Sunday, 6 February 2011

Another new species....

Trap on last night from 5.30pm - 11.30pm. Calm overcast down to 5 degrees.

0688 Agonopterix heracliana 2 NFY
1055 Acleris hyemana 1 NEW
1799 Winter Moth (Operophtera brumata) 1
1926 Pale Brindled Beauty (Phigalia pilosaria) 5
1932 Spring Usher (Agriopis leucophaearia) 1 my second this year.
1960 Early Moth (Theria primaria) 2
2258 Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii) 4

Total 16 moths of 7 species.

A great catch for Feb here. Last year I only caught one moth all month!

A.hyemana feeds on heather and bilberry so what it is doing in Howick is beyond me. A new species for the garden.

Acleris hyemana

Agonopterix heracliana


Pale brindled Beauty. 2 light, 1 darker.

Winter Moth

Early Moth
Spring Usher


  1. Good catch Stewart, far too windy for mothing in middle England at present......

  2. Nice one Stewart - far too windy here to think about mothing, more's the pity.

  3. It was like that here the other night, maybe you will get a calm spell to follow....Good Luck.

  4. That hyemana looks a smart moth Stewart. Well done with that one.

  5. Nice catch ! It's good to see someone is able to do a bit of "moffin".
    Still blowing a gale in Bedfordshire, but wind easing tonight. The downside is temperatures are dropping, but hopefully can put a trap on for the first time in a week.

  6. Great catch there mate.

    I echo the conditions said above, hoping it will calm down for the weekend!

  7. Dean - Aye, a nice little addition, so early in the year too.
    Trent - Its very unusual for us in the coldest part of England to catch anything at this time...
    Ben - Wednesday looks quite good up here?