However, like Marc's garden trap near Benson (see his report below), my actinic trap here at Westcott, Bucks is doing really well at the moment. Two nights ago it produced 317 moths of 44 species, with Galleria mellonella (Wax Moth) and Beaded Chestnut new for the year, while last night it managed 251 moths of 36 species with Dark Sword-grass and Brindled Green new for the year. While I couldn't match Marc's migrant Pearly Underwing, I was quite pleased with the pair of Dark Sword-grass which were my first of the year anywhere. Cabbage Moth was also good to see (not a regular here), while Lunar Underwing has quickly risen to knock Square-spot Rustic off its perch as top dog (counts of 72 and 63 respectively last night).
|Dark Sword-grass, Westcott 17th September|
|Brindled Green, Westcott 17th September|
|Cabbage Moth, Westcott 17th September|