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Fri 15th July 2011

Posted on July 16, 2011 at 1:00 PM

moths : Last Sunday I went "pheromone-ing" again with the lures, looking for clearwing moths. I spent quite a while at Fort le Marchant with the Six-belted Clearwing lure in amongst the Bird's-foot Trefoil but there was no sign. The main purpose though was to find out if Fiery Clearwing was more widespread rather than just present at the original site. I tried 6 different spots moving north from the original spot but nothing arrived at the lure. I was just giving up and heading back to the car when I noticed a single large dock plant by the side of a lane and gave it a quick go. Two Fiery Clearwings immediately zoomed in!

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Fiery Clearwings, undisclosed site, Guernsey, 10 Jul 2011

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This spot was only a few hundred metres away from the first spot, but was in a lane with gardens between, so it was not contiguous habitat and I suppose a second site for the species. I would like to do a proper study of the distribution but I clearly won't have time. Although it was quite breezy, there were plenty of insects about, including my first Hummingbird Hawk-moth of the year.

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Comma, Guernsey, 10 July 2011

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A bit of microscope work has revealed another new tortrix moth for the garden list from last summer - Cnephasia stephensiana (Grey Tortrix)

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Cnephasia stephensiana - garden, 13 Jul 2010

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Categories: 2011 Summer