Join us on the 6th July at 9.30 to look at the moths trapped overnight


Last night’s efforts produced Coronet, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Pine Hawk-moth and Rufous and Rosy Minors for the first time this year.


A couple of notable moths last night – Splendid Brocade, first recorded here in 2010, and White Satin, which was formerly common but has been scarce since the 1980s. It may be making something of a comeback, having now been recorded annually for the last four years. Dun-bar was also recorded.


A reasonably quiet night (384 moths of 81 species) included the first Dot Moth of the year.


Archer’s Dart was the star of last night’s show, among 629 moths of 81 species.


Another very good night produced records of Four-dotted Footman, recorded here only once before, in July 2010, Beautiful Hook-tip, recorded only twice before with the most recent in 1985, and Clouded Brindle, a moth that is not annual and which was unrecorded in the last two years. Ghost Moth, Scarce Footman and Garden Tiger made up the supporting cast.


An outstanding night, during which nearly 1,300 moths were recorded, produced 11 new macros for the year, including Double Lobed, Wood Carpet, Bordered Beauty, Varied Coronet, which is by no means annual, Scallop Shell, recorded only twice previously, and Hoary Footman, recorded for the first time in 2012.


Rustic and White-line Dart were trapped last night.


After a fairly quiet night 6-spot Burnet was seen for the first time this year in the Whitehouse.


After a quiet couple of sessions last night brought something of a return to form with 778 moths of 115 species including Mullein Wave and Common Rustic for the first time this year.


Although it was a bit quieter, last night’s efforts amounting to 651 moths of 83 species, Ruddy Carpet was recorded for the first time this year.


Although only new macro – Striped Wainscot – was added at HQ last night, trapping in the Elms contributed to an outstanding night in which over 800 moths were recorded, including 13 new macro species for the year in the Elms alone. The most interesting of them were the beautiful Peach Blossom, the very infrequent Small Yellow Wave and Pretty Chalk Carpet, both recorded here only four times previously, Barred Red, Short-cloaked Moth and Marbled White Spot.


A warm night produced 549 moths of 121 species. Macros new for the year included Sycamore, Small Dotted Buff, Scalloped Oak, Dwarf Cream Wave, July Highflyer and Uncertain.


333 moths of 93 species included Red-necked Footman, first recorded at the Obs in 2010 and only once since, and Common Lutestring.


311 moths of 89 species last night, including Treble Brown Spot and Buff Arches for the first time this year. Forester was found during daylight.


A night that was rather easier on Badger produced a total of 248 moths of 66 species, including Lesser Yellow Underwing, Round-winged Muslin and Least Carpet.


Brussels Lace by Graham Crick
Brussels Lace by Graham Crick

Last night’s session was outstanding, with nearly 900 moths of 158 species, including seven new macros for the year, the best of which was the Observatory’s first ever record of BRUSSELS LACE, a lichen-feeding species that is very rare in eastern England and particularly so in East Kent. The others were Lime Hawk-moth, Rosy Wave, the rather scarce Brown Rustic, Magpie, Miller, L-album Wainscot and Dotted Fan-foot.


Last night’s catch was the best yet this year, with 670 moths of 137 species including seven new macros for the year. They were Common Footman, RibandWave, Double Square-spot, Small Dusty Wave, Southern Wainscot, Barred Straw and Dingy Shears, while the snappily-named Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet was found during some reluctant sun in daylight.


Small Fan-footed Wave, Pinion-streaked Snout, Dingy Footman and the scarce micro Phlyctaenia perlucidalis were recorded overnight, with numbers and variety very similar to the night before.


A warm, sultry night produced four new macros for the year in a cast of 564 moths of 103 species. The best of them was a Purple Clay; only the 3rd Observatory record and the first since 1982. The supporti, ng cast included Heart & Club, Mottled Beauty and Smoky Wainscot.


Cool conditions last night did nothing for numbers or variety, with only 73 moths of 25 species in the traps and nothing unusual. However, at least 200 Nemophora degeerella, the excellent long-horn moth, were dancing about the Estate during daylight and Rest Harrow was found, appropriately enough on Restharrow Dunes, while walking the butterfly transect.


A quiet night with the temperature down to below 8 degrees produced just 65 moths of 17 species, the best of which was the first Privet Hawk-moth of the season.


326 moths of 55 species last night. Reddish Light Arches was new for the year and an Eyed Hawk-moth was trapped but there were few other surprises.


Last night’s moth-ing produced Grey Pug, Oak Hook-tip and Dusky Brocade for the first time this year. The Hummingbird Hawk-moth was still present on the shore, having moved about 10 metres from where it was yesterday.


A Hummingbird Hawk-moth was nectaring on red valerian on the shore.


Lesser Swallow Prominent was recorded for the first time this year.