Had a quick walk around the huge Scales Park near Anstey in Hertfordshire and noted some pretty good moths and other bugs.
This huge expanse of dry/wet woodland, scrub, meadow has it all and is a superb site that just screams wildlife.
The day was generally cloudy with sunny periods at times, in fact the dull conditions made it easier to spot things.
I wasn't hopeful of finding much, it was windy and cool but I was pleasantly surprised.
I found the usual Celypha lacunana, Epiblema cirsiana, Pyrausta aurata, Hedya pruniana and lots of Silver-ground Carpets and Nemophora degeerella's
But better was a single Gold Swift, my first Hertfordshire record and only my second ever sighting of one (first was last year on a field trip to Home Wood in Bedfordshire)
Also I was so lucky in spotting a single Glyphipterix forsterella flitting about the vegetation. I believe there isn't many Hertfordshire records of this micro moth. It is superficially similar to Glyphipterix simpliciella but has a silvery dot in the black apical spot on the forewing, it has probably been over-looked somewhat.
My only other record is two individuals from my parents farm in 2013.
I also managed a new moth for me and one i've been hunting for for ages, one of the Micropterix species, Micropterix aruncella. A lousy photo of it at the moment as it just would not stay still and everytime I went to take a photo of it before I potted it up, it kept flying away and in fear of my eyesight not keeping up with its movements I had no choice but to pot it up!
Some nice Longhorns around today as well.