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Old Tuesday 16th June 2020, 20:29   #326
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Some great shots as ever John but is your Marbled Coronet not a Varied Coronet?
Varied for me too, solid white across the middle and little dabs of yellow and the 'swirl' in the corners, isn't sufficiently bold.
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Old Tuesday 16th June 2020, 20:59   #327
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Thank you both, on re-reading it appears the white cross band if complete confirms Varied: without you I wouldn't have looked. Another schoolday….

Captions now corrected.

Just put the trap out again after a line of thunderstorms encouraged me to bring the electrics indoors.

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Old Wednesday 17th June 2020, 07:01   #328
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Another poor night last night, it rained a lot, total catch, 11 moths of 5 species.
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Old Wednesday 17th June 2020, 08:05   #329
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Moderately good night 91 moths of 35 species, so not overwhelmed. The desired Poplar Hawk turned up at last, along with an Elephant and the 30th Small Elephant of the year. Took a while to realise I couldn't make the Mottled Beauty out because it was a Fern. Timothy Tortrix, Brown Plume and the rather lovely coloured Celypha rosaceana made 5 garden ticks. Nice but not new were Beautiful Hook-tip & Peppered Moth. The Veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella won with 34.
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While out this morning noticed 3 moths attracted to a security light:

Riband Wave
Treble Brown-spot
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Just found an incredibly early Old Lady, my earliest ever by a full month.
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Just found an incredibly early Old Lady, my earliest ever by a full month.
Shouldn't it still be shielding?

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Just found an incredibly early Old Lady, my earliest ever by a full month.
Interesting. Today is a year to the day since I came across the earliest one ever for Cornwall by three weeks.
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Decent overnight catch of 43 moths of 19 species. (I've had several catches of 19 species. 20 seems to be a bit of a barrier!)

Top moth of the night was a Maple Prominent which was a tick. Buff Ermine and Single Dotted Wave were both NFY, best other than those were a Light Emerald (no red lights at wingtips, presumably worn off, but still unmistakable) and three Dwarf Cream Waves. Heart and Darts had another win with 20.

One May Bug.

Belated amendment: I just threw a Box Tree Moth out of the door from the kitchen and in doing so found a Least Carpet on the outside wall, bringing today's total to 21 species. Jinx broken!

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Just gone through some left over micros from last night.
Bird-cherry Ermine, Codling Moth, Recurvaria leucatella all new for garden.
Metalampra italic as well, a moth I found in my hall in 2014 (when it was considered scarce) six years before I got a trap. A rather attractive little golden moth.
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Found an Old Lady in the corner of the bedroom in the flat we were renting back in August 2015. Bit of a surprise - presumably had wandered in during the night for some reason or another.
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Found an Old Lady in the corner of the bedroom in the flat we were renting back in August 2015. Bit of a surprise - presumably had wandered in during the night for some reason or another.
Dan, I'm sure someone like you can imagine that my mind is twitching with all sorts of possibilities with a sentence(s) like this...but I'll let it go. Haven't moths got some wonderful names, though. With all that's going on in the round and round discussions about proposed changes to bird names, maybe it's time I just gave up on being a member of any sort of birding community and just stick with insects and plants for the remainder of my mortal existence?
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Dan, I'm sure someone like you can imagine that my mind is twitching with all sorts of possibilities with a sentence(s) like this...but I'll let it go. Haven't moths got some wonderful names, though. With all that's going on in the round and round discussions about proposed changes to bird names, maybe it's time I just gave up on being a member of any sort of birding community and just stick with insects and plants for the remainder of my mortal existence?
I very nearly started posting on that thread in a response with some moth names ... The Uncertain for starters.

I'm hoping no controversy, but yes, just love those names the olde Victorians gave them ...
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Indeed! I've gone and started a dedicated thread to it now, feel free ...
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Found an Old Lady in the corner of the bedroom in the flat we were renting back in August 2015. Bit of a surprise - presumably had wandered in during the night for some reason or another.
.....Presume must have been looking for an equally old man...for a bit of a flutter?
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>>shudders<<





My girlfriend wouldn't have been happy (plus I'm young of course).

No, I just think she wanted some soup or borscht or something.
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Back in work now, so trapping opportunities will likely diminish. A relatively tame night last night (17 of 12 species), but quite good for Waves, with Common White, three Riband (including my first dark banded specimen) and a new for garden Small Fan-footed. Also new for garden was a Dark Arches, and a Spruce Carpet that I almost overlooked as a Common Marbled in my bleary-eyed state. Best of the rest was a couple of Buff Ermines and a rather worn Scorched Wing.

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Back in work now, so trapping opportunities will likely diminish.
A towel draped over the trap will keep it till you get home from work (though I find I have to add a plank across that after I came home once to find the trap had been squashed by the cat that decided this nice towel was a good place to curl up! )

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A towel draped over the trap will keep it till you get home from work (though I find I have to add a plank across that after I came home once to find the trap had been squashed by the cat that decided this nice towel was a good place to curl up! )
And not left in situ if the sun is going to get in on it during the day ...
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And not left in situ if the sun is going to get in on it during the day ...
Indeed. Though not that much of a problem in Wales.

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Indeed. Though not that much of a problem in Wales.

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Hey! I'll have you know, we get the occasional cameo appearance!
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Still rubbish here, still cold at night and the recent wind and rain continues to make conditions far from optimal.

Total of about twenty moths last night, Buff Ermine new for the year and third ever Beautiful Hook-tip were the scant, highlights.
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Found an Old Lady in the corner of the bedroom in the flat we were renting back in August 2015. Bit of a surprise - presumably had wandered in during the night for some reason or another.
A good example of why it is best to use capital letters for the names of moths - and birds of course.
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My recent trapping sessions have not been worth a post but cumulatively maybe a summary is worth it.....

14th June - 28 of 12 species with Large Yellow Underwing (2) and Straw Dot (3) NFY
18th June - 17 of 12 species with Barred Yellow, Common Emerald and Smoky Wainscot all NFY. The wainscot was the earliest I have caught one in the last ten years but only by two days.
19th June - 19 moths of 13 species with Clouded Brindle, Celypha striana and Crambus pascuella all NFY

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