Particularly in the spring I avoid running the garden traps on what I consider poor or marginal nights (save power, save MV bulb, save me getting up and emptying empty traps on cold/wet mornings and prevent demoralisation!). Comparison from one year to the next is therefore always a little unscientific as there will be variance in the number of trap nights. There are also other factors such as being away at Easter or, perversely, not running garden traps as conditions very good and I'm out trapping elsewhere overnight. Nevertheless, a basic comparison is possible. So, excluding any blank nights (as up until about 10 minutes ago I'd never even thought about how to record these in MapMate) here is a comparison of 2012 garden moths in April verses the previous 10 years. The species total includes any to lit windows or seen in the daytime as well.
And here is my total current May 2012 mothing record:
Garden 125W MV trap:
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 1
0464 Diamond-back Moth (Plutella xylostella) 1 (NFY)
0998 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) 1
1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1906 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) 1 (NFY)
2243 Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) 2
2243 Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) 1
08/05/2012 : 0608 Elachista rufocinerea 1 (NFY) daytime
08/05/2012 : 0697 Agonopterix arenella 2 to lit windows
11/05/2012 : 0649 Esperia sulphurella 1 (NFY) daytime
Out of garden:
Croft Hill 06/05/2012
0150 Adela reaumurella 1 (NFY)
0366a Cameraria ohridella Many
Springwell Lane 06/05/2012
0303 Parornix anglicella Many (NFY)
Misterton Marsh 12/05/2012
0150 Adela reaumurella Many
0986 Syndemis musculana 1 (NFY)
Blaby Village 12/05/2012
0648 White-shouldered House Moth (Endrosis sarcitrella) 1 (NFY)
Is it any wonder that I've been happily looking at other inverts and stuff for the last few weeks!
Yesterday morning I dropped off Isabelle in Lutterworth and went to Misterton Marsh on the way back for a couple of hours saunter around. Last time I walked around there is was a small marshy area with a big conifer plantation in the middle. Now it's a small marshy area with a big clearing in the middle which looks very promising and I wondered what the long-term plan was. A quick tinternet search and I found this.
Buzzards, Green Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and a couple of Whitethroats were all noted whilst walking around, but in truth I had my head down and focussed on low vegetation, flowers and shrubbery looking for anything interesting to point the camera at or coax into a pot. I found lots, including at one point a small hawthorn that was absolutely awash with various flies and also a loads of Adela reaumurella. Amongst the various bits I saw were these:
Celery Fly with Common Flower Bug on White Dead Nettle flower
St Mark's Fly
I've also got some photos to post from a walk down the lane on Friday late afternoon, and a couple of unexpected ticks from the garden.