Wednesday, 26 December 2012

200 not out

It has been a quiet time for moth recording of late, with the usual slow-down in species on the wing combined with poor weather for running the traps. This is the time to get our records in order for the year, and an opportunity for me to update our Strettons Moth List page on this blog for the first time in a couple of months.

A quick count up shows that we have recorded 200 species of moth in the Strettons since July, when we first started to run our traps. Imagine 200 different types of moth in just five months in two small gardens in the middle of Shropshire. When I first started trapping moths I couldn't name 20 species, let alone identify 200 of them. It just shows how fascinating these creatures are, and that once you start you are hooked. As a minor celebration, here is a picture of one of my favourite moths of 2012.

September Thorn

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