Friday, July 28, 2006

Migrant moths

Small Mottled Willow| Farcet Fen | 28 July 2006

On Wednesday evening, Barry Dickerson (Hunts Moth Recorder) sent the following out to Hunts mothers -

" This is to let you know that there have been several Small Mottled Willows seen in Hunts during the past three days, so please look carefully at the small macros. The picture in Waring et. al. shows the small pinkish/orange patch on the forewing the clearest. "

And this morning I pulled this Small Mottled Willow out of my MV trap! I compared it to the illustration in Waring & Lewington but it looked a wee bit pale, although the pinky spotting was very obvious, so I sent a photo to Barry and he confirmed a worn individual. Yippee!

This is an annual immigrant in to Britain and as Barry already pointed out, several records in Hunts in recent daysand not recorded in VC31 since 1996.

Small Mottled Willow wasn't the only goodie in the trap either. This was my second Dark Sword-grass of teh year, and third ever.

Dark Sword-Grass | Farcet Fen | 28 July 2006

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Images | Panasonic Lumix FZ-30

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