First Dutch moths of 2012

From the Dutch Vlinderstichting lepidopterologists:

2 January 2012

It was a mild start of the new year, with night temperatures not below 5 degrees centigrade. This has ensured that there were quite a number of moth sightings. The lack of sunshine during the day on January 1, 2012 meant that no butterflies have been reported; however, there were seven species of moths. Researchers’ lights attracted the mottled umber and winter moth and Agriopis leucophaearia as well. Syrup attracted quite a few species too. In South Limburg region, where Marcel Prick investigated very frequently, no fewer than 28 black-spot chestnut moths were counted. From there and from elsewhere in the country there are also reports of the red-headed chestnut moth, satellite moth and Conistra vaccinii.

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