We held our third moth evening of the Hastings Branch of Sussex Moth Group last night. Didn’t get back home until about 2am as it was our best moth evening so far this year.
We were very lucky with the weather as the wind almost completely dropped and we had four moth lights running amongst the common spotted orchids within Big Meadow, Marline Valley Nature Reserve.
The highlight was one of the first moths caught, a grass rivulet. This local species feeds on the seeds of yellow rattle. A plant that is very common within the meadow.
Over 30 species were caught including ghost swift, common swift, blood-vein, treble brown-spot, silver-ground carpet, yellow shell, common marbled carpet, green carpet, july highflyer, may highflyer, common pug, lime-speck pug, yellow-barred brindle, clouded border, brimstone moth, peppered moth, willow beauty, mottled beauty, common wave, light emerald, flame shoulder, ingrailed clay, setaceous hebrew character, double square-spot, small angle shades, marbled minor sp., treble lines, mottled rustic, marbled white spot, straw dot, snout. We also have a number of other specimens yet to identify to add to the list.