Monday 21 July 2014

Bridgend overnight 20Jul14

We were MV trapping too in our garden on a warm night and we caught 47 species (100 individuals). It often pays to be up at dawn as we recorded a 50 / 50 split both in and out of the trap. Our resident House Sparrows are very resourceful so we have to be quick off the mark!

The highlight for us was four new species for the garden:- Nut Bud Moth and Epinotia immundana which took our micro list for the garden past 100; Barred Straw and Dark Umber were most welcome too - not very often we get two macro lifers in one night. This takes our garden list to 360 species (259 macro).

Also new for the year were Diamond-backed moth, Gypsonoma dealbana (2008), Codling moth (2009), Small Fan-footed Wave, Early Thorn, Rosy Footman, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Gothic, Coronet and Dun-bar.

Later in the day we recorded our first Gatekeeper of the year for the garden - only the second record for the site. It was happily feeding on Potentilla.

Mike & Emma.

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