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Sat 2nd April 2011 17:42 by Ben Sale
Had a field trip out to Parndon Wood last night, setting up at 8pm and leaving two 125w MV robinson traps out amongst woodland, at 15c at dusk with slight cloud cover it was perfect conditions. The trap that was positioned under a large Oak was certainly more prolific, although many more moths were found in the trap rather than the sheet this time, showing the shift of warmer flying conditions, and the catch comprising of mostly spring species as opposed to winter stragglers, whih tended to not fly too much!

On returning at 6am this morning I was pleasantly surprised with the catch, which included multiple new for years and countless Small Quaker (the total tally was 98)

Best moths included recent emergences of Lunar Marbled Brown and Frosted Green and a slightly aberrant Hebrew Character. The micro's turned up in good numbers as well for the first time this year with Diurnea fagella and Eriocrania subpurpurella being the most common.

Friday - 01/04/11- Parndon Wood (total of 219 moths of 16 species) - 2x Robinson 125w MV Trap

Macro Moths

19x Frosted Green [NFY] 3x Early Thorn [NFY] 7x Brindled Pug [NFY] 2x Nut-tree Tussock [NFY] 2x Twin-spotted Quaker [NFY] 2x Satellite 1x Clouded Drab 1x Engrailed 2x Hebrew Character 24x Common Quaker 98x Small Quaker 15x Chestnut

Micro Moths

18x Diurnea fagella [NFY] 22x Eriocrania subpurpurella [NFY] 1x Acleris cristana [NFY] 2x Acleris notana/ferrugana

Lunar Marbled Brown 3 Copyright: Ben Sale Hebrew Character aberration Copyright: Ben Sale Frosted Green 4 Copyright: Ben Sale Eriocrania subpurpurella f.fastuosella 4 Copyright: Ben Sale



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