Back from a week away the moth trap yesterday morning had 102 moths of 42 species with 2 new ones for the garden: The Olive and Morophaga choragella. Also there was my 3rd ever Sallow Kitten, (unfortunately a bit damaged), Hoary Footman and a Yew-tree Beauty. This morning only 30 moths after a cooler night but White-point brought the year total to 299. Garden total now 589.
I've had a few computer problems bit it's been another good week for the moth trap with over 50 species on more than one morning. Best records were my first ever Oak Eggar in the garden, my second Scalloped Hook-tip, Canary-shouldered Thorn and a couple of new micro moths.
Good moth numbers continue with lots of species new for the year; Including several Privet Hawk-moths, and the V-pug. A rather worn Marbled White-spot was the 2nd garden record and the first since 2000. At the end of June I reached 240 species for the first half of the year which compares well with 128 at this stage last year. As 2016 was my best year for the number of species, this is quite amazing and shows what some warm weather can do. New for the garden was a micro: Eucosma conterminana-see picture. A Humming-bird Hawk-moth in the garden was my second of the year.
to find many birds at Dunge today but, not for the first time, we found aninteresting insect inside one of the RSPB's hides. I think this is a Short-winged Conehead. The moth trap continues to be interesting with new species for the year including Barred Yellow, Dark Sword-grass, Dot Moth and Brown-tail. A few days ago Sandy Carpet was new for the garden and a 2nd one appeared this morning. A new micro for the garden this week was Ypsolopha ustella.
Good numbers of moths continue with species new for the year including: Privet Hawk-moth, Ruby Tiger, Lesser Broad-bordered Underwing, Rush Veneer, Smoky Wainscot, Large Twin-spot Carpet Pine Carpet and Large Tabby. Best was a new micro for the garden: Lozotaeniodes formosana. In addition I heard about a site near Faversham where Hornet Moths had been seen. I had a look there Sunday afternoon and was lucky enough to see one-unfortunately I somehow forgot the camera so had to photograph it with the phone.
Another 144 moths of 54 species this am.........several
NFYs including: Small BV, Small Fan-foot, Small FF Wave, Yellow Shell, The Clay,
Plain Pug, Scop. subfusca, and my 2nd ever C. fagiglandana and my 3rd Plutella porrectella. Also a nice example of The Coronet.
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.
Good moth numbers have continued the last few days with species new for the year including: Varied Coronet, Small Phoenix, Burnished Brass, Maiden's Blush, The Flame, Foxglove Pug, and the first Large Yellow Underwing of the year. On Friday the weather at Dunge was Sunny with a stiff breeze, but we struggled to find much in the way of birds. Most interesting was the Great White Egret showing the pink legs and dark bill of its breeding plumage. There are now a few insects about including lots of Four-spotted Chasers, and near the Old Lighthouse we found a Mother Shipton moth-the first I've seen in the area.
The sudden change to much warmer weather has certainly improved moth numbers. Since my last post new species for the year are as follows: Bee Moth, Willow Beauty, Small Magpie, Mottled Rustic, Pale Tussock, Diamond-back, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Brown House-moth, Green Pug, A.arenella, D. acuminitana, and best of all a new species for the Garden: Anania perlucidalis, Also of interest was a very dark Peppered Moth.
No moth trapping for 2 nights due to heavy rain and this morning just 6 moths with Common Swift new for the year. Yesterday at Dunge it started sunny, poured with rain at lunchtime and rained again late afternoon. Birds were thin on the ground. The main interest was provided by 3 Cuckoos calling in different locations and a minimim of 11 Hobbies around the reserve. Around the power station several Painted Ladies had arrived with a few Red Admirals. Other butterflies seen were Small Heaths and 1 Common Blue. Three moth species were noted: Yellow Belle, Scoparia pyrallela, and the tortrix Orthotaenia ungulana. Late afternoon 2 Little Owls were seen at Lydd camp.
A much wamer and wet night on Tuesday produced the best catch of the year so far in the moth trap with 43 moths of 29 species.
New for the year were: Lime-Speck Pug, Pebble Hook-tip, Bright-line Brown-eye, Rustic
Shoulder-knot, Brown Silver-line (3rd record and first for 10 years), Oak
Nycteoline, C. alchimiella, T. trinotella, & N. cynosbatella.
Warmer nights have livened up the moth trap with Latticed Heath new for the year yesterday. This morning there were 24 moths of 16 species. New for the year were Pyrausta aurata, The Lychnis, May Highflyer, Garden Pebble, plus my 4th ever record of Scalloped Hazel and my 3rd ever of Oak-tree Pug. My last records of both these species were 2013.