Thursday, 24 February 2011

Two early surprises...

A very mild February night for rural Northumberland last night. The trap was on from 6pm - 11pm and the temp was no lower than 8 degrees. As a result a few moths were caught including some early examples...

0688 Agonopterix heracliana 1
1663 March Moth (Alsophila aescularia) 1
2139 Red Chestnut (Cerastis rubricosa) 1 NFY only 2 previous county Feb records.
2179 Pine Beauty (Panolis flammea) 1 NFY only 1 county Feb record.
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 1 NFY
2258 Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii) 3

Trap only on from 6 pm - 11pm. Down to 8 degrees.
8 moths of 6 species...

2139 Red Chestnut
2179 Pine Beauty
2190 Hebrew Character


  1. Beautiful Pine Beauty! that would make my day opening my trap tomorrow morning and finding one of those! still yet to see one.
    I have a trap out in mixed woodland as it is very mild again, who knows!

  2. Brilliant Stewart! I caught just 1 Pine Beauty last year- but it wasn't as photogenic as that one, Red Chestnut is hard round here too......