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27.07.13 DownTown Lewes: Bat & Moth night at Southover School

As part of our DownTown Lewes project I organised an urban moth trapping session on the school field at Southover School. A team of 50 keen naturalists - most of whom were up waaaaaay past their bedtime joined me. I started the evening with an illustrated talk about moths and bats and then we headed out into the dusk armed with torches and bat detectors.

Moth and Bat night at Southover School.
Moth and Bat night at Southover School.

Meanwhile I lit up a moth trap and illuminated the field. We raced around the area with our detectors and listened as they picked up the clicks and slaps of pipistrelles.

Meanwhile, back at the moth trap, the light was attracting the flame, uncertain, swallow-tailed moth and many more. My favourite from the evening was the vapourer who posed for this photo before I let him go (I can tell it's a him because the female doesn't have any wings!).

The Vapourer
The Vapourer

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