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.
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.
Lozotaeniodes formosanus