Friday, 8 December 2017

Moths - the best from elsewhere in 2017

Mothing away from the back garden was limited to my Dungeness excursions and one splendid day spent on the Wiltshire chalk downs. As much as 'lifers' are not the be-all-and-end-all of recording, they are undoubtably welcome, and all featured here (bar the Death's-head) were exactly that.

Death's-head Hawk-moth - Dungeness, Kent, May. Found resting on the wall of a beach dwelling
Purple Cloud - Dungeness, Kent, May. Trapped by Bob Arnfield at the Long Pits.
Cistus Forester - Pewsey Downs, Wiltshire, June. Quite a few on the wing
Red-headed Chestnut, Dungeness, Kent, October. In the same MV as a Cosmopolitan.
Spoladea recurvalis, Littlestone, Kent, October. A rather smart migrant pyralid.
Sword-grass, New Romney, Kent, October. The first Kent record since the 1960s

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