Saturday, 12 May 2018

Trench Wood Monday

Last Monday night was certainly worth a field trap, so 2 MV Skinners were put at the northwest end of Trench. The track is just drying out but wellies were still needed.

Trench Wood NR
There were probably more flies than moths to start with but things did improve. The highlight was a Pinion-spotted Pug which appears to be the most northerly record in VC37 and a site first. An Ochreous Pug was only the second there and a Pine Beauty was more evidence that conifer feeders often move on warm nights.

Pinion-spotted Pug
Ochreous Pug
Pine Beauty

A total of 46 species included early Small White Wave, Figure of 80 and Dingy Shell, late Grey Shoulder-knot and the micros Pammene argyrana, Pammene giganteana, probable Caloptilia alchimiella, Elachista humilis and potential Stigmellas lapponica and or confusella TBC.

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