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3rd Aug

Three Mediterranean Gulls and three juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls were seen offshore along with the first juvenile Arctic Tern of the autumn. It was very quiet on the land.

Two Grey Seals and a Porpoise were feeding offshore.

An Antler was the highlight from the moth traps.

Antler Cerapteryx  graminis   Dungeness   3rd August 2022

However, the insect highlight came with finding of an Ant-lion Euroleon nostras in the trapping area - only the second Observatory recording area record

Ant-lion Euroleon nostras   Dungeness    3rd August 2022

The evening search for the rarer orthoptera produced five Large Cone-heads and three Mediterranean Stick-insects were seen in the Observatory garden. of note, one of the cone-heads was of the rarely seen brown morph.

Large Cone-head Ruspolia nitidula   Dungeness   3rd August 2022

Large Cone-head Ruspolia nitidula brown morph male   Dungeness   3rd August 2022

Mediterranean Stick-insect Bacillus rossius   Dungeness   3rd August 2022