5th July

The best birds of the day were a Balearic Shearwater passing west this morning, a Greenshank over the Observatory and two Grey Wagtails over the Old Lighthouse.

Fourteen Porpoise were feeding offshore.

The moth traps provided plenty of moths though nothing of any great note but including V-Pug, Barred Yellow, Buff Arches, Langmaid's Yellow Underwing and the pyralids, Oncocera semirubella,  Sitchroa palealis and two Eudonia lineola.  Good numbers of butterflies were also seen during the day with numbers of Small Skippers remaining very high along with a few Essex Skippers, at least 12 Brown Argus and two Clouded Yellows.

Adult grasshoppers and crickets are becoming increasingly abundant as the summer progresses. Some 20 years ago Roesel's Bush-cricket was unknown at Dungeness but it is now present across the whole area and they can be easily seen and heard around the Observatory.

Buff Arches Habrosyne pyritoides   Dungeness   5th July 2017
Oncocera semirubella   Dungeness   5th July 2017
Roesel's Bush-cricket Metrioptera roeselii   Dungeness   5th July 2017