We were disapppointed to find that the temperature had plummeted between leaving home and arriving on site - a heavy rain shower had recently passed through and I think it must have cooled things down a bit. We set up anyway and things got off to a very slow start indeed. After a while 1-2 moths had flown past the light but nothing had come in and I was starting to wonder if we should cut our losses and head home. But we stuck it out and suddenly for no apparent reason it got livelier. In the end it proved a worthwhile trip, although no Small Eggars for Dave.
The best of the macros was a Red Chestnut, followed by Water Carpet.
Red Chestnut, Alderford Common, 8th April
Also 2 March Moths, 3 Shoulder Stripes, 5 Brindled Pugs, Engrailed, 3 Small Quakers, 12 Common Quakers, 9 Clouded Drabs, 5 Twin-spotted Quakers, 2 Hebrew Characters and 2 Early Greys. Counts are minimums - probably the numbers of the more numerous species were really quite a bit higher.
Shoulder Stripe, Alderford Common, 8th April
Clouded Drab, Alderford Common, 8th April
But as is so often the way it was the micros that provided the most excitement, despite there only being 3 species. They included Dave's first and my second ever Dawn Flat-body Semioscopis steinkellneriana.
Dawn Flat-body Semioscopis steinkellneriana, Alderford Common, 8th April
Two Caloptilia looked like good candidates for elongella but on dissection provided to be Red Birch Slenders Caloptilia betulicola - a scarcer species and new to both of us.
Red Birch Slender Caloptilia betulicola (male, gen det), Alderford Common, 8th April
Red Birch Slender Caloptilia betulicola (female, gen det), Alderford Common, 8th April
The other micros were at least 4 March Tubics Diurnea fagella.
A few moths at home too: March Tubic Diurnea fagella, Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla, 2 March Moths, Shoulder Stripe, Oak Beauty, Small Quaker, Common Quaker and 4 Hebrew Characters.
Oak Beauty, North Elmham, 8th April