Tuesday, 29 April 2014

The May bug season is with us

Thirteen Cockchafers came to light at our Holtspur Bottom reserve, Bucks last night, outnumbering any of the 30+ moth species caught!  Light Brocade was nice to see there, but otherwise the only new-for-year sightings were micros (including Nematopogon swammerdamella, Pseudoswammerdamia combinella, Prays fraxinella, Cochylis atricapitana, Syndemis musculana, Dichrorampha acuminatana & Evergestis forficalis).  Back home at Westcott, Bucks the rather poor garden collection did include a nice female May Highflyer, a moth I seldom see as there doesn't seem to be much alder in this part of the county.

Dave Wilton

Melolontha melolontha, Holtspur Bottom 28th April

Light Brocade, Holtspur Bottom 28th April

May Highflyer, Westcott 28th April

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