As I arrived on site, I found I'd somehow left both my notebook and phone at home (my only two possible means of keeping a species list). Decided put the traps out and leave them on while making the two hour round trip home!
When I returned at midnight, the traps had caught pretty much all they were going to and the more notable records were:
- Neglected Rustic. 8 caught: first county record since 2008. Probably a species which has been overlooked on moorland in the past.
- Haworth's Minor. Another under-recorded moorland species. About 12 came to the traps.
- Anomalous. None recorded at the MVs but about 15 between the actinics. I've noticed this with the species before: definite preference for actinic light.
- Striped Twin-spot Carpet - another overlooked moorland species. Just one was seen.
- Northern Rustic. Very few county records. A moth found in rocky moorland areas. One was recorded near to scree slops.
- A single, rather worn, Ashworth's Rustic. It seems clear that by August at Glaslyn, AR has pretty much reached the end of its flight season.
- Acleris caledoniana - once again a moorland species with very few records in the county.
Left the site at about 3am and when doing so saw what I can only presume was a nightjar on the reserve track; Mike tells me it is a rather under-recorded species in the county.