About the Kent Moths Gallery

This blog is intended as a gallery of photos for all moths found in the county of Kent. Please send through your quality images (and links to your websites) of moth species caught yesterday or yesteryear in order that this can become a complete archive of Kent's moth fauna.

Many thanks,
Tony Morris (Admin) & Ross Newham (Admin) kentmothsgallery@gmail.com

Friday, 7 December 2012

Black-spotted Chestnut

Male Black-spotted Chestnut
A female of this species was caught on the 8th of November 2011 by Norman Winterman in Dartford and represented the first British record of this species, amazingly the following evening took an even more unexpected turn. Arrangements were made for the moth to be on view from mid-evening in nearby James Hunter's garden. A dozen enthusiasts were attempting to photograph the rather active female in the comfort of James's lit garden shed. Paul Chapman, who was already happy with his views, was standing outside in the garden, next to James's actinic trap. Suddenly a small noctuid moth arrived on a nearby doll's house and Paul instinctively enticed it onto his finger. Almost immediately, shouts of "quick, get a pot!" pierced the night air and the moth was soon safely secured. Everybody was staggered to see that it was another Black-spotted Chestnut, this one a male and in even better condition than the first!

Thanks again to James for the photo, and the text from Birdguides.

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