Caught this wee beauty the other night and no matter how hard I looked in the books I couldn't ID it. Posted this picture to #teammoth and @Stewchat suggested Small Ranunculus. Checked in Waring and it looked good, however on reading the text appeared doubtful as this species recently disappeared from the UK. It's classed as a Nationally Scare B species and has slowly been spreading north since its reappearance in Kent in 1997.
No way, not in my garden.
Les Hill (@dorsetmoths) confirmed the ID of Small Ranunculus as did my County Recorder who added the following interesting information -
'The Small Ranunculus first turned up at Beeston in 2009. It was then recorded in Alvaston in 2010 and later at Midway in 2012. Your record serves to consolidate the likely breeding in the area.'
I have since had one more fresh looking one at the light trap so I had best get checking Prickly Lettuce!
Small Ranunculus (19/07/2013)
Just goes to show the importance and value of moth trapping and that even records from a small urban gardens are very valuable.
Certainly the highlight of my moth-ing year (so far!)