|Toadflax Brocade 15/05/15 Didcot|
Also, trapped at Watlington Hill for 3 hours on the same night to look for Light Feathered Rustic joined by Martin Harvey for the first couple of hours. Pretty good conditions and certainly a much improved night compared to a week earlier at the same site. However, moth numbers were still very low and most species were only singletons. I therefore considered a pair of Light Feathered Rustics fairly late in the night, one to each of the lights I was running, a very good result. I ended the night at about 12:30 with 35 species of 96 individuals with only Green Carpet, Red Twin-spot Carpet and Light Brocade breaching double figures (just).
4 traps (2 Mv Robinsons and 2 Actinic Heaths) left overnight on the same night at Harcourt Arboretum for a show and tell style moth session at the Fascination of Plants public event there on Saturday was even more disappointing. Just 31 species most of which were single individuals and including a fairly fresh looking Lunar Marbled Brown - thought this was over? A nice Peacock Moth was probably pick of the bunch with the two most abundant species being Orange Footman (8) and Poplar Hawkmoth (9), the latter saving the day in terms of public engagement (although the heap of 60+ Cockchafers were also a surprising crowd-pleaser). Daytime observations whilst doing butterfly walks included two species I haven't knowingly seen before - Micropterix calthella and Glyphipterix fuscoviridella. Whilst these weren't such hits with the audience they did at least give me a good chance to show the incredible variation in size of different moth species :).
New for the year for me across all those traps were: Heart and Dart, Celypha lacunana, Tawny-barred Angle, Clouded-bordered Brindle, Barred Hook-tip, Peacock, Scoparia ambigualis, Rivulet, Pale Oak Beauty, Broken-barred Carpet, Shears, Grey Pine Carpet, Peach Blossom, Campion and Light Feathered Rustic - apologies for the order, just how they were written in my book.
Marc Botham, Didcot