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Old Monday 3rd April 2006, 07:07   #1
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April Moths

Saturday night 1st of April, finally saw the first double figure catch here in the garden, 11!

1 March Moth
1 Brindled Beauty
4 Hebrew Characters
2 Clouded Drab (1 dark and 1 light variation)
2 Small Quaker
1 Common Quaker

Most were fresh specimens, so quite chuffed with the evening.


All for now

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Old Monday 3rd April 2006, 21:24   #2
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Had an excellent night on the 1st April:

3 Small Quaker
11 Hebrew Character
2 Oak Beauty
7 Common Quaker
2 Early Grey
2 Lead Coloured Drab
1 Chestnut (new for my trap)

The 2nd was a lot quieter with only three species!!
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Old Friday 7th April 2006, 10:08   #3
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Last night I trapped at the Research centre which is literally a building within a mixed mature woodland block with open spaces. It was abit chilly 7C at 20:00 which went down to 4C at 23:30, but a with wind chill which was making it unpleasant.

10 Dotted Border
2 Small Quaker (one attached for confirmation, at 15mm larger and darker than normal, so I might be wrong)
2 Hebrew Character
1 micro attached for ID please.

All for now, and have a good weekend.

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Old Friday 7th April 2006, 10:21   #4
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I've not been bothering with a moth trap for the past week or so following some dreadful catches during the recent poor conditions. Last night was still a bit cool and breezy but wasn't quite as bad as other recent nights so I set an actinic trap and managed the following:

2139 Red Chestnut (Cerastis rubricosa), 1
2182 Small Quaker (Orthosia cruda), 2
2188 Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta), 1
2243 Early Grey (Xylocampa areola), 1
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Old Friday 7th April 2006, 10:23   #5
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Jim yours look like Small Quaker (O. cruda) and probably our old friend Diurnea fagella though wouldn't be 100% on that one.
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Old Friday 7th April 2006, 11:01   #6
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Jim yours look like Small Quaker (O. cruda) and probably our old friend Diurnea fagella though wouldn't be 100% on that one.
Thanks Brian, I have looked at D.fagella too, but this one was not sitting or acting like it at all. I checked against Semioscopis steinkellneriana but again this prominent looking line away from the head is longer on my moth than any example I am seeing. I unfortunately fumbled it when I was taking the photo, prior to that it was a perfect specimen!!

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Old Friday 7th April 2006, 11:43   #7
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Its bugging me because I'm sure I recognise it.
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Old Friday 7th April 2006, 12:34   #8
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Hi,

how about 666 Semioscopis avellanella for the micro above,

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Old Friday 7th April 2006, 13:02   #9
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Smile Last night

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Hi,
how about 666 Semioscopis avellanella for the micro above,
Jamie
Looks like avellanella to me.

Having been away and missed 5 days trapping I was looking forward to last night, especially as the weather was warmer than the frosty nights of recent. Min temp 3.6C, clear/cloudy, calm and little dew. Best night of the year so far for numbers and a good number of macros but not a single micro! They don't seem to like the cold unless it's been really cold recently.
It's beginning to rteall liven up at last with 284 moths of 14 species as follows:

Yellow Horned (1)
March Moth (2)
Early Tooth-striped (1)
Brindled Beauty (1) - new for year
Oak Beauty (2)
Small Quaker (185)
Common Quaker (31)
Clouded Drab (8)
Twin-spotted Quaker (6)
Hebrew Character (39)
Pale Pinion (2) - new for year
Early Grey (1)
Satellite (1)
Chestnut (4)

Landmarks last night included 2000th moth and 2000th macro for the year plus 600th Small Quaker.

Let's hope there's more for tonight as I have another 5 mothless nights coming up.

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Old Friday 7th April 2006, 20:54   #10
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I've had a week in Dorset so haven't been able to run the trap. It was excellent for birds but the only moth I had was one Endrosis sarcitrella in the farm cottage where we were staying.
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Old Saturday 8th April 2006, 17:19   #11
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Smile Last night (7th)

Slightly warmer and less windy then the night before but less moths. 4.7C min, clear/cloudy, showers and some breeze later. 199 moths of 13 species, including 130 Small Quakers, with the highlight being 2 Pine Beauties, 1st for the year. Also attached piccies of Brindled Beauty showing antennae feathering stopping before the tips of the antennae and a very dark Oak Beauty.

No more trapping for 5 nights. Talk to you next week.

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Old Thursday 13th April 2006, 09:28   #12
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Smile Last night (12th)

This site has been very quiet while I've been away! Arrived back from 40th wedding anniversary trip to Rome at 23.45 last night. Couldn't resist putting out 1 trap as the temp was 8C and it was cloudy and forecast to be dry - a bit breezy. It was an interesting exercise to see what it would attract starting half way through the night. 58 moths of 9 species caught, including the first Brindled Pug of the year - very flighty so no photos yet. Lost what was almost certainly an Acleris literana - try catching them once they've taken flight - not easy!

Brindled Pug (1)
Pine Beauty (1)
Small Quaker (30)
Common Quaker (3)
Clouded Drab (1)
Twin-spotted Quaker (4)
Hebrew Character (15)
Early Grey (1)
Chestnut (2)

A reasonably mild night forecast for tonight.

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Old Thursday 13th April 2006, 09:47   #13
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Still pretty poor here. This the totals from two traps last night:
2182 Small Quaker (Orthosia cruda) 5
2187 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) 4
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 1
2243 Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) 2
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Old Thursday 13th April 2006, 09:49   #14
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I had a few moths last night including what I think is an Oak nycteoline. It's proving hard to photo but I hope to post one later.
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Old Thursday 13th April 2006, 13:39   #15
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This site has been very quiet while I've been away!
That, Pete, is because no-one else in the whole of Britain is catching anything worthwhile! The moths are out there - I trapped in an oak woodland two weeks ago and got 100s of Small Quaker, about 20 species including two Brindled Pugs and a county rarity in Caloptilia populetorum - but suburban gardens tend to be rubbish until spring really kicks in.
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Old Thursday 13th April 2006, 13:57   #16
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This is very true. Even my regular NR trapping site (riverine woodland/scrub and small lakes) is no better than my garden at this time of year. Starting a new project at a fragment of old woodland with a good mix of species in Peterborough soon. Should be interesting.

The Small Quaker numbers are interesting. I attended a Northants MG visit to Bedford Purlieus (extensive old woodland) in March a couple of years ago and the numbers were estimated in the thousands. The things were everywhere.
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Old Thursday 13th April 2006, 15:44   #17
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Further to mine above, last night I had what I think are:
oak nycteoline
double striped pug
Diurnea fagella
E postvittana
clouded drab
small quaker
common quaker

Grateful for any confirmations
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First one looks more like an Acleris. Notana/ferrugana?

Others look OK and I guess that's a Brindled Pug (E. abbreviata)
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First one looks more like an Acleris. Notana/ferrugana?

Others look OK and I guess that's a Brindled Pug (E. abbreviata)
I'd agree with you Brian.

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thanks, guys.
It's very mild this evening but quite windy. About time I got a decent catch!
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Had a new one for the trap last night - Twin-spotted Quaker as well as two Double Striped Pugs which were new for the year.
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Not a great night - mostly retraps. One chestnut and one twin-spot quaker were different from last night.
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Still rather slow here in NW Hunts but a Blossom Underwing in the MV trap this morning brightened things up a bit. This is my second following one on 29 March 2004. That was considered a migrant but I just wonder if there might be a population around here somewhere. Although a rare species in Hunts I border Northants and I see it has been resident there:
http://www.northamptonshirewildlife....moths/2183.htm

Totals from two traps:
1524 Emmelina monodactyla, 1
1917 Early Thorn (Selenia dentaria), 3
2183 Blossom Underwing (Orthosia miniosa), 1
2187 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi), 3
2188 Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta), 2
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica), 6
2243 Early Grey (Xylocampa areola), 5

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Not many moths last night considering what appeared to be ideal weather. Still no Clouded Drabs yet this year but I did have Red Chestnut which was new for the trap.
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Smile Success at last

At last I managed to trap more than one moth in a night! ;-) I sat with the trap outside our patio doors and could see I had a few visitors. An Early Thorn perched on the outside of the Gladiator Actinic so I popped it in but it wasn't there this morning. I am thinking that maybe I need to blacken the box so they are not encouraged to perch on the outside, what do you think?

1 Early Thorn (escaped)
2 Hebrew Character
1 Small Quaker
1 Twin Spotted Quaker
1 Common Quaker
1 Satelite? (see image)

I wish I had the Early Thorn to take some pictures of but maybe he will return again.

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