The night began almost cloudless with quite a bright moon. By dawn it was completely overcast and there had been a light rain. It was also warm, with a balmy dawn temperature of 13.7°C. The first moth I happened upon as I went out of the door at 04h45 was a lovely fresh-looking Pink-barred Sallow resting in the doorway of the lean-to: a bright jewel of a moth against this black background. A few feet away, on the adjacent wall, was a large geometrid, which turned out to be a male Pale Oak Beauty. Waring & Townsend mention a probable "partial second generation in southern England, September-October", but there seem to be no recent Norfolk records from these months. Both species were now for the trap.
|♂ Pale Oak Beauty Hypomecis punctinalis|
|Pink-barred Sallow Xanthia togata|
Macro-moths (20 spp.):-