Sunday, 21 October 2012

Durlston Moths - 21st October

A brief post as it's getting late! William and I made a slightly tardy start to Durlston Country Park this morning with the aim of hopefully seeing some moths as a few goodies had been seen there the previous two nights. In the event there were no visiting moth-ers so that left us with just the trap at the centre, the wall around the trap had a fair number of moths including one Delicate (5 in total) and a Green-brindled Crescent so things were looking good. One species I was hoping to see was Oak Rustic which like the Sombre Brocade has recently colonised the area and as luck would have it after having gone through the trap I discovered one low down on the wall. Another good moth was a Clancy's Rustic which I had previously seen at Dungeness, where the first record was from there only 10 years ago. A Brindled Ochre was also a bit of a surprise and a species which I have seen on the last few visits to the Shetlands.

Oak Rustic 

Clancy's Rustic 

Brindled Ochre 

Dark Chestnut 

Scrobipalpa costella 

Crocidosema plebejana

The Delicate 

Green-brindled Crescent

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