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Observations From a Grumpy Old Moth-man

Several contributors have described 2017 as ‘a good year’. But I must admit I didn’t find 2017 to be special at all. My formative years as a moth-hunter were in the ’60s. I remember buying some second-hand books at an … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas and a Mothy New Year

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Moths in the mist

I was a bit doubtful when I looked out just before dawn and realised it was very misty. I’d put the garden trap out hoping for migrants in the SE breeze. I beat the moorhens to it this morning, and … Continue reading

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Asian hornet

Re my previous mention about the Asian hornet: I’ve just seen a copy of last week’s EDP which includes a piece about the arrival of the Asian hornet in Devon this year. There had been previous reports of the occurrence … Continue reading

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Autumn, and Asian Aliens

Having been away for June I missed the best of the year here. The last week has produced regular autumn attractions like merveille du jour and the rapidly increasing black rustic. On the 30th the garden trap turned up a … Continue reading

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August in the slow lane…

A very quiet August here near Halesworth. No migrants until the last week or so when things kicked off with a flurry of migrant hawker dragonflies and a couple of painted ladies in the garden, but no hummers or even … Continue reading

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Winds of Change…

…or maybe not. I got back a few days ago from a self-indulgent mothing month in Cenral/Souther France. Saw a lot of wonderful things (and rediscovered the joys of sugaring), but what was entirely absent was any migrants. After about … Continue reading

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Spring into Summer

First humming-bird hawk of the year on the garden valerian this afternoon, plus a couple of painted ladies. Puss moth and small clouded brindle (first here for ten years) in the MV last night. Some common species doing especially well … Continue reading

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Sour Grapes…

It’s high time I blogged again. In truth the Spring hasn’t been noteworthy with me – my garden MV has stubbornly failed to catch anything new or very exciting – in fact most of May up to 16th had very … Continue reading

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Is this a ‘Normal’ Spring at last?

The last few nights have been pretty good for the garden MV. Best night for numbers was 30th March, but most interesting was last night (31st) which produced a blossom underwing and a diamond-back. Looking back at my 2016 records … Continue reading

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