Monday 31 March 2014


Well, with a wind-chill of close to –20º C this morning and more snow on the ground, spring still seems like a bit of a dream.  That said, I have had several large flocks of American Robins moving through the backyard and the forecast appears to be improving so maybe it won’t be too long before I get the first hibernator in the trap. 

With regards to 2013, I only recorded 165 macro moth species and very approximately 2253 individual moths.  This compared to 2012 when I recorded 201 species and 2778 individual moths.  I still have a reasonable number of unidentified moths from last year but even allowing for these and for some margin of error it is clear that the species and numbers were down for 2013.  It will be interesting to see what 2014 has in store…

I didn’t record many micro moths last year so thought I would post a photograph of the fairly common California Grass-veneer Moth (Euchromius californicalis).  This was taken on the 1st June 2013.  The forewing length is approximately 10mm.



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