Near Highmoor Hill
A first for Vice County 35 and for Wales
I thought I would conduct only my 3rd trap this year at a new location near Highmoor Hill.
The weather forecast was expected to keep dry in this area although the patchy rain band was not too far away out the west.
I didn't expect too many moths to turn up as it then began to rain later but was happy and determined to get a few trapping hours in to get back into the swing of things after the winter period, so I carried on and 'toughed' it out.
Luckily I brought along an umbrella to cover the trap to fend off the rain although when I left the scene for a few moments the wind had other ideas prising it away to send it cartwheeling across the ground several times.
The list included Common Quaker, Small Quaker, Clouded Drab, Early Grey, Hebrew Character, a nice Pine Beauty, Early Thorn, a Twin-spotted Quaker and March Moth both of which I was happy with, plus two unknowns.
I just jotted down November Moth? and Carpet on my pad having absolutely no idea as to what they were.
Getting back home I downloaded the pictures and tried matching them on the Norfolk site.... and there they were, two types of 'Tooth-striped' Moth an 'Early and Barred'.
Suddenly looking at the details I saw National Scarce A underneath the 'Barred' and alarm bells went off!
I immediately sent the pictures to Martin Anthony in the early hours who then upon receipt said he hadn't seen one before so he had to get it confirmed.
Not too long after Mark Parsons from Butterfly Conservation in Dorset confirmed it as a Barred Tooth-striped moth, making this the first sighting of one of these species in Vice county 35 and indeed the whole of Wales.
Early Tooth-striped (top) and Barred Tooth-striped below