One of the joys of mothing is you just never know what you're gonna find in the morning. The trap was full of joy this morning thanks to a warm, windless night - perfect moth trapping whether.
Amongst the species caught were two real rarities:
Psychoides filicivora had only been recorded once before in Northumberland in 2009. Two were trapped in the county last night including this one in my trap.
This Mompha epilobiella is only the fourth record for the county.
This Lunar Hornet Moth emerged this morning from an old Willow Tree stump that Tom Tams
had in his shed. He noticed the characteristic holes made by the larvae, so kept it to see the moths. Something of a mythical creature in Northumberland, rarely ever seen. An amazing beast.
Only two new ones for me Tim ;) Its 16 years since I had the clearwing in a mist net during a constant effort ringing session...ReplyDelete
Ok Harry :)ReplyDelete