Monday, February 16, 2015

Garden Moth Review 2014

A new moth species for the garden in 2014 was this White-point Mythimna albipuncta. I actually recorded two individuals, one on 30th Aug and the other on 19th Sept. It is usually listed as a Migrant moth, but it is now thought to be established along parts of the south and south-east coasts of England.

The Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana is still the most abundant moth found in my garden with 231 individuals seen since 2005. However, the most common moth seen in 2014 was the Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa with a total of 65 individuals all seen on the same night - 19th Sept.

2014 broke the record for the number of moths seen in the garden with 486 individuals. 96 species were recorded which was slightly under the record of 99 seen in 2013.

Leaving the garden for a moment, my life list now stands at 337, up from 321.


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