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Rye Harbour Moths

Not a huge number of species in the Lime Kiln moth trap morning, with the main species being dusky sallow and dark arches, though there one or two 'goodies' to brighten up my morning. Four rosy-striped knothorn (below) were my first this year, a species which regardeless of how many times I see it still makes me smile, while similarly two gem, a less than annual migrant, were also new for 2017. Also new for the year was a single brown-tail, a forerunner of the usually larger numbers later in the month. I also had a single Scaeva pyrastri, (see here) a rather splendid looking hoverfly. One of the English names for this species is 'pied hoverfly', though I think 'iced' would be better as the white marks on the abdomen always remind me of icing on a cake! Always did like cake more than pie.


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