Monday, 29 June 2020

More Day-flying Moths

A visit to a private site on the edge of Bernwood Forest this afternoon produced Six-belted Clearwing (3) and Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet (2).  The clearwings responded to the API lure within seconds at three different spots in what is quite a large site with an abundance of Bird's-foot Trefoil.

Six-belted Clearwing, 29th June

Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet, 29th June

In other news, iRecord verification has brought to light two really good moth records for Bucks on 25th June.  One was of a single Forester at Penn Jubilee Wood, yet another new site for the species in the south of the county.  The wood is a recent Chiltern Society planting with wide wild-flower margins in a field just south of the village.  The site was visited again on the 28th when two Foresters were seen and the presence of their food-plant (sorrel) was confirmed.  The other moth seen on the 25th was a Lunar Hornet Moth in Linslade (just inside VC24), the first record of an adult for the county since 2009.

Dave Wilton
Westcott, Bucks 

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