If you were in Parke on Friday night you may have seen lights climbing into the night sky, you may have heard the collective murmurings of a few members of the Devon moth group as they identified different moth species and if you were around at about 12.30am you may have heard a collective gasp.
The moth that raised the collective gasp was none other than a Ringed Border moth Stegania cararia a rare migrant visitor to this country and almost certainly the first recording of this moth in Devon. Roy McCormick who has countless years experience with moths stood in almost stunned silence whilst we checked the I.D. of this moth. It was a fantastic treat for all of those there in the early hours who had spent the evening snorting caddis flies and tripping up over ant hills and made the evening certainly worth it.