Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Warm days but chilly nights

The drab moths of autumn have emerged: Square-spot Rustic, Flounced Rustic, Six-striped Rustic and Small Square-spot coloured the Dingestow catch brown on 15/8, although a Gold-spot (5th Dingestow record), 2 Orange Swift and a Tawny-barred Angle brightened things up a little.

Micros were almost as abundant as Macros in the catch, with 18 spp of Micro and 22 spp of Macro at MV.  Crambids dominated, and it took a bit of searching through 35+ Agriphila tristella to find anything else, but I did notice 8 A. straminella, 1 Catoptria falsella and my first Agriphila geniculea of the year.  5 sad little Acentria ephemerella were fluttering pathetically on the sheet as well.

14/8 was hopelessly cold: just 14 species came to MV.

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