Thursday, 13 April 2017

New arrivals trickle in

Emperor Moth was added to the year list on the 8th after my first three females emerged and managed to bring in four wild males to the garden the same afternoon.  Since then I've been out daily with further newly-emerged females and have had the usual mixed results while 'assembling', records being achieved at half of the eight sites visited so far.  The garden trap hasn't been producing many moths now that the Orthosia rush has passed its peak but new arrivals have continued to trickle in, including Small Phoenix (8th), Chinese Character & Yellow-barred Brindle (both 9th), Angle Shades (10th), Swallow Prominent & Muslin Moth (both 11th) and Acleris schalleriana & Least Black Arches (both 12th).  Quantity wise, last night's collection of 33 moths was fairly typical of the past week:  Acleris schalleriana (1), Brimstone Moth (1), Swallow Prominent (1), Chocolate-tip (1), Muslin Moth (1), Least Black Arches (2), Common Quaker (7), Powdered Quaker (7), Clouded Drab (1) & Hebrew Character (11).

Yellow-barred Brindle, Westcott 9th April

Muslin Moth, Westcott 11th April

Least Black Arches, Westcott 12th April
Dave Wilton
Westcott, Bucks   

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