The last trapping effort of the year at my parent's farm resulted in me picking up a couple of nice species.
The weather was good if a tad windy but mild all the same and come the morning it was once again challenging going through the traps as Wasps and Hornets were everywhere.
Pick of the bunch was a stunning Dusky-lemon Sallow, the only one I have seen this year there. Some years I have done very well for this species. I put it down to not regularly trapping there at the right time of year, as when I use to live there I would trap sometimes 4 times a week.
Bulrush Wainscot was also a nice surprise, a species I have recorded on the farm before as well as Webb's, Large, Southern and Fen amongst the less common Wainscot species. This must be to do with the fact that there is a large moat with a couple of ditches about a 1/4 of a mile directly North of the farm.
Other than that, numbers were down in general, apart from Setaceous Hebrew Character of which I counted 600 over 2 traps! Surely migrants boosting the local populations.
Also before all of the mothy action took place, my Dad showed me a Longhorn Beetle he had found earlier. I was pretty sure that it didn't belong to the family Cerambycidae, swinging more to Cantharidae. I was wrong too! It was from the family Lycidae And it is one of just two species in the family that are represented here in the UK.
Quite a scarce Beetle too and one that I had never encountered before.
Catch Report - 13/09/16 - Farmland - Braughing Friars - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap 1x 80w Actinic Briefcase Trap & 1x 40w Actinic/26w BLB Trap
Macro Moths - 34 Species
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Common Marbled Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Micro Moths - 31 Species
Ypsolopha scabrellaYpsolopha sequella