Start to the new moth season

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Start to the new moth season

Postby DonMatthews » Sat 18 Feb 2017 10:06

Three Pale Brindled Beauties a couple of nights ago but the surprise last night was an Angle Shades. I've recorded this in the garden in December in the past but although it can occur in any month, it seems to be uncommon in February.

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Re: Start to the new moth season

Postby MarkCubitt » Mon 20 Feb 2017 19:55

Hi Don

Yes, I'd say that Angle Shades in February is highly unusual. I've never caught one before the end of April. I wonder whether it might have emerged under the unfluence of artificial heating from somewhere.

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Re: Start to the new moth season

Postby DonMatthews » Tue 21 Feb 2017 11:04

I had initially wondered whether I might have caused an early emergence as a result of working on the hedge and shrubs near the trap during the previous couple of days. That doesn't seem to be the answer, however, as Porter says that for Angle Shades the pupal stage lasts for about 3 weeks after overwintering as a larva and on that basis this individual presumably pupated during January, a couple of months earlier than would be expected for an April emergence.

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