"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Saturday, 5 March 2011

An Empty Moth Trap!

We had quite a heavy frost overnight and the minimum temperature was -3.1 degrees centigrade so I wasn't at all surprised to find that there wasn't a single moth in the trap this morning!

So the total number of moth species seen in the garden this year remains at just one - a winter moth attracted to light and found on the kitchen window in January.

Instead of identifying moths I spent some time browsing through this excellent provisional Moth Atlas recently published by Butterfly Conservation.


Pete said...


Ragged Robin said...

According to the Atlas its "Provisional" due to gaps in covrage because of under recording or missing records, biaises in recording towards recent records as historical records are geographicaly patchy (at the moment), and there may be errors. Hope that explains :D

The Wessex Reiver said...

Moth trapping at minus 3 is dedication. I'll look forward to the warmer evening reports. BTW Kilnsey Nature Reserve in Yorkshire near Malham did a moth trap in July 2010, over 300 caught of 50 different species. Take your moth trap if you head up there!

Ragged Robin said...

Thanks for the tip about taking the moth trap to Yorkshire, Andrew. I still regret not taking it on holiday to the Isle of Wight last year as I am sure I would have trapped a lot of species I am unlikely to ever get in the garden.