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Mon 29th March 2010 16:29 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield Corner, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 8 degrees

Ten species including our first Early Thorn for the year and a Herald.

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Mon 29th March 2010 08:16 by Ian Mathieson
The best catch of the year on Saturday night included a Small Eggar. This is not a regular here and it is only the fourth time I've seen it since 1996. I also had 3 Oak Beauties and my second Pale Pinion of the year.
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Thu 25th March 2010 16:30 by John Bebbington
Larva of 2295 Marbled Green
I found this rather nondescript caterpillar walking up the back wall of my house on Wednesday morning - it had probably recently come out of hibernation and I was fortunate to see it before it found a suitable patch of lichen to burrow under. The adult is fairly common at light in my garden. 2295 Marbled Green larva
Larva of 2295 Marbled Green Cryphia muralis
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Thu 25th March 2010 09:08 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 9 degrees

Our best (and warmest) night of the year so far with 22 moths of 10 species including 5 Oak Beauty and our first Dark Sword-grass for 2010. Not quite our earliest, John, as there was a small influx in February 2004.

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Mon 22nd March 2010 22:38 by Bob Fleetwood
Clevedon 22 March 2010
I have also just caught a Dark Sword-grass, in my garden here in Clevedon.
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Mon 22nd March 2010 09:50 by John Bebbington
Langport, 21 March 2010
Among the usual suspects last night was a Dark Swordgrass - the earliest I have ever taken this migrant species in 30-odd years of trapping.
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Thu 18th March 2010 14:40 by John Bebbington
Langport 17 March 2010
After a long lean spell there were at last reasonable numbers of moths last night: Emmelina monodactyla 1, Oak Beauty 1, Grey Shoulder-knot 1, Early Grey 1, Satellite 1, Small Quaker 1, Common Quaker 15, Clouded Drab 2, Hebrew Character 18.
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Wed 17th March 2010 09:40 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 4 degrees

Last night we were delighted to take in the trap two Oak Beauties - two weeks later than usual. We also had a Satellite.

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Mon 15th March 2010 20:57 by Ian Mathieson
Moth numbers were again limited last night with less than 10 on what appeared to be a reasonably promising night. Looking back through my records of past starts to the year up to the middle of March appears to show a correlation between a poor start to the year being followed by a good year and vice versa. My two best numerical starts have been in the disasterous years of 2007 and 2008 whereas my worst start before this year was in 2005 when I had my best year by the end of the season. Hopefully the trend will continue and this year's poor start will be followed by a bumper season. I did see lots of butteflies in the sunshine today,though, with Brimstone, Peacock and a Red Admiral being added to my list.
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Sun 14th March 2010 23:31 by Chris Iles
Cockles Fields SWT reserve

13 Chestnut
7 March Moth

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Sat 13th March 2010 09:47 by Ian Mathieson
The most productive night of the season so far with a massive 5 moths in the traps. However they were of 5 different species and included my first Common Quaker, Clouded Drab and Grey Shoulder Knot of the year.
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Thu 11th March 2010 23:14 by Chris Iles
57+ Scarlet Tiger moth larvae happily feeding up on small comfrey plants this morning at Combe Hay, south of Bath.
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Wed 10th March 2010 08:01 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe

At last after over a week of bitter cold a slightly warmer night produced three March Moths at our actinic light in a window.

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Sat 6th March 2010 08:27 by John Bebbington
Langport 5 march 2010
At last some moths - despite a minimum temperature of -1.5˚C there were 2 Hebrew Character and a Satellite in the trap this morning.
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Thu 4th March 2010 18:59 by Ian Mathieson
Still very few moths about but I did see a Small Tortoiseshell this afternoon here in Norton sub Hamdon
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