Monday, 31 March 2014

Salcey Forest

From one end of Bucks to the other ... last night it was the turn of Salcey Forest to get an early trapping session (the site is all in present-day Northants although for recording purposes the south-east corner, my destination, lies within VC24).  The usual three hour session with two MV lights produced well over 700 moths of 30 species but the only new ones for me this year were Semioscopis steinkellneriana, Pammene giganteana, Water Carpet, Red-green Carpet and White-marked.  As Marc noted yesterday, White-marked is a very nice moth to get and it is worth looking closely at any worn Red Chestnuts.  Back home at Westcott it was surprising that anything reached my actinic trap because at least four Brown Long-eared Bats were constantly on patrol around the light.  14 species did make it through, though, including singletons of Caloptilia rufipennella (the less common orangey-brown spotty form), Agonopterix arenella and Powdered Quaker.  Dave Wilton

White-marked at Salcey Forest (VC24) 30th March
Water Carpet at Salcey Forest (VC24) 30th March
Caloptilia rufipennella at Westcott, Bucks 30th March

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