Friday, 28 May 2021

Experimental Away Trap

I ran a couple of MV lights in Bernwood Forest for three hours last night just to see what might be around.  The conditions were kind after a warm day, the temperature staying in double digits under cloud cover which also hid that bright moon, but I didn't really expect much on the first half-decent night of the month as I suspect it will take a few weeks of decent weather for things to get back to "normal".  Both traps were run in Oakley Wood, one of them in the main area of birch with Scarce Prominent in mind but the moth must have finished its flight season already because none appeared (I've never recorded it beyond the second week of May so it was always going to be an unlikely find last night).

31 species put in an appearance but only six of them were micros.  New sightings for me this year included Aspilapteryx tringipennella, Ancylis mitterbacheriana, Epinotia immundana, Pammene argyrana, Cream Wave, Broken-barred Carpet, Dwarf Pug, Clouded Border, Tawny-barred Angle, Scalloped Hazel, Grey Birch & Orange Footman. 

Ancylis mitterbacheriana, Oakley Wood 27th May

Cream Wave, Oakley Wood 27th May

Grey Birch, Oakley Wood 27th May

Dave Wilton Westcott, Bucks   

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