National Moth Night at the Milldown

Four-spotted Footman moths

Four-spotted Footman moths, male on the left and female on the right. Photo: Lawrie de Whalley

National Moth night trapping on the site of the BC Milldown transect recorded 58 species: 50 macro moths and 8 micros.

These Four-spotted Footman, above, were a good find: these moths are both migrants and have been known to form transient colonies in Dorset, but are not often found. For full information on the species see www.dorsetmothgroup.info.

The North Dorset Ranger in charge of the site, his daughter and 6 Butterfly Conservation members were joined by about 12 passing visitors to enjoy seeing what was caught, which included Old Lady and Rosy Footman moths.

Thanks to Colin Burningham and Bob Steadman for setting up the event.

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