Has your garden got any rare moths?
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