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Old Wednesday 2nd September 2020, 18:07   #1
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September Moths

1st Sept. Cool again but slightly more moths than night before, 44 moths of 20 species. Nothing new or exciting. A Chinese Character; still my favorite moth; White-point, Green Carpet, Snout, Garden Carpet and other expected individuals. Square-spot Rustic seems to be popular at the moment, along with Large Yellow Underwing and Agriphila geniculea. Fingers crossed the temperature rises and some new moths emerge.
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Old Thursday 3rd September 2020, 16:06   #2
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Last night 2nd September. Low cloud/mist/rain, definitely a bit breezy to begin with. 125 of 12 species, all macros. Checked around 6:20 but too dark and wet so went back out at 7:00.

Feels very much same old, same old, although bit more variety than of late - first Least Underwing and Common Rustic agg. for a while. Not that exciting! 83 Large Yellow Underwing, 19 Flounced Rustic. A single geo - Common Carpet and 4 Angle Shades the most so far. Have to go back and update August thread.
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Old Thursday 3rd September 2020, 17:14   #3
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Numbers and variety have definitely dropped off of late, but the nights have been on the chilly side. Trapped on 1st, just 29 moths of 11 species. Large Yellow Underwing the most numerous with 7, followed by Common Marbled Carpet and Square-spot Rustic on 5 & 4 respectively. Canary-shouldered Thorn the prettiest of the crop. Will trap again tonight, but I can already feel the temperature dropping out there, so might be another low yield
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Numbers and variety have definitely dropped off of late, but the nights have been on the chilly side. Trapped on 1st, just 29 moths of 11 species. Large Yellow Underwing the most numerous with 7, followed by Common Marbled Carpet and Square-spot Rustic on 5 & 4 respectively. Canary-shouldered Thorn the prettiest of the crop. Will trap again tonight, but I can already feel the temperature dropping out there, so might be another low yield
Wind will be the issue here tonight, not sure I'll even have the light on.
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Quick catch-up:

1st September (morning results that is) 29 moths of 10 species. 11 Flunced Rustics beat 7 Square-spot Rustics with a Dusky Thorn best of the rest.

2nd September: 45 of 11 species with Square-spot Rustic getting into its stride with a big 20 thrashing the 6 Large Yellow Underwings trailing in second. Brimstone for colour, Box Tree Moth and Rosy Rustic for some interest.

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Last night 3rd September - 53 of 9, including

22 Large Yellow Underwing
19 Flounced Rustic
1 Early Thorn (still the only thorn species)

3 micros - 1 Diamondback Moth and 1 Ringed China-mark were both new.
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1st September (morning results that is) 29 moths of 10 species. 11 Flunced Rustics beat 7 Square-spot Rustics with a Dusky Thorn best of the rest.

2nd September: 45 of 11 species with Square-spot Rustic getting into its stride with a big 20 thrashing the 6 Large Yellow Underwings trailing in second. Brimstone for colour, Box Tree Moth and Rosy Rustic for some interest.

No trap last night.

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Whilst walking yesterday a Brimstone moth landed to one side of me, about 14:00 so definitely daytime. Is the Brimstone often on the wing during the day?
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Whilst walking yesterday a Brimstone moth landed to one side of me, about 14:00 so definitely daytime. Is the Brimstone often on the wing during the day?
I don't think I've ever seen one out in daylight (others will now appear from all over to contradict me! ). It couldn't have been a Yellow Shell? - They often fly in daytime.

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I don't think I've ever seen one out in daylight (others will now appear from all over to contradict me! ). It couldn't have been a Yellow Shell? - They often fly in daytime.

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I've seen a number by day- they seem to be easily disturbed & take flight. last one by day was last month. Such a distinctive moth so no mistakes in ID.
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I've seen a number by day- they seem to be easily disturbed & take flight. last one by day was last month. Such a distinctive moth so no mistakes in ID.
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Old Friday 4th September 2020, 17:50   #12
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03/09, a big improvement on last couple of traps. 85 moths of 28 species (I've still got one difficult one to go). Four garden ticks (two lifers); which always helps improve a night; Brindled Green, Mouse Moth, Toadflax Pug and the very lovely Feathered Gothic. Big numbers were 19 Sq-spot Rustic, 13 Agriphila geniculea, 10 Setaceous Heb Characters and 10 Common Wainscot. Better looking - Blood-vein, Oak Hook-tip, Angle Shades, White-point, Burnished Brass & Chinese Character.
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Better to encounter a random Brimstone than Hellfire and Brimstone I guess.
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4th September -

52 of 11, plus 2 micros. Checked late (8am) so may have missed a few random fliers I guess.

4 Geos - most in some time.

Db Twin-spot Carpet 1
Purple Bar 1- NFG
Brimstone 1
Double-striped Pug 1
Large Yellow Underwing 10
LBBY Underwing 1
Rosy Rustic 1
Set Heb Ch 3
Common Rustic agg 1
Small Sq Spot 1
Flounced Rustic 31 - fast becoming the new Large Yellow Underwing ...


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Ran my trap last night/this morning as it looked the best night for a while, and also on the 1st. Combined catch of just 58 moths of nine species, and nearly all of them either Large or Lesser YUs. Finally got an Old Lady this morning NFY, #195.

Looking back at the year so far I am completely missing some normally standard moths and have had none of: any Argyresthia species and a few other micros inc Tortrix viridana, Buff Arches, Flame, Eyed or Lime Hawks, Least YU, Copper Underwing, Burnished Brass.

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Ran my trap last night/this morning as it looked the best night for a while, and also on the 1st. Combined catch of just 58 moths of nine species, and nearly all of them either Large or Lesser YUs. Finally got an Old Lady this morning NFY, #195.

Looking back at the year so far I am completely missing some normally standard moths and have had none of: any Argyresthia species and a few other micros inc Tortrix viridana, Buff Arches, Flame, Eyed or Lime Hawks, Least YU, Copper Underwing, Burnished Brass.

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All in bold, I'm missing too Steve and Least Yellow-underwing would be a tick whilst I've only ever had Buff Arches a couple of times in seventeen years here.

Copper Undwerwing is an odd one to be missing, I'm having plenty.
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Ran my trap last night/this morning as it looked the best night for a while, and also on the 1st. Combined catch of just 58 moths of nine species, and nearly all of them either Large or Lesser YUs. Finally got an Old Lady this morning NFY, #195.

Looking back at the year so far I am completely missing some normally standard moths and have had none of: any Argyresthia species and a few other micros inc Tortrix viridana, Buff Arches, Flame, Eyed or Lime Hawks, Least YU, Copper Underwing, Burnished Brass.

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I've just had my first Least Yellow Underwing of the year in the trap this morning. Buff Arches were about the same as usual and at least one Lime Hawk-moth found the trap this summer. Copper Underwings are well down and I haven't yet had a Burnished Brass, normally regular.

Last night's trap included 18 Square-spot Rustics and Large Yellow Underwings. Apart from the Least YUW year-tick, a Snout was unusual for me.

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The single, biggest drop in numbers of a single species for me is Common Marbled Carpet, usually common but I think I've had three all year.
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04/09. 54 moths of 16 species. Nothing new. 18 Square-spot Rustic, 11 common Wainscot and 9 Setaceous Hebrew Character. Flounced Rustic and Mouse Moth singles, I've had few of either. Not getting very many Underwings of any type which seems odd.
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5th September. Checked late again (8am, why did they invent alarm clocks?) Similarish to previous few days, but with different geos, may as well post up all.

53 of 8, no micros

Mullein Wave 1
Common Marbled Carpet 1
Large Yellow Underwing 12
Setaceous Heb Ch 5
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Sq sp Rustic 1
Small sq Spot 1
Flounced Rustic 31

The Shuttle-shaped Dart, CMCarpet and Mullein Wave were all the first for quite some while.
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5th September. Checked late again (8am, why did they invent alarm clocks?) Similarish to previous few days, but with different geos, may as well post up all.
Presumably, to make me wake at 0500hrs to find the four moths in my set up!
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Ouch! Unlikely to be 4 megas as well I presume ...

(In my defence (to being a lazy so and so), I had trouble sleeping last night and was still awake at 4 - I really should have gone out and looked at the trap then tbh!)
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Ouch! Unlikely to be 4 megas as well I presume ...

(In my defence (to being a lazy so and so), I had trouble sleeping last night and was still awake at 4 - I really should have gone out and looked at the trap then tbh!)
Two Lge YU and two S-s Rustics, chilly here at night now and the strong, breeze doesn't help at my elevated position.
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