Mothing in December

Our Vice-Chairman Martin Angel has recently provided a new article which we have included in our Surveys page here

As he says, there are still moths about in December especially if the weather is relatively mild (warmer than 5˚C at night), and many are under-recorded because moth enthusiasts have put their traps away. He has provided excellent descriptions and photos of some of the winter moths he has seen. On rare occasions a rare an interesting species turns up. “Each time I examine a night’s catch, I get a frisson of excitement, something totally unexpected may turn up even in the depths of winter.”

A levant blackneck Tathorhynchus exsiccata – a very rare migrant species from North Africa that turned up in The Bourne in December 2015.