Thursday, April 20, 2006

Mystery Solved!

Well, not so much a mystery as my online expert knew immediately what it was, a Frosted Green . This is quite a good moth as it is not widespread throughout the country but is classified as 'local'. Moths are categorised in Britain not only biologically but also by distribution. Many forms of wildlife act as indicators as to both the current state of an enviroment and the on going effects of global warming, and moths are seen as key indicators.
The main categories are:

Red Data Book species - All species known from 15 or fewer 10km squares in Great Britain.
Nationally Scarce A - Species recorded from16-30 10km squares in Great Britain.
Nationally Scarce B - " " " 31-100 10km squares in Great Britain.
Local - recorded from 101-300 10km in Great Britain
Common - over 300 10km squares.

So far all the moths I've taken in Aylmerton have been 'Common', with the Frosted Green being my first 'local' to date.

Last nights catch was fairly small compared to recent nights but still managed a new one!

Common Quaker - 2
Early Grey - 2
Clouded Drab - 1
Shoulder Stripe - 1
Engrailed - 1
Hebrew Character - 2
Pug sp.


Back in the 'field', it has been pretty darn wet over the past couple of days and fairly cool in the evenings. Just a single Wheatear of note on the potato field with a pair of Shelduck. Both Swallows and Sand Martins are much in evident but House Martins have been notable by the virtual absence. As I walked back from the track this evening our friend at the opposite end of the street told me of a fairly unusual visitor to his feeders, and with that it flew in to within 6 feet of me and started eating the niger seed, a fine female Lesser Redpoll! Be rest assured my camera was safely tucked away in doors...doh!

1 comment:

Mostlymacro said...

Congratulations on your new moth Andy, not be long now before you`re adding several new species a night to your list.

Really enjoying your blog, i only wish i could make my text as interesting as yours.

PS - thanks for the expert remark:)