Now that the GMC has been going for such a long time the field is really starting to spread out. Way off in the distance I see that some people have now topped 400. Back here in my little Oxford garden I'm really pleased finally to have made it to 200 so less than half the best totals. In the middle of the heatwave I was getting to the dizzying heights of 50+ catches (individuals, not species) with my record being 65 moths. Now that the weather is more moderate I'm back down to 20 to 30 moths a night. Still as long as there are one or two NFY in amongst them it keeps me and my seven year old son Luke happy enough.
I am starting to wonder about a better trap. I currently use a home-made Heath trap with a 40W actinic bulb. Whilst I don't really want to start using an MV because of the neighbours, I am wondering how much better a proper Robinson trap might be.
We have a bumble bee nest under our shed in the back garden and since we run the trap nearby we often get quite a few of the bees in the trap the next morning. Luke has recently become more interesting in wrangling the bees rather than the moths - he likes having them crawling around on his finger and they are generally more cooperative than the moths. He's getting pretty good at identifying some of the moths and confidently ID'ed a Common Rustic agg this morning.
Anway, so what have been the new additions since I last posted I hear you ask. Well, here's the list
23/07/2013 Dingy Footman
23/07/2013 Mother Of Pearl
23/07/2013 Black Arches
24/07/2013 Common Wainscot
24/07/2013 Ypsolopha dentella
24/07/2013 Early Thorn
27/07/2013 Blastobasis adustella
27/07/2013 Ruby Tiger
27/07/2013 Metalampra Italica
27/07/2013 Lesser Common Rustic
29/07/2013 Spindle Ermine
29/07/2013 Straw Dot
29/07/2013 Southern Wainscot
30/07/2013 Leopard Moth
31/07/2013 Silver Y
31/07/2013 Scalloped Oak
31/07/2013 Udea Lutealis
01/08/2013 Flame Shoulder
01/08/2013 Marbled Beauty
01/08/2013 Marbled Green
02/08/2013 Agriphila geniculea
02/08/2013 Argyresthia bonnetella
03/08/2013 Apple Leaf Miner (Lyonetia clerkella)
03/08/2013 Currant Pug
04/08/2013 Bucculatrix nigricomella
05/08/2013 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
05/08/2013 Pale Prominent
05/08/2013 Chequered Fruit-tree Totrix
05/08/2013 Bryotropha domestica
The most interesting addition was the Metalampra Italica, which is a rare Italian micro that has recently (in the last 10 years or so) started colonising this country. Up until June there had been no records in the Upper Thames recording area but suddenly in July they stared appearing, with my record being only the third ever for the region.
In my last posting I mentioned that I couldn't think of any more butterflies that I might actually still get in my garden. Well I did manage one more in the form of a splendid Clouded Yellow which unfortunately flew off before I could get a photo. Still that brings my butterfly total to 15 now which is pretty amazing given the size and location of my garden.
Time for some moth porn!
I've picked out some of the more photogenic moths for the photos though actually I'm really starting to get into some of the micros. They're fiddly little blighters but do make for great ID challenges. Thank heavens for expert advice on hand in the Bird Forum "Butterfly and Moth ID" forum.
Anyway, with my garden total now standing at 209 I'm wondering what end of year total I might achieve. I'm going to see if I can make it to 250 which would be a good total for my location.