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Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Pickworth Great Wood, 06/04/2009

After quite a few indifferent or cool nights, Monday 6th looked to be the best opportunity for a week or so to finally get out and run the traps again. I ventured out to Pickworth Great Wood, meeting up with Adrian Russell, and set about deploying traps around the gated entrance and back to the Lincs. border.

Conditions seemed pretty good, with temps. no lower than 10degC, reasonable cloud cover and only the lightest breeze. Despite this, none of the traps were especially busy. Absolute highlight was a single Ypsolopha mucronella, a first for me and only the second modern record for VC55 following one at Bloody Oaks Quarry in April 1986. Other than this, White-marked was good to see but expected at PGW. Total catch was 424 of 32sp. from 6 x 125W MV traps, a 40W actinic, and a combined actinic/tungsten trap.

Eriocrania subpurpurella 4
Ypsolopha mucronella 1
Schreckensteinia festaliella 1
Diurnea fagella 89
Semioscopis steinkellneriana 13
Acleris ferrugana/notana 1
Acleris cristana 2
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Scalloped Hook-tip 1
Yellow Horned 2
Shoulder Stripe 36
Streamer 6
Water Carpet 2
Red-green Carpet 1
Brindled Pug 23
The V-Pug 2
Early Thorn 38
Purple Thorn 7
Oak Beauty 2
Engrailed 20
Red Chestnut 15
White-marked 4
Small Quaker 12
Common Quaker 24
Clouded Drab 11
Twin-spotted Quaker 10
Hebrew Character 40
Grey Shoulder-knot 1
Early Grey 11
Satellite 16
Chestnut 26
The Herald 11

Ypsolopha mucronella

Schreckensteinia festaliella - try saying that after a few beers


Red Chestnut


Scalloped Hook-tip - the greyer spring brood

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