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Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Tree-lichen Beauty

Did my first trapping session in the garden for a number of weeks now.

The trap was full to the brim by 12.30am, with highlights including Small Emerald, Buff Footman and a probably Dingy Footman.

However, it was a brilliant surprise to go out to check the trap at 1am and find a Tree-Lichen Beauty resting by the bulb!! Not quite the extreme rarity it was 10 years ago, there have been a number of recent records in the south of this scarce immigrant, including 12 records from Surrey to suggest possible breeding... but there can't be more than about 50 odd records from Britain (?).

The fact that it also coincided with the arrival of a Rush Veneer, and Orthopygia glaucinalis (which can be an occasional migrant to the south) makes me think that it could be a migrant as opposed to from a breeding population.

Orthopygia glaucinalis...

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