Cranwich Camp and some moths, 17 June 2017

Due to the high temperatures (up to 36 c) it's been a weekend where we haven't ventured too far or done a huge amount!
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!

Buff Arches

Clouded Silver


Privet Hawkmoth

Scorched Wing


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.

Proliferous Pink

Spanish Catchfly

Biting Stonecrop

Narrow-leaved Vetch

Peach-leaved Bellflower

Spiny Restharrow

    Wild Mignonette

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