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  • 1st June - We are inundated with cockchafers and hawkmoths!!

    Saturdays moth trapping was the best we've had yet - over 20 species - 2 species of hawkmoth - burying beetles - and about 15 cockchafers! The trap at Argal, that has always had the fewest species and abundance, was full to the brim with moths and beetles -

    Argal Trap 1

    Small phoenix

    3 muslin moth

    flame shoulder

    hebrew character

    brown silverline

    white ermine

    powdered quaker

    burying beetle

    3 cock chafers

    College Trap 1 -

    4 flame shoulders

    2 poplar hawkmoths

    common quaker

    hebrew character

    small phoenix

    pug spp.

    Pale pinion

    longhorn micro sp?

    Silver ground carpet

    Powdered Quaker

    10 Cockchafers

    1 Burying Beetle

    College Trap 2 -

    Small phoenix

    Common Wave

    Herold

    Yellow barred brindle

    Poplar Hawkmoth

    2 Common marbled carpets

    Peach Blossom

    College Trap 3 -

    This was a pretty cool trap site, because its in a meadow field, and there were lots of moths hanging around the grass near the trap - eg. hawkmoths that we didnt notice straight away - and the moth of the day - an eyed hawkmoth!! This trap hadnt had anything in last week but we thought that it would be a good site when it was a better moon phase!

    Poplar Hawkmoth

    Eyed Hawkmoth

    Muslin moth

    Pale prominant

    Small phoenix

    Small square spot

    One noctuidae still being ID'd

    Image below photographs taken by Sam Perfect: (from top left to right)

    Small square spot, burying beetle, cockchafer, unidentified pug, longhorn micro spp., silver ground carpet, Still being ID'd, pale pinion, powdered quaker, white ermine, brown silverline, flame shoulder, muslin moth, poplar hawkmoth with pink underwings, popular hawkmoth. If you think we've ID'd wrong - let us know!!

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  • Moth trapping 26th May - moths and glow worms!

    Last week we had quite a few less moths - which could be down to the moon phase - 87% illumination, so perhaps not ideal - but we still got some pretty awesome moths, and our first hawkmoth! Unfortunately still only have 4 traps working, so 3 at College Reservoir at the moment, and one at Argal -

    Argal Trap 1 -

    Muslin moth

    1 Noctuidae still to identify - photo to follow soon!

    College Trap 1 -

    Poplar Hawkmoth!

    3 Muslin moths

    College Trap 2 -

    Hebrew Character

    Common Quaker

    A pesky pug - still to ID!

    College Trap 3 -

    Empty!

    We also had a pretty exciting non-moth related find whilst setting the traps up - a glow worm!!

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  • Moth trapping begins!!

    Today we began our moth monitoring at the reservoirs! After a huge team effort in collecting enough egg boxes the past few months, and lots of unpacking/charging of all our awesome new equipment, we set the traps on saturday to see what we could find. As it was our first time using the traps we decided to begin using just 3 of the 5 traps to check everything was running smoothly, with 2 at College and 1 at Argal. We had a total of 11 species of moth, cadisflys + lots of mossys! The species that we think we had are:

    College Reservoir

    Angle shades

    Hebrew Character

    Muslin moth

    Nut tree tussock

    Caddis fly

    Dotted border

    Common Quaker

    Pug unidentified!

    Yellow barred brindle

    Water Carpet

    Small phonix

    Pug unidentified

    Argal Reservoir

    One lonely common quaker!

    We'll be heading out again next sunday so get in touch if you would like to come along and help! Any level of ID welcome!

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  • Lots of lovely moth equipment!

    Look at all our beautiful new equipment!! Thankyou OPAL!!!

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  • Ecosocs Moth Monitoring Project

    And so our new project begins! Keep up to date with our moth findings by checking out this blog! :) Mothing will begin as soon as the mothing season does, with the project being launched on Saturday 8th June at our Bioblitz! Make sure you come along to learn from the experts, and see how many species you can find!

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