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Rye Harbour Moths

As the season moves on I'm starting to get a few more species in the Lime Kiln moth trap. Newbies for the year this morning included elephant hawk, the snout, light arches and eyed hawk-moth (four of these constituting a pretty good nights catch here). I also had a little bunch of migrant/occasional residents: white-point, l-album wainscot and five-spotted ermel (below). When I first started at Rye Harbour (14 years ago if you can believe it!) l-album wainscot was quite regular, suggesting a breeding population, but in the last few years it has been much less common. Similarly five-spot ermel was quite regular from the late 90's until 2002 and then was not seen here again until 2016, with regular catches in the moth trap and even larvae turning up at Watch Cottage! This year again there have been several at Lime Kiln and a mating pair were photographed on viper's bugloss (the larval foodplant) at Watch Cottage (see here).

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