Thursday, 26 February 2015

Last night's results

Like Marc I had a reasonable night last night but, considering how mild it was, had hoped for rather better results.  A single MV trap was run in Bernwood Forest, Bucks for a few hours and it brought in just over 80 moths of 11 species:  Ypsolopha ustella (1), Agonopterix heracliana (1), Acleris cristana (1), Tortricodes alternella (5), March Moth (11), Small Brindled Beauty (1), Pale Brindled Beauty (32), Spring Usher (9), Dotted Border (1), Satellite (1) and Chestnut (18).  Back home at Westcott the garden actinic trap got into double digits for the first time this year but from only three species:  Agonopterix heracliana (4), Pale Brindled Beauty (4) & Dotted Border (2).  The most significant thing here was the numbers of Ophion obscuratus which came to this light (23).  Each of those wasps will presumably have meant a gruesome end for one noctuid caterpillar.
Dave Wilton

Acleris cristana, Bernwood Forest 25th February

Ophion obscuratus, Westcott 25th February


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