I think the cloudless skies at night are not helping as the perspex in the trap is always covered in condensation.
Tonight is another clear night but if it produces new micros then I'm happy with that.
I have however been luckier with the micro moths with a couple of new ones attracted or bred in the garden.
My first thrill is Dichrorampha alpinana, a new micro for the website,a brownish moth with an arched yellow/orange crescent whose larvae feed on the roots of Oxe-eye Daisy which are growing beautifully in my wild garden so that gives me a good buzz as nothing thrills me more than thinking the wildlife garden is doing some good.
A large Tortrix was found late in the trap obviously not wishing to show himself at 5am in the morning and I should have more sense. Its possibly the largest of the Tortrix with a wingspan of approximately 30mm and is called Lozotaenia forsterana.There was also a couple of Celypha striana whose larvae feed on Dandelion and I'm not going to say the obvious. Another regular is the Marbled Orchard Tortrix whose larvae feed on Plum which again I wont say the obvious so the point of the exercise during a quiet period is the wildlife garden does work and I wont preach but you would get great fun.I have been having Miner Bees all week on the Ox -eye Daisies including one that is barely 6mm so I must try to photo and I/D these.
The catch last night is :- Buff Ermine 4,being a species of principle importance in England this was a good number.Flame shoulder 1, Heart & Dart 1, Celypha striana 2, Lozotaenia forsterana 1, & Ochropleura plecta 1,
Scoparia ambigualis 1.
I also found a couple of larvae in the garden which I think may be Angle Shades which I found feeding on Sweet Rocket Hesperis matronalis