Has your gar­den got any rare moths?

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business Kent Update -

In the last month a num­ber of keen moth-ers have been putting out traps in their Dun­geness, Lydd, New Rom­ney and Great­stone gar­dens, with some ex­cel­lent rare mi­grant species be­ing at­tracted.

Dun­geness is well known na­tion­ally as a phe­nom­e­nal place to catch mi­grant moths from the near con­ti­nent and so I have been priv­i­leged to see a se­lec­tion of rare species in the last month.

For ex­am­ple a pale shoul­der, a small white and black moth caught at Lydd was a sig­nif­i­cant find in the last month. Other rare mi­grant moths have won­der­ful names. Some I have seen in re­cent weeks have in­clude beau­ti­ful mar­bled, dark crim­son un­der­wing, speck­led foot­man, ringed bor­der and beau­ti­ful bro­cade.

Any­one can study moths and every gar­den has the po­ten­tial to catch moths. I have a small ter­raced gar­den and I run a moth trap. Only re­cently I caught a tiny lit­tle or­ange pat­terned mi­cro­moth, pic­tured above, which does not even have an English name but is called bisigna pro­cerella. It was new moth for the wider Dun­geness record­ing area.

Give it a go, you will en­joy find­ing out what turns up in your gar­den.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Owen Leyshon, Rom­ney Marsh Coun­try­side Part­ner­ship, tele­phone 01797 367934 or log on to www.rmcp.co.uk

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