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4th July

Very quiet with just eight Swifts and six Mediterranean Gulls offshore of interest.

A Grey Seal was feeding offshore.

Perhaps a bit surprisingly, Pied Shieldbug was finally added to the list of shieldbugs for the recording area. It is described as Widespread but I have been searching for this species for several years and have failed to find one until now. It was found in the Lilac bush in front of the Observatory. A Heath Shieldbug and c20 Crucifer Bugs were also noted. A bit of sweeping for insects at the south-east corner of the Trapping Area produced the first Tree Cricket and Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket nymphs.

Pied Shieldbug Tritomegas bicolor   Dungeness   4th July 2023

Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket Phaneroptera falcata   Dungeness   4th July 2023