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Thursday, 16 August 2012

The heathy bit of Pilmoor

A slight change in venue for Tuesday night, three traps out on the heath bit at Pilmoor, set among the cross-leaved heath and rushy areas, so slightly different habitat.  It turned out to be a pretty reasonable night with 820 moths of 103 species, many birch-feeding species including several new ones for me and a few new for Pilmoor.

The highlights were an Ypsolopha nemorella, six Anacampsis blattariella, three Hypatima rhomboidella, two Batrachedra praeangusta, an Apotomis semifasciana, a Large Twin-spot Carpet, September Thorn, White Satin, Four-dotted footman and six Angle-striped Sallow.
Caloptilia alchimiella/robustella

Anacampsis blattariella

Batrachedra praeangusta

Epinotia ramella f. costana
For once the forecast was spot-on, a fine clear night, muggy with little or no wind, a beautiful dawn with a hint of mist hanging over the marshy bit.  Sure enough the cloud rolled in and rain and wind later in the day, so at least I had taken advantage of the fine window.

There were plenty of Siskins flying around calling, and a wonderfully evocative Whimbrel was heard calling as it flew over.  A few days rain and wind with hopefully a fine weekend coming up.  Trapping peak about over now, so must take advantage as and when.  August is probably the worst covered month for me and could be due to a number of factors: the odd weeks away are normally in August, the weather is often poor, and fatigue setting in feeling all 'mothed out'.

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