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16th June

The highlight of the day was a female "hepatic" Cuckoo at the Long Pits around lunch time. A couple of juvenile Stonechats were also seen again.

Grey Seal was seen.

In the fine, warm conditions good numbers of dragonflies were seen at the Long Pits including the first mature Black-tailed Skimmers of the summer and lots of Four-spotted Chasers. A few Hairy Dragonflies can also still be seen.

Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum   Dungeness   16th June 2016

Four-spotted Chaser Libelulla quadrimaculata var praenubila   Dungeness   16th  June 2016
Moth trapping was fairly poor but did produce a Small Waved Umber and a Toadflax Brocade.

The area is still looking really good for flowers with carpets of Nottingham Catchfly in flower. This is a night-flowerer and is at its best in the evening when the scent fills the air.

Nottingham Catchfly Silene nutans   Dungeness   16th June 2016
This nationally rare plant is also extremely important to the area as it is the main food plant of the equally scarce moth, the White Spot, which is appearing in the moth trap in decent numbers.
White Spot Hadena albimacula   Dungeness   16th June 2016
Finally, a caterpillar for which I posted an image on 10th June has now grown considerably and in the process has morphed into a Puss Moth.
Puss Moth Cerura vitula   Dungeness   16th June 2016