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Old Thursday 24th September 2020, 04:53   #151
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But (and this may be contradicted by Allen) my Hampshire suburban trap has run up roughly 180 macro species this year, and it isn't all that far from his!

There are many factors involved.

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Old Thursday 24th September 2020, 09:21   #152
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Well, they said it was getting colder, but it didn't feel that cold. Heavy rain too. 12 of 4 here last night, and a pretty unexciting selection

6 Large Yellow Underwing
2 Lesser Yellow Underwing
3 Square Spot Rustic
1 Small Square Spot

Might have a look around the vegetation later. (EDIT: 1 extra Large Yellow Underwing = 13 of 4. Top stuff.)

Also 12 Crane Fly (first time in trap) and a micro - 2x Eudonia angustea
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Old Thursday 24th September 2020, 09:30   #153
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Two sessions to add here.

15th 125 of 32. Setaceous H/C the high scorer with 15 closely followed by Black Rustic on 14. New for year were Barred and Pink-barred Sallows plus Lunar Underwing.

21st 50 of 21 Beaded Chestnut was both NFY and top scorer with 8. Two Autumnal Rustics also NFY. Not much more out of the ordinary other than a late fresh looking Mottled Rustic.

2020 Totals to date

1st Trapped on 5th April
49 Nights
5329 Moths
373 Species including 10 aggs.
224 Macros not including aggs.
Figures are thanks to Norfolk Moths who list the top 50 Garden sites. I only keep day lists myself. As John says, how many you get depends very much on location, habitat, type of trap and how often you are able to trap.
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Old Thursday 24th September 2020, 16:37   #154
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Interesting figures. Made me look at my spreadsheets.
1st trapped on 9th April (a week earlier than I though).
95 nights.
6132 moths.
382 species (macros + micros, no aggs)
I imagine this is the difference with being a more inland county.
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Old Thursday 24th September 2020, 18:50   #155
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Well, the Moth Trap is ON.

Forecast NW winds 25 - 35mph, gusting 37 to 48mph. 60-90% chance of heavy rain throughout. 11C (feels like 7C) but probably a bit colder as a bit higher up and more exposed than the forecast for the nearest towns.

Will there be a moth to record come the morning? (Or a trap even?) Hoping for some mega Icelandic autumn vagrant I guess ...

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Old Thursday 24th September 2020, 19:51   #156
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Two sessions to add here.

15th 125 of 32. Setaceous H/C the high scorer with 15 closely followed by Black Rustic on 14. New for year were Barred and Pink-barred Sallows plus Lunar Underwing.

21st 50 of 21 Beaded Chestnut was both NFY and top scorer with 8. Two Autumnal Rustics also NFY. Not much more out of the ordinary other than a late fresh looking Mottled Rustic.

2020 Totals to date

1st Trapped on 5th April
49 Nights
5329 Moths
373 Species including 10 aggs.
224 Macros not including aggs.
Figures are thanks to Norfolk Moths who list the top 50 Garden sites. I only keep day lists myself. As John says, how many you get depends very much on location, habitat, type of trap and how often you are able to trap.
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Interesting figures. Made me look at my spreadsheets.
1st trapped on 9th April (a week earlier than I though).
95 nights.
6132 moths.
382 species (macros + micros, no aggs)
I imagine this is the difference with being a more inland county.
We're doing this now are we? Ok then....

1st trapped 28th May
46 nights
2159 macros
159 species, including aggs.

So not exactly in the same league, but quite pleased nonetheless.

Not trapping tonight, maybe tomorrow.
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Old Friday 25th September 2020, 05:36   #157
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Well, the Moth Trap is ON.

Forecast NW winds 25 - 35mph, gusting 37 to 48mph. 60-90% chance of heavy rain throughout. 11C (feels like 7C) but probably a bit colder as a bit higher up and more exposed than the forecast for the nearest towns.

Will there be a moth to record come the morning? (Or a trap even?) Hoping for some mega Icelandic autumn vagrant I guess ...

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Nada here, shouldn't have bothered knowing the forecast but when I put the light on, it seemed ok.
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Old Friday 25th September 2020, 14:24   #158
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Looks like Nottingham has arrived at my place!
6 moths (of 6 species) over three and a half hours.
It was rather cold out there by 11:30pm. Colder tonight from the forecast. I might try running the actinic all night though just to see what happens.

(Edit- Just step outside (19:50) and it is blowing hard. Won't risk the trap in that wind).

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Won't trap tonight, absolutely pointless in this wind and as I've said before, I'm on a high, exposed spot which makes it even worse.
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Results from last night: 5 of 4

1 Large Yellow Underwing
1 Square Spot Rustic
2 Setaceous Hebrew Character
1 Lunar Underwing

0 Yanks, re-orientating Clifdens etc.

Touch milder, tad less windy and less rain tonight so we'll see ...

(11C (feels like 8C), 18mph, gusting to 29mph)
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Trapped more in hope than expectation last night, and was rewarded with a grand total of two moths! One was a Red-green Carpet on the wall, the other, in the trap, was a tick - Blair's Shoulder-knot!
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Trapped more in hope than expectation last night, and was rewarded with a grand total of two moths! One was a Red-green Carpet on the wall, the other, in the trap, was a tick - Blair's Shoulder-knot!
Usually very common here, not had a single one yet this year.
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Old Monday 28th September 2020, 16:17   #163
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First trap for a few days, due to high winds, though it was still moderately windy. Three and a half hours produced 10 moths of 5 species, but nothing interesting. 2 Lunar Underwings, 3 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 3 Shuttle-shaped Darts, a Lesser Yellow Underwing and an Angle Shades.
Tonight is slightly warmer and only 4mph wind so more hopeful.
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Old Monday 28th September 2020, 21:06   #164
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A record 36 Lunar Underwings of varying colour shades (and I diligently checked for Beaded Chestnut), 1 Light Emerald, 1 Sallow and 1 Green brindled Crescent.
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Two Barred Sallows, a Black Rustic, a Blair's Shoulder-knot and a Lesser Yellow Underwing was my total catch last night.
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Last night, 7 moths, 7 species, 1 tick - Barred Sallow.

(The other 6 were Common Marbled & Green Carpet, and Lunar, Copper, Large Yellow & Lesser Yellow Underwings.)
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I haven’t done much trapping recently as it has been too cold, too wet or too windy. Last night was the first night in a while with a reasonable temperature and little wind, though rain was due in the early hours of the morning, so I trapped till midnight. I had 35 moths of 17 species. Best moth was a Dewick’s Plusia (just the name alone makes it desirable), this was outside the trap on the table; a moth that was rare but becoming more frequent. Also new, a Grey Pine Carpet. The first new moths for a while. A Shore Sexton Beetle was my assistant, hanging on the wall overseeing events. Everything else was the usual and expected.
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A single Blair's S-k was my only moth last night.
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Getting to the point where I am very choosy about putting the trap out. Last night looked Ok but only produced a Black Rustic, a Barred Sallow, five Lesser YUs and a LBAM.

can't stop yet though, as I still need a Blair's Shoulder-knot to round the year off. Plus Red-green Carpet, Burnished Brass and Red-line Quaker if I'm lucky.

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Last night was pretty poor. 8 moths of 6 species. Willow Beauty, 2 Shuttle-shaped Darts, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Black Rustic, 2 Set Hebrew Characters and Sq-spot Rustic. Lots of rain tonight so Sept is done.

Also, can't stop yet (like Steve) as I can see the potential for at least 23 moths that will be new for the garden by end of Dec, just need those reasonable nights.
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Been continously trapping down here but not much to show. On less wet and windy nights it's colder and with a fuller moon!
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Trapped again on Sunday night after a break from the wind and rain. It was still a little windy so I moved the trap close to the house. The trap was wet by morning so I wasn't expecting much but surprised to get 52 Moths & 16 species. Brick and Lunar Y/U were both NFG. Beaded Chestnut topped the list with 17, followed by Black Rustic 9, Large Y/U 6, Lunar Underwing 5, Sallow 2 and singles of Brown-spot Pinion, Barred Sallow, Angle Shades, Setaceous H/C, Red-green Carpet, LesserY/U and Autumnal Rustic. Just 4 micros, 3 Acleris variegana and a LBAM.

Last night, just 19 moths, 10 of them Lunar Underwings, 3 Beaded Chestnut, 2 Black Rustic, 2 Setaceous H/C, a Large Y/U and a Pink-barred Sallow.

Raining again now and the forecast doesn't look good until after the weekend but still hoping for a few more before the winter.
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Nine moths of eight species last night, with two new garden moths - Satellite & Angle Shades. I know Angle Shades is really common, even I've seen several without benefit of moth trap (including one at work a few days ago), but they really are spectacular. Satellite was a full tick though, and subtly rather attractive.
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