Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Recent catches

Blog seems a little quiet so thought I'd post what I've been catching over the last couple of nights. I've always been very interested in the differences between sites, in terms of what's common in relation to other sites near-by, often these differences are stark and for seemingly no reason. I thought it may interest folk to see what I've been catching recently. The following list combines the data from the two previous nights:

Large Yellow Underwing 97
Flounced Rustic 21
Common Rustic agg. 12
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 11
Canary-shouldered Thorn 10
Flame Shoulder 10
Dingy Footman 9
Lesser Yellow Underwing 7
Magpie 7
Rosy Rustic 7
Common Carpet 6
Silver Y 6
Small China-mark Cataclysta lemnata 6
Common Marbled Carpet 5
Dun-bar 5
September Thorn 5
Shaded Broad-bar 5
Argyresthia goedartella 5
Trachycera advenella 5
Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis 4
Agriphila tristella 4
Blastobasis lignea 4
Setaceous Hebrew Character 3
Willow Beauty 3
Agriphila straminella 3
Udea lutealis 3
Centre-barred Sallow 2
Early Thorn 2
Flame Carpet 2
Pebble Hook-tip 2
Straw Dot 2
Svensson's Copper Underwing 2
Acleris forsskaleana 2
Batia unitella 2
Celypha lacunana 2
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
Burnished Brass 1
Copper Underwing 1
Gothic 1
Green Carpet 1
Heart & Dart 1
Iron Prominent 1
July Highflyer 1
Pale Eggar 1
Pale Prominent 1
Riband Wave 1
Ruby Tiger 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Six-striped Rustic 1
Small Phoenix 1
Snout 1
Square-spot Rustic 1
Swallow Prominent 1
Yellow-tail 1
Agonopterix arenella 1
Agriphila geniculea 1
Argyresthia bonnetella 1
Aspilapteryx tringipennella 1
Bactra lancealana 1
Caryocolum blandella 1
Catoptria pinella 1
Hypsopygia costalis 1
Pandemis corylana 1
Scrobipalpa costella 1
Ypsolopha ustella 1

And also it nice was to find a Orange Swift on the sheet a few minutes ago - I feel I've caught it before but it's not on the garden list, so nice to be able to add another new macro. Amazingly I've caught 24 new macros for the garden this year and just short of 100 new micros! - I thought after several years trapping here I'd caught practically everything that was here; clearly not!

Just about the start of the migrant season as well; I've been keeping an eye on reports from down South and some very nice species have been turning up recently. I've just had Silver Y, Plutella xylostella and Nomophila noctuella so far but who knows what may turn up in the coming weeks! Will be keeping an eye on the weather for those all-important SE winds!

Douglas B.

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