Many suggestions were given, but due to time and budget constraints I could not do all of them! The chosen few are- scarce vapourer larval and adult search in the broads (2 days), white mantled wainscot, North Warren (1 night), Scarce chocolate tip, Dungeness (5 nights), Scarce pug larval searches, N Norfolk 2x 3 days, coleophora hydrolapathaella in Mid Yare (2 days?) + something else local if I have some spare days.
My first photo round up is from Dungeness, where I was rewarded with a few very scarce species, but was surprised by the very low catches on what is supposed to be one of the best areas for moths in the country, unfortunately this was due to cold wet and windy conditions throughout my stay. The final list was 167 species from 18MVs and 14 actinic traps.
Dad came and joined me for two nights, which rewarded him with 17 new species, not bad at all when youve seen as many species in the uk as he has! The extra traps, knowledge and dissection skills increased the final species list!
I should say a massive thanks to the team at the rspb reserve for all of their help and for the guys at the obs for the info, retaining moths and generally being helpful!
As well as the moths featured below dad/we managed to confirm the following coleophora-C.lusciniaepenella, C.saturatella, C.galbulipennella (only found at Dungeness).
Celypha cespitana confirmed (3 specimens) as well as Aroga velocella, Chionodes fumatella, Chionodes distinctella, Bryotropha senectella.
Day 1 24/07
2 MV's and 1 actinic
|Sussex emerald- the only breeding site in UK, it is a protected species so is actually illegal to put in a pot! luckily this one allowed me to put it on a bramble and take its picture|
|Plumed fan-foot, the completion of the trio of amazing moths on the first morning, again a local very rare breeder|
|back at the obs they saved me a white-spot another new species for me|
Day 2 25/07
|Cynaeda dentalis- a stunning little pyralid|
|Two juv peregrines having a preen on typical Dungeness habitat|
|Southern Oak bush cricket new orthopteran no.1|
Day 3 26/07
5 heath traps, 5MV's
|An example that despite putting all of these traps out, just 102 species came from it, amazing to think one MV in my garden can attract that many and I have had close to 200 species in 2 traps at Strumpshaw|
|Pale grass eggar, a local subspecies only found at Dungeness|
|This is Prochoreutis myllerana and was trapped at the obs, another new species and one I have wanted to see for a while after checking hundreds of nettle-taps!|
Day 4 27/7
5 heath traps 5 MV's
|Jersey tiger, brought into the obs... stunner!|
|Sickle baring bush cricket ortho no2 tick|
|four spotted footman|
|Tachystola acroxantha, an Australian species that appears to be expanding its range in the UK|
Day 5 28/7
3 heath, 3 MV
|Great green bush cricket...monster!|
|Grey bush cricket ortho no.3 tick as well as Ceperos groundhopper being no. 4|
|Typical vegetated shingle scenes|