Cypress Carpet Thera cupressata
A little bit of a rarity with this species only being first found in this country in the county of Sussex in 1984, it has since become established in most of the southern counties. When I captured this one back earlier this year in North Somerset, it was the first time I'd ever recorded it here, however since then I've since seen two more specimens. With a wing span of 30mm it's quite a small species and very well camouflaged when sited in amongst it's food plant of Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) and Leyland cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii). The moths fly in May and June, with a second generation in August and September. Version 2, is a side on perspective on the same creature.
Many thanks for all the kind comments on yesterday's image, thought I get back to showing off some of my moths for a little while now.
Anybody watching my webcam last night will have seen a very early appearance by the the Fox (22:00) we now have regularly coming into the garden along with the usual Hedgehogs, I'm currently exploring ways in which I can try and capture some conventional images of them all without actually being in the garden, so watch this space
Hope everyone has a good day......Ade
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