|Fox Moth females, Stoke Common 6th June|
The trapping session there with Martin Albertini was a last-minute change of plan because the weather for once seemed entirely suitable, but unfortunately Stoke Common has its own micro-climate which often makes it several degrees cooler than the surrounding countryside! It got very cold quite quickly and there wasn't much insect activity at all around three of the five traps, but species such as Birch Mocha, Narrow-winged Pug, Grass Wave, Grey Birch & True Lover's Knot all put in appearances. The chilly conditions didn't seem to affect the local Marsh Frog population and we had their incessant croaking to keep us amused!
|Grass Wave, Stoke Common 6th June|
The final list comprised just over 50 macros and about 25 micros. Amongst the macros was the smallest Scorched Wing I've ever seen (a 'normal' example is included in the picture below to give a better sense of its diminutive size).