18th June

A very hot and sunny day. Not a great deal to be seen with a Turnstone, a couple of Mediterranean Gulls, nine Swifts and a Grey Wagtail over the Observatory being the only birds of note.

A Brown Hare was seen.

The overnight moth trapping was very successful with two pine-feeding tortrix Rhyaciona pinicolana and R.pinivorana (the latter new for the Observatory), another Eudonia lacustrata, the fifth Observatory record of Cypress Carpet, three Small Seraphims, our seventh Freyer's Pug, a Silky Wainscot and a Sand Dart of note. A total of 151 moth species were recorded overnight. There were still good numbers of Rest Harrow in the colony at the Long Pits. There are also huge numbers of Small Skippers on the wing at the moment although most other butterfly species were in fairly short supply despite the hot conditions.
Rhyaciona pinicolana   Dungeness   18th June 2017
Rhyaciona pinivorana   Dungeness   18th June 2017
Cypress Carpet Thera cupressata   Dungeness   18th June 2017
Silky Wainscot Chilodes maritimus   Dungeness   18th June 2017