I haven’t been able to run the Robinson trap in Hastings Country Park NR since July 5 due to awful weather, so it was good to put it out last night. Despite a clear night and a chill in the morning, there were lots of moths in and around the trap. I’ve still got several little ones to identify, but there were over 50 species.
By far the best was a splendid Goat Moth sitting on a bramble just above the bulb, this is a very big moth, with a fat body and markings resembling fissured bark, its also Nationally Notable [b] and a first for the country park. [and me]
There were a range of colourful species, including Peach Blossom, Brimstone, Small Magpie and this nice red Ruby Tiger, while another large and distinctive species was a Drinker-see the large antennae.
However the scarcest moth was a small ,unfamiliar, strongly marked Tortrix, which proved to be Acleris umbrana, described as “rare though becoming more frequent in recent years”. This was also new to the Country Park.
In contrast there were only about a dozen moths in our Fairlight garden trap, best being a Dwarf Cream Wave, this is listed as “local”, the first stage of uncommon-ness after “common”