Ran two traps last night in my Dodford garden. Weather was pretty ideal being overcast and only dropping to 16c overnight. About 120 species.
An early visitor was a first for year Oak Eggar which is a bit of a favourite of mine and always nice to see. I had also found an Oak Eggar larvae on the road in the village about a week ago.
Then this morning the highlight was a new species for me Cloaked Carpet. Wasn't quite sure what it was at first so grabbed my camera to take a photo before it made a break for it only to find the battery dead. I had to quickly scrabble around in my bag to grab a new battery and install it thinking the moth was going to fly off at any minute. Fortunately it was well behaved and I took a shot then potted it and soon ID'd it as Cloaked Carpet.
Other new moths for the year included Zeiraphera ratzeburgiana, had a tatty one last year but this one was quite fresh, Ypsolopha horridella, which is now regular and an early Garden Rose Tortrix
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