Another less than stellar night, Poplar Grey and my second ever record of August thorn, twelve years after the last, were the only highlights.
Oddly, almost absent in the East Midlands.The warm nights this week have given me catches of 130 moths of 62 species on Sunday night, 148/60 on Monday, 125/50 on Tuesday, 153/61 on Wednesday and 135/49 last night. The only really numerous species has been Chrysoteuchia culmella, with 15 to 30 each night. Only Water Veneer and Large Yellow Underwing also made double-figures on at least one night although as commented elsewhere Bird-cherry Ermines performed well with nine on a couple of night when normally two would be a good count. I racked up 29 species NFY, of which four (Lesser Wax Moth, Mompha propinquella, Tinea semifulvella and Anarsia spartiella) were NFG.
Surely that may apply in an inner city area but unlikely to do so at an urban fringe or near a wildlife corridor? How far does your recorder friend think moths travel in a night (my own assumption given the prodigious migration capabilities of some is that it varies as for birds, with variation in traps similarly affected).Our County recorder says that most garden traps have a poor yield due to the great lack of native plant life.
Totally agree, I sit high on one side of a well, vegetated valley where gardens, back on to each other so I effectively, trap a very large garden. The fact that I've recorded things like Oak and Roesel's Bush Crickets at my light, possibly, also indicates my slightly better than normal, suburban location. I don't get big numbers but I do get variety, stuff I would never have thought I should get.I certainly believe (with no scientific evidence barring the comparison of John trap catches to mine!) that having any wildlife corridor alongside increases catch. My garden has no discernible corridor to connect it even though I'm about a mile or so from John and the catch number reflect this. And thats despite having garden planting aimed to encourage wildlife and with several mature native trees and wild patches. Equally when I trap at my partners which is a rural, very small Surrey village the numbers and variety reflect the advantage of natural habitat on the doorstep.
You may remember Steve that I had the first for Notts in 2018 but there has only been one other since.TLBs had me flummoxed until I realised what was in your third photograph - I have still to get my first, though they have started turning up round here in the last couple of years.