31 March/1 April 2010: total 9, species 3 (1C down to sub-zero, with cold wind). Yet another freezing night with only two moths coming in after 22.30 last night. Will it ever get warm again?

Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (1)
Common Quaker 2187 Orthosia cerasi (1)
Hebrew Character 2190 Orthosia gothica (7)

30/31 March 2010: total 12, species 3 (down to 2C with significant wind chill, intermittant heavy rain). The only thing of interest was the number of Hebrew Character moths about in such foul conditions.

Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (1)
Common Quaker 2187 Orthosia cerasi (2)
Hebrew Character 2190 Orthosia gothica (9)

29/30 March 2010: total 15, species 5 (7C, heavy rain easing by morning). Another disappointing night, but without the 'moth hotel' I would not even have bothered to turn the trap on. With the rivers and reservoirs full to overflowing, when will all this rain stop?

Rusty Oak/Birch Button 1044/1045 Acleris ferrugana/notana (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (1)
Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (7)
Common Quaker 2187 Orthosia cerasi (2)
Hebrew Character 2190 Orthosia gothica (4)

28/29 March 2010: total 9, species 5 (6C, heavy rain, easing by morning). A garden first to ease the otherwise disappointing catch and another from 24/25 March has just been identified as a form of the Tufted Button. Both these micro moths have hibernated over the winter.

*New*Tufted Button 1054 Acleris cristana f. fulvovittana (1)
*New* Red Birch Slender 0283 Caloptilia betulicola (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (1)
Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (3)
Common Quaker 2187 Orthosia cerasi (3)
Clouded Drab 2188 Orthosia incerta (1)

27/28 March 2010: total 19, species 3 (). After a couple of days away visiting the inlaws not a lot to report really.

Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (12)
Common Quaker
2187 Orthosia cerasi (3)
Hebrew Character
2190 Orthosia gothica (4)

25/26 March 2010: total 16, species 6 (5C, damp, partially overcast & windy). A drop in temperature and the depradations of the great tits have had the expected adverse impact on moth numbers, but the wrens are still nest building and the male greets me every morning singing his heart out.

Oak Beauty 1930 Biston strataria (1)
Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (4)
Common Quaker
2187 Orthosia cerasi (8)
Clouded Drab
2188 Orthosia incerta (1)
Twin-spotted Quaker
2189 Orthosia munda (1)
Hebrew Character
2190 Orthosia gothica (1)

24/25 March 2010: total 28, species 9 (9C, rainy, overcast & windless). Another good early night. Is this the same Herald I captured last autumn emerging after hibernation? Two wrens are busy nest building just outside the greenhouse and the first tadpoles have hatched out. On the downside, a pair of great tits were seen gorging themselves on last nights catch, so I must change the release location tomorrow!

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Common Plume
1524 Emmelina monodactyla (2)
March Moth 1663 Alsophila aescularia (1)
Oak Beauty 1930 Biston strataria (1)
Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (10)
Common Quaker
2187 Orthosia cerasi (9)
Twin-spotted Quaker
2189 Orthosia munda (1)
Hebrew Character
2190 Orthosia gothica (2)
Herald 2469 Scoliopteryx libatrix (1)

23/24 March 2010: total 25, species 8 (6C, overcast, damp & windless). Another garden first (the 4th new species of the year so far), a pristine Oak Beauty - what a treat!

Winter Shade 1025 Tortricodes alternella (1)
Beautiful Plume
1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (1)
*New* Oak Beauty 1930 Biston strataria (1)
Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (8)
Common Quaker
2187 Orthosia cerasi (8)
Hebrew Character
2190 Orthosia gothica (4)

22/23 March 2010: total 13, species 6 (5C down to 0C, early rain later easing, cloud clearing, slight wind)

Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (3)
Common Quaker
2187 Orthosia cerasi (4)
Hebrew Character
2190 Orthosia gothica (3)
Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (1)

21/22 March 2010: total 24, species 6 (6C, clouding over, light breeze)

Lichen Button 1061 Acleris literana (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (1)
Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (13)
Common Quaker
2187 Orthosia cerasi (5)
Clouded Drab
2188 Orthosia incerta (1)
Hebrew Character
2190 Orthosia gothica (3)

20/21 March 2010: total 12, species 3 (6C, raining & windy)

Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (6)
Common Quaker
2187 Orthosia cerasi (5)
Hebrew Character
2190 Orthosia gothica (1)

19/20 March 2010: total 7, species 3 (8C, overcast with rain, heavy at times, windy).

Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (4)
Common Quaker
2187 Orthosia cerasi (2)
Hebrew Character
2190 Orthosia gothica (1)

18/19 March 2010: total 15, species 4 (8C, overcast with rain, misty by morning). The warmest night of the year.

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Small Quaker
2182 Orthosia cruda (1)
Common Quaker
2187 Orthosia cerasi (9)
Hebrew Character
2190 Orthosia gothica (4)

17/18 March 2010: total 15, species 8 (5C, overcast, no wind). Suddenly we are into double figures.

March Tubic 0663 Diurnea fagella (1)
Common Flat-body
0688 Agonopterix heracliana (1)
Winter Shade
1025 Tortricodes alternella (1)
Small Quaker
2182 Orthosia cruda (1)
Common Quaker
2187 Orthosia cerasi (4)
Hebrew Character
2190 Orthosia gothica (2)
Satellite
2256 Eupsilia transversa (1)
Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (4)

16/17 March 2010: total 6, species 3 (0C, falling to sub-zero overnight-so no micros-clear & windless)

Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (2)
Common Quaker
2187 Orthosia cerasi (3)
Satellite
2256 Eupsilia transversa (1)

15/16 March 2010: total 8, species 7 (4C, clear & scant breeze). At last, some moths seem to be on the move!

March Tubic 0663 Diurnea fagella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth
0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Winter Shade
1025 Tortricodes alternella (1)
*New* Sallow Button
1053 Acleris hastiana (1)
Common Quaker
2187 Orthosia cerasi (2)
Satellite
2256 Eupsilia transversa (1)
Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (1)

14/15 March 2010: total 1, species 1 (3C, clear & windless: at last a mini heatwave!)

Satellite 2256 Eupsilia transversa (1)

13/14 March 2010: total 4, species 3 (2C, overcast & windless)

Winter Shade 1025 Tortricodes alternella (1)
Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (1)
Common Quaker 2187 Orthosia cerasi (2)

12/13 March 2010: total 1, species 1 (+2C, overcast, scant breeze, some rain, at times heavy). Despite rising temperatures!, a disappointing catch, not helped by the rain.

Common Quaker 2187 Orthosia cerasi (1)

11/12 March 2010: total 6, species 4 (+1C, overcast with very slight breeze). We were visiting our elder daughter in London on Wednesday night when the temperature fell yet again to sub-zero. Thursday night it had rebounded! It is at times such as this that my strategy of placing the trap just inside the greenhouse door pays dividends, as many moths never actually enter the trap, but can be collected up from the surrounding area. A Dotted Border, mangled by an early spider, and quite dead, was a garden first.

Winter Shade 1025 Tortricodes alternella (3)
*New* Dotted Border 1934 Agriopis marginaria (1)
Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (1)
Common Quaker 2187 Orthosia cerasi (1)

9/10 March 2010: total 3, species 3 (0C, mainly overcast, slight wind chill).

Winter Shade 1025 Tortricodes alternella (1)
Common Quaker 2187 Orthosia cerasi (1)
Hebrew Character 2190 Orthosia gothica (1)

8/9 March 2010: total 3, species 2 (for the previous two nights temperatures dropped to -7C and -5C, so at +2C it was positively balmy - except for the wind-chill factor, which made it seem like normal for the year!).

Winter Shade 1025 Tortricodes alternella (2)
Satellite 2256 Eupsilia transversa (1)

5/6 March 2010: total 1, species 1 (+1C, no wind & clear).

March Moth 1663 Alsophila aescularia (1)

4/5 March 2010: Nothing! By 2100 the temperature had fallen to -5C (will the nights ever get warm again?) A local cat was in the garden and had just killed a Bluetit and the frogspawn had turned black, being embedded in the ice on the pond.

3/4 March 2010: total 1, species 1 (0C, clear & almost windless).

Satellite 2256 Eupsilia transversa (1)

2/3 March 2010: total 2, species 2 (by 2230 the temperature had fallen to -3C - down from +1C when the trap was turned on - so I turned the trap off. These two didn't travel far during the past 24 hours!).

March Moth 1663 Alsophila aescularia (1)
Satellite 2256 Eupsilia transversa (1)

1/2 March 2010: total 2, species 2 (by 2230 the temperature had fallen to -2C, so I turned the trap off. These two were found this morning inside the 'moth hotel', aka my greenhouse. The 4 large dollops of frogspawn were frozen into the ice on the pond. When will those frogs ever learn...

March Moth 1663 Alsophila aescularia (1)
Satellite 2256 Eupsilia transversa (1)

28 February/1 March 2010: total 1, species 1 (2C falling to sub-zero, slight breeze with hazy moon).

Another garden first, found lurking around the 'moth hotel' door, just a few feet away from the trap.

*New* Spring Usher 1932 Agriopis leucophaearia (1)

27/28 February 2010: total 4, species 3 (initially windless & overcast, rain by morning, sometimes heavy).

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Satellite 2256 Eupsilia transversa (2)
Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (1)

25/26 February 2010: total 1, species 1.

After weeks of prolonged sub-zero temperatures Wednesday night was the warmest of the year at 5C, but not a sausage! Thursday night it rose to 6C and there was the first frog spawn of the year and a new garden record. Initial heavy rain stopped by 21.00, when the trap was turned on. A stiff breeze with quite a chill factor.

*New* Rusty Oak/Birch Button 1044/1045 Acleris ferrugana/notana (1)
These two species are very hard to tell apart and dissection is needed. I am not into moth fiddling to that degree!

7/8 February 2010 The first moth of the year; not in the trap, but indoors!

Light Brown Apple Moth, 0998 Epiphyas postvittana

1 January - 31 January

Nothing recorded. With frequent sub-zero temperarures and heavy snow earlier in the month, unsurprisingly the moth trap was only set up on a few occasions. It has been interesting to note that moths have been recorded in the area, albeit on sites at a lower altitude and which are generally slightly warmer. One or two degrees can make a big difference.