A very warm night (14.5c min) produced only 31 moths of 19 species. However did get the 1st Hawk-moth of the year-Privet. Dwarf Cream Wave also new for the year. Visited Sissinghurst Castle yesterday. When the sun finally came out late afternoon the Downy Emeralds were easy to see on one of the ponds. They didn't settle for a photograph however. Did get some pictures of the Beautiful Demoiselles on the stream there-we don't get these in East Kent-only the Banded variety. Finally Volucella inflata was a good hoverfly record-only the 2nd one I've ever seen.
Things are warming up a bit with 54 moths of 31 species. New for the year were: Common Footman, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Red-barred Tortrix, Epinotia bilunana, Rhodophaea formosa, Monopis obviella, and a tiny micro yet to be identified. No Hawk Moths yet!
48 moths of 26 species this morning. New for the year were: Green Oak Tortrix, Treble Brown-spot, Flame Carpet, Yellow Shell, Ringed China-mark, Hollyhock Seed Moth, Batia lunaris, Diamond-back, Eusosoma cana, and Homoeosoma sinuella, which was a new species for the garden list.
A bit of an improvement with 35 moths of 19 species. New for the year were Riband Wave, Double Square-spot, & Seatceous Hebrew Character. Cinnabars are on the wing now too. The one below was photographed at Oare marshes today. I also made a short visit to Lorenden Park, Painter's Forstall where the Marbled Whites are on the wing. Somewhat to my surprise there was also a flock of around 12 Mediterranean Gulls overhead.
Only 9 moths of 7 species this morning. However, July Highflyer, Green Pug, and The Uncertain were all new for the year. Since yesterday's posting I've confirmed the identity of a new tortrix for the garden list from yesterday morning: Flax Tortrix (Cnephasia asseclana).
Put the trap out more in hope than expectation-well it is National Moth Night weekend. 18 moths of 13 species this morning. However after a 9 year wait I finally got the 2nd garden record of Ruddy Carpet this morning. It was very difficult to photograph but persistence paid off in the end.
13 moths of 11 species this morning. New for the year were: Ephestia parasitella, Small Magpie, Common White Wave, & Buff Ermine. Yesterday a male Stag Beetle took a likeing to a rug on our washing line.
Just 10 moths of 8 species this morning with the first Large Yellow Underwing of the year being the only record of any note. Went to East Blean Woods around lunchtime today. Saw about 6 Heath Fritillaries in the car park area along with a Hornet.
The bad weather continues so I've not much to report that's particularly exiting. I did have my 2nd record of Mompha subbstrigella on 6th June; & this morning I had the first Mottled Pug & Eudonia mercurella of the year.I always find this group of Pyralids very difficult.
Well we've reached the end of May. By this date last year I'd recorded 87 species in my garden compared to 56 this year. However, the figures for the macros is worse with 72 last year compared to 39 this year. I've actually had 2 more micro species this year so far: 17 compared with 15 last year. Only 7 species this morning with Currant Pug new for the year.