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.
|Agapeta zoegana f. ferrugana and nominate|
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.