Sunday, 28 July 2013

Rain at Last

Lade - 0530hrs - sunshine, cloudy, sw 3 - Having largely missed most of the recent wet stuff of late, yesterday evening certainly made amends with a couple of hours of torrential rain. Combined with a much fresher atmosphere this morning it was no surprise that moth numbers were down, although Silver Ys and Scalloped Oaks were most numerous and Shaded Broad-bar was new for the year.
We had a wedding party in last night and then various friends came and went so consequently didn't get outside the garden today, but still very convivial and even managed a year tick as a Clouded Yellow zipped through the garden four times before I could confirm its identity.
Hedge and Meadow Browns, Marbled Whites and Small Heaths were also noted during the afternoon having been blown over from the NNR.

                                Hedge Brown

          Marbled White - the hot July sun has certainly benefited this smart grassland butterfly, which is flying in record numbers this summer across the Dungeness NNR.

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