Some of this may be familiar to regular All Downhill readers but it keeps my Moths etc account ticking over.
Paraswammerdamia nebulella carries the flag as number 350 on my garden moth list. The micros stand at 138.
The pace has dropped even as the temperature has risen. Mostly this has been down to the problem of wasps overwhelming the traps. We had a total of 3 nests in the garden and each has been dealt with. Some semblance of normality has returned. For several weeks normal was hundreds of dozy or agitated (depending on the temperature) wasps devastating the traps. I found one beautiful fresh male Ghost Moth, Hepialus humuli humuli, minus head and legs. The long process of metamorphosis, multiple instars, all to be decapitated by a Vespa vulgaris on your first outing. Rather sad.
The suggested target of 1,000 seems wildly optimistic to me although perhaps over a decade I might approach that number if I succeed in identifying each micro. So far I have tackled…
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