Monday, 3 October 2011

A Crimson Speckled was found on Pencristin this morning. This stunning addition to the island's lepidoptera list is an immigrant that occurs naturally around the Mediterranean and North Africa. There have been around 100 records of this moth in the UK since 1900.

A small number of warblers were grounded on the island in the poor conditions during the night: a Whitethroat, five Blackcaps, 50 Chiffchaffs and 12 Goldcrests were the totals; other passerine-migrants seen included a Whinchat on the Narrows, a Grey Wagtail overhead and a Spotted Flycatcher in the plantation. Five Arctic Skuas, two Long-tailed Skuas, four Mediterranean Gulls, three Common Terns and an Arctic Tern passed by at sea, whilst a Dunlin and 12 Snipe were seen in Solfach and in the Wetlands. The Greater Spotted Woodpecker remained near Cristin Withy, and a Water Rail was also heard inside the withy.

Other noteworthy species of lepidoptera on the island included a Vestal (following on from a small arrival of at least four over the last few days), a Painted Lady and at least two Hummingbird Hawkmoths.


  1. What an amazing moth. I have never seen one like this

  2. This was an amazing insect. There have been a few more this autumn - on Scilly and in London. An excellent find by Ben.