I started mothing in 1994. Every February I put out my MV trap at Dingestow Court (and in Carmarthenshire when we lived there) hoping for a Small Brindled Beauty, but they never came. After 23 years of trying, I have finally been rewarded with one of these truly beautiful moths: to MV at Dingestow Court on 20th February 2017. They are reassuringly distinctive - narrow and almost noctuid-like - and I now know that my past careful scrutiny of Pale Brindled Beauty just in case was pointless. Martin's map indicates that this is a very rare moth in Gwent, so I'm doubly pleased to catch one. I hope I won't have to wait another 23 years before my next!