Well the night time temperatures certainly have swung in favour for a good bit of moth trapping....finally! with mins of 9 degrees this morning, it looks set to warm up considerably by next week.
Firstly the Stigmella I found on our patio door on Monday night will be sent to John Langmaid to be verified. It is either Stigmella lemniscella, or Stigmella hybnerella, both of which would be new for me.
Yesterday morning I was also lucky to find another moth on or patio door, an Esperia sulphurella, which was new for the garden and my first new Micro moth for the garden this year bringing my list up to 226 species.
The trap was quite empty this morning unfortunately but it did hold a few surprises.
A Mullein was a new record for the garden being my 4th new Macro moth this year and bringing the running total to 269 species.
Other new for years were a single Adela reamurella on the bush I found them last year, Shuttle-shaped Dart and Lesser Swallow Prominent, my first taste of Prominent action.
Catch Report - 07/05/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
1x Mullein [NFG]
1x Lesser Swallow Prominent [NFY]
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart [NFY]
1x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Esperia sulphurella [NFG] - Found daytime 07/05/15
1x Adela reamurella [NFY]
1x Ambylptilia acanthadactyla
1x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Epiphyas postvittana