Monday 26 June 2023

Bright Neb

Bright Neb Argolamprotes micella. I've been hoping for one of these very tiny but very smart moths. 

Mudbank - 58 Black-headed Gulls, 30 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 27 Shelducks, 1 Sandwich Terns and 2 Sand Martins with a small number of House Martins and Swallows
Mudbank on the incoming tide, yesterday morning - c60 Black-headed Gulls, 21 Shelducks, c80 Curlew, 8 Sandwich Terns, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Whimbrel. The Yellow-legged Gull remains a permanent fixture in the coastal waste recycling centre.
Saturday - 90+ Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, c50 Black-headed Gulls and 24 Shelducks.

White-backed Marble Hedya salicella - a whopping great tortrix and a brand new moth for me.

Garden Lance-wing Epermenia chaerophyllella

Small Emerald.

Buff Footman.

Long-legged Tabby Synaphe punctalis.


Beautiful Knot-horn Rhodophaea formosa.

Cream-bordered Green Pea.

L-album Wainscot.

Commom Mompha Mompha epilobiella.

Privet Tortrix Clepsis consimilana.

Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis heparana.

Burnished Brass.


Lesser Tawny Tubic Batia lunaris.

Scalloped Oak.

Brussels Lace.

Dot Moth.



Portland Ribbon Wave.

Fringed Water Lily - Countess Wear.

Scarce Chaser. I cycled over to Countess Wear on saturday. As previously reported - masses of Scarce Chasers along the canal, with a few Black-tailed Skimmers thrown in to make counting less straightforward.

Male Hairy Dragonfly.

Southern Hawker.

Grass Snake.

Small Red-eyed Damselfly.

Azure Damselfly.

Red-eyed Damselfly.

White-legged Damselfly.

Eighteen Broad-leaved Helleborine spikes counted along Wright's Lane - all looking healthier than they did last year. Slightly down on the 24 counted a couple years ago but there may be more to find...

The Yellow-legged Gull was so close to the other side of the fence yesterday morning that I initially overlooked it. If it's never seen again it's probably to do with what it's eating!


  1. Great haul of moths & dragons, Matt.

  2. Thank you Neil - a good spell for moths the last few days. Hope you're keeping well. Matt.