A 'mournful lover of the field' is a reasonable translation of the scientific name from the heavy sombre shading on the forewing. The moth is common throughout the county and will take flight if disturbed during the day from the shelter of Wavy Hair-grass or meadow grass on waste ground.
No new species of moth has been recorded now for nearly two months. Overall the numbers are down and for this the weather must carry some responsibility. A trap will be set tonight as the forecast is rain-free.