Saturday 29 November 2014

Warm air flow - good numbers of moths - more migrants.

I had an excellent number of species (18) and moths (57) at Commins Coch last night - these were unuasually high totals for a late November night, which just goes to show how much a mild air flow over the county can really effect moth catches.

There were 14 macro species which included Red Sword-grass and the Scarce Umber and 4 micro species.
I had 2 migrant species: - 1 x plutella xlostella  and 10 x Udea ferrugalis - the latter number is the highest recorded for this species in a single night for the county.

Please post about the migrant species you record as this keeps everyone in the loop as to what's turning up in the county. 


Saturday 1 November 2014

More migrants

I'm currently in Oxford but the garden trap was kindly run on my behalf last night. The best catch was this Palpita vitrealis. A lovely moth, that I've been lucky enough to see in France before now - though this is the first garden record. An uncommon visitor: as of last year there had been only 3 records across all of north Wales (all from Peter in 2006 & 2013). Seems to be a species that is becoming more regular, possibly due to climate change.

Other migrants were Vestal, Udea ferrugalis and Silver Y.

Photo by Clare Boyes