Thursday, 22 June 2017

Heatwave moths

I trapped every night in my Llandaff North garden during the heatwave, and like others I also enjoyed good results. In fact it was better than good - the 96 species in my MV trap on 19th June was the best I've had, in terms of species, in 10 years living here - and by some margin (previous highest total in the low 80s). No doubt mostly due to the weather but a few other factors may have contributed: 1) I've taken to putting the trap down on the lawn rather than up against the house, 2) I've replaced the rainshield with an upturned pyrex bowl, which seems to allow the moths to enter the trap more easily, 3) our local streetlights have been replaced recrently, the new ones being whiter but much less bright and with less light spill.

During this spell I've had 6 micros new for the garden: Crambus pratella, Bucculatrix ulmella, Dioryctria abietella, Phtheochroa inopiana, Coleophora frolichiella and C. deauratella.
Crambus pratella
Dioryctria abietella
Coleophora deauratella
Other species rarely recorded here have included Red-necked Footman (I'd had one in 2013 which I'd forgotten about when commenting on Stephen's post), Slender Pug, Small Seraphim, Scarce Silver-lines and Exoteleia dodecella.

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