Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Finemere Wood, Bucks

Having not done any away-from-home trapping for a couple of weeks thanks to the deterioration in the weather, I thought I'd give Finemere Wood a go last night just to see what the state of play was.  Two MV traps were run for the usual three hours and with a decent amount of cloud cover for much of that period the temperature hadn't fallen below 14C by the time I packed up.  The traps produced a combined total of 70 species but there was very little of note.  The only moths which I hadn't already seen this year were Hypatima rhomboidella, Orange Swift and Chevron and the only ones which achieved a double-digit count were Agriphila straminella (80), Shaded Broad-bar (15) and Straw Dot (21).  Unfortunately the Hornets also got well past double figures and there were one or two moth casualties in the traps as a result.  We appear to have reached that lull in activity which normally starts later in August before the autumn species start to appear in force.

Hypatima rhomboidella, Finemere Wood 31st July

Orange Swift, Finemere Wood 31st July

Chevron, Finemere Wood 31st July

Dave Wilton
Westcott, Bucks 

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