That evening I headed off to Mount Edgcumbe just across the River Tamar from Plymouth in Cornwall for a moth trapping night , being run as part of National Moth Night by the Cornwall Moth Group. It was a warm, humid night but the moths were not very forthcoming with about 30 odd species being seen. I did see 2 new species though - a pretty chalk carpet and a false mocha, the latter apparently being rare in Cornwall.
Black Arches - Mount Edgcumbe Moth Night
With family visiting, including my 9 year old nephew, it was time to go rock pooling again. At Bude on the 12th August there were plenty of Celtic sea slugs amongst the honeycomb worm casts on the rocks with shanny, green shore crab and gem anemone found in the rock pools.
Celtic Sea slugs
The next day at Wembury we added cushion starfish, a pipe fish, chitons, snakelocks anemone and hermit crabs to the list along with a smart adult Mediterranean gull in winter plumage feeding along the main beach.
Chiton species, Wembury
Corkwing Wrasse? caught at Wembury
Green Shore Crab
A nice sighting at Bude was my first humming bird hawkmoth of the year, found by David at rest on the caravan awning, while the toilet block had a first for the year hedgehog-like drinker moth sat on a window sill.
Drinker Moth doing a non prickly Hedgehog impression
A solo trip to Wembury on the 19th August after the family visit had come to an end was very pleasant in the warm sunshine and brightened up by plenty of butterflies including my first clouded yellow for 3 years. Another non avian flying highlight was a golden ringed dragonfly ovipositing in the stream in the valley to the beach, my first sighting at Wembury.
Ovipositing Golden Ringed Dragonfly
Mating Bloody Nosed Beetles at Wembury