When I got to the Derwent valley where it was being held there were some worries due to the weather and certainly there would be very few flying insects about, but overnight the weather had been better so the moths should not have been effected, as proved by the numbers in my trap.
We had two traps set up running at Lockhaugh Farm near Rowlands Gill and after a nice bacon & egg butty at the burger van, went to work. I opened the first trap and there wasn't a huge amount but a nice selection including a couple of both Poplar and Elephant Hawkmoths, always popular with visitors. A few I couldn't id straight away and a few of the more colourful moths were potted up and taken with the second trap back to Thornley Woodland Centre to be opened in front of the visitors. We opened the second trap (after a well deserved cuppa) and 'processed' the contents. One moth stood out when I turned over one of the egg cartons, it was a Saxon, new for me and Gateshead. This was confirmed and put on show with the rest of the interesting ones. In total there were 88 moths of 45 species. Obviously all this is off-site so none will be going on my lists unfortunately.
|The Saxon - perhaps only the 2nd county record|