Sunday, 6 April 2014

Norfolk moths: Rockland St. Peter garden, 5 April 2014

After a warm, sunny day, a good SW breeze picked up in the early evening, bringing dark clouds, the feel of rain and a chill in the air even though the night temperature never dropped below 13°C. There was markedly less moth activity after dark and a few spots of rain fell around 22h30. A sharp shower at 04h00 got me out of bed to turn off the trap.

Despite low numbers, three species were new for the trap: a fresh looking Water Carpet and  Nut-tree Tussock (f. medionigra) were resting on walls at 22h00, but had gone by dawn, while a male Waved Umber was inside the trap.

Waved Umber Menophra abruptaria

Macro-moths (11 moths of 7 spp.); no micros:-

Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet 1
Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 1
Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 1
Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 5
Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1
Colocasia coryli Nut-tree Tussock 1

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