It took a little while to plough through the moths as I eventually counted 166 of 11 species. Nothing exceptional in the way of species, nearly all of them being what I have already been catching the past two weeks.
The moths in the trap consisted of
1 Tortricodes alternella
2 Early Tooth-striped (Trichopteryx carpinata)
6 Oak Beauty (Biston strataria)
6 Small Quaker (Orthosia cruda)
92 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi)
17 Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta)
10 Twin-spotted Quaker (Orthosia munda)
24 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica)
6 Early Grey (Xylocampa areola)
1 The Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii)
1 Oak Nycteoline (Nycteola revayana)
One of the Oak Beauties had being going at first as it was melanistic, the first time I've had one.
|'Normal' Oak Beauty|
|'Melanistic' Oak Beauty|
The Oak Nycteoline not only being my first this year was a well marked individual, grey-brown with bold black spots and a pure white head and shoulders bordered with black. Very nice as they are usally much more drab than this but they do vary tremendously. Disappointingly, it flew off before I got any decent picture.
The only micro moth was another Tortricodes alternella, that's the species that caused me bother earlier this month.
The Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming yet again at first light.