James McGill and I went to Portland this afternoon to see a somewhat battered specimen of Scar Bank Gem. While there we met Dave Foot and talked moths for a bit. James was bemoaning the fact that he'd had a bad year for Jersey Tiger, only 80 this year compared to the 120 of last year. Dave and I laughed, as I have had one and Dave not many more - EVER. On the way back home I told James that I probably wouldn't run a trap tonight as I had done so for four nights running and tonight looked clear and moonlit. However, on getting home I decided what the hell and set up the trap. After about five minutes something brushed past me and landed on the sheet. A Jersey Tiger!!! I potted it up and went in to show it to my wife. On returning outside, a second Jersey Tiger was sitting on the sheet. I rang James and told him to stop throwing Jersey Tigers over my wall. On returning to the sheet, a THIRD Jersey Tiger was sitting there. Spooky or what???
Scar Bank Gem
I've really hit a purple patch at home this week. After the wonderful Great Brocade, the next night I had Sitochroa palealis along with a nice supporting cast. I also visited Dave Paull yesterday and saw some of the specimens that he has been catching in North Devon.