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Wed 5th August 2009

Posted on August 5, 2009 at 3:40 PM

moths : The moth trap this morning contained an unusually large selection of the tiniest moths - double-figures of Lyonetia clerkella and Phyllocnistis unipunctella, plus 3 species of Phyllonorycter and 2 of Nepticulidae (to be identified). And this included two of a tiny and distinctive, but unfamiliar moth which, upon investigation appears to be Bucculatrix ulmella - an oak-feeding micro which, according to my data, has not occurred in Guernsey before! (Although usually when I discover a new species for the island someone else has already seen it a few weeks previously.) Pebble Hook-tip was the pick of the macros, and there was also a Harlequin Ladybird - this is the aggressive far-eastern species which has been introduced to Europe and has been spreading quickly. It is not widespread in Guernsey yet, but no doubt will become common soon, and drive out our native species - although they might die out after 5 years when the States refuse to extend their housing licenses.

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Bucculatrix ulmella                                                                                                                     Harlequin Ladybird

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birds : Twice during the day I heard Peregrines calling from inside the house (me, that is - not the birds). Both times it was two high-flying birds circling above the garden which looked like juveniles, although they were too high to be sure with the bins. Also a Buzzard went over around lunchtime.

nonsense : Click here to see an example of the pointless, un-cool nonsense the EU is spending your tax money on.

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