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My Blog's aim is to promote and encourage others to participate in the wonderful hobby that is Moth-trapping.
So why do we do it? well for some people it is to get an insight into the world of Moths, for others it is to build a list of species much like 'Twitching' in the Bird world.
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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Persistence pays off

Hello everyone.
I ran my trap on three consecutive nights from Saturday night to Monday night, something I don't do very often this time of year.
 I think it is the reports of scarce migrants that have been reported up and down the Country recently and not always at coastal sites either.
Saturday night's catch featured no Macro moths at all, a trap rarity in itself! and Sunday night wasn't much better either....just two moths again.
And then last night it all went a bit weird and there were actually some moths to count (and write down) for starter's I had to rescue the moths from a puddle at the bottom of my trap and because our patio isn't quite level, the water wells up in one corner typically, in this puddle I found three Caloptilia's and a Tortrix of somekind reminiscent of Zeiraphera isertana, but it wasn't this species it was a first for me Crocidosema plebejana! now that was worth running the trap for.
I believe there are very few records of this typical coastal moth and I am only aware of John Murray's record this year. Obviously a wanderer from a coastal population or a primary immigrant.
Another moth of note was a form of Acleris hastiana that I have never recorded before. 


Catch Report -  14/11/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

 None recorded!

Micro Moths
 

2x Epiphyas postvittana


Catch Report -  15/11/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths


1x Brick

Micro Moths
 

1x Acleris notana/ferrugana



Catch Report -  16/11/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths


1x Brick
1x Mottled Umber
1x Yellow-line Quaker

Micro Moths
 

1x Crocidosema plebejana [NEW!]
1x Scrobipalpa costella [NFY]
2x Caloptilia rufipennella [NFY]
1x Acleris hastiana
2x Caloptilia semifascia
2x Epiphyas postvittana 

Acleris hastiana













Caloptilia rufipennella









 
Crocidosema plebejana










Scrobipalpa costella

3 comments:

  1. C. plebejana here on 7th Nov. You commented on the posting. Where's your head at ! :)

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  2. your comment was on the facebook group, not blogger

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