Summer begins

Spring was an utter disaster moth-wise: cold, wet and wind meant that we hardly put the trap out and and on the few occasions we did it was practically empty .  June has started well, however, and numbers of moths have rocketed to the dizzy heights of average.  We have had good diversity, though, with a number of new moths for the garden.  Last night’s trap was excellent with three new moths, at least two of them migrants, and quite rare ones too: Beautiful Marbled and Portland Riband Wave, the other being a May Highflyer.

Here’s a few moths from recent traps and a couple of butterflies from our walks.

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Duke of Burgundy
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Small Blue
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Buff Tip
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Lime Hawkmoth
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Small Elephant Hawkmoth and Pine Hawkmoth
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Tawny-barred Angle, a new moth for the garden
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Pebble Hook-tip
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Oak Hook-tip
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Orange Footman, another new moth for the garden
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Puss Moth
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Scorched Carpet
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May Highflyer, another new moth
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Beautiful Marbled, new, and quite rare in the UK
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Portland Riband Wave, new and another rarity away from Dorset

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