White Prominent moth, believed extinct, spotted in Ireland

A White Prominent moth has been sighted once more in its native Kerry woodland.

The White Prominent, a ghostly and mysterious creature, was thought to have vanished from Irish shores.

In a report from The Irish Times, it is noted that ‘the moth had been last recorded here in 1938 in birch woodlands on Robert’s Island, owned by the exclusive Ard na Sidhe Hotel on the eastern edge of Caragh Lake near Killorglin.’

Photograph (c) : Ralf Wolf

The White Prominent moth Leucodonta bicoloria, a snow-white moth with orange markings, was “one of those mysterious, iconic species” thought to be extinct in Britain and Ireland, according to the ecologists who rediscovered it a decade ago.

Prior to that the moth had been last recorded here in 1938 in birch woodlands on Robert’s Island, owned by the exclusive Ard na Sidhe Hotel on the eastern edge of Caragh Lake near Killorglin. – Anne Lucey (Irish Times)

While the moth was rediscovered a decade ago, the recent sightings have given hope to a replenishing population. Details of a recent monitoring project can be read on Allan Mellon’s blog.

Colin J McCracken

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