The text came through as dusk gathered last night, with a throw-down challenge not to be ignored from Tropical Thomason:
So at Dempsey Towers and the Hunt Hacienda, the traps were cranked up, as was the bulb in Thomason World.
Micro moths do not count in moth-offs, mainly cos they are too difficult and only Neill has the book.
I trapped from 2150 to 0215, with Neill burning the leccy all night - dunno what time Trops kept going to, but he missed the 1130 e-mail deadline of results this morning and so was disqualified (a pity as a text two hours past deadline showed he'd caught 34 sp with micros and a lychnis).
Fantastically flinty Buff Arches was my favourite catch of the night - I lurve the texture of these things, but Buff Tip (even if Mrs D says it looked like dried up orange peel) and Elephant Hawk were good too.
Swallow Tailed Moth (4)
Silver Y (1)
Dark Arches (6)
Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing (3)
Large Yellow Underwing (15+)
Common Wainscot (2)
Treble Lines (4)
Broken Barred Carpet (2)
Common Emerald (1)
Peppered Moth (4)
Angle Shades (1)
Small Angle Shades (1)
Garden Dart (2)
Mottled Beauty (1)
Dot Moth (1)
Elephant Hawkmoth (1)
Lesser Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing (1)
Brightline Brown Eye (1)
Shuttle Shaped Dart (2)
Heart and Dart (11)
Buff Arches (1)
Riband Wave (1)
Heart and Club (1)
Common Rustic (1)
Setaceous Hebrew Character (5)
Ingrailed Clay (1)
Buff Tip (1)
Buff Ermine (1)
plus micros including Small Magpie, Mother of Pearl etc
Beating me by a length though was Er Neill, but then he does have more patience than me, and his trap was running longer (2030 to 0830)...
L Y Underwing
Heart n Dart
Heart n Club
Bright Line Brown Eye
Cream Bordered Green Pea
Mother of Pearl*
Marbled Orchard Tortrix*
Ah well, to the victor goes the biggest leccy bill.
Shame none of us caught a Death's Head, but that's Mothing Monthly's problem, not mine.
All good clean fun, with a fine range of species for the gardens of Southport.
Away from the bright lights, Phil Smith had a profitable day in broad daylight at Hightown on Friday, as he explains:
"There has been a big hatch of Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnets at Hightown where they are nectaring on Viper's Bugloss along the edges of tracks and the new cycleway.
Both species are in greater abundance than I have seen in decades.
Five-spots are usually much rarer than Six-spot Burnets which haven't emerged yet.
Also, a spectacular show of Yellow-horned Poppy on the "shingle" beach and eight Common Sandpipers on the rising tide yesterday afternoon".
Phil's haul of Common Sands, and a Whimbrel and Siskin over Dempsey Towers suggests things are finally getting moving again.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...