Another New Species

Sunday, April 29th 2012

The moth trap was set on Friday night as Plan 5 for Eco Club!  Having had reasonable catches over the last few weeks, five moths and two spiders, in the trap was a little disappointing.  They were all identified except one.  We eventually decided that it was a Pale Pinion moth (Lithophane hepatica) but then realised that it could not be as the reference book said it was not in this area.  So it was photographed and this was sent to Dr Charlie Fletcher, the moth recorder for VC65.

Pale Pinion Moth

We received an email from Dr Fletcher this morning confirming the identification.  This moth was first noted in VC65 in 2003 and only 55 adults have been recorded.

The adult feeds on Ivy flowers and overripe Blackberries in autumn and in spring on sallow catkins.  Larvae feed from a variety of trees including Oak, Horse Chestnut, apple, birches, Bramble and Wild Privet.

 


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