Ran both garden traps last night in less than ideal cool, breezy and mainly clear conditions. A whopping total of 17 of 4sp. (125W MV 11 of 3sp., 80W actinic 6 of 4sp.).
Common Quaker 9
Hebrew Character 4
Clouded Drab 3
Emmelina monodactyla 1
The quakers, as usual, showed large variation in both the background colouration and the intensity of the markings.
So far this March, I've recorded just 7 species over 6 nights when I've run the garden traps. I checked back through my MapMate records for the last ten years to see just how poor this was, and was surprised to find that in two years (2000 & 2001) I only recorded 8 species despite more trapping effort.
Prior to 2010, I have recorded 31 species during March in the garden through light trapping. With four nights still to go, there is every chance that I will pick up at least 3 species (Early Grey, Shoulder Stripe and Diurnea fagella).