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Thu 17th June 2010 17:08 by Graham Smith
Moth Night at Epping Forest Woodland Burial Park
A 'Moth Night' was held at the Burial Park on Saturday June 12th, around a dozen people attending. Before the event started someone joked that the majority of those that came would probably be women, the men all being left behind in the pub watching the World Cup! So it proved; indeed, three of those that participated had dropped their husbands there on the way to the event. Their wives probably had the best of the deal - given the quality of the football to date -and as usual at such events there was a keen level of interest in the moths that we (Anthony Harbott, Martin McCleary, Andy McGeehan and myself) caught. Trapping was slow to start with but improved markedly when the security lights around the centre were turned off and by the end of the two hour trapping session 26 species of macro moth had been caught. There was nothing rare among them - Tawny Barred Angle (10), Scorched Wing (8) and Pale Tussock (6) being the most numerous - but they came in all shapes and sizes, which helped stimulate interest; other species including Pebble Hook Tip, Spruce Carpet, Dwarf Pug, Peppered Moth, Pale Oak Beauty, Orange Footman, Ingrailed Clay, Green Silver Lines, Spectacle and White ErmineWhite Ermine Moth Copyright: Graham Smith.Thanks are due to staff members Julia and Dan for heping to make the evening such a success.


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