The total catch was Green Oak Tortrix 2, Peppered Moth 1,Buff Ermine 1,Heart & Club(New) 1, & my favourite the beautiful Blotched Emerald (New).
Something was telling me to check out my local garage SU819523 and although I couldn’t get past the parked truck on two occasions I went back a third time and was really chuffed with what came up. As I parked there in front of me was this massive “Beauty” type moth,the size I had never encountered before which immediately told me it wasn’t the Willow or Mottled Beauty but something really special. I was right it is the nationally scarce(Nb) moth called a Great Oak Beauty and a big thrill to find. Needless to say the larvae feed on Pendunculate Oak, which is why it is most likely to be found in places like the New Forest, which is of course and ancient woodland ideally suited to this moth.
I was about to leave when I caught something out of my eye in the extreme corner of the car park which gave me such a thrill,being the stunningly beautiful Phlyctaenia coronata,what a beautifully marked moth.
This is a member of the "Grass' moths in the family Crambidae.
Two Bee-moths made up the total moths at the garage.