Local moth find is first for 100 years

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Friday 8th May 2009

An observant local wildlife recorder has just recorded a new species of moth for Scotland. And she didn't have far to go to find it as it was trapped in her own back garden!

Tawny Pinion ©Alison RobertsonAlison Robertson spotted the moth amongst many others when identifying the moths in a light trap set in her garden at Glencaple. Although not the showiest of species, Alison recognised that it might be something a little out of the ordinary and with the help of a friend posted a picture on an internet forum to check its identification. Confirmation came from national expert and moth authority Roy Leverton and the Tawny Pinion was added to the list of Scottish moths.

The find is the first confirmed record of this species in Scotland, although there is an unconfirmed historical record from 1862. The species, which resembles a piece of broken twig when at rest, is widely distributed in south-east England with just a few scattered records in the north of England.