Sunday, 21 February 2016

Bagley moths

Took advantage of the mild, if a little bit wet and windy, start to the weekend on Friday evening to get my February survey done at Bagley Woods. I also sat with an MV in a different part of the wood to where I run the monthly surveys for an hour just to see if anything was about. Numbers were low but there were a few moths about including a smart Dotted Chestnut and my earliest ever Water Carpets. Brindled Pug was by far the most common moth, the only species into double figures. No Orthosia's during the hour and only one Hebrew Character and one Common Quaker in the traps left out overnight. Strangely, given numerous reports elsewhere I had no Oak Beauty and only 4 Small Brindled Beauty. Chestnut was the most abundant moth in the traps left overnight with over 40 in one 6W Actinic alone. Otherwise numbers were poor but never-the-less managed a total of 15 species even with quite a few notable absentees. Species caught: Early Moth, March Moth, Dotted Border, Pale Brindled Beauty, Small Brindled Beauty, Brindled Pug, Water Carpet, Chestnut, Dotted Chestnut, Satellite, Red Chestnut, Hebrew Character, Common Quaker, Torticodes alternella, Acleris notana/ferrugana. Marc Botham

Dotted Chestnut, Bagley Wood 19-Feb 2016

Water Carpet, Bagley Wood 19-Feb 2016

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