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August in the slow lane…

A very quiet August here near Halesworth. No migrants until the last week or so when things kicked off with a flurry of migrant hawker dragonflies and a couple of painted ladies in the garden, but no hummers or even … Continue reading

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Winds of Change…

…or maybe not. I got back a few days ago from a self-indulgent mothing month in Cenral/Souther France. Saw a lot of wonderful things (and rediscovered the joys of sugaring), but what was entirely absent was any migrants. After about … Continue reading

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Spring into Summer

First humming-bird hawk of the year on the garden valerian this afternoon, plus a couple of painted ladies. Puss moth and small clouded brindle (first here for ten years) in the MV last night. Some common species doing especially well … Continue reading

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Sour Grapes…

It’s high time I blogged again. In truth the Spring hasn’t been noteworthy with me – my garden MV has stubbornly failed to catch anything new or very exciting – in fact most of May up to 16th had very … Continue reading

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Is this a ‘Normal’ Spring at last?

The last few nights have been pretty good for the garden MV. Best night for numbers was 30th March, but most interesting was last night (31st) which produced a blossom underwing and a diamond-back. Looking back at my 2016 records … Continue reading

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I take it all back…

Another first for the garden list last night: Mottled grey, which is a bit of a rarity up here on the clay. Other species in the trap included 6 clouded drab, 15 Hebrew character, 2 small quaker, 8 common quaker, … Continue reading

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A Dotty Day

Having cast envious eyes over Neil’s night’s catch on display at Saturday’s fab meeting, and having grumbled to Brian that I never get anything in the garden trap until May, I caught a rather dapper dotted chestnut last night: a … Continue reading

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Down Under Crambid

Just back from a few weeks in Australia. As well as wombats and Koalas and a lot of birds I was keen to see some moths. So I inspected motel lights etc. Didn’t see any bat-sized mega-moths, but there were … Continue reading

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Centre-barred sallow minus bar

Thought I might have something special in the moth-trap until I looked closely at it. A centre-barred sallow (isn’t it?), but not as we know it… A bit worn and probably not worth a photograph, but it’s the first plain … Continue reading

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Warm, humid nights

The last two nights have been the warmest of the summer: cloudy and with little wind. Moth numbers at my garden trap a little higher. I agree with Neil that there are a few ‘winners’ this year – light emerald … Continue reading

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