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Old Sunday 2nd August 2015, 19:34   #1
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August moths

I guess I'll get the ball rolling. Trapped around 35 species in the garden MV last night - pretty much as expected after the recent cold weather. Among a generally mundane catch was this Scalloped Hook-tip, which was only the second Jersey record.
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Old Sunday 2nd August 2015, 21:51   #2
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A good start to August for me with 2 new moths already:

Endothenia marginana - in the trap;
Beautiful Yellow Underwing - found by day at Browndown north, near Gosport.

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Old Monday 3rd August 2015, 04:33   #3
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Hummingbird Hawkmoth down the road yesterday hovering around a privet hedge. Not sure why it was so interested in it as it wasn't flowering. Third one down my road this year; the other 2 being in my garden- record year.
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Old Monday 3rd August 2015, 13:39   #4
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I had great hopes for last night but it turned out to be a Bryotropha domestica kind of night if you know what I mean. 5 Noctua species for the first time in one night. 45 species with maybe 4 new for the garden (see ID page). I'm creeping up to the 350 mark
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Old Wednesday 5th August 2015, 12:58   #5
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Only 84 moths of 28 species last night, 32 of which were Common Rustic agg, the highest count of this species for the year. First Square-spot Rustic for the year as well. One thing about my more regular trapping this year is how interesting it's been to watch the transition between the predominant species. Hebrew Character-Epiphyas postvittana-Riband Wave and Heart and Dart-Bird Cherry Ermine-Common Rustic agg and now presumably Square-spot Rustic and Epiphyas again.
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Old Wednesday 5th August 2015, 15:49   #6
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Respectable catch last night considering my location. 117 moths of 25 species, with three NFY - Pyralis farinalis, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and Copper Underwing. 53 of the rest were Common Rustic agg though.

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Old Wednesday 5th August 2015, 19:20   #7
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Hummingbird Hawkmoth down the road yesterday hovering around a privet hedge. Not sure why it was so interested in it as it wasn't flowering. Third one down my road this year; the other 2 being in my garden- record year.
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They will quite often go into dense vegetation, window shutters, etc., during the day to 'roost'.
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Old Thursday 6th August 2015, 04:12   #8
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They will quite often go into dense vegetation, window shutters, etc., during the day to 'roost'.
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Cheers Martin, though its activity didn't seem to suggest it was going to roost- it was very active. Lovely to see nonetheless.
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Old Thursday 6th August 2015, 22:07   #9
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2 Bordered Straw and agdistis bennetii (Saltmarsh Plume) in the trap last night.

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Old Friday 7th August 2015, 11:50   #10
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Sitting at home this lunchtime I noticed something bright out the corner of my eye, flitting about the garden. Dashing out into the garden I managed to locate what it was - a nice Jersey Tiger. Not unexpected in London (SW18) but a new species for the garden. Popped back in to get the camera and managed to get a couple of shots of it, while balanced on top of a step ladder as it was about 10ft up a tree.
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Old Monday 10th August 2015, 10:41   #11
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My biggest catch of the year last night, 164 moths of 34 species. Pride of place goes to one that had settled on the outside of the trap and evaded capture or being photographed - Palpita vitrealis, described as a scarce migrant to southern England so not bad in Leicestershire.

Next best was two Old Ladies together in one corner. Large Yellow Underwings made up 64 of the total.

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Old Monday 10th August 2015, 22:15   #12
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Best moth for me last night was caloptilia populetorum, which I discovered by chance several hours after I had sorted out the trap.

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Old Tuesday 11th August 2015, 05:08   #13
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Had 2 lutescens form of Jersey Tiger in a garden near Wandsworth Common where they appear to have been resident for at least 3 seasons.
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Two new for the garden last night were Cochylimorpha straminea and the Bulrush Wainscot pictured. Other recent NFG are Maiden's Blush, Pale Prominent and Cochylis dubitana. I've been averaging 30-40 species a night for the last couple of weeks which is good to average for my garden in August, certainly nothing to complain about. Not that many micros at the moment.

We had a Hummingbird Hawk Moth in the conservatory this afternoon while I was at work. Shame I missed it as I've never seen one at rest. My wife got a picture to tease me with. I really must get the hoover on those cobwebs.
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Old Sunday 16th August 2015, 18:00   #15
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A quiet night, but a lovely lifer to bring up my 450th:

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Old Sunday 16th August 2015, 20:32   #16
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Fairly steady so far this month, about 25-30 species typically, but nothing in large numbers. Year-list now 234. Three lifers so far in August - Toadflax Pug, Agonopterix yeatiana and Matilella fusca.

Above totals are for macros and micros combined; can't remember if others just include macros in their quoted totals, but I do vaguely recall asking this before, so I really should know ...
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Old Monday 17th August 2015, 07:51   #17
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I'm up to 242 for the year so far (macros and micros) so pretty similar. Cold last night and just 20 species. Straw Underwings, Cypress Pugs and Square-spot Rustics are appearing. Willow Beauty numbers are on the rise, 18 last night around the trap with only a couple inside. They rarely venture into the trap. I must have missed a lot of moths when I first started trapping by not searching in the immediate vicinity. Now I look into every nook and cranny within 10 feet or so of the light. A lot of the more interesting moths I see are found this way.
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Old Monday 17th August 2015, 07:58   #18
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Woke up this morning to find an Old Lady resting in the corner of the bedroom. Presumably wandered in during the night at some stage.
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Old Tuesday 18th August 2015, 17:44   #19
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Jersey Tiger invasion!!

In the last week I've been invaded by Jersey Tigers: largest count was 182 in one night - the photo shows around 90 in view before I opened the trap.

The Gold Spot is from Wicken Fen and the Epinotia ramella was NFG last night

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Old Tuesday 18th August 2015, 18:56   #20
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In the last week I've been invaded by Jersey Tigers: largest count was 182 in one night - the photo shows around 90 in view before I opened the trap.

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Incredible! I've only ever seen one....

Out of interest, James, your strip lights have a shield below them. Are they UV lights, and if so does the shield serve a purpose please? Just curious if I'm missing a trick.
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Old Tuesday 18th August 2015, 21:13   #21
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A good night for me last night, although nothing like the scale of thread 19...an excellent haul by anybody's standards! (fingers x'd that I might get another one this year).

Circa 20 plus species to include Iron and Coxcomb Prominents, 5 Brimstones, (5 Hornets all moribund this am)+ 2 Lifers...Pyrausta aurata and Gypsy Moth

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Old Wednesday 19th August 2015, 04:50   #22
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In the last week I've been invaded by Jersey Tigers: largest count was 182 in one night - the photo shows around 90 in view before I opened the trap.

The Gold Spot is from Wicken Fen and the Epinotia ramella was NFG last night

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An incredible number of Jersey Tigers. I've seen a handful around London this season. Where in the UK was this James?
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An incredible number of Jersey Tigers. I've seen a handful around London this season. Where in the UK was this James?
Dartford Kent - my garden is 100 yards from Dartford Heath

To answer Mark's query my trap is a skinner trap using 2 x 30w actinic tubes - they are mounted on a wooden baton - you can see the clips in the picture.

in 18 months at my current address I've had 450+ species to this trap

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ps only 65 Jersey Tigers last night!
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Old Wednesday 19th August 2015, 07:25   #24
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Thanks James, I can see the setup now you've explained it. However, I wonder if the baton helps retain more moths in the trap? I have a very similar trap but the two tubes are vertical and slotted-in at the sides with nothing beneath. As the light then shines into the trap, are moths actually drawn back out I wonder?
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I do find quite a bit of stuff underneath the baton - especially micros

Hope that helps

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