Sunday, 25 November 2018

Scarce Umber - new for Dingestow

After all the excitement of recent migrant near misses, I figured last month's Delicate and Streak were the final firsts for Dingestow of 2018.  However, a mild(ish) night on 24th November combined with friends staying to persuade me to put the MV out.  The 5 species that appeared included a gorgeous Scarce Umber, which I was excited about as I've only seen one or two in my life.  What I didn't realise was that none of my previous sightings came from Dingestow - later checking revealed Scarce Umber to be new, and the 403rd Macro for the site.  This seems to be a genuinely scarce moth in Gwent/Wales, with a south-easterly distribution.  It is surely the last addition for the year, although forecast southerlies midweek may produce another migrant...

1 comment:

  1. Well done Sam on this find.
    I totally agree with your assumption that it is 'Scarce'. Scarce by name and recording. I commented on this last year when I turned one up at Llanishen.
    I have operated/trapped in what I would consider potential sites for this moth including the SE and I have not found it.
    The only thing that might fit this species is that may be trap-shy perhaps. It would be interesting to what Martin thinks about this elusive Moth.


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