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Myriad of rare migrants arriving on our shores

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Myriad of rare migrants arriving on our shores

For those trapping recently, they may have noticed a noticeable increase in migrants arriving. This has included a number of scarce migrants, including but not limited to, Tebenna micalis, Uresiphita gilvata, Death's-head Hawk-moth, Crimson Speckled, Scar Bank Gem, Dark Mottled Willow.

Portland always does extremely well for migrants, and this period is no different, and has caught not one, but two new for mainland Britain species! On the 13th October, Portland Bird Obs trapped the first mainland Southern Brindled Green (Dryobotodes roboris), pictured below. The first UK record of this species was in Jersey in 2006, and it has not graced our shores since.

Following this outstanding record, on the 21st October Portland Bird Obs produced its second major migrant, a Robust Tabby (Pandesma robusta). This species, native to southernmost Europe and north Africa, has only been recorded once before in the UK, as an individual imported into a Hampshire supermarket in 2001.

This migrant period looks to continue for a few more days, so more rare migrants might still turn up.

Special thanks for Martin Cade for giving us permission to use his photos.