|Common Nettle Bug|
That was it for the day, so it was up to the moths to keep the scoreboard moving - ideally at the same rate as Ireland! The evening started well, with the common spring species March Moth and Clouded Drab coming to light early on.
That left me feeling optimistic for the morning, and the optimism proved to be justified as I had my best March year for a couple of years, with 26 moths of 8 species in and around the trap. Best of all was a single Yellow-horned on the fence, this is a common species down the road at the Lodge, but had never turned up in my garden until now. Other newbies for the year were Twin-spotted Quaker, Small Quaker, Early Grey, an unusually cooperative Double-striped Pug and a single of the common plume moth Emmelina monodactyla, lurking by the door handle. All in all a pretty good haul this early in the year, hopefully the start of another bumper year for mothing.
Lifelist 1293 Species New addition Beautiful Plume