Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Weekend moth results

The christening of my new Robinson trap at Black Park was a triumph. We had a super-early Poplar Hawkmoth (see weird-shaped moth below), Frosted Green, lots of Longhorns (with the triumphantly long name Nematopogon swammerdamella), Nut-tree Tussock, a yet-to-be-identified Tortrix, and my favourite 3 Great Prominents. We also got very cold.
All of this mothing lark has sparked a few questions. The wonderful Moth Count scheme runs all sorts of FREE moth awareness and training events. If you fancy having a go why not join an event near you. You can find details over at the Moths Count website. You can watch our new moth film over at the BirdGuides website.

7 comments:

Nathalie said...

If now is super early for the poplar hawkmoth, how is 20th April? A friend of my other half twitpic'd one that day, which he would have had somewhere in Surrey. My moth knowledge is very small, but I managed to id it for him, though I didn't realise how early it was for it.

Born Again Bird Watcher said...

An excellent inauguration of the device. We look forward to seeing more of what it will collect.

BirdGuides said...

Hi Nathalie - wow that is early. Worth reporting to the recorder! You need a copy of Waring - I can highly recommend it.

Nathalie said...

Sighting has been reported.
Not sure I am quite ready to get into moths yet, but, if I do, I'll try and remember your advice.

Nathalie said...

Further to my previous comment, it was apparently the earliest ever recorded poplar hawkmoth in Berkshire (not Surrey, got that wrong).

Mark James Pearson said...

Fiona, I too have recently succumbed to the Robinson charm, but have had nothing as dramatic as your handsome Poplar.

It's addictive isn't it? Christmas every morning.....

Mark
www.hackneywildlife.org.uk

BirdGuides said...

Nathalie - a triumph! Mark - I'm a bit worried about my Robinson, I used to get more moths in me Skinner.