Monday 24 June 2019

Painted Lady Influx and Marsh Grass-veneer

Masses of these around today. Every time I looked out a window at work they were bombing past and a late afternoon walk on the local heathland produced dozens more sightings. Always exciting to see these influxes. They were accompanied by plenty of Red Admirals too.
Marsh Grass-veneer - Crambus uliginosellus - a brand new 'grass moth' for me and a very localised species by all accounts, found in a bog whilst continuing my, so far fruitless, quest for Southern Damselfly.

Painted Lady and Red Admiral on Buddleia in the front garden. No escaping these today!


Dingy Shell in its typical resting posture. My first trapped in Exmouth, following my first ever last year which was trapped in Saint Hill by Martin.

Clouded-bordered Brindle - one of two trapped last night.

Adult summer-plumaged Mediterranean Gull. Three first-summers also present. Also 14+ Sandwich Tern and my first juvenile Black-headed Gull of the summer.

Adult summer Black-tailed Godwit - Mudbank - either very early returning from Iceland or very late arriving. Presumably the former.
Small Elephant Hawkmoth - in the trap this morning with four Elephant Hawkmoths and a heap of other common stuff that included c10+ Dusky Brocade, L-album Wainscot, Treble Brown Spot, Haworth's Pug, Foxglove Pug, Sandy Carpet and a Rusty Dot Pearl - the only immigrant species.

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