Frosted Orange, Dungeness RSPB, August 27th 2011
Convolvulus Hawkmoth, Dungeness RSPB, August 27th 2011
Red Underwing, Dungeness RSPB, August 27th 2011
Archer's Dart, Dungeness RSPB, August 27th 2011
Sharp-angled Peacock, Dungeness RSPB, August 27th 2011
Back to Dungeness with Steve Spooner today for my second (Steve's third) installment of coastal mothing. After the first visit it was always going to be a game of diminishing returns but there were enough new moths to keep me interested. The star of the show for most people was a Convovulus Hawkmoth, a true giant of British lepidoptery, but I've seen five or six before at Portland in Dorset; my personal favourite was Frosted Orange, a relatively common moth but a new one for me and as the photo shows, a stunning piece of wildlife. Other firsts were Bordered Beauty, Sharp-angled Peacock. Tawny Shears, White-line Dart, Grass Emerald, Yellow Belle, Webb's Wainscot, Cream-bordered Green Pea, Angle-barred Pug, Rosy Rustic, Small Mottled Willow and the stunning black & white micro Ethmia bipunctella, a real Dungeness speciallity. On the bird front we saw Garganey, Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Hobby and Whinchat; both Great and Cattle Egrets were on the reserve today but we failed to connect with either. On the way back Steve dropped me off at Denbies Hillside, just outside Dorking, where I managed to clear up a pair of embarrassingly overdue butterflies; the first a pristine male Adonis Blue, the second a rather tatty male Chalk-hill Blue; I was also hoping to see Silver-spotted Skipper but it was not to be, all in all another good excursion in the excellent company of Steve.