Not a great start to August…

August 08, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Mainly due to the wet weather there hasn’t been a great deal for me to post since last Friday.  In addition to fairly low numbers, for the time of year, a high percentage of moths in the trap are quite worn so not great subjects for photography.  Oligia rampartensis is probably one of the most colourful Noctuid moths in Alberta but sadly this specimen did have some damage.  The weather for tonight looks decidedly wet again Sad smile . What happened to the summer?Storm cloud

The approximate numbers of macro moths over the last few days are as follows.  I didn’t put the trap out last night or on the 5th August.

Sat 3rd August – 59 moths of 16 species.  No new species for the year.
Sunday 4th August – 83 moths of 18 species.  1 new moth for the year, Oligia rampartensis.
Tuesday 6th August – 72 moths of 13 species.  1 new moth for the year, Two-spot Dart (Protolampra rufipectus).

I’ve included a Dragonfly and Damselfly photograph.  The Dragonfly was taken last Friday in the Banff, Cave and Basin area.  The Damselfly was taken yesterday in my backyard during a short period of sunshine.

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