Sunday, 19 June 2022

Since recently returning from 2 weeks in Alberta, Canada, I've recorded 3 species of Clearwing Moths in the garden and also trapped a new Pyralid: Elegia similella. Pictures from my Canada trip will be on my Flickr site over the next few weeks:   https://www.flickr.com/photos/34579661@N04/

Red-belted Clearwing

 
Red-tipped Clearwing
 
Orange-tailed Clearwing
 
Elegia similella


Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Since my last post I've recorded 2 new micro species for the garden list: Pammene suspectana and the Spotted Shoot Moth Rhyacionia pinivorana. Pammene suspectana has only been recorded in Kent for the first time this year. I've also been shown my first Dormouse by the local Dormouse group, and a trip to Bonsai Bank produced good numbers of Duke of Burgundy Butterflies, Dingy Skippers and Green Hairstreaks.

Pammene suspectana

 
Spotted Shoot Moth
 
Duke of Burgundy
 
Hazel Dormouse


Monday, 2 May 2022

High presure and cold nights have generally continued to keep moth numbers down but there have been a few interesting species since my last post. With the help of a lure I my first Dewick's Plusia turned up in the trap on 26th April. This morning I recorded the 2nd Choclate-tip of the year-quite rare in my garden. Also 22nd April brought the first Toadflax Brocade of the year. Hobbies have arrived at Stodmarsh too.

Dewick's Plusia

 
Chocolate-tip
 
Toadflax Brocade
 
Hobby



Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Cold nights have generally kept moth numbers down but I have now reached 700 species on the garden list with addition of 2 micro species. Unfortunately the first one could only be narrowed down to being one of 2 species so has to be recorded as Caloptilia elongella/betulicola. The second one, Pammene giganteana turned up yesterday afternoon in the pheromone trap with a SKI lure. It's been a good spring for Garganey sightings at Oare/Stodmarsh/Dungeness and a Little Owl also showed well at Stodmarsh.

Caloptilia elongella/betulicola

 
Pammene giganteana
 
Garganey
 
Little Owl


Friday, 18 March 2022

Since my last post I've recorded 2nd records of Small Brindled Beauty and Spring Usher following the first ones in my last  post. I've also had a Shoulder-stripe which is only my 3rd record and my first for 5 years. Interesting birds seen include the Iceland Gull at Rye Harbour, a Pink-footed Goose at Shalmsford Street. It's also been a good winter for Bramblings.

Shoulder Stripe

 
Iceland Gull
 
Pink-footed Goose
 
Brambling


Thursday, 24 February 2022

Despite the frosty mornings and then the gales and rain I've added 3 new species to the garden moth list this month: Spring Usher, Acleris literana, and Small Brindled Beauty. Garden list now 698.

Spring Usher

 
Acleris literana
 
Small Brindled Beauty


Wednesday, 2 February 2022

 The year started with some very mild weather so the 2022 garden moth list stands at 3: Pale Brindled Beauty, Common Plume, and an Early Grey. Apparently the latter is the earliest record in Kent. Interesting birds seen since my last post include: The Little Bunting in Bexley, Grey Partridges at Sandwich Bay, the Little Gull at Chillenden and the Great Northern Diver in Dover Harbour.

Little Bunting

 
Grey Partridges
 
Little Gull
 
Great Northern Diver