Yesterday I took my Lunar Hornet Moth pheromone lure to Raw Nook NR and hung it up by the bench in the meadow area. The reason I placed it there is that the uncommon LH Moth likes Sallows and Goat Willow habitat and last year I attracted a male moth at that location.
I only had to wait about 10 minutes before a male was attracted to the scent of the female within the pheromone lure.
Now last year I tried it at T H Beck with no luck. So I thought I would give it another go.
I hung the lure by the large pond with lots of mature goat Willows.
Well with about 2 minutes a rather frisky male was around the lure…A brilliant record for the site. I now know that the species is at RN nr, THB and nearby Low Moor Banks.
It is now thought in the moth circles that because of the Lunar Hornet Moth pheromone lure this moth may not be as uncommon as first thought as a good number of records are now turning up.