A diary of my mothing activity covering highlights and photos from my moth trapping activities. Mainly Norfolk (UK), occasionally beyond. I may mention other wildlife sightings here, especially insects, but for birds see my birding diary.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

First Plumes

Saturday night was mediocre with Satellite the highlight.  Otherwise just March Moth, 2 Small Quakers, 3 Common Quakers, 3 Clouded Drabs and 3 Hebrew Characters.

Monday night was worse - a cold night with just a single Common Flat-body Agonopterix heracliana.

Last night was the best yet, in terms of numbers and variety, though perhaps not in terms of excitement.  A quick look in the early evening was promising - a Grey Shoulder-knot on the lawn, 2 Common Flat-bodies Agonopterix heracliana and 2 Common Plumes Emmelina monodactyla on the side of the shed - the plumes new for the year.  But it turned out that these were the only micros - none at all in the trap come the morning.

The trap was busy though, just with common species of macro.  I was surprised to count a record 7 March Moths given that we're well past their normal early March peak. The others were Shoulder Stripe, Dotted Border, 4 Small Quakers, 2 Common Quakers, 4 Clouded Drabs, 2 Twin-spotted Quakers and 15 Hebrew Characters. 

Twin-spotted Quaker, North Elmham, 23rd March

Small Quaker, North Elmham, 23rd March

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