Country Park Moths

Another clear night, but not too chilly-there were 21 species in the Hastings Country Park NR trap this morning. There included three of the tortrix Cochylis molliculana, a south coast species  first recorded in the UK in 1993, this is new to the Country Park.  Almost the last moth I looked at was a smart Sharp-angled Carpet, which I have yet to catch in Fairlight, this is similar to the aptly named Common Carpet which was also in the trap, but immediately strikes one as being paler on the lower half.

The last thing to check is the small recessed space on the bottom of the trap, which moths often manage to crawl into. None today, but a surprise was a fine large male Dark Bush Cricket. These are very common, their calls can be heard everywhere, but they aren’t too easy to photograph.


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