Moth dissection course

Moth dissection.

At the last moth group meeting we were asked to look into the possibility of a course on genitalia dissection.

There are two possible routes.

  1. A professional ecologist will run a two day course for six participants. The cost would be about £100 per person.
  2. A local expert will do a one day course on macros only. Cost about £15.

However there is an additional cost for either course. You cannot do dissections without a microscope ( for most species ). We do not know of a venue which could provide these. To buy one, and there is no point doing the course unless you can continue dissecting, would be around £200. A suitable one can be seen on the Anglian Leps site.

Please let us know if you still want us to arrange something ( and state your preference) by e-mailing mothsinkent@gmail.com

Exciting new project needs your help

Butterfly Conservation have identified parts of East Kent as a priority area to set up a project relating to moths and their conservation. They are putting in a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

As part of this they have provisionally identified some species of particular interest. They would be very interested in Kent Moth Group members views on this list.eg are there any glaring omissions.

Two key features of the bid are conservation and engagement. Some of the species lend themselves more to one area than the other.

There is only a couple of months to refine the bid and so if anyone has any relevant views could they email me, via the Kent Moth Group email- mothsinkent@gmail.com and I will collect them together and pass them on.

Focus species (provisional)

Primary moths

Black-veined Moth, Marsh Mallow Moth, Bright Wave, Sussex Emerald, Fiery Clearwing, Straw Belle

Other moths

Anania funebris, Drab Looper, Rest Harrow, Stigmella zelleriella, Common Fan-foot,

Sciota hostilis, Phylonorycter sagitella, Phyllonorycter scabiosella, Agrotera nemoralis,

Grapholita pallifrontana, White Spot, Four-spotted, Barred Tooth-striped, Sloe Carpet,

Chalk Carpet, Fisher’s Estuarine Moth

Caryocolum blandulella, Pempeliella ornatella, Coleophora galbulipennella, Phyllonorycter insignitella, Coleophora chalcogramella