Monday, 25 July 2016

Metalampra italica - first record for Derbyshire?

Another unusual micro moth. The Field Guide to the Micro Moths of Great Britain and Ireland describes it's distribution as ' very local. First found in Britain in 2003, otherwise known only in Italy'. So it looks unlikely that this moth has been recorded in Derbyshire before. Difficult to understand what it's doing in Darley Dale, unless it's hitched a ride on ornamental trees at a local garden centre?
Footnote: on the same day Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust caught one at their Head Office at Horncastle which is potentially the first record for Lincolnshire.

Metalampra italica

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