Sunday, February 26, 2012

Another Newby

What started off as a warm day, quickly developed into a cold night. I turned the garden lights off at 9.30pm after recording 2 moths early in the evening. Both found under the now deceased 25w BLB compact lamp fixed on the shed at the bottom of the garden. It broke at I removed it from its fitting...........never mind. Just 1 Common Quaker and this-

Surprisingly, I don't get too many of these despite being fairly common. NFY 25th February.

Saturday, February 25, 2012


Best night of the year so far..............

Common Quaker

 Dotted Border

 Hebrew Character

 Pale Brindled Beauty

Upper Caldecote Garden- 12 of 8 species-

0688  Agonopterix heracliana3
1524  Emmelina monodactyla1
1926  Phigalia pilosariaPale Brindled Beauty1
1932  Agriopis leucophaeariaSpring Usher1
1934  Agriopis marginariaDotted Border1 NFY
2187  Orthosia cerasiCommon Quaker2 NFY
2190  Orthosia gothicaHebrew Character2 NFY
2259  Conistra ligulaDark Chestnut1

Friday, February 24, 2012

Garden Update..........

This Pale Brindled Beauty was the only moth of note last night (23rd), slim pickings really with only a couple of A. heracliana to keep it company. A Chestnut on 20th was a welcome addition to the list. However, in the next couple of days the wind will drop slightly, allowing for a foray into Home Wood. This will probably be on Tuesday 28th. In the meantime I'm still hoping for Early Moth as its now getting a bit late.............

Pale Brindled Beauty

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A Warm Spell..............

...............gave me a chance to turn the lights on again. Though as I write this, its back down to 2°C. Most productive was the nights of 15th and 17th, though macro moths are certainly slow. By this time last year I had double my current tally, so targets for the next week or so are Pale Brindled Beauty, Early Moth and Dotted Border.

March Moth
1 of 3 caught so far...........

688 Agonopterix heracliana

695 Agonopterix alstromeriana

1025 Tortricodes alternella

Combined catch for 15/16/17-02-12. Upper Caldecote Garden- 12 of 6 species
  • 0688 Agonopterix heracliana  5 NFY
  • 0695 Agonopterix alstromeriana 1 NFY 
  • 1025 Tortricodes alternella 1 NFY 
  • 1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1 NFY 
  • 1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth 3 NFY 
  • 2259 Conistra ligula Dark Chestnut 1