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Old Saturday 9th May 2020, 15:04   #51
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Here are a couple of shots from this morning.

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Old Saturday 9th May 2020, 15:39   #52
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No Dewick's Plusias for me, unsurprisingly, but my best catch so far numbers wise. The only thing worth mentioning is a Waved Umber, NFY and something I only get once or twice a year.

Tonight looks even better, here at least.

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hadn't realised the status had changed so much.
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Old Saturday 9th May 2020, 15:50   #54
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No Dewick's Plusias for me, unsurprisingly, but my best catch so far numbers wise. The only thing worth mentioning is a Waved Umber, NFY and something I only get once or twice a year.

Tonight looks even better, here at least.

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Very strange how these things go, Notts to Loughboro, under 20 miles(?) and I get them often.
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Small China-mark today.
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Trap out again (its been in and out each night as we have had chaps up ladders replacing our knackered fascias by day) and the evening to this point punctuated by the bangs and clatters of May Bugs ricocheting from the window!

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Old Sunday 10th May 2020, 07:16   #57
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Found two more lifers from last night in the fridge bits. Red Twin-spot Carpet and Tinea trinotella.
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Old Sunday 10th May 2020, 08:48   #58
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Mine's got used to it. Gives her something else to complain to her friends about, win-win!

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Old Sunday 10th May 2020, 08:54   #59
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Twelve species in the trap this morning (possibly thirteen, but one little blighter flew off as soon as I removed the cover) five of which were NFY. Peak species for the night was Shuttle-shaped Dart with 12; otherwise Heart and Dart managed 4 (4 May Bugs as well).

One of the five was one of the few micros I take notice of, a Small Magpie. Otherwise there was a Birch Mocha that also got away without being photographed - it flew off as I was focusing; a White Ermine; one of my favourite moths, the Angle Shades, and the first Poplar Hawk-moth for the year.

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Twelve species in the trap this morning (possibly thirteen, but one little blighter flew off as soon as I removed the cover) five of which were NFY. Peak species for the night was Shuttle-shaped Dart with 12; otherwise Heart and Dart managed 4 (4 May Bugs as well).

One of the five was one of the few micros I take notice of, a Small Magpie. Otherwise there was a Birch Mocha that also got away without being photographed - it flew off as I was focusing; a White Ermine; one of my favourite moths, the Angle Shades, and the first Poplar Hawk-moth for the year.

Pretty good stuff.

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Only ever had Birch Mocha in Russia so envious of that.

A single moth last night, my earliest ever by ten days, Marbled Minor.
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18 species for me, by far my best night so far this year. Total of 38 moths.

Stars of the catch were two Toadflax Brocades, a species that was very rare up to a few years ago and still a good one to catch round here. A lifer for me, and a very smart moth.

Also NFY Angle Shades, Scalloped Hazel, Heart and Dart, Common Marbled Carpet, Rustic Shoulder-knot

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18 species for me, by far my best night so far this year. Total of 39 moths.

Stars of the catch were two Toadflax Brocades, a species that was very rare up to a few years ago and still a good one to catch round here. A lifer for me, and a very smart moth.

Also NFY Angle Shades, Scalloped Hazel, Heart and Dart, Common Marbled Carpet.

Two as yet unidentified - waiting for the light to improve before photographing them and sending them to one of the local gurus.

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Would be a new moth for me.
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Quick catch up on some recent moths:

May Highflyer
Green Carpet
Oak Hook-tip
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Quick catch up on some recent moths:

May Highflyer
Green Carpet
Oak Hook-tip
Knot Grass
Never had that at my trap either.

Since I started in 2004, I've never had a year without a tick, seems only a matter of time but there is still a lot of common stuff I could get. The last four years have each given me three new species, fingers crossed that this year doesn't break my run!
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Old Sunday 10th May 2020, 10:45   #65
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I've had five ticks already, mainly due to starting trapping much earlier than usual because of not going out birding - one positive for coronavirus restrictions.

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Old Sunday 10th May 2020, 11:02   #66
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I've had five ticks already, mainly due to starting trapping much earlier than usual because of not going out birding - one positive for coronavirus restrictions.

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I've had five ticks already, mainly due to starting trapping much earlier than usual because of not going out birding - one positive for coronavirus restrictions.

Steve
Ditto except I've had 13 - last one was Mullein a week ago though, maybe I'm getting into the period when I might have trapped at least a bit.

Today's moths in pictures below.

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White Ermine
Angle Shades
Grey Pine Carpet
Poplar Hawk Moth
May Highflyer
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Ditto except I've had 13 - last one was Mullein a week ago though, maybe I'm getting into the period when I might have trapped at least a bit.

Today's moths in pictures below.

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White Ermine
Angle Shades
Grey Pine Carpet
Poplar Hawk Moth
May Highflyer
Thirteen new species already, bloody low listers...............
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Thirteen new species already, bloody low listers...............
The joy of ticks....

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Poorer night for me last night. Temp dropped around 00:30.
2 SS Darts, 2 Brimstone, Pale Tussock, Scorched Carpet, Silver-ground Carpet, Treble Lines, Light Brocade and a Marbled Minor agg. Plus the usual worn pug!
3 garden ticks out of that.
Won't be trapping for next five days based on rubbish weather forecasts.
Ref the comment more people on this thread than usual - trying looking at the sites of moth trap purveyors (ALS, W+D), all sold out! Mothing, the new Birding.
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Poorer night for me last night. Temp dropped around 00:30.
2 SS Darts, 2 Brimstone, Pale Tussock, Scorched Carpet, Silver-ground Carpet, Treble Lines, Light Brocade and a Marbled Minor agg. Plus the usual worn pug!
3 garden ticks out of that.
Won't be trapping for next five days based on rubbish weather forecasts.
Ref the comment more people on this thread than usual - trying looking at the sites of moth trap purveyors (ALS, W+D), all sold out! Mothing, the new Birding.
I have often in the past, attended my light until the early hours. I found consistently, that the busiest time was midnight until 0200hrs, after that, I hardly had anthing to the light.
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I moved my trap to another position last night and got 34 Macros, didn't bother with micros.
Along with 2 Poplar Hawk-moths were an Eyed and a Lime Hawk-moth, both NFY.
Also NFY were Lime-speck Pug, Rustic Shoulder-knot, Pale Oak Beauty, Knot Grass, Marbled Minor agg. and Spruce Carpet.

I won't bother again until next weekend unless the forecast changes.

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Lacking as I do a trap I have to make do with moths encountered organically, as it were, and here are my recent sightings. Always supposing I've identified them correctly they are Common Marbled Carpet, Silver-Y and Orange Underwing.
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Lacking as I do a trap I have to make do with moths encountered organically, as it were, and here are my recent sightings. Always supposing I've identified them correctly they are Common Marbled Carpet, Silver-Y and Orange Underwing.
Agree with first two. Last isn't Orange Underwing-looks like Small Yellow Underwing to me.
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Agree with first two. Last isn't Orange Underwing-looks like Small Yellow Underwing to me.
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