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8:48AM

Wax Moth

Another decent night in the moth trap (though not quite as good as yesterday), with 69 species caught. Highlight for me was this greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella). The larvae of this species live on honeycomb in bee hives and can be something of a pest, though outside the beekeeping world it is considered quite useful, being reared for fish bait, bird food and use in research. This individual was a first for me, though it has been recorded on the reserve in the past.

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12:04PM

Rye Harbour Moths

 

With the run of good weather we've been having I was determined to run my moth trap last, and was rewarded with over 70 species, one of the best nights I have ever had at Lime Kiln. Highlights were three Jersey tiger moths, a species which I have only ever seen here once before and which I have never had in my moth trap, while other notables included bordered ermelrosy-striped knot-horn and a few migrants including rush veneer, diamond-back moth and silver y

11:55AM

Gypsy Moth

Pat Bonham down in Rye caught this male Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) in his moth trap last night. This species used to be a resident in the south east during the 19th century, but had died out by 1900. This species can be a serious pest of deciduous trees, and the only current population in Britain, in London,  is the subject of an eradication campaign by DEFRA! Elsewhere, as with this individual,  it only turns up as a rare migrant on the south coast.

1:29PM

Autumn Ladies Tresses

These small orchids with cream flowers spiraling up the stem (Spiranthes spiralis) are now showing better than I have seen before (hundreds rather than the normal tens) at the northern end of Castle Water, between the water line and the dry, brown grassland. Near the bench at TQ926191 is a good location.  In same area lots of knotted pearlwort (Sagina nodosa) - they have large, white flowers (well large for pearlworts!).

11:36AM

RSPB Dungeness sightings

A great white egret was found on Denge Marsh first thing this morning.  Three garganey, a common sandpiper, a kingfisher and yellow wagtail were seen at the ARC site and two wheatears were near the entrance track.  Little tern, turtle dove and pied flycatcher were of note earlier in the week.