Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Plumed Prominent update

The moth is now flying locally.  Last night I revisited the same site near Marlow, Bucks and ran traps under exactly the same field maples as I did last Thursday.  An MV under the oldest, most substantial tree I've ever seen produced five fresh males and another MV under a collection of much younger trees produced one further male.  They started to appear at about 6.30pm and I saw no further movement from them after 8pm (I packed up an hour after that).

Plumed Prominent, 14th November

December Moth was again very active (51 counted), while other species recorded on this occasion were Caloptilia semifascia, Ypsolopha parenthesella, Blastobasis lacticolella, Acleris sparsana, Acleris ferrugana/notana, Acleris variegana, Common Marbled Carpet, Red-green Carpet, Spruce Carpet, November Moth sp, Feathered Thorn, Chestnut, Brick, Yellow-line Quaker, Barred Sallow & Oak Nycteoline.

By the time I got back home to Westcott the 'conservatory actinic' had brought in a fleet of Feathered Thorns to the windows (11 in all).  In addition to my first garden December Moth and Scarce Umber of the season, there were also Caloptilia stigmatella, November Moth sp, Dark Sword-grass & Red-line Quaker.

Scarce Umber, 14th November

Dave Wilton
Westcott, Bucks

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