At least eight Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Badger was seen in full daylight in the trapping area.
With very little activity on the bird front some time was spent searching out shield-bugs for the ongoing Kent Atlas of the group. This resulted in six species being found including Legnotus limbatus in the mothtrap, Sehirus luctuosus at the Observatory, several Eurydema oleraceous and two Coriomerus denticulatus amongst the Hoary Cress in the moat and a Ceraleptus lividus at the Long Pits. The Sehirus luctuosus might well be a new species for the area.
Bordered Shield-bug Legnotus limbatus Dungeness 17th May 2017
|Forget-me-not Shield-bug Sehirus luctuosus Dungeness 17th May 2017|
Brassica Bug Eurydema oleracea Dungeness 17th May 2017
Denticulate Leather-bug Coriomeris denticulatus !7th May 2017
|Slender-horned Leatherbug Ceraleptus lividus Dungeness 17th May 2017|
Moth trapping produced good numbers of moths of 53 species but only two Maiden's Blushes of any note. Painted Lady numbers increased with at least 20 being seen along with three Brown Argus. The only Spindle bush in the area is currently being ravaged by moth larvae, I think of the Spindle Ermine Yponomeuta cagnagella. Other traps around the area produced two examples of the rare migrant Flame Wainscot - the fourth and fifth Dungeness records.
|Brown Argus Aricia agestis Dungeness 17th May 2017|
|Common Blue Polyomattus icarus Dungeness 17th May 2017|
|Flame Wainscot Mythimna flammea RSPB Reserve 17th May 2017|
Spindle bush and larval tents