Ran the traps last night despite the forecast. As long as it is not actually raining before dark it's worth a go. It was actually clear and cool, though rain moved in overnight and this morning was cold, breezy and damp. The total catch was a poor 8 of 4sp. (125W MV 6 of 4, 80W actinic 2 of 2). However it was all worthwhile when I spotted a Pale Pinion sitting on a slab next to the MV.
First for the year and first in the garden for six years. I had a brief run of spring singles in 2003, 2003 & 2004 when this was still a very scarce species in VC55. It's still scarce, though both it and Grey-shoulder Knot have increased markedly in the same time that Tawny Pinon has declined.
2187 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) 2
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 3
2236 Pale Pinion (Lithophane hepatica) 1 [first for year]
2243 Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) 2