June Mothfest

   A stunning weekend for mothing. The traps dripping with life as we headed down in the morning. Plenty decorating the outside of the box at this time of year, seeking shelter on the box and the egg cartons leaning against it or just lazily flopped over the surrounding  white sheets. The first trap as usual was placed behind Sainsbury’s Hide whilst the second for a change was placed in the clearings towards B, close to the beehives. The Sainsbury’s box was the clear winner in both species diversity and numbers, which was a touch surprising. As careful as we were, a mini explosion of moths escaped our clutches but nothing too exciting. Of note was that not a single hawk moth was caught but to be honest, they was so much diversity that they weren’t really missed this time. The Drinkers were fantastic, so too was the Beautiful Golden Y as well as the pristine Emeralds and Burnished Brass lighting up like jewels in the boxes.

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A beautiful selection

Species List;

1 Brimstone, 8 Riband Wave, 3 Common Marbled Carpet, 4 Common White Wave, 4 Light Emerald, 3 Marbled Minor agg., 1 Green Pug, 19 Clouded Border, 2 Buff-tip, 5 Bloodvein, 2 Peach Blossom, 2 Variegated Golden Tortrix, 1 Barred Fruit Tree Tortrix, 4 Dark Arches, 4 July Highflyer, 3 Swallow Prominent, 1 Burnished Brass, 2 Beautiful Hook-tip, 3 Peppered Moth, 1 Cabbage Moth, 2 Engrailed, 1 Buff Ermine, 1 Bee Moth, 2 Small Dusty Wave, 1 Small Magpie, 1 Spectacle, 7 Middle Barred Minor, 1 Shoulder-striped Wainscot, 4 Common Emerald, 5 Brown Rustic, 1 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 1 Hamana agapeta, 5 Snout, 1 V Moth, 1 Short Cloaked, 5 Marbled White Spot, 1 Bright-line Brown-eye, 3 Willow Beauty, 1 Silver Ground Carpet, 1 The Flame, 1 Fanfoot, 4 E. bilunana, 1 Small Yellow Wave, 2 Heart & Dart, 1 Light Arches, 2 Straw Dot, 1 Beautiful Golden Y, 2 Drinker, 2 Light Brown Apple Moth, 12 Common Wainscot, 1 Bramble Shoot, 2 Mottled Rustic, 1 Chilo phragmitella, 1 Anania coronata.

154 moths of 54 species (plus many escapees and a few unknowns)

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