Tiny Moths

Despite strong winds, I managed to run the Hastings Country Park NR moth trap yesterday, and my home one in Fairlight today.

26 species yesterday reflected the windy night, nothing outstanding but again an Eyed Hawk Moth and a nice Buff Tip.

This morning it was very windy, but 12 species included a couple of Cypress Carpets and two easy but very small micro-moths the Diamond-back moth, and Tinea semifulvella.

The Diamond-back is notable for being a migrant and can be abundant, the larvae can be a serious pest of cabbages, while the larvae of Tinea semifulvella feed on birds nests and animal remains. I get both of these in small numbers most years.

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