With low expectations, I went out to have a look at c23:00 and immediately noted a (presumed Pipestrelle) bat hawking over the garden in repetitive circular swoops. Checking the traps I found a nice Lime Hawk on the side of the MV, and a May Highflyer on the side of the actinic along with a flurry of pugs. Emptying the traps this morning in nice sunshine, with no sign of any rain, was therefore a much better experience than I imagined when I put the traps on.
Total catch was 26 of 18sp (125W MV 12 of 11, 80W actinic 14 of 10)
0483 Epermenia chaerophyllella 1
0648 White-shouldered House Moth (Endrosis sarcitrella) 1 [first for year]
0822 Scrobipalpa acuminatella 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1728 Garden Carpet (Xanthorhoe fluctuata) 1
1778 May Highflyer (Hydriomena impluviata) 1 [first for year]
1853 Oak-tree Pug (Eupithecia dodoneata) 3
1862 Double-striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata) 1
1906 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) 1 [first for year]
1920 Scalloped Hazel (Odontopera bidentata) 1 [first for year]
1936 Waved Umber (Menophra abruptaria) 1 [first for year]
1979 Lime Hawk-moth (Mimas tiliae) 1 [first for year]
2007 Swallow Prominent (Pheosia tremula) 1 [first for year]
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) 4 [first for year]
2186 Powdered Quaker (Orthosia gracilis) 1
2188 Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) 2
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 1
2243 Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) 3
In addition to this, I potted a couple of male pugs that need their abdominal plates checking - possibly Golden-rod, and also a tiny speck of nothing Stigmella sp. - with only a 4mm wingspan and numerous similar species I have low expectations of sorting that one!
Here's a few shots taken in appalling indoor lighting after taking too long over a couple of post-work pints on the way home.
The conditions are similar tonight so they're out again, though I think the rain is more of a certainty.
This time tomorrow we may well know who is PM for the next five - probably one that is completely out of touch with public opinion and devoid of ideas. Nothing changes does it!?