The very hot weather has meant a busy time with the moth trap. This morning there were c160 moths of 57 species, which is probably my best ever catch. I've added 2 new micros to the garden list: Phtheochroa inopiana and Coleophora mayrella. Other species new for the year include: The Festoon, Common Emerald, and Cream Bordered Green Pea.
Moth trap very lively the last couple of days. Highlights were my 2nd ever Figure of Eighty, a worn Sandy Carpet, which was new for the garden, Buttoned Snout, Ghost Moth, The Festoon, S. gigantella and a new micro Sophronia semicostella. At Oare Marshes on Sunday the Spoonbill showed well.
After a few days away moth trapping resumed last night with 59 moths of 38 species this morning. There were several new species for the year including Dingy Shears, and Poplar Grey. However, best was a new pyralid for the garden list: Donacaula forficella. Garden list now 576.
Since my last post new species for the year in the trap include: Middle-barred Minor, Mottled Beauty, Marbled Orchard Tortrix, Brown Rustic and best of all, a Small Elephant Hawk-moth, which was new for the garden list, which now stands at 575.
I spent a quiet day at Dungeness yesterday where the most interesting bird sightings were a Little Ringed Plover displaying on the ARC Pit and a Bittern in flight near Boulderwall Farm. We managed to be in the wrong place on at least 2 occasions to see the Bee-eater that was around. About 14 Hobbies were noted around the area. This morning the moth trap produced the best catch of the year with 72 moths of 43 species with 12 species new for the year. Best of all were 2 new macros for the garden: Grass Rivulet and Red Data Book species White Spot. There was also a nice example of the migrant Bordered Straw.
The moth trap has continued to produce good numbers for the time of year over the last few days with species new for the year including: Freyer's Pug, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Small Clouded Brindle, Dark Arches, Poplar Hawk-moth and a new micro for the garden list in the shape of A. spinosella.