|Small Mottled Willow, Westcott 4th June|
|Cryptoblabes bistriga, Westcott 4th June|
Along with Andy King, Dave Morris and Rob Payne, I joined Martin Albertini for a trapping session at Stoke Common, Bucks last night. The species total has yet to be finalised but was probably around the 100 mark, so a fairly decent return at an 'away site' at last. Moths seen included Birch Mocha, May Highflyer, Small Yellow Wave, Small Seraphim, Peacock Moth, Four-dotted Footman, Pine Hawk-moth and True Lover's Knot, but for me the best of the night was Grass Wave, several of which put in an appearance.
|Grass Wave, Stoke Common 4th June|
During the daytime yesterday I had a hunt for Chimney Sweeper at a couple of sites in north Bucks and managed to find it active at Pilch Fields near Great Horwood and at a roadside site near Steeple Claydon. However, credit for the first sighting should go to Mick Jones who recorded a dozen on the 3rd at a site near Mursley. It is always a pleasure to see this little black day-flying moth which can be common in grassland wherever there is pig-nut.
|Chimney Sweeper, Pilch Fields 4th June|