First trap of the year

Moth Trapping - NE Hants ~ 16-17/04/20 ~

Last night I put the moth trap out for the first time since I left for Australia back in June 2019. The weather was reasonably calm and overcast for most of the night, dropping to around 4℃, and with a bit of light rain in the early hours.

The catch consisted of 27 moths of 17 species; highlights were 2 Grey Birch, 1 Great Prominent & 1 Purple Thorn. Prior to this morning, I had only seen one Grey Birch before, so they were a particular surprise! See the table below for a full species breakdown:

Species
Count
Brimstone Moth
Opisthograptis luteolata
1
Light Brown Apple-moth
Epiphyas postvittana
1
Satellite
Eupsilia transversa
1
Brown-spot Flat-body
Agonopterix alstromeriana
1
Purple Thorn
Selenia tetralunaria
1
Ruddy Streak
Tachystola acroxantha
1
Common Quaker
Orthosia cerasi
2
Hebrew Character
Orthosia gothica
2
Nut-tree Tussock
Colocasia coryli
1
Brindled Beauty
Lycia hirtaria
4
Oak-tree Pug
Eupithecia dodoneata
5
Brindled Pug
Eupithecia abbreviata
1
Great Prominent
Peridea anceps
1
Clouded Drab
Orthosia incerta
1
Grey Birch
Aethalura punctulata
2
Iron Prominent
Notodonta dromedarius
1
Pale Mottled Willow
Caradrina clavipalpis
1

Grey Birch Aethalura punctulata
Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedarius
Brindled Beauty Lycia hirtaria
Great Prominent Peridea anceps

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