Saturday, March 31, 2012

Home Wood- 28/03

Trent and I set up an 80w MV Bulkhead light on a tripod with a vertical sheet (Location #1). We also left a battery powered Twin Actinic/BLB Skinner trap further down one of the rides at Location #4 which Trent collected in the morning. 
After a few really warm days, it seemed like a good night to trap. But as night fell the temperatures plummeted in the clear conditions and as a result numbers were surprisingly low. We were beginning to lose heart by about 9.30pm and started to pack up. However just as we did so this turned up, a new species for the survey and a second for me in less than a week!

Dotted Chestnut
One of five species new for the site.

663 Diurnea fagella
This top scored with twelve caught between the two traps including four melanic specimens.

 Brindled Pug
Disappointingly, only one caught.


New for the site.

Home Wood species list- 28-03-12- 61 of 19 species-

0663    Diurnea fagella
    12   Including 4 melanic 
1663    Alsophila aescularia March Moth 2
1746    Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe 1
1747    Anticlea derivata Streamer 1
1852    Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug 1
1917    Selenia dentaria Early Thorn 1    NFS
1930    Biston strataria Oak Beauty 1
1947    Ectropis bistortata Engrailed 4
2139    Cerastis rubricosa Red Chestnut 2
2182    Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 9
2187    Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 3
2188    Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 3
2189    Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 2    NFS
2190    Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 5
2237    Lithophane ornitopus Grey Shoulder-knot 1    NFS
2256    Eupsilia transversa Satellite 8
2258    Conistra vaccinii Chestnut 2
2260    Conistra rubiginea Dotted Chestnut 1    NFS
2469    Scoliopteryx libatrix Herald 1    NFS

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