The only opportunity to put the box out for GMS was Sunday night. Turned out rather well with a min temperature of 8.5C resulting in 38 moths of 13 species, although 17 of these were Brindled Beauty!
Four species were new for the year - a fine looking Brimstone Moth, Brown Silver-line, Lunar Marbled Brown and my first ever Pale Prominent.
Mid-week box last night. Temperature was reasonable (min 7.5C) but the wind was more than a little chilly. Well worth the effort though - 18 moths of 9 species with Angle Shades making a first appearance of the year and my first ever Mullein .... if my ID is correct.
First Butterflies of the year - 2 x Holly Blues feeding on Laurel Blossom.
Trapping in the evening was very cold down to 6.9C. A small catch, but I think the Waved Umber is new to the garden. The rest being V- Pug, Hebrew Character, Brindled Beauty, Common Quaker and Brown House Moth.
A warm evening with slight drizzle around 10.5C for a change. Low numbers and a bit more varied.
Twenty-plume moth (in house), Double Striped Pug, Brindled Beauty, Early Grey, Common Quaker, Small Quaker, Hebrew Character and a Clouded Drab.
I've signed up for the GMS this year, so hoping to contribute some records too.
Sadly, since having the lanes gated in the Avenue, a few neighbours have decided to chop down the trees and shrubs in their gardens, to make way for their cars. Good job I planted six more native trees last year.
I'm now into my 11th year of trapping in my Llandaff North garden, so I don't get too many new species - and most of those I do get are in the summer. So it was nice to finally add Pale Pinion to the garden list last night.
I also had my second garden record of Pine Beauty, among the usual seasonal fare.