Saturday, 9 April 2011

It's warming up

A decent GMS night for a change  with 97 moths of 13 species including an early Yellow-barred Brindle and my first pugs of the year. It must have been my threat of going sallowing.  The full contents of the trap was  -

1852 Brindled Pug (Eupithecia abbreviata) 2
1862 Double-striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata) 1
1881 Early Tooth-striped (Trichopteryx carpinata) 2
1883 Yellow-barred Brindle (Acasis viretata) 1
2179 Pine Beauty (Panolis flammea) 11
2182 Small Quaker (Orthosia cruda) 7
2186 Powdered Quaker (Orthosia gracilis) 2
2187 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) 41
2188 Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) 9
2189 Twin-spotted Quaker (Orthosia munda) 2
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 16
2243 Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) 2
2423 Oak Nycteoline (Nycteola revayana) 1

Brindled Pug - first of the year
Early Tooth-Stripe
Yellow-barred Brindle - my earliest ever

As I was tidying the trapping stuff away I found another moth, species 14 for the day, my first Twenty-plume Moth (Alucita hexadactyla), sitting on the side wall.

Twenty-plume Moth

Several Tawny Owls continued to be considerably noisy during the night, they actually wake me up with their hooting.
This morning whilst doing the trap two Great spotted Woodpeckers were drumming and I had to keep chasing both of the a pair of Blackbird away as they were coming right up to me after the moths. I had a quick peek last night and she was sitting tight on her nest so I didn't disturb her. I was going to do a bit of gardening today but I'll have to avoid that area.
Though only 07:30, it was 7.8C and both Large Red Bumblebees and Small Tortoiseshell were on the wing in the garden. Looks like it's going to be a nice warm day.

1 comment:

  1. A good haul there, Keith. I also managed Early Tooth-striped (5 of).