Sword-grass Moth

On Monday evening I ran the Robinson MV trap here in my garden at Broad Oak Brede. Excluding the ones that scarpered when I opened the trap, the species count was 41:

Treble Lines
Light Brocade
Dark Arches
Dusky Brocade
Pale Tussock
Bright-Line Brown-Eye
Vine’s Rustic
Square Spot
Foxglove Pug
Broken-Barred Carpet
Great Prominent
Brimstone Moth
Peppered Moth
Straw Dot
Lobster Moth
Lime-Speck Pug
Elephant Hawk-Moth
Peach Blossom
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Shoulder-Striped Wainscot
Clouded Silver
Clouded Border
White Ermine
Pebble Prominent
Angle Shades
Large Yellow Underwing
Buff Arches
Figure Of Eighty
Mottled Beauty
Heart And Dart
Burnished Brass
Ghost Moth
Willow Beauty
Scorched Wing
Garden Carpet
Hebrew Character
Orange Footman

and… Sword-Grass!

Sword-grass moth

This particular moth hasn’t been recorded in Sussex since 2000 according to the County Recorder, Colin Pratt, who said “It probably migrated from the continent, although the last record was only about 9 miles away at Hurst Green.”

As a mothing novice myself, this just goes to show that everyone can improve our knowledge of species in our area. There are many knowledgeable “mothers” willing to share their knowledge and boundless enthusiasm and help you with identification.

Thanks to David Burrows for his id skills and considerable knowledge.


National Moth Night – A Tale of Four Orchards

On Saturday night, four moth traps were run across the Rother Woods Project area. One in Brede High Woods, another at Great Dixter, a third at Iden and a fourth between Cripps Corner and Robertsbridge. The last of these was my responsibility. All were with the kind permission of the landowners.

Other than the occasional light drizzle that I experienced, the weather was mild, overcast and dry. We all met at Great Dixter at 8.30 on Saturday evening and then went our separate ways… I went off towards Robertsbridge to meet the landowner and then drive out into his marvellous organic orchards. We finally turned the trap off at 00:40 and I headed home, more than a little weary, with a full trap ready to be evaluated by folk more expert than I on Sunday morning.

We all met up at 8am on Sunday, back at Great Dixter to compare results and identify the contents of the traps. Full details of all catches will appear at www.rotherwoods.org – highlights from my trap, which contained 30 species, included a Small Elephant Hawkmoth and a Spectacle.

The stunning Small Elephant Hawkmoth
Small Elephant Hawkmoth

The obviously named Spectacle!Spectacle moth