Clear skies mean cold temperatures so not many moths in the trap. Pink-barred Sallow is always nice to see though.
Still a few Swallows over campus and several Siskins overhead too.
The Buddleias outside the Library have proved very attractive to butterflies over the past week with up to 10 Red Admirals at one stage, plus Painted Lady and Small Tortoiseshell. A family of 5 Buzzards circled low over the Walled Garden while I was persuading a group of school kids about the beauty of moths - not easy when most in the trap were Large Yellow Underwings!
A new Soldierfly Oxycera rara - in the moth trap of all places. Pretty little thing. Also Dioryctria abietella; both new to Keele and both local in distribution in the county. Other than that its very drab with Large Yellow Underwings, Dark Arches and Heart and Darts!
Red-letter day today. Marasmarcha lunaedactyla the Crescent Plume-moth is a first for Staffordshire! It's a weird record as the species feeds on Rest Harrow which is a rare plant in North Staffs.