Tuesday, 6 January 2015

January trapping

With a mild night forecast, I thought I'd get the ball rolling with my 2015 records by putting three traps out last night.Two MVs, either side of the house and an actinic trap tucked up by some oaks. One of the MVs was rather exposed and caught nothing, while the actinic and other MV - both well sheltered - performed equally: 7 species each.

Managed to record 11 species (meaning I've completed Peter's January challenge in one night!). Between the traps:

Winter Moth, Operophtera brumata - 9
Mottled Umber, Erannis defoliaria - 5
Chestnut, Conistra vaccinii - 3
Early Moth, Theria primaria - 2
Satellite, Eupsilia transversa - 1
Spring Usher, Agriopis leucophaearia - 1
Pale Brindled Beauty, Phigalia pilosaria - 1
Dotted Border, Agriopis marginaria - 1
Scarce Umber, Agriopis aurantiaria - 1
Dark Chestnut, Conistra ligula - 1

Tortricodes alternella - 1


  1. Well done Douglas, I certainly take my hat off to you as regards the 'January challenge' - well, the macro part of it anyway!

    I'm only on two species at the moment!!


  2. Brilliant, Douglas.
    I'm only on 3 species as yet, and have never managed 10 in Jan. Fingers crossed that this year will be different, and the weather conditions will be good for mothing! Maybe I need to purchase more traps!