The case of the incredibly easy to find scarce moth that hasn't been seen in Sussex for 24 years.

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Monday, 24 February 2014 18:44

I received a request to go and have a look at a site just north of Brighton last week, which fitted in really well as I was looking for somewhere new to go this Saturday. Seth Gibson came along too and I managed to clock up ten new species! The highlight actually occurred as we were leaving the site. Seth mentioned that it was worth looking on Greater Stitchwort as there is a couple of Coleophora moths on the plant. I bent down, picked up the nearest bit of Greater Sticthwort and said, "are these them?". It was indeed the Nb Coleophora solitariella. The Sussex Moth Group website states the only 'recent' Sussex record occurred in the Chichester area in 1980! Tony Davis mentioned that he has found it very infrequently despite looking for it many times, so were we just lucky?!

Other highlights included the Nb Scaphisoma boleti, a very cool staph called Bolitobius cingulatus and a money spider with a very strange epigyne (my 212th spider!) being Diplostyla concolor. I recorded over 50 invertebrates myself (I still have Seth's identifications to add to the list) which isn't bad for a day in February. I even managed a bit of sweeping in a rough meadow which proved really productive. It almost felt like summer. I ended the day on 4838 species and look forwarded to making this site my patch over 2014.

5 Response to "The case of the incredibly easy to find scarce moth that hasn't been seen in Sussex for 24 years."

Gibster Says:

No we weren't "just lucky" you cheeky beggar - I super skillfully spotted the mines, lol. I'll get the list to you soon mate. I'm not as quick at this mallarkey as you are...

Graeme Lyons Says:

Yeah right. You were as shocked as I was when I picked them up. I'm going looking for them at Woods Mill tomorrow. The other species would be a first for Sussex!

Gibster Says:

We'll get that on Thursday then!

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! Says:

I don't understand - when you have spotted as many species as you have, how can you remember what you've seen already and avoid counting it twice? With a surprise like the moth, that may be so special you couldn't forget . . . but in the ordinary way of things . . . ?

Graeme Lyons Says:

Lucy, I don't remember EVERYTHING I have seen but a lot of it! It's the main thing I do, and I do it daily, so it does sink in. The more I learn, the easier it gets. I do supplement my memory with my data base too. Seth, you'll be too busy with bryophytes!

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