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Southern Migrant Hawkers

Keep a look out for this rare "blue-eyed" hawker, there have been several recent sightings along the south coast , including the grazing marshes at Pett Level - 10 males and 1 female !!!

Click here for more detail of the species.


Rye Harbour monthly beach clean... tomorrow! Join us for a stroll, a chat, a look at wildlife and to remove litter from the beach.

10am Rye Harbour car park.


From the Clifftop-the Beautiful Marbled

See below-I thought this prize moth had escaped through our open terrace door [note to self: close it when doing moth photos !], but Jill found it sitting on the door about 8 hours later and potted it. After a night in the fridge I was able to get a decent photo this morning. By the time of  publication of Vol 4 of the "Moths of Sussex", there were just five county records of this rare immigrant..


From the Clifftop

Now that's a nice moth !  With the current hot and calm weather, it's been all about moths here, I've noted very little bird activity when spending two hours daily early in the morning ,sorting through the 70 odd species in the trap. The most noteworthy aerial activity was this "Private View" of the Red Arrows performing off the Clifftop yesterday-the local gulls seemed unmoved by all the roaring, zooming and coloured smoke.

But back to the moth trap; 76 species a couple of days ago was a new record for me, not bad for a 20W actinic, the highlights have been a second Northern Rustic a couple of days ago, and this morning a Beautiful Marbled, a rare immigrant. This was sitting on top of the trap next to a Jersey Tiger-the best ones are always outside the catching box.  The BM escaped before I could get a decent photo !.


Red-belted Clearwing

Gordon Jarvis sent me this image of a truly gorgeous moth which he photographed in Peasmarsh yesterday. It is red-belted clearwing (Synanthedon myopaeformis), one of a group of moth species in which the wings are largely clear of scales, giving rise to their English name. This species is a real rarity in East Sussex with perhaps only a dozen indications of colonies in Sussex in recent times according to county recorder Colin Pratt.