Wednesday, October 16, 2013


I've had a three day break from trapping, mainly because of the constant rain. Last night however was slightly fairer, so on went the lights. Not ideal by any means as it was quite foggy this morning. Nothing new, but eleven species isn't too bad.

November Moth agg.
Most likely a November Moth?

I recently noticed the leader board on The Garden Moth Challenge blog. Former Beds recorder Les Hill is in the lead on 528 species. As this includes butterflies, I quickly totted up my list and found that with Butties (16) I am on 532 for the year. However, looking at the rules, this total can't include exited leaf mines (of which I've had a few). But why not? If the mine is identifiable and the leaf has not blown into your garden and is still on the tree, presumably the moth has gone through its pupal stage in your garden and therefore is countable? Is there another reason why this can't count?
Well done to Tristian for setting this up though, it really has added a new dimension to mothing- allowing 'competitors' to compare counts and species directly with those in different parts of the country.

Upper Caldecote Garden- 1 trap- 15-10-2013

0998  Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana)  1
1795x  November Moth agg. (Epirrita dilutata agg.)  1
1937  Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria)  2
2232  Black Rustic (Aporophyla nigra)  1
2237  Grey Shoulder-knot (Lithophane ornitopus)  1
2245  Green-brindled Crescent (Allophyes oxyacanthae)  1
2263  Red-line Quaker (Agrochola lota)  1
2264  Yellow-line Quaker (Agrochola macilenta)  1
2267  Beaded Chestnut (Agrochola lychnidis)  1
2306  Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa)  1
2389  Pale Mottled Willow (Paradrina clavipalpis)  1

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