Tales From The Trap - February 2013 Week 4

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Firstly, my apologies for no blog for the past couple of weeks, as I’m sure all readers are aware there have been very few moths recorded during February so nothing to write about; even Twitter has been very quiet! However, now we’re into March I can look at what I recorded during last month and compare it with previous years here at BC Towers.

I recorded 4 moths of 3 species during February: Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria on 12th; Pale Brindled Beauty Phigalia pilosaria on 14th and 18th and Oak Beauty Biston strataria on 19th.

Here’s a table of previous February’s records for BC Towers when recording took place:

Year / Species

Abundance (Min.)

2002

3

Clouded Drab

1

Satellite

1

Scrobipalpa costella

1

2003

21

Agonopterix heracliana

1

Chestnut

5

Depressaria daucella

1

Early Thorn

1

Hebrew Character

2

Oak Beauty

2

Pale Brindled Beauty

2

Satellite

3

Tortricodes alternella

1

Yellow Horned

3

2004

6

Acleris ferrugana/notana

1

Dark Sword-grass

1

Hebrew Character

1

Oak Beauty

1

Yellow Horned

2

2008

26

Acleris hastiana

1

Acleris notana

1

Chestnut

1

Common Quaker

1

Diurnea fagella

1

Dotted Border

4

Double-striped Pug

1

Early Grey

2

Early Tooth-striped

2

Emmelina monodactyla

1

Hebrew Character

5

Pale Brindled Beauty

1

Yellow Horned

5

2009

28

Acleris ferrugana/notana

4

Acleris hastiana

2

Agonopterix heracliana

1

Caloptilia robustella

1

Dotted Border

5

Early Grey

1

Hebrew Character

2

Oak Beauty

2

Pale Brindled Beauty

2

Satellite

4

Tortricodes alternella

1

Yellow Horned

3

2011

31

Acleris hastiana

1

Dotted Border

4

Double-striped Pug

1

Early Grey

1

Early Tooth-striped

1

Hebrew Character

2

Oak Beauty

9

Pale Brindled Beauty

5

Tortricodes alternella

2

Yellow Horned

5

2012

71

Acleris ferrugana/notana

6

Acleris umbrana

2

Agonopterix heracliana

1

Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

1

Chestnut

12

Common Quaker

3

Dark Chestnut

1

Dotted Border

5

Early Grey

1

Early Moth

1

Emmelina monodactyla

1

Hebrew Character

4

Mottled Grey

1

Oak Beauty

3

Pale Brindled Beauty

9

Satellite

3

Spring Usher

7

Tortricodes alternella

8

Winter Moth

1

Ypsolopha ustella

1

As it can be seen in my non-scientific analysis, February 2013 was nothing unusual as there does seem to be a mix of both what we would term “good” and “bad” years. Some February’s didn’t get recorded at all, I suspect due to a combination of weather, workload and availability of someone here at BC Towers to look at the trap! I will leave you the reader to draw your own conclusions.

Onwards and upwards for March! And don’t forget to support the Garden Moth Scheme for 2013 which started last weekend and seems to have caught a few recorders on-the-hop!

Les Hill

Senior Data Manager, National Moth Recording Scheme and Dorset County Macro-moth Recorder

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