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Moths

The ECN moths protocol (IM)
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Site types that use this protocol

Terrestrial

The Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) is a large order of insects and is among the best known, both taxonomically and biologically.  They are a good indicator group for environmental change. The moth protocol involves sampling by light trap of all the large moths (macrolepidoptera) using the methodology of the Rothamsted Insect Survey.  This provides a strong background of expertise to ensure that the Protocol requirements are met, as well as an existing extensive national database which forms the basis for analysing future trends in populations.

Counts by species, collected nightly (weekly at remote sites), are made using the methodology of the Rothamsted Insect Survey.

August

Our field activities

AUGUST

At terrestrial sites evening bat monitoring continues and we also sample for spittle bugs using sweep nets. In rivers and lakes we sample aquatic macrophytes (water plants visible to the naked eye). The usual year-round measurements are also made.

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A spittlebug