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Thu 30th June 2011

Posted on July 2, 2011 at 5:50 AM

moths : The final week of June finally brought some hot weather and some good moths to the island. On 26th the conditions looked excellent and I put out the trap even though it was a school night, and I had 123 species, one of my best ever. And this included what appears to be a new species for the Channel Islands - the rather unspectacularly brownish tortrix moth, Pelochrista caecimaculana.

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[N.B. - Since I have now started uploading photos to a Flickr account, you should be able to click on most of the photos to see a larger - but not necessarily better - version of the photo]

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Pelochrista caecimaculana - St. Etienne, Guernsey, 26 Jun 2011 - first for Channel Islands.

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Today I went for a stroll along Rue des Bergers during my lunch hour and the low-lying fields that are along the lane there, and I noticed a small moth flutter onto a Nettle leaf. I presumed it was going to be a Nettle-tap but it looked a rather odd little thing. Bringing it home and studying it, I found out it was Tebanna micalis - only the third record for Guernsey and a very rare migrant to the UK. Quite a lucky encounter it seems! I wonder if there is a small colony near there since there is bound to be quite a lot of its foodplant there - Fleabane.

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Tebanna micalis - Rue des Bergers, Guernsey, 30 June 2011

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The third good species was discovered walking round the Garenne nature reserve, when I disturbed two Syncopacma larseniella from the side of the path. A new species for me.

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Syncopacma larseniella - La Garenne, Guernsey, 15 June 2011

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Dark Arches emerging from the garden and drying its wings

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other stuff :

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Blue-tailed Damselfly - Port Soif Nature Trail Pond, 14 Jun 2011

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Pyramidal Orchid - Port Soif dunes, June 2011

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And here is my splendid "Schools Fantasy Football League" Trophy that was presented to me in Assembly last week. All those children did not stand a chance against my massive intellect and football knowldge. Just call me Jose!

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