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 Post subject: Re: Moths 2017
PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 6:38 pm 
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Forgot to say I had 1 Peppered Moth,2 Small Square-Spot and 3 Scalloped Hazel


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 Post subject: Re: Moths 2017
PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 1:44 pm 
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With the weather looking good this week, decided to try for a few nights.
Started off well last night, with 64 moths of 18 species, this included no less than 33 Pebble prominents!
Also two new species for the garden, Common lutestring, and Grey birch.
Will let this lot disperse tonight, and try again Thursday/Saturday.

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 Post subject: Re: Moths 2017
PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 4:15 pm 
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Good catch there Derek


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 Post subject: Re: Moths 2017
PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:24 pm 
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I haven't trapped this week due to the poor weather. Catches had been getting much better with 63 (25 sepcies) in the Skinner and 46 (22 species) in the Heath on May 29th - my best night so far this year. GMS night wasn't so good the best moths being an Eyed Hawkmoth and a Gold Spot. I am getting many more Green Carpets than in previous years; only one Peppered Moth so far and fewer Lychnis than usual. A Rustic Shoulder-Knot appeared for the first time since 2014. Barred Red and Scorched Carpet were amongst other notables.

Some of my Emperor Moth eggs have hatched and are now very tiny black caterpillars, growing rather slowly.

A Humming-bird Hawkmoth appeared on the Valerian in the garden yesterday whilst the sun was still out and stayed so long I had time to go inside and grab my phone to take a video! I couldn't get close enough to take a better photo.

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Margery


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 Post subject: Re: Moths 2017
PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:02 pm 
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I haven't trapped for nearly a fortnight due to being away and then this weather. I hear there are quite a few H.H. moth records lately,I haven't seen any though.
Great photo. Margery they must be extremely difficult to photograph. Let's hope the weather settles soon.

John.


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 Post subject: Re: Moths 2017
PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:43 pm 
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Hope this weather improves soon I'm getting restless


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 Post subject: Re: Moths 2017
PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:50 pm 
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Agree. Me too. However I risked last night for GMS. Heath trap
Silver Y
Heart and Dart x 5
Small Square-spot
Clouded-bordered Brindle
Large Yellow Underwing x 3. FFY


Skinner:
Eyed Hawkmoth
Flame Shoulder
Angle Shades

So worth doing even with many wet egg boxes now in greenhouse!
Margery


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 Post subject: Re: Moths 2017
PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:18 pm 
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Impatience got the better of me so despite the wet I ran my trap last night too.
18 species and my garden must have something that the Hearts and darts really like as I counted 248 in the trap which is normal here for the time of year.
John.


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 Post subject: Re: Moths 2017
PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:20 pm 
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John, that's more H & D'S than moths in total that I have ever had in one night!!! An amazing number. What do you think the Heart and Darts like do much?
Margery


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 Post subject: Re: Moths 2017
PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:17 am 
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Probably the fact that our garden is mainly an overgrown wilderness Margery! Had a quick look at the NW database and it seems I get largest numbers by far with a maximum count of 347 on a night in June 2010.
Would be most interesting to know what they find so attractive here.The books say many plants are used as foodplants. Although I haven't done any special search for them I don't recollect finding any larvae.

John.


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