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A few new Micro Moths

I decided to head out to some limestone habitat near Eryrys in NE Wales on the 22nd July for some moth trapping, I like it here for a number of reasons, 1) it has some great plants like Frog Orchid and Field Gentian, 2) it produces some interesting fungi, particularly the grassland species and 3) its quiet, I rarely see anyone and even the sound of a car is unusual.

Not living on limestone there are a number of 'commoner' species of moth I am yet to see as I have not made the effort to take the portable trap out, so my plan was to start seeing some of these species.

Silver-barred Sable (Pyrausta cingulata)

Within minutes of setting the trap up one of my targets had arrived, the Silver-barred Sable, a species that is mainly coastal in North Wales although it is found inland where its food plant, Wild Thyme, occurs - there is plenty at this site. A good start, and with a supporting cast of a few V-moths, Magpies, Buff Arches, Poplar Hawkmoth, Muslin Footman and Grey Arches it was a good 2 hour spell.

White-backed Twist, (Olindia schumacherana)

When packing up I noticed another micro that did not seem familiar to me, it was the White-barred Twist, widespread but not overly common in North Wales and a nice species to finish the evening.

Knapweed Conch (Agapeta zoegana)

Whilst I was finished out in the field I had left the moth trap on back at the house. Considering the warm muggy night it was rather quiet, lots of Apple Ermine which a probably going to be using our two apple sapling in the garden. The star however was a garden first, the Knapweed Conch, a distinctive bright little micro and a well addition to the garden list.


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