Friday, 11 April 2008

A poor week

Cold nights and wind and rain have made for a poor week.
1Aspilapteryx tringipennella
3 hebrew character
1 Early Grey
Bri had 5 satellite , 2 Chestnut and a Mottled Grey
Nowt else to report

8 comments:

drepana said...

Well I have done a bit better, due mainly to persevering in the wet and frozen conditions, April so far has seen Com Quaker - 24, Sm Quaker - 25, Clouded Drab - 4, Heb Char - 11, Brindled pug - 13, Chestnut - 10 and one each of Pale Pinnion, Red Swordgrass and the poss Eriocrania sangii discussed elswhere. 90 moths so far!

Paul Talbot..aka Moffman said...

Just to put this in perspective. I regularly got between 300/500 moths per night in April when I ran an MV in the garden. It was not uncommon on good nights in April to record 300+ Common Quaker.

AndyC said...

Out of the last 5 years trapping here in Northowram,this is by far the worst year by a long way.

drepana said...

Hi Paul / Andy

That's interesting... I have never recorded more than 70 moths in total in any night let alone 300+ C Quakers. However (and its a big however) my records only go back to Spring 2007! Being new to this game it would be interesting to see monthly total numbers from the same site over the last few years to see just how bad things are this year or last year or more optimistically how good they can be in years to come.

Winston

AndyC said...

2003 =200+ moths 13species
2004 = 250+ moths =14 species
2005 = 300 + moths =15 species
2006= 200 + moths = 11 species
2007 =250 + moths = 15 species
2008 =35 moths =9 species
Its never going to be great in Northowram in the winter months as its so high up and exposed to the wind.The other mothers in this area who are in vally bottoms and next to large woods get much better results .ie Paul,Brian and Winston.But some years are better than others in the natural cycle of things.

charly streets said...

OK, for what it's worth- April leps. so far:
3 Common Plume Moth
1 Mompha subbistrigella
1 Brindled Pug
NO butterflies at all this year.
I'm not going to moan about the cr***y weather but it is shockingly bad isn't it :-(

drepana said...

April Summary -
2007 = 140+ moths = 15 Species
2008 = 90+ moths = 11 Species (so far)
April Butterflies Summary -
Small Tortoiseshell 2007=27 2008=2
Peacock 2007=58 2008=1
Speckled Wood 2007=9 2008=0
Orange Tip 2007=14 2008=0
comma 2007=11 2008=0

If there are many more submissions I will try and collate them into a table at the end of April so we can see just how bad it has really been.

Winston

AndyC said...

Butterflys
2008 - 2 small Tortoiseshell
A Brimstone was reported last week in Todmorden.