Thursday, April 25, 2013

Let the moth trapping commence

Dotted Chestnut

Finally got round to running my moth trap for the first time this spring. Not a bad haul, of 85+ moths of about 16 species. The highlight was this Dotted Chestnut, a new moth for me and one that's described as "extremely rare, extremely local resident" in Bedfordshire, though there have been three other records in the county already this year.

Full list follows...


  • Common Quaker, 32
  • Hebrew Character, 17
  • Clouded Drab, 10
  • Chestnut, 8
  • Nut-tree Tussock, 4
  • Purple Thorn, 3
  • Pine Beauty, 3
  • Twin-spotted Quaker, 1
  • Small Quaker, 1
  • Mullein, 1
  • Lunar Marbled Brown, 1
  • Herald, 1
  • Early Thorn, 1
  • Early Grey, 1
  • Dotted Chestnut, 1
  • Brindled Beauty, 1