Well that's our two weeks holiday in Suffolk over and we are back to work.
We spent the fortnight, as usual, in Westleton, a village only a mile or so from RSPB Minsmere, a place we have visited twelve times since 2002, staying in eight different houses! Its probably enough to say that we like it there.
From a wildlife perspective, I never seem to do very well with the birding, but for insects and other taxa, there is plenty to keep my interest up over multiple visits. Who knows, one day I might even jam in on a good bird !
For this post I just want to get the mothing out of the way. Over two weeks I trapped on 6 nights, missing others due to overnight wind or showers.
There were 9 new species for me, most interestingly were a good few migrants.
|Best of all was this Diasemiopsis ramburialis, the Vagrant China Mark. This is a vagrant with only 8 previous Suffolk records.|
|I think this Pediasia contaminella is new for me? Not found at home.|
|This Carnation Tortrix Cacoecimorpha pronubana was nice even showing its orange hindwing.|
|One of my most wanted migrants, Palpita vitrealis came on the final night trapping. What a stunner, smaller than imagined.|
|This Mallow was quite distinctive when compared to the Shaded Broad Bar which is common at home.|
|Above, this Hoary Footman was tricky to separate from Scarce Footman but both were caught.|
|Scarce Footman with the bright darker yellow full length costa.|
|Feathered Brindle was a nice surprise and off my radar, only the one caught.|
|Geography sorts out this Deep Brown Dart from our own Northern Deep Brown Dart. Caught a few of these. Back home NDBD is barely annual in small numbers.|
|Convolvulus Hawk-moth, three taken on the first two nights, none thereafter. These two in the trap together.|
|I have only seen one Delicate before, but caught them every time trapping here up to 5 a night,|
|Scarce Bordered Straw visited 3 times, both pale and dark forms seen.|
|Neocochylis molliculana Ive had on a previous visit.|
|As above, Webb's Wainscot has graced the holiday trap before.|