Thursday, 17 September 2009

Keep trying

I've had the trap out a couple of times since my last blog but the amount of moths/species caught hasn't been worth writing about, I've made a few 'improvements' to my home made Skinner trap in readiness for taking it out to Foremark Reservoir this Saturday for their National Moth Night event so I put it out in the garden tonight to see if it does any better than the new trap. I've caught mainly Large and Lesser Yellow Underwing with a few Common Marbled Carpet and a couple of Common Wainscot over the last few nights but I still live in hope that something new will turn up in my garden to add to the list which is currently 'stalled' at 94 different macro species....with luck I will get that up to 100 before Christmas?. Tonight is the mildest night so far this week with a lot of cloud cover keeping the temperature up a bit and there were certainly plenty of flies around, early indications were that there aren't many moths but I did ok compared to the other nights this week. The photo is of a moth I regularly see in our front garden and on the local park but I've never seen one in the back garden nor have I found one in the trap....some type of Tortix at a guess?.
The trap was out from 8pm to 3:15am

Tonight's Log

6 Large Yellow Underwing
4 Lesser Yellow Underwing
3 Common Marbled Carpet
2 Setaceous Hebrew Character
2 Square Spot Rustic
2 Common Wainscot
1 Copper Underwing
1 Silver-Y
1 Angle Shades

1 comment:

  1. Hi Ian

    The micro is a late Arcips podana

    Good luck at Foremark Resevoir! hope you get some new species, its been slow here too with a 1 or 2 new ones so keep at it.