Flame Brocade has come a long way in dismay weather

Yesterday morning I found this moth – a flame brocade in my moth trap. I was surprised to find anything to be honest as it had been pouring with rain most of the night.

Flame brocades are migrant moths – that is they don’t breed in this country.

Flame brocade
The moth looks fresh and undamaged

In all likelihood this moth was in Northern France on Monday or Tuesday and then flew the Channel on Tuesday arriving in a rainstorm during the night – amazing.

After photographing it I let it go on its way!

It is a scarce moth but is regularly recorded in Britain.

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