Tuesday, 17 May 2011

11th May Kitten training

Put the trap out last night as I promised myself, a minimum temperature of 8.2C  but it had clouded over during the night so things weren't too bad. There was an unusual mix of moths in the trap  last night consisting of of 11 moths of 10 species, 4 being new for the year,  plus 2 White-tailed Bumblebee. No micros, only 3 Noctuids and 1 Geometrid.

The moths were

Scalloped Hazel (Odontopera bidentata) 1
Sallow Kitten (Furcula furcula) 1
Iron Prominent (Notodonta dromedarius) 1
Lesser Swallow Prominent (Pheosia gnoma) 2
Pale Tussock (Calliteara pudibunda) 1
Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa) 1
Heart & Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) 1
Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura plecta) 1
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 1

With the 
Scalloped Hazel

Flame Shoulder

Ruby Tiger

and Sallow Kitten being the first of the year for me.

Who said you can't train a kitten?

Right Kitty

Stand up on your toes

Now roll over

Sallow Kittens have done this before when I've trapped them, Poplar Kittens never have. Could this be a good identification feature?
As I was in the garden sorting them out, a Cuckoo was calling continuously and started to get louder, eventually flying over the garden with three Meadow Pipit in hot pursuit. No sign of last night's Grasshopper Warbler unfortunately.


  1. The chance of any kitten would be a fine thing....

  2. Stewart,
    I usually get a few per year with the odd Poplar Kitten thrown in but never on the same night and certainly not enough to open a cattery.