Birds, Leps, Observations & Generalities - the images and ramblings of Mark Skevington. Sometimes.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Charnwood Lodge 24/03/2012

Superbly warm and sunny yesterday. I headed over to Charnwood Lodge last night with both Josh and Alex in tow to help put out a few traps and pot a few moths. When we left home it was still showing 16°C on the car dash. By the time we arrived at Charnwood Lodge, after stopping for a bite and fuel on the way, it was already down to 10°C. It was crystal clear and felt just like the temps would plummet further. I only had one target in mind, Mottled Grey, so we set up anyway on the basis that if it was really quiet we'd pack up early.

We lit up just before 19:00, and after an hour we'd picked up a few moths but overall it was pretty quiet. I had a sheet and three traps running, so by 20:30 I decided we'd pack up knowing that would take a good 45 minutes or so. At the first trap, I found a Mottled Grey sitting on the outside so it was at least a successful trip even if brief and quiet. I'd emptied all the egg trays and tipped the trap on to its side to check around the underside of the lip at the top ...... WTF!!!!!

Superb Dotted Chestnut - British Tick for me

I really couldn't believe my luck - it was such a marginal night to go out at all, but to pick up a new macro was the last thing I expected. That it is only the second post-VCH record for VC55 was also pretty good. The other traps and the sheet were less exciting, but the overall total [261 of 15sp.] wasn't too bad for such a short session on a rapidly cooling night.

0663 Diurnea fagella 96
1659 Yellow Horned (Achlya flavicornis galbanus) 1
1663 March Moth (Alsophila aescularia) 2
1775 Mottled Grey (Colostygia multistrigaria) 10
1852 Brindled Pug (Eupithecia abbreviata) 12
1930 Oak Beauty (Biston strataria) 6
1947 Engrailed (Ectropis bistortata) 13
2182 Small Quaker (Orthosia cruda) 24
2187 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) 37
2188 Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) 14
2189 Twin-spotted Quaker (Orthosia munda) 27
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 3
2256 Satellite (Eupsilia transversa) 3
2258 Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii) 12
2260 Dotted Chestnut (Conistra rubiginea) 1

Mottled Grey

The garden traps were actually better than I thought they would be, with a total of 42 of 13sp., though nothing new for the year:

0663 Diurnea fagella 1
0688 Agonopterix heracliana 2
1053 Acleris hastiana 1
1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 2
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 9
1663 March Moth (Alsophila aescularia) 1
1746 Shoulder Stripe (Anticlea badiata) 2
1862 Double-striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata) 1
1917 Early Thorn (Selenia dentaria) 4
2187 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) 1
2188 Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) 7
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 9
2243 Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) 2

Early Thorn

Garden traps are staying off tonight - it's been very warm and sunny again but it will plummet pretty quickly and be close to freezing overnight.


Matt said...

Mark- You want one, you get one! I dropped mine off in the woods for you ;^).
Mottled Grey on the other hand, still never seen it and for some reason quite rare in VC30.......I want one.......

Skev said...

Any sites for Galium Carpet in Beds? Maybe try there for Mottled Grey.

Matt said...

Not sure about that. I'll ask the recorders.

Stewart said...

Mottled Grey is quite common up here. I get a few in the garden such as five together the other night but none on any other days this year! Now that Dotted Chestnut, that is something special...

Skev said...

It's fairly restricted down here Stewart - just around the woodland / remnant moorland areas in Charnwood (north-west Leics). More chance of a Silver-striped Hawk in my garden I reckon!

Stewart said...

I know which one I'd have ;)