Originally Posted by JWN Andrewes
A bit more from me from July, just to cover my first venture away from home with the moth trap, to our annual Pembrokeshire family holiday. First session started on 26th, and proved pretty successful, with 53 macros of 27 species. Highest numbers were 10 Large Yellow Underwing and 6 Marbled Beauty. And as had been hoped, a range of stuff that we don't get at home. Best of these, in the sense of unlikely that I'll ever catch up with them in the garden, were Crescent Dart & a rather beat up Brussels Lace. Four other ticks were on offer, but all species that I could conceivably get at home, Dot Moth, Clay, Buff Footman and (probable) Red Twin-spot Carpet, although I suspect I might not get that last one past a County Recorder, given similarity with Dark-barred Twin-spot, but it's good enough for me, for now, rank amateur hobbyist that I am!
I was told that the Red Twin-spot Carpet has a dark mark on the underside of each wing (fore and hind), which is a good feature, but didn't see this in a quick glance in W&T (which lists lots of other 'features' to be considered. Apparently Dark can be red on occasion, but Red doesn't have a dark form (if I got the right way around).
My Brussels Lace the other day was also a disappointing individual looking much more like Willow Beauty than the more finely etched versions in the book/online photos!