On the 30th I did get two new moths for the website which made the effort well worth it but the next couple of nights although still nice was more about new for the year which is still fine.
The catch of the 30th was as follows :- Peppered Moth 1, Iron Prominent 2, Scorched Wing 2,New for website,Spruce Carpet 1, Epinotia bilunana 1,new for website, Grey Pine Carpet 4, Epinotia immundana 2,Oak Hook-tip 1, Treble Lines 1, Common Marbled Carpet 2, May Highflyer 1,Common Pug 1, Lobster Moth 1.
The 31st was a bit disappointing so the 1st June reads:- Tachystola acroxantha 1, Common Marbled Carpet 1, Buff-tip 1, Green Carpet 1, Iron Prominent 2, Pale Tussock 1, Twenty-plume Moth 1, May Highflyer 1, Grey Pine Carpet 2, Clouded Border 1, Treble Lines 1, Scorched Wing 1, Common White Wave 1, Heart & Dart 1, Large Yellow Underwing 1.
Here are a few selected shots from the above.
Last year at Odiham Common was a terrible year for the Forester Moths with only 4 seen by myself in a good search and a maximum seen by anybody of about 8.I had to go there to see if they had made a recovery and as such was chauffeured by P for a short visit. It was warm with intermittent sunshine and so I walked about 100m along the path of the largest meadow and counted 7 going down and 8 coming back to which I was thrilled. How these moths can make such a recovery from such a low base is one of natures wonders and for me was the second bit of good news in a week. Burnet Companions seemed to be having a good year with about 18 seen over the same distance feverishly feeding from one flower to the next possibly because the weather had a last turned in their favour. I also saw a couple of male Common Blues,my first of the year,along with some other mystery moths that I was not in a position to chase.