I ran my moth trap on Friday night and had probably the biggest catch I've ever had. No less than 14 Elephant Hawkmoths and 2 Privet Hawkmoths plus new moths for the garden in the form of Miller, Common Emerald, Small Fan-foot, Cream-bordered Green Pea and Light Arches. In all I had c300 moths with the following species also being recorded - Scorched Wing, Beautiful Golden Y, Clouded Border, Double Square-spot, Clouded Silver, Buff Arches, Buff Ermine, Peppered Moth, Middle-barred Minor, Tawny Minor, Common Carpet, Beautiful Hook-tip, Blood-vein, Common Marbled Carpet, Brimstone Moth, Common Footman, Straw-dot, Bright-line Brown-eye, Vine's Rustic, Heart and Dart, Heart and Club, Large Yellow Underwing, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, The Flame, Flame Shoulder, Dark Arches, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Dot Moth and Snout. A rather large Hornet also graced the trap!
Following a tip off and some good directions we headed west for a quick visit to Cranwich Camp in the afternoon. Using those directions I was able to find both my target plants, the uber-rare Proliferous Pink (at it's only UK site) and the gorgeous Spanish Catchfly. While there I photographed some other plants to help continue my wild flower education - Spiny Restharrow, Biting Stonecrop, Devil's-bit Scabious, Peach-leaved Bellflower, Narrow-leaved Vetch and Wild Mignonette. Some Greater Knapweed was not quite in flower and butterflies included loads of Small Heaths plus Common Blue, Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown and Brimstone.