Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Faves of 2010...No1

As this year looks to be done and dusted as far as moths are concerned I think I'll stick a few posts in with my personal highlights from the garden and beyond...In no particular order...

No1. Clouded Silver.

Only a single specimen of this lovely moth was caught this year. In the early hours of 23rd May I was up to cover the trap and it was lucky I did, because this one was resting outside on the rain guard.

First recorded in Northumberland in VC68 at Fenwick Wood in 1970, it was closely followed by a second at Belford in 1971. Since then it has become a widespread species with 160 records of 241 individuals from 52 sites.

2010 has been the best year for them so far in the county with 45 records.

I was well impressed with this one, a little cracker.


  1. Nice Stewart! How many volumes in the fave list? I'll have to compile my own 'best of 2010'. It's been very interesting to see the difference between Northern and Southern species and counts this year- I hope your good work will continue.......

  2. Maybe 10 Matt. I'm looking forward to the 2011 season to see how it differs from this one...