A week of Munro-bagging in the eastern Cairngorms, 1st to 7th, also produced Eriocrania semipurpurella and Kentish Glory. A night of trapping at Strumpshaw Fen on our way home on 8th obtained my first Buttoned Snout.
A night of trapping in the New Forest on 15th produced three species new for me, even if two of them were rather worn:
A night of trapping with Ben at Strumpshaw Fen on 25th resulted in the first catch of the year with more than 100 species, but nothing new for me (although a couple of Elachisitids and Gelechiids need further examination). Next day we went to Buxton Heath in the afternoon in search of Large Red-belted Clearwing, with 2 CUL lures. We have both tried many apparently suitable places in good warm sunny conditions at the right time of year in each of the last 7 or 8 years, without success. Ben was aware that this site had held this species in the past but that others had been unsuccessful in recent years. We found a woody spot with birch stumps and had no luck. Then we tried a damp heathy area with coppiced birch showing 1-2 years of regrowth and a few isolated dead birch stumps. Here we attracted 6 LRBCs in half an hour around 15:15.
Total of 1487 species presented
Dr Chris Lewis