Lacking moth returns to Savernake Forest after 120 yr absence

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A uncommon moth has been noticed in Savernake Forest, Wiltshire, in what’s regarded as the primary sighting since c.1900. The grownup Mild Crimson Underwing (Catocala promissa) was sighted by butterfly and moth specialists David Inexperienced and Dr Susan Clarke whereas enterprise surveys for Butterfly Conservation, on behalf of Forestry England.

David Inexperienced of Butterfly Conservation, mentioned: “The Mild Crimson Underwing is an especially scarce moth that requires loads of giant mature – or ideally veteran – Pedunculate oak. This explicit specimen was discovered taking moisture from the sting of a muddy puddle and is a really important file for this uncommon species.”

Mild Crimson Underwing, copyright Bob Chapman, from the surfbirds galleries

Forestry England Ecologist, Sam Pegler, mentioned: “The re-discovery of an absent species is all the time thrilling, however the 120 yr hole because the final sighting of a Mild Crimson Underwing moth in Savernake Forest makes this significantly uncommon. The moth’s presence highlights the good significance of the veteran timber, which we work to guard and protect, in addition to nurturing timber that can turn into the veterans of the long run. This Butterfly Conservation survey additionally recognized areas of potential breeding habitat for the Mild Crimson Underwing. It’s early to take a position, however it’s attainable that our ongoing efforts may help the moth to return to the forest in larger numbers.”

Learn extra concerning the Mild Crimson Underwing right here: https://butterfly-conservation.org/moths/light-crimson-underwing

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