|Scarce Bordered Straw, Westcott 24th September|
I also took a couple of traps to Bernwood Forest last night for the usual three hour session but the results were quite poor in comparison (...and I got soaked there too!). Brindled Green and Barred Sallow were first sightings for me this year but otherwise there was nothing of particular note amongst the macros. I'd hoped to see Oak Lutestring which, oddly, I've never managed to find anywhere at Bernwood in nine consecutive years of regular recording at the site. Once again it failed to appear, this despite the fact that Paul Waring trapped the moth in good numbers during 1984/85 when he was at Oxford Polytechnic and the habitat would seem still to be perfect for it. There has only been one subsequent record at Bernwood and that was from a suspiciously early date in August 2006. There's no shortage of recent Bucks sightings for the species, though, and it is still found in some of the other woodlands in the greater Bernwood area (Finemere Wood, for example). Micros last night were in short supply but it was nice to see Zelleria hepariella as well as three examples of the uncommon aspen-feeding tortrix Epinotia maculana.
|Epinotia maculana, Bernwood 24th September|