|Mocha, Westcott 23rd August|
There were two other species new for the garden year-list in the trap last night. One of them was Cacoecimorpha pronubana, a rather small and drab tortrix although it does have bright yellow hind-wings. The other was a rather tired-looking male Gypsy Moth.
|Cacoecimorpha pronubana, Westcott 23rd August|
|Gypsy Moth, Westcott 23rd August|
I last had a male Gypsy Moth here in 2005. It was still a reportable species at that time and the Man from the Ministry duly came and took it away. The moth was dissected in a Government laboratory somewhere and they found out .... that it was a male Gypsy Moth (surprise, surprise!). It was assumed to have come from the established population in the Fairford Leys estate on the edge of Aylesbury and that's where last night's specimen probably originated too. DEFRA's efforts to eradicate it there have failed and it continues to thrive, causing no-one any significant harm.