Moth extinct to UK makes return to Dorset after 60 years

Moth extinct to UK makes return to Dorset after 60 years

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 4:20pm 27th September 2019. (Updated at 4:24pm 27th September 2019)

The 'Clifden Nonpariel' has a wingspan that can reach 12cm, making it one of our largest native species.

There have been numerous sightings of the ‘Holy Grail of moths’ recently, which suggests it has recolonised and is now breeding across southern Britain.

The Clifden Nonpareil’s name means 'beyond compare', is one of the largest and most spectacular moths native to our shores.

We’re being asked to look for this moth and record any sightings as part of Moth Night 2019 (26-28 September).

Convolvulus Hawk-moth_credit Andy Crory, Butterfly Conservation
You might also spot the Convolvulus Hawk moth this month too

The annual event, run by Atropos, Butterfly Conservation and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Dr Marc Botham, an ecologist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, said:

"Moth Night provides the perfect opportunity for people of all experiences to go out and record moths, with some fantastic species to look out for. Many moths are benefiting from climate change, being able to withstand the increasingly milder weather in particular over the winter months.

"Records collected on Moth Night will help contribute to our fantastic wealth of data on moths and other insect groups and help us to see how climate change and other drivers are affecting their populations in the UK."

Submit your sightings here.