The last week of hot weather has been ideal for moth trapping, though I've only just been able to use the Hastings Country Park trap again due to electrical problems.
My small Fairlight garden trap has produced a steady stream of garden firsts, mostly tiny micros, but during the night of the spectacular thunderstorm no less than four new species included a hulking Privet Hawk-moth.
By far the best came on July 23, when I almost overlooked a 5mm micro on top of the trap. Photographs of this suggested it was Epermenia aequidentellus, an identification confirmed by county recorder Colin Pratt. This is the first time an adult has been found in East Sussex, two larvae were identified on Moon Carrot near Beachy Head in 1996, in West Sussex it has been found around Walberton, but not since 2007.
Unfortunately I am unable to upload images at the moment, but see page 232 of the micro moth book -or google it !