Sunday, 23 June 2013

After an absence...

We’ve had a few weeks without setting a trap, so thought it would be a good idea to make up for it last week and get back to the challenge. And what a difference we saw! There seemed to be a sudden surge in numbers last week, which must have had something to do with the mild nights. The best catch so far this year was had last Tuesday night with a total of 41 species! Normally in mid-June we’d expect more, but for this strange year we’re quite happy with this bonanza.

Highlights from last week included:

Elephant Hawk-moth
Bordered White
Peppered Moth (we had 14 of these beasts on the Wednesday night – first double figures of any species in one night so far!)
Eyed Hawk-moth
Buff-tip (always the crowd-pleaser)
Brindled White-spot
Thistle Ermine
Epinotia rubiginosana (6th record for Bedfordshire)
Small Elephant Hawk-moth
Figure of Eighty
Scorched Wing
Total count is 118 (108 moths + 10 butterflies).

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