13 January 2016

Mild winter moths

Had the moth trap on at home over the last few weeks hoping to attract some of the very unseasonal migrant moths that have been appearing in southern Britain during this record mild spell. The trap attracted a total of zero moths. Zero! The porch light however pulled in a Winter Moth on 11 December 2015 and a Double-striped Pug on 28 December 2015 (the later usually flying between April and August). I might put up a white sheet behind the porch light and sell the trap.

Winter Moth Operophtera brumata, 11 December 2015, Worcester Park

Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata, 28 December 2015, Worcester Park

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