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Saturday, 22 May 2010

National no moth night

Saturday 15th May was National Moth Night so I dusted off the 125w mv trap and pressed it into action, running it for about four hours flat. I was filled with a sense of childish excitement when examining the trap early Sunday morning but that soon dissipated to incredulity and much wringing of hands when it became evident not a single lepidoptera had been caught. Not sure if this was a result of cold overnight conditions, too early in the year for big catches - although you would expect at least one or two - or that a back garden of a terraced house in the valleys just isn't ideal for moth trapping. Whatever the reason in true Eurovision style 'nil point' was the score.  

Did catch one thing though, the first cockchafer of the year.

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