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I ran a moth evening at Rye Harbour last night, only the second time we've had an event of this nature in recent years. I really enjoy this format, as there's something exciting about sitting round a bright light waiting to see what turns up and certainly the 12 attendees seemed to catch some of my moth fever. Probably the best thing we had on the night were three or four pale grass eggar, though a rather smart marbled green drew some approving comments.  

The real excitement, however, came when I emptied the traps this morning. I thought I'd had another purple marbled, but on closer inspection this one looked different from the illustrations in my aged moth guide, so I took to the interweb. Turns out this is actually a beautiful marbled, a species first recorded in Britain in 2001 and with only four or five previous Sussex records, so new to me, the reserve and it appears the SWT reserve network! Still in my fridge if anybody wants a look.



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