Having a week off and choosing the best midweek nights for trapping I chose a new location on an existing site in Kilburn woods not far from the White Horse. Wednesday night was dry but breezy and turned out to be a night of exceptional quality micros, and this success prompted a return visit last night some 200m away in slightly different habitat on a calm and biting midge-filled night.
Night of 31st May, just over 300 moths of 70 species, but what quality! The comments on rarity underneath are using not quite up-to-date information but certainly a reflection on their scarcity.
|0128 Phylloporia bistrigella = 1st since 1883 in VC62|
|0481 Epermarnia falciformis - 3rd VC62 record (the other two are mine too)|
|0906 Blastodacna atra - only 3 Yorkshire records, the first in VC62 since 1921|
|1132 Epinotia subocellana - I had two, 5th and 6th VC62 records|
|1242 Pammene populana - only 6 Yorkshire records - the first in VC62 since 1954|
Night of 1st June, over 470 of 68 species, the highlight being four Clouded Magpie which are simply stunning and I have only had a couple before.
|0968 Cochylis nana|
|1885 Clouded Magpie|
|1887 Clouded Magpie ab. - a variable species but I have never seen one like this|
|2043 Orange Footman|
|2150 Grey Arches|
In addition to all the moths I was lucky enough to have some Glowworms totalling 12 females and one male over the 200m stretch over the two nights. Always a pleasure to see and duly reported to the recording scheme.