Saturday, 31 October 2015

Acleris sparsana

A nice example of Acleris sparsana last night. Widespread in Derbyshire wherever the food plant, beech, occurs. Nice looking moth it flies from August to October. 
Decent catch last night with the warm weather, my first December Moth of the year, and it must be one of my earliest records. Also caught the Light Brown Apple Moth, Epiphyas postvittana. Up to 2010 this was my commonest micro moth appearing in every month of the year but since then its been very scarce, perhaps due to the colder winters.
Birds quiet on the moor, a few Redwing, Fieldfare and Wood Pigeon moving over the moor and several Brambling but a rather misty day.
Acleris sparsana

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