We have had little opportunity to trap in our local oak woodland this winter because of low night-time temperatures draining the batteries. We now have a new 8 watt actinic bucket trap to overcome this problem and put it out last night for the first time. The minimum temperature on this occasion was 6.5°C. We were rewarded with 61 moths of 13 macro species and one micro - Diurnea fagella. Small Quaker and Chestnut ran into double figures. Particularly attractive was this Frosted Green and an Early Grey with a delicate pinkish flush as described in Waring.
We were interested to find out at what time the moths were flying and so set a trap camera to record throughout the night. The attached photo with a moth in flight was taken at 03:53 hrs. Numerous other moths were recorded earlier in the night.
Carolyn & Evan