Palpita vitrealis and other migrant moths
At last. Living now at the and of Flamborough Head I expected some interesting moths. Catches in my first few weeks have been poor. However no rain and some south-easterlies overnight on 16th-17th October spurred me on together with visiting birders next door. Only a few moths but what a selection! Thanks to Burnley’s Graham Gavaghan for his ID’s.
Best of the moths was the beautiful white and delicate micro moth called Olive Tree Pearl. Billed as a migrant that normally only reaches southern coastal counties in Britain- it is therefore very rare as far north as Flamborough.
Check out this bit of info on the species from UK Moths
Two more migrants included the scarce Rusty-dot Pearl and a couple of Rush Veneers. I thought Goldcrests crossing the North Sea was pretty staggering. These things crossing such large bodies of water. Well I am into the incomprehensible zone. Just wow.
Olive Tree Pearl Palpita vitrealis 1408
This map below from the excellent Yorkshire Moths show the status of Olive Tree Pearl Palpita vitrealis in Yorkshire.
Rusty-dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis 1395
Some info on the species form UK Moths.
Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella 1398
Better go switch the trap on…