Friday, 24 March 2017

Record Species Count

Despite chilly temperatures and very strong winds there was still a small catch of moths (13 individuals of seven species) in last night's garden trap.  Amongst them was this female Powdered Quaker:

Powdered Quaker, Westcott 23rd March

Powdered Quaker takes the number of adult moth species seen in the garden this year to 40, of which 27 are macros.  That is the highest number of macro species ever recorded here before 31st March and we still have a week to go before the end of the month (previous first-quarter records being 26 in 2011 and 25 in 2012).  However, at present the number of individual moths is only just over 600 which, although better than average, is less than half the total recorded in 2012.

Dave Wilton
Westcott, Bucks

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