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Thursday, 7 April 2011

No Sloe but quite a show

I went on my first field trapping session of the year last night, as it had been a hot day. I visited Bookham Common with Paul Wheeler in the hope of Sloe Carpet. There's wonderful habitat there, with massive Blackthorn thickets everywhere, too early for the Nightingales too! Despite this, we had a great night, and in just two hours (it got cold under the clear sky very quickly) we managed 19 macro moths, and a load of micros too. These included species that I had not expected to be out yet, and three new species for me. A Small Brindled Beauty was quite late, we had an Early Tooth-striped, and two Red Chestnuts. We also discovered some Brown Hairstreak eggs that had been marked by someone with some string. Quite a night!

6th April, Bookham Common:
9 Water Carpet
7 Common Quaker
6 Scorched Carpet
3 Clouded Drab
3 Frosted Green
2 Small Quaker
2 Red Chestnut*
2 Shoulder Stripe
2 Brindled Pug
2 Hebrew Character
1 Early Thorn
1 Streamer
1 Satellite
1 Engrailed
1 Small Brindled Beauty*
1 Oak Beauty
1 Early Tooth-striped*
1 Nut-tree Tussock
1 Oak-tree Pug

Water Carpet
Small Brindled Beauty
Shoulder Stripe
Scorched Carpet
Red Chestnut
Oak-tree Pug
Oak Beauty
Early Tooth-striped

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