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Mid-week moth trapping at RSPB Insh Marshes – April 11th 2012

This event had originally been planned for the previous week but was postponed due to decidedly wintry weather including snow! The weather wasn’t forecast to be a lot better the following week but since it was getting late in the flight season for Rannoch Sprawler, the target species, it was a case of now or never.

On the chosen night the temperature fell to less than 2˚C and so, as expected, there were not many moths in the traps. Eleven folk turned up on the morning and the six traps produced a total of just 47 moths consisting of 10 species of macro-moth and one micro-moth. No surprises and unfortunately no target species. However, two Rannoch Sprawlers had been caught in the wood a couple of days earlier and were now produced as “here’s two we caught earlier”.

In addition to the moths listed below, a Northern Eggar larva was seen:

Red Swordgrass
Early Tooth-striped
Common Quaker
Brindled Beauty
Water Carpet
Clouded Drab
Hebrew Character
Red Chestnut
Mottled Grey
Acleris logiana




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