14th August 2009 – Moth Night

An interesting evening of moth trappings led by David Gardner, Chairman of the Kent Butterfly Conservation Group, Ian Ferguson, County Recorder for Moths and Tony Witts from the Kent & Medway Biological Records Centre was attended by about 25 BWAG Members. It was fascinating to see the woodland lit at various locations attracting moths and other creatures.

From 4 traps, 189 individual moths were caught covering 105 different species. Of these species, 4 are recognised as being in decline nationally and are listed as priority species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. There is 1 moth yet to be identified and has the experts puzzled – we await their findings……

Click here for a full list of species identified. For more information on moths visit www.kentmoths.org The ‘Checklist’ section contains a document, ‘Kent Lepidoptera Checklist V1’ by Ian Ferguson, which gives lots of information on moths in Kent.

In addition to moths, a dung beetle from the ‘Dumbledor’ group Geotrupes mutator and classified as nationally rare was also found.