Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Westcott, Bucks

Back for a brief appearance at home after another ten days in Devon, last night's garden trap was reasonably productive with 436 moths of 82 species turning up.  The catch had an autumnal flavour though, with Orange Swift, Pale Eggar, Six-striped Rustic and Centre-barred Sallow all making their first appearances here for this year.  It was also nice to find a migrant Scarce Bordered Straw in the collection although I see that they've been turning up all over the place.

Pale Eggar, Westcott 22nd August

Centre-barred Sallow, Westcott 22nd August

Large Yellow Underwing (85), Agriphila tristella (49), Setaceous Hebrew Character (47), Common Wainscot (28) and Small Square-spot (23) provided the greatest quantities.  I was surprised to get only the one Square-spot Rustic as I thought they would have begun to emerge in force by now - no doubt they'll be filling the trap soon enough.  Amongst a number of second-brood appearances was a nice fresh Light Emerald.

Dave Wilton
Westcott, Bucks 

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