12th July 2013 Moths

We received amazing moth survey results today from Kim Leaver who spent a night trapping and identifying moths on East Budleigh Common. He was up until 4am which shows his dedication to the cause! He identified 68 different types in that time. About 400 species of moth have been found on the heaths to date, although this is sure to be an underestimate. Hopefully with the assistance of volunteers such as Kim we can improve our knowledge of this group. Like mosses, I feel the names of moths are under appreciated.! There are some beautiful ones: common marbled carpet; four-dotted footman; small seraphim. The pebble prominent moth seems to be a particularly apt name for one occurring on the Pebblebed heaths.

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