Rye Harbour Moths

29th June 2011, Wednesday

The warm, relatively still nights which came with the improved weather have shown a marked increase in the number of moths in the light trap at Lime Kiln, with a peak of around 70 species in the trap on Tuesday morning (28th). Highlight were a couple of Small Marbled (Eublemma parva), a migrant species which has not been seen at Rye Harbour for over 10 years. This species is normally resident in southern Europe and North Africa, reaching as far as central Asia but turns up in Britain every so often as a migrant.
Small Marbled

Also in the trap was this strange looking micro, a Common Slender (Caloptilia syringella). The larvae of this common and widespread species feed on privet and lilac, the larvae making mines in the leaves and sometimes being something of a pest.
Common Slender