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Mon 5th July 2010

Posted on July 6, 2010 at 10:15 AM

moths : Friday night was a decent night in the traps with a new species for the garden - Pale Oak Beauty - one I have been looking out for in the last couple of years as there have been a few in the island recently. Treble Brown Spot and White Satin Moth were also good - both only my third sighting of each.

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Pale Oak Beauty

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Treble Brown Spot

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White Satin Moth

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The weekend was a 'moth' weekend with Phil coming over from England, bringing with him Dave, Dave's van and a whole load of moth traps! So on Friday night they set the traps upon the cliffs at Icart and we looked through them at Peter's on Saturday morning - Orange Moth and Grey Arches being new macro species for me, as well as a few new micros, and there were a great many Barrett's Marbled Coronets, a species I never see. Of course there is very little trapping done right on the cliffs by us locals as we tend to stick just to our own gardens, so there may be plenty of unusual stuff waiting to be found.

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In the afternoon we had a quick belt round Pleinmont and managed to net a few examples of "moth X" which we had seen there the previous year. Also Dave brought some clearwing pheromone lures and he just unzipped the bag they were in and two Thrift Clearwing jumped in there almost immediately! There were hundreds and hundreds of butterflies in the TV Mast field - lots of Grayling mainly.

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That evening, I helped them put out the 5 traps along the cliffs at Pleinmont - looking rather spectacular with these massive lights shining out across the Atlantic on the desolate headland. Sunday morning we looked through these traps and found even more great species. Macro-wise there were 5 Dark Tussocks (so clearly breeding there) and a fabulous Miller - two more new species - plus a handful of micro moths I hadn't seen before. So a great success and I shall put up a few photos when I get the chance.

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nonsense : World Cup observations - Quarter-finals

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1. The Quarter-finals - I thought that the four quarter-finals were very entertaining indeed and this was mainly due to the in-play penalties. The Uruguay v Ghana match was incredible - everyone expecting it to go to finish 1-1 and then a last minute chance from Ghana saved on the line from Suarez who was then sent off. Then Gyan misses the spot kick despite scoring two pens already, then Ghana going out in the shoot-out. It was the definition of travesty and it was heartbreaking for the Ghanaians - but bloody exciting to watch! Can't blame Uruguay though - if I was on the goalline and the ball was going in and we were definitely going out, then I'd save it - its human nature I think. Perhaps football should introduce the penalty goal like rugby for similar situations. Holland and Germany beating Brazil and Argentina - once they were behind, both South American teams couldn't hack it and imploded - I bet Germany are wondering when they'll play a team who know what defending is! And Spain v Paraguay - three penalties in normal time and two missed! My money has evaporated but I hope Spain will be able to beat the Germans and play Holland in the final.

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A Ghana fan with a pot on his head - of course he has

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2. Technology - Has to be introduced now surely for the next World Cup. I think that there should be a Tennis-like system where the captain has 3 appeals that he can use during a match for the TV replays to check decisions.

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3. Great idea! - Next time there should be only 31 teams qualifying, and then the 32nd team should be a "Rest of the World" team made up of people from countries that didn't qualify! Example below . . .

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