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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Avoiding the rain at Staveley

A belated post for a trapping attempt at Staveley on night of 4th August.  Having been suckered by the inaccuracies of the ever-changing weather forecasts and heavy rain over the previous two nights, I hung on as late as possible, looking at the lightning radar to watch where the activity was and the chances of avoiding the heavy showers.  So late on Saturday night I went for it and set up a couple of traps near the cairn at Staveley, one on the open grassy area and one in the wooded path next to some bulrushes.  A pleasant if slightly muggy night and a fairly modest catch compared with some recent attempts, with 266 moths of 57 species.  One new micro, a Teleiodes vulgella, and a selection of fairly common and photogenic others.
Teleiodes vulgella

Agapeta zoegana f. ferrugana and nominate

Acleris forsskaleana

Pyrausta purpuralis

Trachycera advenella
The forecast for the coming few days looks very conducive to some more trapping, which is good in that I have not done any trapping in Yorkshire for this 7 day period since moving here six years ago, indeed August as a whole is under-recorded generally.

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