Rye Harbour Moths

31st July 2011, Sunday

A good selection of moths have turned up in the Lime Kiln Moth trap in the last weeks or so. This has included the first of the years Pigmy Footman, Rosy-streaked Knot-horn and Starry Pearl, and as might be expected with all the caterpillars we saw earlier on in the year, there has been a good show of Pale Grass Eggar, with up to 10 in the trap. In addition, the closely related Oak Eggar has also put in an appearance, with a fine male this morning.
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Oak Eggar male

An interesting micro caught by the Nye family up on the ridge near Watch Cottage was Lozotaeniodes formosanus, an attractive little moth associated with Scot’s Pine, and a species not recorded here for around 10 years.
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Lozotaeniodes formosanus