I happened to glance about 5ft from the lure and saw what looked very interesting and almost familiar should I be allowed to be so brash. It looked like a Clearing and yet the only other left for the year is the Red-tipped Clearing, a moth I had gone down to the Test Valley to try and find twice, so surely this couldn't be that only 7 miles away from home.
My luck this year looking for these moths has been enormous and to that I can add most grateful but here was one I didnt expect.At first it looked small and only by pushing into the Brambles was I able to decide it was a Clearwing at all.The first shot was after moving a couple of feet into the Brambles trying not to disturb the moth and so with arms outstretched I took about 4 shots before it was off so was I lucky as I could virtually see nothing through the sight glass.
The shots were off centre on all but one but I managed to get a record shot so have another new moth for the website, a moth that blows me away with its beauty.
I am often asked why I do moths now, as at one time I only took photos of butterflies and I think this is one of the answers and of course the other is there are approx.2500 moth and c60 butterflies so the former does take precedence purely on numbers when you are doing a website.