Saturday 31 December 2016

Last trapping for 2016

With temperatures forecast to stay in double figures we decided to have one last trapping session at Ynys-hir last night. The temperature this morning was 10 C and we were staggered by the number of moths we had in two 6W Heath traps. We counted over 450 moths and there must have been many more in the surrounding leaf litter. The species we had were: Mottled umber (304), Winter moth (143), Scarce umber (3), Northern winter moth (3), Chestnut (2), Red-green carpet (1), Pale brindled beauty (2), Early grey (1). There are a few county records of Pale brindle beauty in December, the earliest being on the 18th, but the previous earliest county record for Early grey was on the 8th Feb.

Early grey

Pale brindled beauty
Tony & Ina


  1. And they arranged themselves around the bucket top nicely!

  2. 4 for me from my garden trap from last night: Dark Sword-grass (M); Dark Chestnut (my first of the year and just in time); Epiphyas postvittana and Acleris hastiana.


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