A rare chance to practice the netting skills followed which thankfully occurred in the affirmative and the moth was photographed like so many others before and released soon afterwards back into the wildlife garden.
Upon researching the moth of the Crambidae or grass moths family I soon discovered it to be Mecyna flavalis a nationally rare moth (proposed as a future Red Data Book species)that is usually found only as a coastal species and rarely found off chalk land at all,so what was it doing 40 miles away in my concrete jungle with its 3 X 6m wildlife garden.
A quick photo attached email to the man who knows, quickly confirmed the I/D to be correct and to explain that this mini heat wave does allow butterflies and moths to traverse away from their normal quarters, possibly in search of an expansion of the species.
So whats the fuss? To be surrounded by concrete and to think this little moth found a safe haven outside my back door just makes me feel good and that will always be thanks enough.Please try it!!
Well lets hope so, and at the same time realise that these little wildlife corridors that we call our wildlife garden just may help this to happen, and so here I am again asking all to remember that it is something we can do and in our way partly achieve what the local and national Butterfly Conservations achieve every year.
Many hands make light work!!!