Gadgirth moth trapping 2015

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Re: Gadgirth moth trapping 2015

Postby nickcandlish » Sun May 24, 2015 10:15 am

All,
Friday 22nd produce just one macro but at least it was new for my site...

Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
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Re: Gadgirth moth trapping 2015

Postby nickcandlish » Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:03 pm

All,
Not really trapping but I found this dead on the bedroom window sill on 2.vi.2015 I reckon it to be Nematopogon schwarziellus. Larva stated to feed on dead leaves and general detritus.....wife did not see the funny side!!
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Re: Gadgirth moth trapping 2015

Postby nickcandlish » Sun Jun 14, 2015 9:58 am

All,
A slight improvement this week but nowhere near the catches one woud expect for the time of year. Rush Veneer last night was new to me. Depending on whose distribution maps you consult it is either common or patchy in Scotland.

RUSH VENEER
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Re: Gadgirth moth trapping 2015

Postby nickcandlish » Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:19 am

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Pebble Hook Tip on the Actinic this morning was another new for site, shame that it 'hopped it' before I could get an image.

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Re: Gadgirth moth trapping 2015

Postby nickcandlish » Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:33 pm

All,
Numbers have at last picked up.
All the usual culprits, and as far as macro's are concerned nothing new.
Ghost Moth has been very infrequent here since land use became arable rather than pasture

GHOST MOTH
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Phiaris schulziana is new to me and seemingly to VC75. Just for once it was nice to have a micro that I could ID with confidence!

PHIARIS SCHULZIANA
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Re: Gadgirth moth trapping 2015

Postby nickcandlish » Sun Aug 23, 2015 11:18 am

All,
Just to say that I'm still alive.....a combination of holidays, the weather and dismal catches have restricted my trapping effort to just the odd night and even that seems like a waste of electricity! This year seems like a rerun of 2012.
I've been keeping an eye open for the very distinctive Cinnabar caterpillar local to my trapping site and have yet to find them, by pure chance I saw them at Newton esplanade in Ayr last week when I had to pull over to avoid a lorry!

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Hopefully things will pick up in the autumn, time alone will tell.

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Re: Gadgirth moth trapping 2015

Postby IainH » Tue Aug 25, 2015 5:13 pm

By coincidence, I was pulling Ragwort out of a cattle field in Irvine all day on Saturday so as to allow some cattle to safely graze the wader scrapes in the field. We shook off all the Cinnabar caterpillars into buckets and released them on Ragwort nearby. There were many hundreds of caterpillars in the buckets by the end of the day - it was an incredible sight. Also a couple of Garden Tiger caterpillars.

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