Friday, 30 March 2012

March marches on

All this warm weather has been lovely, but comparing this years data with last years March records it appears that there is little to choose between them. The number of individual moths is actually down a little on last year despite the same number of traps but the number of species caught is up by 1 this year. Hopefully they'll turn up in April?


Number caught
No of traps
Number caught
No of traps

2011 2010
Agonopterix heracliana 7 Agonopterix heracliana 2
Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1
Chestnut 1    
Clouded Drab 13 Clouded Drab 20
Common Quaker 21 Common Quaker 45
Diurnea fagella 1 Diurnea fagella 1
Double-striped Pug 7    
Early Grey 8 Early Grey 12
Early Thorn 1 Early Thorn 1
Emmelina monodactyla 7 Emmelina monodactyla 2
Grey Shoulder-knot 1    
Hebrew Character 12 Hebrew Character 38
Herald 1    
March Moth 1 March Moth 5
Oak Beauty 1 Oak Beauty 1
    Oak Nycteoline 1
    Shoulder Stripe 1
Small Quaker 2 Small Quaker 1
Twin-spotted Quaker 3 Twin-spotted Quaker 1

And now the results of the trap from last night 29th March 2012
Two new for years came in the form of Diurnea fagella and Early Thorn, both cracking moths in their own special ways!

16 moths in total were caught - 6 potted last night, 2 potted from sheds this morning and 8 actually in the trap, so at least my new trap design is working fairly well.

A good hatch of Hebrew Character appeared to be evident with 5 individuals caught, also had a return of two Common Quakers.

Moth yearlist = 22

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