Common Wave and Brown Silverlines. A large Cockchafer flew in and showed its remarkable antennae. As it was becoming difficult to breathe without inhaling midges and caddisfly we decided to move the trap along the western edge of the Deep Pit. At around 10:30 the moths came in, starting Green Carpet, Flame Shoulder, Spectacle and Shuttle-shaped Dart. All species we had previously caught, however new species appeared including a lovely fresh Powdered Quaker and White Spotted Pug all marsh species, Elephant Hawkmoth, a gorgeous Treble-Bar, Bloodvein, Campion, Garden Carpet, Lime-specked Pug.
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As it is important to choose the right evenings I will post the nights up on the website a day or two before, so please keep your eyes open. If you don’t have internet access but would like to come let me know your phone number and I will phone you beforehand. You can contact me on 9893197.