Clifden nonpareil


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Clifden nonpareil

(ˈklɪftən)
n
(Animals) a handsome nocturnal moth, Catocala fraxini, that is brown with bluish patches on the hindwings: related to the red underwing
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Rare moths including the Clifden Nonpareil and Rosy Underwing have also appeared across several southern counties, including Dorset, Hampshire and Sussex.
This species probably won't survive the forthcoming winter, but it seems likely that the stunning Clifden Nonpareil and possibly even the Rosy Underwing, have already established footholds in southern England.
The Clifden Nonpareil, first recorded in Clifden, Buckinghamshire, boasts a striking blue flash on its wings.
Dorset-based moth recorder Les Hill has spotted three Clifden Nonpareil moths in the past two weeks in the same part of south Dorset.