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Dave Wilton
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Orange Underwings
Back on 9th March I saw my first Orange Underwing of the year flying around the ancient birches behind the Oakley Wood car-park in Bernwood Forest, Bucks.  Having checked regularly over the intervening period, this afternoon I had my first sightings of Ligh...

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Record Species Count
Despite chilly temperatures and very strong winds there was still a small catch of moths (13 individuals of seven species) in last night's garden trap.  Amongst them was this female Powdered Quaker:  Powdered Quaker, Westcott 23rd March Powdered Quaker tak...

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Return of the Prodigal Carpet
Well, that was unexpected!  32 moths of nine species in last night's trap at Westcott despite the very cold, windy conditions and one of them was my first garden year-list addition since a Pale Pinion on the 15th.  In fact it was a species that wasn't even ...

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Garden Micro Update
Micros haven't done too badly in the garden so far this year.  Recent activity has included Ypsolopha mucronella , a daytime sighting on 11th March when it was disturbed from vegetation while I was mowing the lawn.   Acleris kochiella was caught again in th...

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Further new emergences
New species for the year recorded last night included the smart Early Thorn and Dotted Chestnut illustrated below: Early Thorn, 11th March Dotted Chestnut, 11th March The garden trap produced a healthy 44 moths of 13 species, including a Twin-spotted Quaker...

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Small Quaker numbers building
On the 8th (Thursday) I ran two MV lights in Finemere Wood, Bucks and got 106 Small Quakers between them, while last night (Friday) the same two lights in Bernwood Forest, Bucks  caught 211 Small Quakers.  However there's no sign of Common Quaker numbers, o...

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Another Orthosia appears
Thanks to having several black poplars within sight of the garden, the first of hopefully several Lead-coloured Drabs appeared in an otherwise rather sparsely populated actinic trap here at Westcott last night.  If you have poplar or aspen nearby then this ...

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Garden Improvement
It is good to see reports from elsewhere beginning to appear here now!  Although it rained until after midnight, last night was quite reasonable for moths at Westcott and I managed a double-digit count in the garden actinic trap:  Shoulder Stripe (2), Dotte...

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Bernwood last night
Perhaps I was being a little bit optimistic as the temperature dropped quite quickly below the hoped-for minimum of 5C due to the lack of forecast cloud cover, but I still got a few moths for my trouble during three hours in Bernwood Forest last night.  Yel...

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Trapped Caterpillars
Fully-grown caterpillars attracted to the twin-30wt actinic trap in the garden here over the past two nights have been examples of Angle Shades and Large Yellow Underwing. Angle Shades larva, Westcott 27th February Large Yellow Underwing larva, Westcott 28t...
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