A fabulous selection of moths for National Moth Night 2016, we had a total of three traps out:-
Robinson 125W MV in our garden
Midi Robinson with 15W Actinic in a neighbours garden
plus Bill next door had his trap out
The weather was almost perfect mothing weather - warm, windless and full cloud cover. It was drizzling when the traps were set but we took the precaution of sheltering the traps under a fishing umbrella in the garden and a makeshift bivvy in the neighbours garden. Thankfully by morning the thousands of midgies had disappeared - until Bill opened his trap and let a few hundred out anyway
In our garden alone we had 162 moths of 40 species, including an amazing 27 Poplar Hawk-moths! First for the year for this location were: True Lover's Know, Angle Shades, Map-winged Swift, Cinnabar and a really lovely Silver Hook.
Not much from the neighbour's garden - 11 moths of 8 species.
the trap in Bill's garden held 30 moths of 18 species, possibly 31 moths of 19 species, we are just awaiting confirmation of one of them.
It was great that John K was able to come along to the trap opening, his id skills and knowledge were much appreciated, particularly with the micro moths of which there were more species than usual.
Just a few of the 32 Poplar Hawk-moths from three gardens