Thursday, 19 March 2015

Diurnea duo

I've now had at least 1 moth a night for the past fortnight, with the maximum on the 12th with 27 moths of 10species. New for year in the last week are Engrailed, Oak Beauty, Twin-spotted Quaker, Powdered Quaker on 12th, Small Quaker(14th), Shoulder Stripe(15th), Diurnea fagella(17th) and Early Grey(18th), as well as plenty of Hebrew Character, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, with the odd Satellite, Chestnut, Dotted Border, Agonopterix heracliana and Tortricodes alternella. A nice selection. No Small Eggar yet though, but fingers crossed.

Darren Seaman, Milton Keynes.


  1. Are you sure about Powdered Quaker on the 12th, Darren? While not impossible and it wouldn't (quite)be a record early date for Bucks, to me that seems very early indeed because the moth doesn't normally appear until the very end of March. The cool temperatures so far this year have hardly been conducive to early appearances either.

  2. Unfortunately i didn't take a photo of the Quaker, i was reasonably sure, but reasonably is not 100%. I will take your expertise and remove the record from my year list with fingers crossed another comes soon. I will start taking photos of any species that can be confused with others for confirmation, I'm making too many mistakes!


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