Looking at the weather for Friday/Saturday, Friday is looking the better of the 2 days if we can find some shelter on the site from the breeze. Saturday is looking colder with chance of rain leading up to the event.
So hopefully see some of you there tomorrow evening!
As the group moved the date of the Great Yarmouth meeting forward to last Saturday (where it was very successful), this weekend is free. The general feeling last week was a return to the brecks would be in order so the venue will be Barnhamcross common just south of Thetford. This is a site we have trapped many times before and is normally very good. Targets for the night will be the breck specialities plus an outside chance of False mocha, a moth that used to be recorded here in the past.
Meeting time will be 9pm in the smaller southern car park at TL864807.
Watching the weather at the moment seeing which will be the best evening. Friday is cloudy but windy while Saturday is clearer but less windy. I don’t think it will be as warm as it is at the moment but should still be reasonable for recording. Will decide probably tomorrow so watch this space.
I would imagine in common with everyone else during this superb spell of mothing for June I am overwhelmed. I will post more in due course as I have some very interesting catches. However in the meantime here are two exceptional variants caught at The Patch on 19th June.
.. and that includes me in this heat!
The title of this post actually refers to my umpteen year old set of clearwing pheromones. Monday’s are reverting back to work at the Hadleigh office again so I took the opportunity today to drag myself up the hill along Corks Lane to look for Six-belted Clearwing. I did see a few males but they didn’t hang around for long .. as clear a sign as any that I probably need to re-order some new lures for 2018. I also tried for Hornet Moth and Orange-tailed C/wing (there’s a Guelder Rose by the car park) but failed to attract anything other than a few odd looks from passers by!
Back home, and the trap has been predictably busy these past too nights. Nothing too out of the ordinary yet but Orange and Swallow-tail Moths are starting to appear, as is Green Silver-lines. I also took a single Fern last night which is less than annual here. Lots of micros and pyrals too. Just wish I could remember what they are from one night to the next. Can’t blame that on the heat though, its more old age
As conditions look favourable this weekend there will be an event on both Friday and Saturday nights.
First, on Friday evening (16th) it will be the planned event for the dates at Old Hall wood, Bentley. Details on the list on the blog, meeting at 9pm. Olive crescent has already been seen in Kent so should hopefully be out for this event.
Saturday, the meeting that was due to take place the following weekend at Great Yarmouth North denes has been brought forward. the main reason for this being that due to the early season this year Sand dart and some of the micros we are hoping for at this event are already on the wing. Forecast for that night is for light winds and warm temperatures so we need to take advantage of this window. There will be discussion at both these events as to what to do on the weekend of the 23rd/24th June instead of Great Yarmouth. Once a new venue is arranged then details will be put up on this blog.
Hope to see some of you at either event, I’ll be attending both hopefully.
Found another female Yellow-legged clearwing today, this time trapped in my polytunnel up around the workshed complex. Seems to be having a good year with me, so one to look out for.
Also another Currant clearwing this afternoon, attracted to the pheromone around my Currant bushes in the garden.
Last night (10th) I trapped not one but two Grass rivulets here at IGC. This is a new species for the site but I am wondering where they came from as the foodplant (Yellow rattle) isn’t present close by. I know Matthew took one of these moths recently at Bawdsey and I am wondering if anyone else has picked it up?
Checking the Suffolk guide online there are only a few recent records and no real suggestion there are colonies as they were both single moths. It is a moth I’ve seen at many chalk grassland sites across the UK during the day as it is easily disturbed from the sward.
Something to watch out for in your own traps or daytime visits.
10 moth-ers met up at Mayday farm in the forest before heading down to the edge of Lakenheath warren. Sadly the forecast cloud cover wasn’t around on arrival so a bright moon was starting to rise and it felt a bit cool out on the open heath areas. 12 lights were put out, a mix of mv and actinics with most sticking close to the edge of the forest where the temperature would hopefully hold up longer.
Moths soon started to appear after setting up and continued to come in until after midnight when numbers slowed up so we packed up not long after that. We were surrounded by the calls of Nightjar, Woodlark and Stone curlew at times in the evening.
104 species on my list. There were a few highlights in that total. Best moth probably Spatalistis bifasciana, a scarce tortrix that is new to the vice county. This was followed by another micro, Archips oporana (2 seen), a moth we have noted in the general area before but there are few records for it. Other notables: Pempelia palumbella, Cream-spot tiger (quite a few), Thisanotia chrysonuchella (2), Lunar yellow underwing (at least 6), beautiful hook tip, Dotted fan-foot, Red-necked footman (a few, almost certainly resident in the area rather than migrants), Four-dotted footman, Clouded buff (quite a number came in late in the session), Purple clay, Reddish light arches, Rosy marbled (2), Shaded pug, Satin wave and Broom moth.
It was a pity we didn’t pick up some more of the breck specialities on this night, but we can’t complain too much as moth numbers were generally quite good given the conditions and it still gives a lot of hope for the summer ahead.
Looking at the weather forecast for the weekend Friday night is looking the better of the two nights for fieldwork, with cloudy skies and light winds. Saturday is partially cloudy but windier with heavier rain during the day.
So see you at Mayday at 9pm if you are planning to attend.
And an apology. In my last post I incorrectly identified the Elachista as E. utonella. It has now been correctly identified as E. scirpi. I have edited that post. Back to the start of summer. I thought it appropriate to post on this as we have a spell of weather unlikely to be good for mothing on the way. I picked up some firsts for the year in the first few days of June. Common Footman, Evergestis limbata and Aethes beatricella on the 1st and Riband Wave, Pandemis corylana and P. cerasana on the 3rd. Emphasising the early year.
Immigrants have continued with additions to my list by way of Tuta absoluta, Udea ferrugalis and a Bordered Straw.
To finish with; Pugs. For those of you who struggle with those ‘non-descript’ little moths, a piece of advice. I would strongly recommend the print of all the pugs produced by the superb wildlife artist Richard Lewington. There is also a new Facebook site Pugs in flight tonight that can be useful. It has all helped me, so one of those I would have failed on in the past is now an addition to my site list. Valerian Pug.