Saturday, November 28, 2009

Where have all the Moths gone?

A 7 day spell without a single moth. So not to be out done, I've given the trap a lick of paint and it'll be back out again tonight............

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Winter Garden.........20/11

Well, we're slowly picking 'em off with the addition of Winter Moth (top) to the garden list. Also a second appearance of a December Moth (above) on the shed door. Finally a Silver Y was found hiding in the trap; quite a good haul for this time of year.
The only other moth recently was the reappearance of the same Scarce Umber on 18/11.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Scarcely anything about.........17/11

..........But this Scarce Umber was consolation for keeping the trap burning through the last week or so. It turned up fairly early in the evening and was gone by morning. Probably due to strong, gusting winds in the latter stages of the night. This was the only moth recorded, in previous nights I've trapped;
  • 15/11 November Moth agg., Feathered Thorn
  • 16/11 Red-line Quaker

Sunday, November 15, 2009

(Northern?)Winter at The Lodge........14/11

After no activity what so ever in the Caldecote trap over the last 4 nights, a quick call into The Lodge (Sun 15th) for a walk round the trails was in order. A quick stop around the buildings produced;
  • November Moth agg. -5
  • Feathered Thorn
  • Sprawler
  • Northern Winter Moth?- photo

Unfortunately the flash has over exposed the shot and the fine lines across the wings aren't clearly visible! Never mind, maybe next time.

N.B.25/11 Having now caught a Winter Moth (21/11), this specimen seems to be much bigger and paler and has all the hallmarks of a Northern................

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


The only moth in the trap this morning. Very faded, 19mm from nose to wing tip. It probably looks slightly lighter than the photos suggest. The brick red markings on the wings were probably once much bolder as a lot of it has worn away. Outer edge of wing almost transparent due to wear, with some damage. The most apparent thing to me was the contrast between leg colour (orange brown) to the rest of the body and wings (light straw/yellow).
I.D now confirmed as a 'Brick'. All be it a very tatty one at the end of it's flight season. Thanks to Ian Woiwod and Beds Moth Group.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Urban Sprawl............09/11

This very faded Sprawler is another garden 1st and the only moth in the trap.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

December Moth.........8/11

The trap claims another debutant! No wonder he's got his own fur coat on, its a cold night out there. Found in the trap just after 8.00pm and its down to just 6°C already!

T.T.O.S on Tour at The Lodge..........07/11

And a very successful outing it was too! The photo at the top is a November Moth agg. One of 13 found around the buildings.
Next down is a Spruce Carpet found on the main building.
The last 2 photos are of a Sprawler, 1 of 2 found. Louie also found a deceased Yellow-line Quaker (example on previous post). Not a bad haul really as we were only at The Lodge to see the Firecrests!
The garden trap in Upper Caldecote produced just a Silver Y.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Another Quaker.........6/11

Another smaller, more visibly marked Yellow-line Quaker was the highlight, again very little over recent days;

  • 4/11- Another blank
  • 5/11- November Moth agg. , Feathered Thorn, Silver Y
  • 6/11- Yellow-line Quaker

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Slim Pickings...........

Not a great deal around over recent nights. Not helped by a full moon and clear, cold nights. This Yellow-line Quaker on 1st November was 1 of just 3 moths in 4 nights.
31/10 November Moth agg.
1/11 Yellow-line Quaker
2/11 The 1st time the trap and surrounds have been totally empty!
3/11 Pale Mottled Willow- very faded