Following the much-appreciated help with some of our recent mystery moths, we hit 86 species in Wolvercote, Oxon, on Friday-Saturday night -- not quite a garden record, following the 88 of a week before, but the 278 individuals that night were a record for the year, which is nice. Much less of a result on Saturday-Sunday night, for the simple reason that our mercury bulb was stolen part-way through the night: indeed, someone must have come into our garden, switched off the trap at the mains in our timber studio, and removed the bulb. There were 25 individuals in the trap, but nowhere near as many, of course, as would be expected. The trap's out again tonight, with an actinic bulb instead -- we actually have a spare mercury bulb, but I'm assuming that the actinic would be rather harder to just walk away with. All rather unpleasant.
Steve and Xander Goddard