Three weeks into April and two more new moths: the first was a tiny micro attracted to my living-room TV screen on 10th March. I potted it and had great difficulty in getting it calm enough to photograph but eventually got a couple of record shots; obviously a Mompha and looked a ringer for bradleyi and has been accepted as such by Harry the micro CMR. Only first recorded (or at least identified) in the UK in the early 1990's and rare in Yorkshire.
The second new moth was a very rare resident only found in a small number of coastal sites in North Wales, Lancashire and the extreme west of Scotland. Following a visit to my daughter I visited a known site near Heysham on 14th April and spent a brief search of the salt-marsh. I was lucky enough to find a fine male, the females are wingless.
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