Extinct moth makes an artistic return to Lewes

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A MOTH last seen in the British Isles in East Sussex in 1961 is making a return.

Not the real thing, unfortunately, but a spectacular giant-sized replica of the Lewes Wave.

Now helping hands are needed to create the moth at a free willow sculpture workshop at the Linklater Pavilion, Lewes, on September 10 (10am-4pm).

Presented by Patina – organisers of the annual Children’s Moving On Parade in the county town – it will feature artist and National Theatre prop maker Niki Gunson.

No previous experience is necessary – just a willingness to get stuck-in. Anyone from the age of eight upwards is welcome.

The Lewes Wave Moth sculpture will form the centrepiece of a lantern-lit parade taking place as part of the Common Cause 21st year celebration at the Linklater Pavilion on September 24.

For more information or to book, please phone 07950 930 715 or email patinalewes@gmail.com – also visit www.patinalewes.com

The Lewes Wave Moth (Scopula immorata) has a wingspan of up to 27mm. Formerly a rare resident in a single woodland in East Sussex, this species is now believed extinct in Britain, as habitat changes adversely affected the population. The last known record was 50 years ago.

Abroad, the species is found in Europe and Asia, and inhabits dry grassy habitats, where the larvae feed on a number of low-growing plants.

It flies between May and August in one or two generations.

The Park Corner Heath nature reserve near East Hoathly, a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest, was originally established in 1953 to protect the Lewes Wave Moth.