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Thursday, 7 April 2011

hmmm...

Well I made some changes to my trap after accidentally destroying the lampshade that was my funnel, and still I am not getting much in the way of catches. 1 Hebrew Character and 1 Emmelina monodactyla (a new one for my garden here) was my sum total last night I'm now questioning my bulb, having recently been told that the UV from a bulb for mothing needs to be 350+ the bulb I have has no mention of this?? I plan to buy a black light of this strength soon, but if that fails, then I shall be building a simpler skinner type trap and starting again.

On a more pleasant note, on a walk with my lovely lady and gorgeous daughter yesterday we saw a total of 8 butterfly species:

Brimstone
Tortoiseshell
Peacock
Orange tip
Large White
Small white (in my front garden)
Holly blue
Comma (well I think it was comma, I was sure it was but wasn't that close, and now am going to have to pop back to the local wood just to make sure it wasn't a fritillary)

Not a bad hall, and on such a lovely warm spring day, with the woods alive with singing Chiffchaff and Blackcaps, Green Woodpeckers yaffling and Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming and even a regular calling Nuthatch, it was all really nice spring walk. Makes up for poor trapping over the last few weeks.

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