Thursday, 13 March 2014

Moth Trapping Milton Keynes 12th March 2014

After a cold an misty start to March the 12th the afternoon warmed up (it is always odd seeing people in just T-shirts in March but I guess climate change is pretty obvious these days), although it was still cold out of the sun, but I thought I would try the trap again tonight, I don't know why but I keep expecting the excitement of summer when it's been warm, I have to remind myself it is still winter really, and spring is only just starting.

Waking early, the day was thick with fog, and very cold and a quick check of the trap in the morning showed numbers were down on my previous trapping, only 10 moths had stayed in (or by) the trap last night, not surprising with the cold and damp really, but there were 5 species one of which is new for the year so could be much worse.

Common Quaker  3
Clouded Drab  2
Hebrew Character  3
Early Grey  1
The Chestnut  1 NFY

And like a complete fool I photographed the moths, released them this evening and formatted the card before uploading the pictures to my computer, what a tit!

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  1. Hi Ashley.
    Nice to see you catching again.
    And don't worry we have all been there with the 'deleting photos' I still am kicking myself for accidently deleting a Large Red-belted Clearwing photo a few years back....needless to say I haven't seen one since!
    All the best and look forward to future posts...and photos.

    1. Yup, that would be worse, at least it was only common stuff :)

    2. I did the same with a Rannoch Looper I photographed during the migrant influx a few years back. Spent ages trying to pose it on a leaf and get the perfect lighting, only to come back home and accidently format the SD card without uploading any of the images! Argh, the frustration!

    3. It's never good but at least there was nothing so interesting in my collection.