Friday, 27 September 2013

Drop off in moth numbers

Well tonight's trapping could have been disappointing, as numbers seem to have dropped off even more now (I miss the heady days of summer!), only 26 moths in the trap this morning (although I have lost at least one that was there around 22:00 last night, one of the Sallow species but I didn't record which I think it was barred, but may have been pink barred) however there were 11 species in the trap, including two new ones for me and another new for the garden.

The Snout moth - Photographed in Milton Keynes
The Snout - Photographed in Milton Keynes

Monday, 23 September 2013

200 species in the garden

I have just broken the 200 mark for moth species caught in my current garden (and 200 for the year), I had three new species in the trap this morning and I couldn't be happier.

The humidity is sky high at the moment, I only have to leave my house and I feel damp, and that usually means good numbers of moths out and about (in fact I heard of someone catching well over 100 on Saturday night), the only down side was that last night was quite clear, but it still produced the moths, and as mentioned earlier three new species, The tiny Garden Rose Tortix, and two bright yellow/orange beuties in Barred Sallow and Pink Barred Sallow.

Pink Barred Sallow - Photographed in Milton Keynes
Pink Barred Sallow - side view - Photographed in Milton Keynes

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Autumn Mothing can be just as good

As you will no doubt be aware this is my first autumn of trapping (well you would if you read my previous post First September Trapping) so I was not sure that it would be a good or a bad thing to do. So far I am enjoying it (although I get less attempts due to weather).

OK so numbers are not as high as when trapping in the height of the season but trapping in autumn can be just as good and quite exciting, the species are different that is for sure and some really stunning moths turn up (I'm still hoping for a Merville du Jour), last nights trap produced at least 3 new moths for me including this stunning Large Ranunculus.

Large Ranunculus - Photographed in Milton Keynes
Large Ranunculus - Photographed in Milton Keynes

Monday, 9 September 2013

Autumn is here

I popped the trap out last night for the first time since last Wednesday, but boy has the weather changed! When I checked the trap around 22:00 it was cold, and all I could see hanging about were a couple of micros and a Riband wave and a Garden Carpet. Things were not much better in the morning. Again it was cold but now it was also wet (oh and the Riband wave was gone).

Garden Carpet
Garden Carpet

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

First September Trapping

I have never trapped in September before so this is new ground for me (and will hopefully be new moths in the coming months, I'm especially looking forward to a trip to my dads in Kent at the end of October, you never know what might be hanging around!).

Anyway we are still experiencing some good weather at the moment, nice sunny days and warm nights (although last night was pretty clear which may explain the numbers), I was not working in the morning so the trap went out last night.

Angle Shades
Angle Shades (slightly worn on the head)