Wild Hastings to be archived.

Wild Hastings is to be archived. We are now joining RX Wildlife which has the latest wildlife news from the Hastings, Rye Bay and Dungeness area. To continue reading the latest wildlife news from Hastings please go to RXwildlife.info .

I would like to express a great thank you to all the authors that have published Hastings wildlife news on this website and to all our readers. RX wildlife is now the best website for publishing wildlife news for the area and the Wild Hastings authors will continue to post Hastings news on RXwildlife.info.

Andy Phillips

Plumed Fan-foot

Crystal Rays purple patch continues with this plumed fan-foot Pechipogo plumigeralis caught in her balcony moth trap yesterday. This is another rare immigrant and another new species for Hastings.

Also just a reminder that we now run a Hastings area branch of the Sussex Moth Group, and we usually organise a moth trapping event once a month in Hastings or the surrounding area. Anyone interested in getting into moth recording in the local area is welcome to join the Sussex Moth Group and come along to our moth evenings.

We also co-ordinate a Hastings database of moth records with the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre so if you have any moth records for Hastings please email them to Andy Phillips.

Roof Terrace Moths

The warm humid nights have been excellent for moths over the last few days. I havn’t had anything to compare with Alans goat moth, which will probably be the Hastings moth highlight of the year. The best moths coming to my roof terrace moth lights over the last few days has been this fine pine hawkmoth and a white satin moth. Other migrants have included a few silver y and diamond-back moths.

Pine Hawkmoth - Roof Terrace

Larinus planus and bee orchids at Horse-shoe Car Park

I’ve always thought that the habitat around horse-shoe car park at Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve looked ideal for Larinus planus, a scarce weevil that feeds on thistles. Yesterday I finally found, not just one but several, of this relatively large weevil on creeping thistle edging the car park. Found another local beetle Cassida vibex on these thistles as well. Also the bee orchids are starting to flower at Horse-shoe car park.

The tree bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)seems to be well established in Hastings now. I found a couple foraging on hemlock water dropwort at Filsham a few days ago, and there was also one at Horse-shoe car park yesterday. And it’s pretty common on Hebe in the garden opposite my flat.