Author Archives: Raymond Watson

October 2017 moths Hollesley

I have wandered no further from home than down the road to The Patch for mothing this last month. The month started poorly but improved considerably as it progressed and then ended with some cold days more in line with … Continue reading

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September 2017 Moths from Hollesley and around.

Interesting year so far. June was exceptionally good and early for moths. We then saw a slow decline, as compared to the norm, through July and August and with the exception of a day or two in early September mid … Continue reading

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Late August Hollesley

Just catching at home during this period and with moth numbers relatively low though there are immigrants around. Shall probably branch out a little locally to try and capture the Butterbur that is in flight now. Setaceous Hebrew Character seems … Continue reading

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Havergate Island 14th August 2017

I managed to get transport out to Havergate Island on a good night for estuarine moths. It is always a pleasure to be there. In part because the weather will be calm when I request the opportunity and allows me … Continue reading

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First half of August Hollesley

Not the best of weather for moths and moth-ing but there were some days that provided good catches and visited The Patch on 7th. Catches of micros have decreased except for Blastobasis adustella in profusion. A single Parornix fagivora was … Continue reading

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Second half of July moths Hollesley

Well we had to pay for the good mothing spell sooner or later. The current windy weather on westerlies has not been the best for moths or trapping. It looks like it will be another couple of weeks before August … Continue reading

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White-mantled Wainscot

I note that there has been a post of what appears to be a White-mantled Wainscot caught in Somerset. Posted on the Migrant Moths Facebook site early on the morning of 18th. Does the species occur as an immigrant or … Continue reading

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First half July 2017 Hollesley and around

A round up of my catches over the first half of July in this superb mothing year. Apart from catches at home I visited Captain’s Wood on 7th and The Patch on 14th. The Captain’s Wood catch was good at … Continue reading

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The Patch, June 2017

The Patch is a private area of land that I am grateful to the landowner for allowing me to moth trap there. It has turned up some very interesting results. Despite the trap locations being only around 500 metres from … Continue reading

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‘The Life of Casta’

Psyche casta in fact. I have been pondering this species for some time, wishing to catch a male. I have collected numerous cases as they climb up posts, walls, plants etc to pupate and only ever found females emerging. I … Continue reading

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