Sunday, 6 May 2012

May Mothing

Tawny Pinion
Here mothing has been quite slow over the last few weeks, with rather poor weather I've been getting far less in the trap than I'd expect for May, probably similar stories for most of us, I'd imagine.

Recently I've had some new ones for the year, including:
Brindled Beauty, V-pug, Oak-tree Pug, Least Black Arches, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Swallow Prominent, Grey Birch, Pale Prominent, Muslin Moth, Purple Thorn, Red-green Carpet, Lunar Marbled Brown, Flame Carpet, Epinotia immundana, Aphomia sociella and Alucita hexadactyla.

I've also had two new ones for me:
Tawny Pinion and Digitivalva pulicariae (a new county record)

Going to put all three traps out here tonight and take advantage of this bank holiday weekend. My last ditch attempt to get some of the spring species which I've missed once again this year, such as Blossom Underwing or Frosted Green. Good luck to anyone else trapping as well!



  1. Yes, trap counts are massively down on what they should be for May. My figures look more like what you would expect for January - in fact, come to think of it, I generally had much better catches in January than what I'm getting now!!


  2. Same at Cors Dyfi, a disappointing total of just 11 moths in the trap a few nights ago. I do hope numbers recover soon!