A couple of actinic traps in mixed woodland last night gave us 31 moths of 8 species. The majority (20) were December moths, 3 Mottled umber, Winter moth, Northern winter moth, Yellow-line quaker, Red-green carpet, Chestnut, and November moth agg. (female).
Rusty-dot Pearl x 1; Light Brown Apple Moth x 1; Acleris sparsana x 1; Red-green Carpet x 2; Feathered Thorn x 2; Merveille du Jour x 1; Nov Moth Agg.; and a Common Marbled Carpet (no photo unfortunately as I spooked it when I went to pot it). Is my A. sparsana too tatty to positively ID - it did look very similar to the one I had at this time last year (see blog posting).
Also, to show how mild it has been, a male Speckled Bush Cricket on my shed this morning.
With only light rain and low winds last night, I decided to run the 125W MV bulb for a change. No moths actually in the trap but hunting round the garden I found 11 moths of 6 species: Light Brown Apple Moth x 5; Rusty Dot Pearl x 1; Nov. Moth agg. x 1; Mottled Umber x 1; Merveille du Jour x 2; and this Clouded-bordered Brindle (!).
Unfortunately the weather forecast was right and high winds and heavy rain started at 3 this morning. I thought I was in for a nil return but I was surprised to find 2 female Feathered Thorns, an Angle Shades, a female Light Brown Apple Moth and my first November Moth agg. of the year.
33 November moths (aggs) to be precise.
Two traps at Ynis-hir last night, the actinic capturing more moths of more species than the mv light. They were in slightly different habitats, but I still have a theory that actinic is better at this time of year.
Mottled Umber, Feathered Thorn, Red-green Carpet, Chestnut, Green-brindled Crescent, December, one each of Grey Shoulder-knot and Satellite and a couple of micro species, Rusty-dot Pearls and Ypsolopha ustella.
December & Satellite
Not the best photos, sorry. Out Feathered Thorns were the usual colour Sarah.
Not particularly cold (11C down to 8C), wet or windy conditions last night but only 2 moths showed up - a Light Brown Apple Moth and an Angle Shades. I haven't had such low moth numbers since February.