A First for the County

I’m not a great birder; I enjoy sitting in a hide watching them for hours, but when it comes to twitching and sea-watching I’ve never had any success; in 15 years I don’t think I’ve spotted a single unusual sighting that wasn’t first pointed out to me by someone else. It’s possibly also due to my bad habit of assuming that anything I see couldn’t possibly be rare, I must be mistaken. It’s just a pigeon.

Moths however – I take a picture of anything in the trap I’m unsure of and show it to experts. So when this one puzzled me, @ianbennell75 and @MothIDUK quickly confirmed it as a Buff Arches, Habrosyne pyritoides.

Buff Arches having a snooze

Having sent my moth trap off to my dad for him to discover the joys of mothing while I’m away, I sent my list from the past two months to Duncan, our county moth recorder. He requested pictures of a few, including the Buff Arches, and today he confirmed it’s the first record of a Buff Arches for the county!

The current known distribution almost stops completely at the border. It might just have been here a while and be under-recorded; there’s not a vast amount of moth-trappers out there, or is the distribution spreading north with climate change and warmer weather? Either way, a very exciting find for me!

Distribution of Buff Arches from the National Biodiversity Network Gateway:
Distribution of Buff Arches from the NBN Gateway

What a great end to my first summer moth trapping in the garden!

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