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A first for East Sussex

Apologies for adding to the excess of moth news (and please read the previous posts about National Moth Night events) but I thought I'd just sneak this one in. On Monday night in Rye I caught a small tortrix which has been confirmed as the first record for East Sussex! It is 1171 Gypsonoma minutana ("Brindled Shoot" in Porter's list), 7 mm long, very local in woods and gardens in SE England. The larvae feed on poplars and aspen, though there's none nearby. I can now dream about a first for the UK - well, you never know!

Stop Press - just heard from Derek Crawley that he too trapped one at Bexhill on exactly the same night, what an extraordinary coincidence! So, OK, it's still a joint first ...

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