Sunday, 13 March 2016

Coed y bedw last night

I was feeling a bit moth deprived after 5 months without any away from home trapping, so I left my two 6W actinics at Coed-y-bedw overnight. The weather was better than forecast with a dusk temperature of 9C and a low of about 6C. The result was 55 moths of 11 species, all of them welcome after very slim pickings in the garden so far this year. Catch as follows:

Chestnut 16
March Moth 11
Brindled Pug 8
Pale Brindled Beauty 8
Dotted Border 7
Satellite 2
Mottled Grey 1
Early Thorn 1
Engrailed 1
Common Quaker 1 
Acleris cristana 1

The almost complete lack of Orthosia species (single Common Quaker only) was not surprising as this is a late site - a cool north-facing wooded valley slope.

March Moth
Mottled Grey

Pale Brindled Beauty

Back home there were just three moths in the garden trap, all different from those at Coed-y-bedw: Hebrew Character, Epiphyas postvittana and Emmelina monodactyla.

1 comment:

  1. A good haul, George. I have been slow to begin trapping away from the garden this year. I must rectify that.