Wednesday, 20 December 2017
Am busy going through all of my unknown moths slowly identifying them all and mostly micro-moths. The microscopes are very busy! This one was in the latest batch. A macro! I've dissected it and it surprised me. Note the pink flush along the costa and the very pink underneath. Anyone like to guess? I'll name it in a few days. Peter Hall
Tuesday, 19 December 2017
As we approach the years end, it's time to sort out all of your moth records and send them onto the relevant County Recorder. For Worcester, please send to either Tony Simpson or Oliver Wadsworth and for Hereford, please send Macro-moths to Phyl King and Micro-moths to myself please. If you need e-mail addresses, there is a link provided to go straight to the County Moth Recorder list for the UK and you will find our details there. It's on the right hand side of the cover page under Useful Links. I'm still getting Winter moths and Mottled Umber coming to the house windows most nights, so I'm not yet ready to send my records off (plus I'm still dissecting some moths), but soon will be. Happy Christmas to one and all. Peter Hall
Friday, 15 December 2017
The last field effort of 2017 was back to Trench Wood with the mobile 15watt Actinic Skinner on the slighter milder and cloudy night on 5th December. After setting the trap, a torchlit walk along those same sheltered rides covered in mid-November, saw a rough count of 120 male Winter Moths flying and perching in all directions. Three mating pairs were found as was a single female on a truck about a meter above the ground.