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Great Dixter Moths

We are carrying out a series of moth evenings at Great Dixter this year to record moths and other nocturnal insects. Last night we were joined by Crystal, Pete and Roger from the Hastings Moth Group and Claire Williamson so we were able to have two MV lamps and an actinic running in different parts of the garden.

It wasn't the best night for moths but we did get 40+ species including a few new species for the gardens including at least three of these stunning lunar thorns

Lunar thorn (photo: Ian Phillips)

We also recorded scorched carpet, orange footman, alder moth, and poplar lutestring amongst a suite of prominents. Crystals trap was visited by three impressive queen hornets and we were all bombarded by numerous cockchafers during the evening. Still have a few Trichoptera and ichneumonid wasps to identify from last night which will all be new species recorded for Great Dixter.

Andy Phillips

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