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

Monday, 1 June 2009

Poultney Wood, 30/05/2009

After the visit to Herbert's Meadow in the day, it occurred to me that the Ulverscroft NR woods would be as good a place as any to leave traps running overnight. So, just before dusk I was back only this time I accessed the site through the Fox Covert track and drove down to the edge of Poultney Wood. I ran 3 x 125W MV traps in roughly the locations marked (1, 2, 3) on these OS and aerial views of the reserve. For reference, Herbert's Meadow is shown with an 'H'. I knew it wouldn't be the most spectacular night, as with the clear sunny day I expected a clear cool night. It was c13°C at dusk, dropping down to c6°C at dawn though back up to 9°C when I got back there at 05:30. Not a bad night though, with the total catch being 264 of 62sp. Main highlights: Carpatolechia proximella 1 Pammene germmana 6 Barred Hook-tip (Watsonalla cultraria) 1 Clay Triple-lines (Cyclophora linearia) 8 Galium Carpet (Epirrhoe galiata) 1 May Highflyer (Hydriomena impluviata) 3 Grey Birch (Aethalura punctulata) 1 Orange Footman (Eilema sororcula) 26 Gold Spot (Plusia festucae) 1 Other highest counts (>10): Pale Tussock (Calliteara pudibunda) 31 Small Square-spot (Diarsia rubi) 21 Green Silver-lines (Pseudoips prasinana britannica) 21 Common Marbled Carpet (Chloroclysta truncata) 11 Faultless - cheapo far-east gennie just keeps on running Trap 1 Trap 2 Trap 3 Clay Triple-lines - still a generally scarce moth in VC55 Barred Hook-tip - another Beech feeder Galium Carpet Green Silver-lines - not sure if this is an aberrant individual or referable to a named form (looks like it should be a Silver Green-lines!). Compared to the example below from Charnwood Lodge in May 2006, it is a lot whiter. See also this one.

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