Thursday, 5 August 2010

Kinky Southerner

The past few days I have mostly been locked in my office writing up reports, 3 reserves breeding birds surveys and generally doing things I tend to save for a rainy day. Due to my leaving Kent these things have to be completed asap before I can go up Norf.
I did manage to get out for a few hours to a private site to check up on some of the rarer Odes. Of which I was pleased to find 3 male Southern Emeralds, one of which was almost certainly the original male seen 2 weeks ago with another two new males one of which was strangely misshapen, I could not find the female but hopefully one of the males did ;)




On another brief outing (I need my daily fresh air!) to check up on one of the reserves I found a few new species for me including finally getting a good sighting of Restharrow moth and photographing the impressive Wasp Spiders.



The trapping has been a little poor lately, pretty chilly nights, surprisingly so for August, however I did pull out a few firsts garden. These included a Reed Dagger, Sharp Angled Peacock, least yellow underwing and a Small waved umbar. Also a nice freshly emerged Sallow Kitten, the first of the 2nd generation.
Hopefully the moths will pick up by the weekend as I have another moth event to run on Saturday evening. Can anyone comment on the Pug in the picture below? I know its a new one for me as I dont recognise it at all, it was a shiny lead grey colour, Golden Rod Pug has been suggested but I'm still not sure as it would be quite a rarity. click to enlarge. Please leave a comment as its starting to bug me now.



The trap is on again tonight so hopefully the cloud cover will produce a few more moths tonight, watch this space.

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