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  • Join us on facebook for event details!

    Search for our Ecosoc group for event details, and while you're there, get involved in our Cornish Moths facebook group - a great place for general moth chat - find out what moths are around and get help with ID!

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  • March 15th 2014 - Finally mothing!

    Welcome, welcome, to our first blog of 2014!

    After a very wet and stormy start to the year, we finally had a dry (and even sunny!) spell which gave us the chance to put out the moth traps without fear of them flooding or being blown away. We were greeted at 7am with wonderful views of the reservoir before heading off to check the traps!

    Argal Trap 1

    2 Hebrew Characters

    - These were released with care as a pesky robin was watching our every move!

    Argal Trap 2

    1 Chestnut

    College Trap 1

    1 Hebrew Character

    1 Tortricodes alternella

    College Trap 2

    1 Early Grey

    1 Hebrew Character

    1 Red-green carpet

    2 Dotted Borders

    1 Chestnut

    One of the Dotted Borders escaped soon after we’d identified it, and we followed it's flight until it landed on the underside of a branch – an ingenious place to hide!

    All photographs © Laura Richardson (richardsonwildlife.com)

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  • Sunday 17th November - After the rains!!

    Sadly the rains have haltered our last few moth-ing attempts but finally there was a rain free Saturday! Four traps were set in total around college and argal and although the two at College Lake were empty, across the two traps at Argal we caught 6 moths. Now this mightn't seem too impressive compared to our usual numbers but we are now in the colder months so weren't expecting the same numbers. It'll be interesting to see what moths we'll continue to see over the winter months. Here's what we got this time......

    Argal Trap 1

    1 common marbled carpet

    1 dark chestnut

    1 chestnut

    1 rusty dot pearl

    Argal Trap 2

    1 november moth

    1 dark chestnut

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  • Moths & Facebook

    We now have a facebook pages dedicated specifically to moths/moth related chat/ a place to get help with moth ID! So if you use facebook anyway, why not add yourself to the groups to get chatting about the cool moths at the reservoirs (and anywhere else in Cornwall!)

    For the College/Argal Reservoir Page search for: College and Argal Moths https://www.facebook.com/#!/collegeandargalmoths?fref=ts

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  • October 1st 2013 - The species list

    Sorry its a little late but finally heres the species list for October 1st 2013. With potential overnight downpours, we were able to keep the moths safe from the rains with some careful deployment of the moth traps. Having swiftly moved into Autumn, we battled with the darker than usual early morning wake up but it was well and truely worth it as we were rewarded with some absolutely stunning moth species. With the changing seasons we're seeing changing species and we were very excited to have some new species to add to the list including the very striking Merveille du Jour and Black rustic (as pictured). Heres the full list.....

    Argal Trap 1

    Merveille du jour 1

    Snout 3

    Acleris rufana 2

    Autumnal rustic 8

    Square spot rustic 1

    Red-green carpet 1

    Argal trap 2

    Brimstone 1

    Green carpet 2

    Snout 2

    Large yellow underwing 3

    Rush veneer 5

    Square spot rustic 1

    Light brown apple 2

    Setaceous hebrew character 4

    Black rustic 2

    Emerald 1

    College trap 1

    Brimstone 1

    Setaceous hebrew character 4

    Black rustic 1

    Snout 3

    Large yellow underwing 4

    Heart & dart 1

    Acleris emargana 1

    Red-green carpet 1

    Luna underwing 1

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