Bedstraw Hawkmoth, Dungeness RSPB, July 30th 2011
Elephant Hawkmoth, Berrylands Station, July 30th 2011
I spent a wonderful morning on the Kent coast today in the very agreeable company of Steve Spooner, at the Dungeness RSPB moth open day. I saw at least 24 new macro moths, pick of the bunch was easily the Bedstraw Hawkmoth in the photograph, my 10th sphingidae species in this country. Other highlights included Sussex Emerald, Scarce Chocolate Tip, Waved Black, White-banded Carpet, Pine Hawkmoth, Reed Dagger, Archer's Dart, Galium Carpet, Sallow Kitten and a bewildering array of wainscots including L-album, Twin-spotted, Shore and Brown-veined. After we left the RSPB reserve we headed for Dungeness Bird Observatory where we added Oak Eggar and the obsoleta form of Pale Grass Eggar to the list. On the way home I still had time to pay a visit to Berrylands where I found the Elephant Hawkmoth in the photo, the 150th species of macro moth for the station and a fitting end to a superb days mothing.