|Mottled Pug, Westcott 5th May|
I also ran two MV traps in Finemere Wood, Bucks for the usual three hours and did reasonably well, getting 45 species in that time. New macro-moths for the year included Cream Wave, Small White Wave, Scalloped Hazel, Orange Footman, Coronet & Pale-shouldered Brocade. However, more pleasing was to get past double figures with micro species and they included Pseudoswammerdamia combinella, Scrobipalpa costella, Ancylis mitterbacheriana & Pammene argyrana.
|Ancylis mitterbacheriana, Finemere Wood 5th May|
|Orange Footman, Finemere Wood 5th May|
|Pale-shouldered Brocade, Finemere Wood 5th May|
Perhaps the most interesting sighting at Finemere, though, was this fully-grown Merveille du Jour caterpillar which I found slowly making its way down the trunk of an oak.
|Larva of Merveille du Jour, Finemere Wood 5th May|