I trapped from 21:50 until 02:50, all the while checking the skies and rain radar nervously. The moths came in good numbers, as did the midges. In fact, it is years since I last had such a problem with midges and although I wore insect repellent, that only stopped them biting. It didn't stop them getting in my eyes, up my nose, in my ears, in my mouth and breathing them in, every time I went near the trap, causing me to choke, sneeze and my eyes to water and sting. I must fins a solution to that problem.
In such a habitat, as a conifer plantation on a mountain top bog, at 420m ASL, the number of species I would get were obviously limited, though I nevertheless had 47 confirmed species, which included seven species new to SN90, of which five were macros:
Micropterix aureatella x 2
Epinotia subocellana x 1
Dwarf Pug x 2
Red-necked Footman x 14
Setaceous Hebrew Character x 1
Light Knot-grass x 1
Glaucous Shears x 2
Other highlights included: Diamond-bach Moth, Psedagyrotoza conwagana and Beautiful Snout.
Two species I wasn't able to identify were a micro, which I am convinced is a Mompha and suspect is M. raschkiella and a larva, found in the surrounding vegetation, which I dropped and lost while trying to move it to a more suitable position for photographing. It may be Northern Spinach, but any suggestions would be very welcome
At 03:25, as I was unlocking the forest barriers, to get out, the first spots of rain were starting to fall.