Rare moth found in Outwoods park in Leicestershire

Rare moth
Image caption Harpella forficella was discovered in ancient woodland in Leicestershire

A rare moth that has only been found three times in the UK has been recorded in an ancient woodland in Leicestershire.

Rebecca Faulkner, a student at Nottingham Trent University, discovered the creature at the Outwoods, near Loughborough.

Harpella forficella, a micro moth, is usually found in warmer parts of Europe.

Ms Faulkner said it was exciting to find the rare species.

The student, who is doing a wildlife conservation degree, said: "I love moths, they are really interesting. I think they are beautiful creatures.

"At first I had no idea it was a rare moth. But when I sent a photo to the county [wildlife] recorder he was able to identify the moth and tell me the good news."

The Outwoods is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and has some of the oldest exposed rocks in the country.

During her dissertation, Ms Faulkner, who is from Barrow-Upon-Soar, identified 185 different moth species.

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