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Nice record, this moth isnt recorded much where I am, most records in N. Ireland are south of Lough Neagh, all bar one, but I found a dead one on the road last night(really mild yesterday evening). My one is in bad shape but one wing is unscathed and the markings are unmistakable. I'll add a pic once I find a battery charger for a camera.
Are you trapping these specimens?
Hi Cathal, I have to say that following Douglas's and your postings have got me into moths, so I invested in a light trap. Just dabbling in the garden at the moment but it's amazing what's out there at night that you wouldn't otherwise see. Regards Chris
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Yeah its pretty amazing what is flying around at night, the variety of moth species is fascinating. I tend to do a lot of recording on quiet roads just using the headlights to attract moths then catch them in a plastic tub, snap them and release them. I have a small light trap which I have used very little but after failing to catch several interesting specimens last night by my other approach, the trap is going to have to be employed to try to get better results.
Other things tend to be encountered in the course of mothing (insects/ mammals- I was so close to getting another mouse close up last night at the roadside) which make it a doubly rewarding pursuit.
Good luck with your trapping, you are doing nicely in your garden.
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