Despite my best intentions I have just been too busy with work to do any moth-trapping. Far too many hours and not enough days off. Still, helps pay the mortgage....
On 6th June I spent an evening at Brimham Rocks, drawn out of hibernation by the prospect of a relatively warm night with little breeze and no rain. Having dug the generator and traps from under a load of hay bales in the tack room I eventually coaxed it into life. So, having loaded up all the equipment I set off to Brimham and parked in the upper car-park setting up a trap on a heathy bit and the light over a sheet on the main track surrounded by trees. I got the generator going again and all seemed fine for 30 minutes or so, and then the generator faltered and stopped. Blast! With much harrumphing I started putting the traps away and then noticed that I had forgotten to loosen the fuel cap and that through use had created a vacuum. I reset the light over a sheet and retired to the car, revelling to the sound of roding Woodcocks and calling Nightjars. As dawn broke a check of the eggboxes did not produce a massive haul but the highlight was undoubtedly three Lunar Thorns. This was the same location I had six together a couple of years ago so not entirely unexpected. Unfortunately my attempts to photograph the Thorns failed as they were just too lively.
Last night, I set the 125w MV Robinson trap on my parking space next to the house in Langthorpe, siting it taking great care not to shine into any of the neighbours windows. A modest haul overnight, nothing particularly exciting among 35 species but at least an opportunity to take some photos. At least I am up and running for the year!
The next micro may well be just a Timothy Tortrix but is it pale enough and lacking any yellowish tinge to be Aphelia unitana?
POSTCRIPT - Charlie has since advised that unlikely to be unitana which is a moorland species and rare on the lower ground. So, most likely to be Timothy Tortrix and I must try and get one up on the moors to have a chance.