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3:11PM

Impromtu Mothing Guestling Wood

With the long weekend upon us, Roger Chisholm-Batten, a fellow member of the Sussex Moth Group, Hastings Branch, contacted me about going out for a bit of moth trapping on Sunday night, 25 May. We decided on Guestling Wood as I had never been there let alone could I find any moth records for the site. 

We took two actinic traps on battery power and made our way down the path.  We ran the traps until about midnight, as we ran out of pots and the rain threatened.  On final count we had 46 species with 219 individuals counted.  Surprisingly there are not any modern records for this wood and thus could have many interesting species in residence being an ancient woodland.

We were overrun with Lutestrings, both Common and Satin, along with good numbers of Pale Tussock and Ingrailed Clay.  Some of the more notable species were Grey Birch, Square Spot, Pale Oak Beauty, and most interesting was Waved Carpet of which we had 3.

Waved Carpet, photo by Roger Chisholm-Batten

All in all it was a great moth trapping, and a start on a few modern records for Guestling Wood.