As I couldn't keep using my borrowed trap indefinitely, I've acquired my own Robinson, and was all set to run it as many nights as possible this year. Obviously the weather for the first four months of 2013 made that less successful than it might have been, but it's been possible to put out a trap most nights for the last month or so. Our garden's not a bad location for it: Wolvercote is a small village that's been absorbed into Oxford but retained its own identity, and our house isn't far from farmland, with a small wood and lake just beyond our garden fence, so quite a few habitats in striking distance (in fact I'm the person Adam Hartley mentions in his first post who lives within a mile of him in a more moth-friendly location - like Adam, I'd probably think of myself as a birder first and foremost). Our garden is medium-sized, and I tend to use benign neglect in running it, so it probably harbours a good number of food plants for caterpillars.
Although this year's been a little disappointing so far, I've become addicted to mothing, as has my nine-year-old son Xander, who seems to thoroughly enjoy helping sort through catches, and is pretty sharp on locating and identifying specimens (he's good at defining characteristics of different species: Buff Ermines and Muslin Moths are lazy, Pale Prominents well camouflaged, etc.). We've so far struggled to a year list of 35 (plus Brimstone, Holly Blue and Large White butterflies), with a maximum of 37 individuals in one night and 15 species on another, but the list has included some good species, including a number of new onesfor the garden and county year ticks, and a couple of nights ago, a rather early Coronet.
|Oak Beauty, 17th April|
|Pebble Prominent, 4th May|
|Coronet, 9th May|