Just one moth again this morning: The Chestnut. This species has become more common in my garden recently with 24 of my 30 records occuring in the last 3 years. Below is a photograph taken back in August at Lydden, Kent.
After 4 completely blank nights there was just 1 moth this morning: November Moth (agg.). For several years I've been looking for a Mother Shipton and I finally saw one this year on a visit to the Cotswolds. Picture below:
A low of 2.5c overnight and the first frost of the year on cars in the street. So it was no surprise that there was nothing in the trap this morning. One species that had a good year here at least was the Old Lady with nearly a quarter of my records over the last 12 years being this year.
Minimum of 9c again last night. Six moths this morning: November Moth (agg.), Rusty-dot Pearl, Light Brown Apple Moth, 2 Blastobasis lacticolella, and my latest ever Lesser Yellow Underwing-I thought it might be a Lunar Underwing but sadly it's not. There was also a Green Sheildbug sat near the trap-picture from the archives below.
A minimum of 9c last night-staying mild but just one moth Acleris sparsana on the vanes of the trap. The second one of the Autumn-see post on October 26th. Below is a nicely marked micro seen on the Dungeness RSPB reserve earlier this year.
Mild weather continues with a low of 9c overnight. Just 3 moths this morning-the first night of the Winter Garden Moth Survey: November Moth (agg.), Silver Y and Light Brown Apple Moth. Below is one of the new micros of this year.
A slightly colder night last night with a min. of 7c. Only 2 micros this morning: Blastobasis decolorella & Light Brown Apple Moth. Below is a Clouded Brindle from earlier in the year. This was the 3rd garden record, but the first for 10 years!
Another wet night with a low of 9.5c. Down to 1 moth this morning: The Chestnut. It's been a good autumn for L-album Wainscots. I only recorded my first in 2008, with 5 of my 8 records coming this year.
Down to 2 moths this morning: November Moth (agg.) and Yellow-line Quaker. The temperature hardly varied in the last 24 hours with a min. of 10c & a max. of 11c. In November 2010 I recorded 2 firsts for the garden list, the long awaited Merveille du Jour, pictured below, and Scarce Umber. The Merveille du Jour came about a month after I'd photographed my first one ever whilst on holiday in Cornwall. That picture subsequently appeared on "Autumnwatch" and can seen at the following link:
The mild weather continues with a low of 11c last night. 8 moths: Blastobasis lacticolella, Yellow-line Quaker, Light Brown Apple Moth, Blair's Shoulder-knot, November Moth (agg.), Large Wainscot, Shuttle-shaped Dart, & Silver Y. Still hoping for a Feathered Thorn this autumn. Below is one of this year's new micros.
Another mild wet night (10c) produced 7 moths: 1 Red-line Quaker, 2 Yellow-line Quaker, 2 November Moths (agg.), 1 Turnip & 1 Blastobasis lacticolella. I've recorded 21 new micro species in the garden this year. One of the nicer ones is illustrated below.
A very wet night with a low of only 12 c. Again 9 moths in the trap: 2 Yellow-line Quaker, 3 November Moths (agg.), Chestnut, Rusty-dot Pearl, Light Brown Apple-Moth and Shuttle-shaped Dart. Earlier in the year I was surprised to find a Lime Hawk-Moth in the middle of the kitchen floor. It was the 3rd "garden" record, but the 1st in the digital camera era, which enabled me to get this photograph.
Yet another mild night (Min 12 c) produced 2 Yellow-line Quakers, Turnip, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Rusty-dot Pearl & a very worn carpet (Spruce?). Looking back over the year, 2 species which I've waited 12 years to get in the trap are illustrated below.