Sunday, 24 May 2009

Flimwell 22nd May 2009

The Sphingids are here! From Steve's MV Robinson trap at Flimwell

Poplar Hawkmoth - Laothoe populi (above); Eyed Hawkmoth - Smerinthus ocellata (top - showing eyespots and mammal like 'face', & below - eyespots concealed)

Apart from the hawkmoths, last night's trap brought a dozen or so other species including Brown Silver-line, White Ermine, Pale Tussock, Cinnabar, Waved Umber, Scalloped Hazel, Pale Prominent, Spruce Carpet, Ingrailed Clay and Tawny-barred Angle.

A lunchtime stroll along Steve's butterfly transect in sunny but rather windy conditions yielded few butterflies but we did see some day-flying moths including: Nemophora degeerella, Cinnabar, Speckled Yellow, and this Burnet Companion found by Sally amongst bird's-foot-trefoil in the small bit of rough grassy vegetation towards the top of the ridge and identified by Ruth C.

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