Monday, 18 February 2019

Mid February Warndon Traps

Mobile Actinic in Warndon Wood from 18:05 to 23:05 under cloudy skies on Saturday 16th for the now annual Small Brindled Beauty survey! After lighting up, a thorough 40 minute torchlit session on western paths produced 32 male Dotted Borders. After hearing about various rare migrant moths in the southwest during the day I had to have a double-take on this micro sitting on the Perspex - phew, just a very well marked Tortricodes alternella.
Tortricodes alternella
At the final count just 13 male Small Brindled Beauty, 5 more Dotted Border, one Chestnut, 3 Pale Brindled Beauty, 2 Agonopterix heracliana, Acleris schalleriana and 10 T. alternella.
Small Brindled Beauty
   The early morning garden Robinson had an impressive 11 Common Quaker, an Early Moth, an Oak Beauty, Dotted Border and a Beautiful Plume.
Common Quaker

Temperatures are set to soar next weekend so expect more species then.....

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