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5:15PM

Goat Moth

As I had previously posted, we did a night time moth event at St Helens Wood in order to catch some moths to display for the Summer Fayre. We had a fabulous night with 117 species, and probably could have increased that if we had had time to catch and review every micro moth.  What we did have, and I never thought I would personally see, was the Goat Moth (Cossus cossus) at the MV trap. I can now lay down my jealousy I carried at Alan Parker's record from the HCPNR from 2015.

Update to say it was actually 2012 when Alan had the Goat Moth in HCPNR, even longer to carry that Jealousy!

8:27PM

Moth Night & Summer Fayre

We will be having a night time moth event at St Helens Wood near the BBQ area this Friday 5th July. We will meet up around 20:45. We will set up traps and see what night time wonders we can find to present to the public the following day when there will be a Summer Fayre at St Helens Wood in the same area. It opens around 2pm on Saturday. All are welcome to come along on either night/day and see what all the fuss is about.

7:45PM

Moth Event Saturday Eve 8 June

The Sussex Moth Group Hastings Branch will be doing a moth night at Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve on Saturday 8 June at the Helipad Car Park Area [TQ848117]. We will be meeting at about 20:45. Feel free to stop by and see what it's all about, no trap needed! Just come round and see us.

3:54PM

Marsh Mallow Moth

Just a quick note about our star attraction at the last Sussex Moth Group Hastings Branch meet up. We met at Hastings Garden Centre/Pebsham Marshes for a moth trapping event on Saturday 26 August. We had a good catch with 87 species, the star attraction being a Marsh Mallow Moth (Hydraecia osseola). After some discussion with both Colin Pratt (our county moth recorder), and Sean Clancy the man in charge of the conservation of this endangered moth, we are pretty sure we have an idea of what this means at this point. Although it would be fantastic to find a new colony, its likely either a wandering female looking for another good stand of Marsh Mallow (Althaea officinalis) food plant, or even possibly a migrant from Europe. We'll obviously have to wait and see if future records appear, but for now a nice find.

7:39PM

National Moth Night @ Brede High Woods

The Sussex Moth Group is hosting loads of great events for National Moth Night, which actually runs from today 3 July, 2014 to 5 July, 2014. The Hastings Branch is going to host one of the events at Brede High Woods Friday 4 July, 2014.  We are meeting at 8:45pm at Brede High Wood car park (first one coming from Broad Oaks) [TQ 8042 2061].  The target species this year is Woodland moths, so we are sure to see some fantastic moths.

If you would like to come along and see some of the moths caught feel free to join us.  We'll be mothing until around 00:30 and there are some spectacular species to be found. 

Hope some of you can make it