Moth species for the garden are at a very impressive 492 species after 2 years and 8 months trapping from the date we bought our house.
I would really like to aim for 500 species this year as a sort of target to set my sights on, but it becomes increasingly tricky as all of the common moths are featured on the list.
Waffle over, the catch last night was pretty good by my garden standards for early April and the best catch so far this year, in total 82 moths of 14 species were noted.
It is best to note that all the previous moths that I have caught (because of how tiny our garden is) on previous sessions were transported to our local wood about 1/4 mile away in hope of not re-trapping the same moths over and over again, it also seems to ease bird predation in the garden.
Highlights were the garden first Shoulder-stripe and a year first Pine Beauty (what beautiful moths these are)
The night stayed relatively warm with temperatures still sitting at 9c this morning.
The weather is set to change over the weekend which is a shame, but...it may look brighter by mid-week fingers crossed where I will be once again venturing out with the Boxmoor Trust guys and surveying the land once more.
Catch Report - 10/04/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
1x Shoulder-stripe [NFG]
1x Pine Beauty [NFY]
4x Brindled Pug
2x Double-striped Pug
27x Common Quaker
9x Small Quaker
5x Clouded Drab
17x Hebrew Character
3x Early Grey
3x Diurnea fagella
1x Acleris hastiana
5x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla