A very mild night was forecast, so I chanced my arm and put the garden actinic trap on. My 12th Moth trap of the year and at last a rare immigrant.
Boom !!! An Udea ferrugalis, or Rusty Dot Pearl to give it it’s common name. The last time I caught one, was 12th October 2011 and I don’t know of any others in the county since. Several mild nights over the next few days so still a few chances of another rare migrant. Not many common moths about, which was a disappointment.
The trap consisted of – 1 Udea ferrugalis (Rusty Dot Pearl); 2 Epiphyas postvittana (Light-brown Apple Moth); 1 Lesser Yellow Underwing; 1 Black Rustic.
Above two images – Udea ferrugalis – Rusty Dot Pearl – A rare immigrant to Derbyshire. Tony Davison©
Black Rustic – A typical autumn moth – Tony Davison©