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Friday, 9 September 2016

Brimham Rocks, VC64, 7 Sep 2016

Following a long planned visit to the area by Mike Snelling of Worthing who I had first met on a Hungary trip to Farm Lator, it seemed the weather looked best for the night of Wednesday 7th Sep.  As a fellow southerner, the call of northern upland species made Brimham a prime trapping place.  A warm muggy night with the temperature still +17 at 0130, the haul of 285 moths of 35 species was not too bad a total, and provided Mike with a handful of his target species.  The highlights were the very distinctive and scarce Epinotia trigonella which unfortunately avoided being photographed, but a female Anomalous sat well.
Anomalous, female

Autumnal Rustic

Neglected Rustic
Autumn is always brightened by the Sallow family and several put in an appearance as expected at this site.
Middle-barred Sallow (left) and Pink-barred Sallow
The commonest moths were 54 Autumnal Rustic, 51 Flounced Chestnut, 40 Large Yellow Underwing and others of note were 13 Barred Chestnut and 7 Neglected Rustic.

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