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Butterflies and Moths

We have avoided Dungeness for a few weeks-summer birding doldrums-but returned yesterday. Main target was White-letter Hairstreak at Greatstone, thanks to Paul Trodd's blog for the site, which we had never been to before. After about half an hour searching Elm/Bramble scrub at the end of Dunes Road, we located at least one- only the third place in the world I've seen them , the others being Northward Hill RSPB in Kent, and Torfield ; hope they are there this year.

It felt pretty warm last night, so I was at the moth trap by 0400 to safeguard any moths outside on walls or plants-Sparrows and Magpies can be a problem. It was by far the best night this year, with 49 species so far -odd ones often surface in the garden during the day. Of these no less than 19 were NFY, while Hoary Footman, the attractive tortrix Lozotaeniodes formosana, Yarrow Plume and Haworth's Pug were new for the house list, the latter being new to me.

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