I decided to make the most of the sunny gaps between thunderstorms today and put a FUN lure out in my pear orchard. I fairly quickly attracted this moth which to me looks like Pammene suspectana. I wondered if anyone was able to confirm from the pictures? I have kept the specimen so that it can be checked properly.
Wednesday, 5 May 2021
I was invited to attend a small gatheirng of moth trappers who went to Moccas Deer park on May 2nd and ran 14 moth traps of various configurations on what proved to be yet another very cold night. I decided 14 traps was enough so only observed. The 4 recorders were all from out of county and from as far away as Norfolk. They all wanted to see Marbled Pug and it didn't disappoint, although in fewer numbers than my previous foray here back in 2016. 24 macros species and 2 micro species in the end. Apart from 3 Marbled Pug, it was the usual species turning up and included both forms of Silver Cloud (arrived late), Puss, Water Carpet and Brown Silver-line. Peter Hall
|Moccas Deer Park: Lobster Photo: Dave Grundy|
|Moccas Deer Park: Marbled Pug Photo: Dave Grundy|
|Moccas Deer Park: Silver Cloud (dark form) Photo: Dave Grundy|
|Moccas Deer Park: Pebble Prominent Photo: Peter Hall|
|Moccas Deer Park: Most interesting moth trap! Photo: Peter Hall|
Monday, 26 April 2021
Sunday, 18 April 2021
Emperor Moths - Hatterall Ridge
Took a climb up to the Offa's Dyke path running along the top of the ridge which marks the Welsh border today. Having looked at the new westmidlandsmoths website there are records of decent numbers of Emperor's up there, certainly in the 70's and 80's but not much recently. Were they still present..? yes they were, dozens of them in fact! Took a lure and they started appearing around us within 100 yds of the car park. I put the lure back in it's pot within 10 minutes, but for the next 2 hours I was regularly inspected by curious males, probably about 30 or 40 buzzed me by the time we'd reached the plateau at 600m. Once on the plateau scanning with binoculars nearly always revealed 3 or 4 motoring about in search of females. They can't have been out for long as this area had lying snow up till a week ago. Action ceased at 4:30 and we made our way downhill. It was nice to see them in numbers doing their thing, and anyway, they won't come to my garden, beleive me I've tried!
|Emperor Moths searching at the spot where a lure was.|