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Clifftop Moths

It seems only a few days ago that I was moaning about chilly nights and single figure moth catches, not so yesterday though, when after a warm and overcast night I found 48 species in and around my Fairlight garden trap-more like a good day in July.

These included seven species of Pug-I find these very difficult and release any worn ones but identified Double-striped, V, White-spotted, Foxglove, Lime-speck, Mottled and what seems to be Channel Islands Pug-not as exotic as it sounds- "currently well established along the length of the  Sussex coast "; the food plant, Tamarisk,  grows close to our house.

Other good ones were Cream Spot Tiger [the spots really are creamy, but cameras render them white], Grey Birch, Water Carpet, the tiny Monopis weaverella, and, for a bit of spectacle, this Eyed Hawk.

Last night it rained hard, so down to 23 species, but these included 3 Cream-spot Tigers, a Tawny Shears, and a distinctive micro that I haven't been able to identify so far...

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