Although the wildlife calendar still seems to be running a couple of weeks behind there are now plenty of butterflies and moths on the wing.
Lots of Speckled Wood, Small white, Green veined white and Brimstone have been spotted at Farlington and Hookheath. While working at Swanwick in late April I had a lovely view of a fresh looking Comma basking in a sunny woodland ride.
Moths are doing relativly well too, although the counts in the trap have fluctuated with the night time temperatures and overall catch numbers are still below average for the time of year. Never the less a couple of weeks back in the Beechcroft trap we had a catch record of 42 individuals over 22 species. Exciting things included; Small Phoenix, 2 Green Carpets, Maidens Blush and a Waved Umber.
Last night was another good night for moth trapping with 30 individuals over 13 species. We even had 5 new species that haven’t previously been caught this year in the HQ garden including; Scalloped Hook-tip, Buff Ermine, Orange Footman & Iron Prominent.