||Andy Sims put an Actinic trap out in his Swanpool garden and got
23 moths of 13 species, the following species being new for the year:
Lesser Swallow Prominent, Small Square-spot, Cabbage Moth, Bright-line Brown-eye and Bird's Wing.|
||Brian Hedley sends a Report in from the LNU Field Trip to Allington Meadows SSSI, near Grantham.
2 Moth Lights were used (1 MV and 1 Actinic) and 18 species were recorded in total:
1 Small Yellow Underwing (afternoon), 1 Silver Y (afternoon), 20 Common Swifts, 15 Green Carpets,
5 Flame shoulders, 4 Brimstone Moths, 1 Shoulder-striped Wainscot, 3 Treble Lines, 2 Clouded Borders and 1 Common Wave.
A fair number of grass veneers were also starting to appear, including Chrysoteuchia culmella and Agriphila tristella.|
||Brian Hedley put a 15W Actinic trap out in his garden in Marton and he remarks
that there was not much about: 14 moths of 11 species compared to about 40 species that he would normally expect for this time of year.
New for the year were: Common Swift, Common Wainscot and one of the Marbled Minor species.
However, best of all was a distinctive micro-moth Phtheochroa rugosana, which is very local
in Lincolnshire and is a White Bryony feeder. He states that he has had it before in his garden, but it was a good few years ago!|
||Making the most of the good weather, Peter Cawdell popped over to Chambers Farm Wood today,
where he reports he sighted 5 Marsh Fritillaries in Little Scrubbs Meadow (4 males and 1 female).
He also spotted 6 Dingy Skippers there and a further one on the Orchid Ride,
which was the first time he'd seen one there for many years.|
||Ian McGlynn paid a visit to Chambers Farm Wood and spotted
3 Marsh Fritillaries out in Little Scrubbs Meadow, which were his first-ever sightings of this species.|
||Having carried out his transect walk at Whisby Nature Reserve today,
Lawrie Poole only saw 3 butterflies. At least they were all different species! They were:
1 Peacock, 1 Green-veined White and 1 Speckled Wood. "Crazy really that there were so few butterflies
and a bit worrying", he remarks. To compensate for the lack of butterflies, Lawrie heard 2 Nightingales singing beautifully.|
||In Swanpool, Andy Sims had 17 moths, of 10 species, in his trap.
New for the year were: Chinese Character, Turnip Moth and Spectacle.
See Andy's photo of the Turnip Moth below.|
||Meanwhile, in Southrey, Peter Cawdell watched on avidly as a female
Brimstone laid 10 eggs on his Buckthorn tree.|
||This afternoon, Peter Cawdell saw 2 Marsh Fritillaries
out in Little Scrubbs Meadow along with 3 Dingy Skippers, possibly 4.
He also ventured over to Southrey Wood, where he recorded his first Small Copper of the year in Lincolnshire.
It was perhaps even more rewarding because he hadn't recorded one from Southrey Wood for many years.|
||In Addlethorpe, Karen & Sarah Hand had a slight improvement on recent fortunes:
They had 51 macro-moths of 26 species. 11 species were new for the year and included:
Yellow Barred Brindle, Dog's Tooth, Buff Ermine, Grass Rivulet and Least Black Arches.
The big surprise though was the catch of 354 Diamond-back Moths.
This contrasts greatly to their usual annual catch of about a dozen of these moths.|
||At last, some warm sunny weather brought butterflies out in force:
Alex and Tom Wood saw a Peacock in Howsham, followed by a further 3 Peacocks
in North Kelsey. And then a trip to Messingham Sand Quarry produced an additional Peacock
||In her garden at Tattershall Bridge, Melanie Lawrence spotted a
Comma along with a Peacock basking on a patch of bare ground.|
||"Hallelujah!", exclaims Peter Cawdell as he fnally got his transect season underway.
A count of 8 Peacocks and 7 Commas resulted.|
||Alex and Tom Wood were lucky to see a Peacock
at Messingham Sand Quarry today.|
||Carroll Allen, from Scunthorpe, reports seeing a Peacock
in her garden. Her husband was doing some gardening, moved some leaves, and "this beautiful butterfly" appeared, she said.|
||Meanwhile, many Branch members were lucky to see a male Brimstone
at Chambers Farm Wood, whilst waiting for the Spring Indoor Meeting to start.|