Friday, 12 June 2015

Last Night - June 11th

At last a warm night, although a bit breezy at times. I went off to Haugh Wood for the evening and ran 2 Robinsons up until 1.15am. I have more micro pots to look over than I've had for ages, but Macro-moth totals were 398 moths of 62 species with Small White Wave topping the numbers (56). Never had that moth in such numbers before. Nothing terribly exciting, a surprise was Marbled Brown (late!). 6 Mocha.

The well sized green spider called Micrommata virescens (thanks to Martin Albertini for the id) was busy along with the wood ants in chasing the moths around the sheet.

Back home I ran one Robinson and managed 195 macro-moths of 57 species with far fewer micros to look over than Haugh. A solitary Silver Y was the token migrant. Bromyard Downs keep intercepting my Striped Hawk-moth. Again nothing unusual in the trap with Heart & Dart topping the count with 27. 2 pristine Green Arches turned up, the image doesn't to justice and was my fault for photographing it in the sunshine in the greenhouse. Now if only todays thunderstorms miss us...Peter Hall
Haugh Wood: Micrommata virescens

Bringsty Common: Small Angle Shades

Bringsty Common: Green Arches


  1. A couple of us had similar results last night at a wildflower meadow just over the border in Staffordshire, about 75 species with an absolutely pristine Opostega salaciella being the best micro. Stars of the show however were the Ghost moth males doing their ghostly thing, fluttering over the meadow at dusk. Patrick Clement

  2. Signs of migration here in Worcs with a Small Mottled Willow, Silver Y, Rush Veneer and two Diamond backs to the garden mv.. Also found a Bordered Straw in a broad bean field at Wilden top this morning. Mike Southall


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