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Friday, 29 June 2012

...and part two

The third night was forecast near perfect conditions, overcast, calm and muggy, and a trip to Staveley NR beckoned, despite the long walk with the wheelbarrow to get all of the equipment to second hide in the reedbeds.  A pleasant night was interrupted at around 3:30 when spots of rain were felt, which gradually increased, so a leisurely peruse of the traps turned into an expeditious retreat to the hide with as many eggboxes as I could rescue.  Inevitably, quite a few moths escaped in the dash, but a respectable haul of just under 400 moths of around 75 species was recovered.
The real highlight of the night was what I believe to be a Gynnidomorpha alismana, a wetland specialty, and a potential first for VC64 (update - this has now been accepted by Harry).
Gynnidomorpha alismana tbc

Gynnidomorpha alismana tbc

There was plenty of interest among the remaining moths with a migrant Diamond-back, eight Phlyctaenia perlucidalis, a Striped Wainscot, Southern Wainscot, two Silky Wainscot and a Blackneck.
Elachista maculicerusella 

Brown China-mark

Striped Wainscot

Southern Wainscot

Silky Wainscot


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