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Old Sunday 8th March 2009, 08:36   #1
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March 2009 moths

Last night was mild and cloudy, though rather breezy. The Orthosia species are starting to show in numbers:

Tortricodes alternella 7
March moth 3
pale brindled beauty 1
small brindled beauty 2
Common quaker 5
small quaker 29
Hebrew character 2
Chestnut 2 (nfy)
satellite 3

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Old Sunday 8th March 2009, 11:27   #2
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A good turnout last night with the following species

1x Oak Beauty [NFG]
1x Chestnut
3x Common Quaker [NFY]
1x Clouded Drab [NFY]
2x Satellite
1x Agonopterix heracliana
3x Hebrew Character

pics in my blog :)

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Old Sunday 8th March 2009, 19:53   #3
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Hoping to join in this thread soon, currently 2 degrees outside with a clear sky & fresh wind !
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Old Sunday 8th March 2009, 20:05   #4
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The Orthosia species are starting to show in numbers:
Oh no they're not! Either too cold or too windy here. Only a Clouded Drab and a March Moth last night.
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Old Sunday 8th March 2009, 20:43   #5
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Far too windy down here! The actinic bulb blew off the trap last night, luckily it didn't break. Tonight it's F8 blowing right in the garden. Can only get better ... I hope.

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Old Sunday 8th March 2009, 21:07   #6
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Yes, 3 deg and a clear sky here, despite a lovely sunny morning.
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Old Sunday 8th March 2009, 22:13   #7
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Cold, windy and nothing about tonight, amazing how quick weather fronts form over this Country! still looks mild going into next week :)
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Following on from my catch on the 7th a possible Lead-coloured Drab was confirmed, so very chuffed indeed! thats 11 new species for my checkbooks already this year, looks on course to be a good'un!
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Old Monday 9th March 2009, 18:21   #9
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Following on from my catch on the 7th a possible Lead-coloured Drab was confirmed, so very chuffed indeed! thats 11 new species for my checkbooks already this year, looks on course to be a good'un!
Did you photo it?
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Old Monday 9th March 2009, 19:26   #10
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Hi Ken
Yes, here it is, theres a better pic on my blog, but this shows the feathered antennae better
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Old Monday 9th March 2009, 19:54   #11
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Old Thursday 12th March 2009, 06:53   #12
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Last night was mild again:
Unknown micro (Agonopterix heracliana?)
Tortricodes alternella 4
March moth 3
Yellow horned 2
small brindled beauty 2
Common quaker 9
small quaker 41
Hebrew character 1
Chestnut 1

One of the yellow horned was very dark, though my photo doesn't really show this.
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Old Thursday 12th March 2009, 07:16   #13
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A good night here with 2 new species for the garden and a new for year and yes very mild here too.

1x Twin-spotted Quaker [NFG]
2x Small Quaker [NFY]
1x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Agonopterix heracliana
1x Oak Beauty
4x Common Quaker
4x Hebrew Character
1x Grey Shoulder-knot [NFG]
2x Clouded Drab
1x Pale Pinion
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I really thought i'd be in with a good chance of catching last night but i blanked yet again. I'll try again today as the weather seems to be similar to last night.
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Old Thursday 12th March 2009, 08:33   #15
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Just one moth in the trap this morning, despite the very mild conditions. It's a very dark Lead-coloured Drab. Not quite annual in the garden.

I've been getting a few A. heracliana/ciliella to lit windows and decided to check one out. After two days in the freezer it woke straight up and flew around strongly. One tough moth.
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Old Thursday 12th March 2009, 13:15   #16
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I really thought i'd be in with a good chance of catching last night but i blanked yet again. I'll try again today as the weather seems to be similar to last night.
ditto, and yet the night before when it was almost below freezing i got a common quaker. just goes to show!

that's the only thing i've caught in march so far - did get a march moth on the last two nights of feb.

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I'm not getting anything either - nothing in the trap last night (apart from a whole load of tiny slugs) although the wind had dropped and it was fairly mild. I did have what I suspect might be Agonopterix heracliana on a lit window early yesterday evening. I'll try again tonight.

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This time last year I had had only 2 Quakers and a white-shouldered house moth, this year to date its 24 species and over 100 moths, how bizarre is that! the trap is the same aswell.

Last summer was pretty good for species though so maybe it might be a quieter time of year for me this year!

I live in a village with no immediate woodland.
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I caught a tiny slug aswell!! Hopefully this year will be a good moth year, its been pretty good for some already (bennyboymothman?)
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Old Thursday 12th March 2009, 16:09   #20
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I've just had a look at the Portland bird observatory website and they took a Dark Sward Grass last night. its a very interesting website if you havnt had a look already.

http://www.portlandbirdobs.org.uk/aa_latestnews.htm
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It's interesting how variable the catches are. I think that one factor may be that we had quite a lot of sunshine during the day yesterday, which may have encouraged moths to emerge. The evening was mild, calm and cloudy, which often seems to be best. I only had my trap on till c 10 pm. so if I had left it overnight I would probably have caught more - but I'd also probably have been late for work!
I'm not bothering tonight as it has been dull all day.
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I've just had a look at the Portland bird observatory website and they took a Dark Sward Grass last night. its a very interesting website if you havnt had a look already.

http://www.portlandbirdobs.org.uk/aa_latestnews.htm
Hi Luke,

Thanks for that, always nice to know when the first immigrants hit the coast. Portland is a great site, would be nice to live there. Also if you're looking for moth news sites may I point you to this one, I'm slightly biased here as I am a regular contributor but it has quite detailed trap list catches and always throws up a few interesting moths during the year. Not a lot at the moment but the archieves go back a few years and I'm sure you'll go back from time to time, updated daily as well.

www.planetthanet.org

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Guess what..... I blanked again last night!

Barry: i go to portland every autumn and stayed a few days last year. it was great to have a look through the traps. I remember seeing a few Clancys Rustic and Cyress Carpet. There was loads more but they were the ones i remembered.
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What light are you using Luke just out of curiousty? i'm surprised you didn't get anything

Last nights catch consisted of

1x Shoulder-stripe [NFG]
6x Hebrew Character
1x Small Quaker
2x Agonopterix heracliana
2x Emmelina monodactyla
4x Oak Beauty
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla [NFY]
9x Common Quaker
2x Clouded Drab
2x Dotted Border
1x Pale Pinion

Taking a trip to local Woodland tonight and hoping for an Early Grey
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Guess what..... I blanked again last night!
yup, sod all here as well! for the record i'm only using a 100w blended atm though. not sure my current garden is ideal either - thankfully i'm a student and i'll be going home to my overgrown cheshire garden before long. my dad lives in winsford and he got dark chestnut, oak beauty, 3 dotted borders, early gray, march moth and some other stuff last night with the same bulb.
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