2013 was a year of such contrasts that instead of the usual year-by-year comparison I thought I'd have a look at my garden trapping results broken down by month, which are shown in this table:
This highlights what an amazing July we had, with the 210 species recorded being more than my annual total for 2007 and 2008. 25 new species for the garden in July alone was nearly as many as in the whole of 2012. At the other end of the spectrum, March produced just 3 moths in the 7 nights I ran the trap, and things didn't really improve much until June.
Overall, it was the best year since I started trapping here in 2007, with a total of 331 species recorded (previous best 302 species in 2011).
All of this leaves my garden Lepidoptera list poised on 499 species. How long will I have to wait for number 500? If we have a spring like 2013, it could be some time.
George (Llandaff North)