Saturday, 22 September 2018

Westcott, Bucks

Having been away for the past week, it is interesting to see how the contents of the garden trap at Westcott seem to have changed considerably over the intervening period.  The weather last night wasn't conducive to much moth activity but 14 species did turn up:  Acleris variegana (2), Brimstone Moth (1), Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (1), Square-spot Rustic (1), Common Wainscot (1), Brindled Green (1), Deep-brown Dart (1, the rather anonymous-looking specimen shown below), Black Rustic (16), Beaded Chestnut (2), Lunar Underwing (19), Pink-barred Sallow (1), Flounced Rustic (1), Frosted Orange (1) & Straw Dot (1).  Nothing new there, but the lack of Large Yellow Underwings and Setaceous Hebrew Characters was a bit of a surprise.

Deep-brown Dart, Westcott 21st September

Over the previous week I'd trapped five times in a garden near Bideford in Devon and got just over 50 species between those sessions, with Large Yellow Underwing and Willow Beauty easily the most abundant.  The others were all moths of late-summer and included none of the autumnal species caught here last night - there was not a single sallow of any description to be seen.

Dave Wilton
Westcott, Bucks


1 comment:

  1. Welcome back Dave. Just 10 species in my garden trap last night, with Lunar Underwing now dominating - 30 individuals. Large Yellow Underwing down to just 8, and Square-spot Rustic 3.


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