The recent prolonged spell of hot weather has been ideal for watching insects or running a moth trap. On sunday July 11 a wander around the grassy areas and bushes in the Country Park NR just east of the coastguard station revealed lots of Six Spot Burnet moths emerging from Cocoons and flying about [the picture shows a mating pair and one emerging from a cocoon]. There are lots of cocoons visible on the stems of grasses and other plants immediately E of the radar tower. Nearby in the brambles were a number of beetles, Strangalia maculata, these are quite common and can be seen flying slowly amongst bramble flowers.
The moth trap in our Fairlight garden has also been productive, with up to 25 species a day , including this showy Swallow-tailed moth, we have also trapped a number of Festoon Moths lately-not so impressive, but much scarcer.