Earlier this year I was bemoaning the lack of numbers of moths in my MV moth trap. After last nights catch I won't be moaning again. It took me the best part of 4 hours to sort the catch out. There wasn't anything unusual about the species, all were known from previous nights or years. What was astounding was the sheer numbers.
Large Yellow underwing 236
Lesser Broad Bordered Y/U 93
Dark Arches 167
Bird Cherry Ermine (I gave up at 700)
Numerous Plusias, Wainscots, Carpets, Brocades, Arches, Waves, Crambids, Tortices, etc.
In all well over 3000, moths, 20 Lacewings (all C.carnea agg.) 6 Beetles, 100+Caddis.
The most amazing thing was, I only ran the trap from 9.30pm until midnight. I dread to think how many would have been in it had I left it out all night. Strangely, there were hardly any Diptera, I usually get a few hundred Midges.
My garden* is 125' x 25' and there is a main road at the bottom of it, the hedges on either side are some 6' high so the light is fairly contained. I'm not considering putting it out tonight, I need an early night.
* The garden is perhaps better described as a wasteland full of weeds. lol.