As the weather is so unusually mild and as there was a reasonably dryish, not too windy night forecast, I decided to run the 22 Watt actinic garden trap. Although the temperatures were around 11 C late last night and again when I switched the trap off this morning, it dropped just into single figures sometime overnight, the minimum being a reasonable 9.70 C.
There was a little rain and the wind had really started picking up by dawn, but nevertheless, I had four moths of four species. On the outside of the trap was a fresh looking Red-green Carpet and a Mottled Umber, the latter a species I don't get all that regularly. In the trap was a December Moth and a Chestnut. All good solid winter species.