Belatedly a brief post on moths trapped last weekend. The minimum temperature was minus 1.0 degrees centigrade so it was a surprise to find a few moths in the trap.
One was a nicely marked Hebrew Character but the other two were well worn noctuids looking remarkably similar at first glance (well, to me at least!)
I am pretty sure this is a Small Quaker but please leave a comment if I am wrong!
This particular individual is even harder! I thought Chestnut at first but a look at the Moth "bible" and various websites have revised that provisional id and I think it may be Clouded Drab.
Edit - many thanks to Stewart and Dean for correcting my id - this one is a Common Quaker!
Any correction of above id's would, as always, be very welcome!
Summary of Moths Trapped Sunday, 18th March, 2012
(GMS Week 3)
6.30 p.m. until dawn
Minimum temperature -1.0 degrees centigrade
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
Hebrew Character x 1
Small Quaker x 1 (NFY)
Clouded Drab?? x 1
Edit Common Quaker x 1 (not Clouded Drab!)
Moth Species 2012 = 8
I was in North Warwickshire today so I stopped off in an area of huge "prairie" type fields where I have seen hares in the past. No sign today and the only birds around were crows, blackbirds, wood pigeons, black-headed gulls and pheasants together with a pair of yellowhammers (my first sighting this year).
A record-breaking night in Bedfordshire
1 hour ago