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10:02AM

From the allotment

After a rather gruelling session at our Winchelsea allotment yesterday, I noticed a couple of insects on the leaves of one of our Blackcurrant plants. I was amazed to see that these were a mating pair of Currant Clearwing moths, having never seen any sort of Clearwing before. [These moths are active during the day and don't come to light traps, but can be lured with pheromones]. While showing these to a neighbouring plotholder I spotted a second pair. County recorder Colin Pratt confirms that this is a very good record nowadays and I will be keeping a close eye on our Currant bushes, and others at the allotments. My moth of the year so far !

7:45PM

Moth Event Saturday Eve 8 June

The Sussex Moth Group Hastings Branch will be doing a moth night at Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve on Saturday 8 June at the Helipad Car Park Area [TQ848117]. We will be meeting at about 20:45. Feel free to stop by and see what it's all about, no trap needed! Just come round and see us.

5:15AM

From the Clifftop

Anyone reading through my entries on this website [and there haven't been any from anybody else since May 8] would think that this was a pretty poor year for moths, with so much cold weather. I would have said the same, however the record shows otherwise, with 113 species in my Fairlight garden trap by the end of May compared to 94 last year- it doesn't do to go by impressions !

Nothing particularly special so far, though six of these were new for the garden, of which my favourite was this White-pinion spotted on May 9-I've not caught many over the years.

 

6:12AM

From the Clifftop

A couple of overcast and warmer nights have boosted my Fairlight moth list to 101, with 35 species yesterday morning being a good score for May. All fairly common species, though Silver-ground Carpet was new for the house list, and it's always nice to see Cream-spot Tiger.

8:36AM

Hastings Country Park

An early morning walk through the Country Park yesterday produced a surprise singing Dartford Warbler, my first here for a year. Also surprising was the number of Stonechats, with no less than four males. and two and one fledged juveniles in widely seperated sites on the Firehills-they seem to be doing really well here. There were plenty of Yellowhammers on the Firehills, where a Meadow Pipit carrying food indicated breeding. A Peregrine was calling from the cliffs , while an unusual concentration of 600 Herring Gulls presumably attracted to fish was conspicuously noisy.