Saturday, 3 July 2010

The colourful and the dowdy

Heysham Obs
As is also the case on the Walney Obs site (see links), daily postings are currently thriving on a diet of rather good moth catches.  Todays stars were a Lime Hawk-moth (3rd record), two Elephant Hawk-moth (surprisingly the first in the hut trap since 2006), Barred Yellow (again perhaps surprisingly scarce in the hut trap)..............and Dingy Shears (a local dull brown moth) & five Double Dart (a seriously declining dull brown moth where this appears to be the best remaining site in northern Britain).  A map showing Double Dart decline has been published in the latest Butterfly Conservation moth newsletter.