Saturday, 10 December 2016

Trench Actinic on 9th

With the garden being rather poor in recent nights it was off to Trench Wood NR on Friday with the 15watt battery actinic skinner stashed for 6 hours in a quiet corner. 12.5 degrees, overcast with drizzle at end. 5+ Scarce Umber, 16 Mottled Umber, 4 December Moths, 9 Feathered Thorn, 
19+ Winter Moths and what looks like a Northern Winter Moth made for a great last field session of the year.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Bringsty Common December 7th

With such mild nights forecast, I thought I would venture out of the house into the garden and run a moth trap. The minimum temperature was 11 degrees, but after that low point at 8pm, most of the night was above 12. The rain didn't start until around 9am. The first few hours were quite busy, and the latter part of the night less so. The trap was sighted near to one of my hedges. I will run another tonight nearer the wooded strip at the bottom. 8 species with December topping the bill as expected with 53 individuals. One late Red-line Quaker, otherwise the list was Scarce Umber (1), Feathered Thorn (1), Yellow-line Quaker (1), Winter (3), Red-green Carpet (2) and Northern Winter (1). Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: December moths