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  • Blog Post: Annie's Magic Moth Moment

    Found this beautiful Hummingbird Hawkmoth literally at the moment of emergence and as I moved her to a safer position, she ejected her remaining caterpillar soup (like ink) over my hand! After half an hour of further drying out, we placed her gently on a buddleia and shortly after that she flew away...
  • Blog Post: A Grand Night Out

    So, last night was not only a Late Night Opening but it was also our Annual Moth Night. After squally showers during the afternoon and early evening threatened to spoil proceedings, the wind dropped and the sun came out and it turned out to be a warm, calm sultry night. With good light I managed to go...
  • Blog Post: Look into my eyes... look into my eyes...

    I rescued this awesome Deer Fly ( Chrysops relictus ) from inside the centre yesterday morning.... partly because she was trying to get out partly because I did not want her sneaking up on me for a spot of liquid lunch.... Those eyes are mesmerising! To go one better than the Deer Fly takes...
  • Blog Post: Watch where you step!

    Summer is the time when some of our more striking caterpillars appear. I would not be surprised if we find Elephant or Privet Hawkmoth cats in the next few weeks and luminous green Emperor Moth cats are already on the prowel in search of somewhere to pupate. They are fast and fearless, I mean, who...
  • Blog Post: Spots and Stripes

    Day flying moths are actually something of a feature at Rainham Marshes and with it being National Insect Week I thought I would do a little piece on the three black and scarlet ones we get here... So up first is the commonest and more well known...... the Cinnabar with its red striped cloak and spot...
  • Blog Post: Hella - Norse Goddess of the Dead..... a journey

    On the 5th October 2013 a chap brought a bucket into Tropical Wings and handed it to Antony Wren. He claimed to have found a Hummingbird Hawkmoth caterpillar which in itself would be unique but the tub was large and the inmate had been found in a potato field in Tillingham out on the Dengie in Essex...
  • Blog Post: Moffs Part Deux

    A simple little montage of some of Friday nights moth trapping..... Moth Montage One... Clockwise from top right: Large Magpie, Miller, Poplar HM, Lime HM, Bramble Shoot. Peach Blossom, Small Elephant HM, Red-necked Footman, Bordered Sallow, Poplar Kitten Moth Montage Two... Clockwise from top...
  • Blog Post: A magical evening...

    On Friday night we conducted a serious all out in-house Mothing session across the reserve. It was a lovely warm still evening and the incoming cloud trapped the warmth and covered the full moon and even a couple of showers did not stop play. The ball got rolling with my very first male Stag Beetle...
  • Blog Post: Emperor and Empress

    Laurie and Val Bigg stumbled across a pair of mating Emperor moths this afternoon near the brambles just past the Shooting Butts Hide. Coming so soon after the huge female that I caught on Friday night, it is a good sign that we will soon be finding caterpillers munching their way through young bramble...
  • Blog Post: Trumpet fanfare entrance!

    Another of Mark Hart's finds on Tuesday was this superb Herald moth . The only other one I have ever seen was at Rainham so always a very good find. Great shape, rich autumnal colours and really dig the Halloween stripy stockings! 10-10-13
  • Blog Post: September's little creatures...

    So far this month we've had lots of little creatures showing well! Common lizard (Clive Watts) Elephant hawk moth caterpillar (Brenda Clayton) This very funky creature is a knot grass moth caterpillar (Pete Jackson). The knot grass moth is a moth that has a wingspan of about 30-35 mm. They...
  • Blog Post: Elephant by the visitor centre!

    Well... sort of! Andrew (our Site Manager) found this stunning elephant hawk moth caterpillar by the visitor centre yesterday afternoon... This is the brown form of the caterpillar, you can get bright green ones! Lovely pictures by Brenda Clayton Elephant hawk moths are usually seen from...
  • Blog Post: Tonight's Bat Night...

    Hello everyone, I hope you are well. After a couple of rained off Bat Nights this one managed to go ahead! While we were getting ready we had fabulous views of barn owl flying round. Brenda managed to get these fab shots: It was seen leaving the box (that is in the woodland - you...
  • Blog Post: A day of many moths...

    Not quite as nice as yesterday with more cloud cover but there was still lots to be seen including, on the bird front, three Whimbrel , 2 Avocets and the Bearded Tits again while visitors found some good invertebrates. Jan Luscombe came in and showed me a photo of a male Vapourer moth that she had...
  • Blog Post: Micro moffs and pretend wasps...

    Some more stuff from yesterday on what was a glorious warm sunny day. Not too hot that you could not stay out but warm enough for some top quality insect action! The mint in the herb beds may now be mostly over but the chunky monkey hovering Wool Carder Bees are still nectaring on the Lemon Balm and...
  • Blog Post: Channel Migrant

    It is not just birds that migrate to Britain but insects do too and Rainham plays host to some of these every year. The familiar Marmalade hoverfly augments it UK population with continental immigrants each year while Painted Lady butterflies head up from Africa each year in a succession of broods that...
  • Blog Post: Moth in Wasps Clothing

    I am happy..... very happy.... Up and coming young naturalist, Henry Wyn-Jones, was visiting the reserve today with his family. We were chatting in the shop and he was flicking through the black Moth book.... 'Have you ever seen a Clearwing?' he asks me..... 'No...' says I with sullen...
  • Blog Post: Cool Cats

    It is still very much caterpillar time out on the trails so watch where you put you feet! They come in all shapes, sizes and colours! Many will be off now to find a secluded safe spot to make a pupal home for the final stage of their miraculous transformation from caterpillar to butterfly or moth. ...
  • Blog Post: Some more insects...

    I managed twenty minutes out today in the blazing sunshine which was more than enough for me. I found lots of Narrow Bordered Five Spot Burnet Moths in-waiting near the centre today, all wrapped up in their thin, crispy yellow paper thin cocoons. One or two were yet to cover up and I found them waiting...
  • Blog Post: Glorious start

    The sun is shining and there is already a great deal of warmth in the air. Reed Warblers are 'gurking' around the car park and flocks of baby Starlings are 'shewwing' on the lawns as they probe for leatherjackets with parental guidance. The flower beds out the front have come alive...
  • Blog Post: Emperor's new clothes

    Jim Archer found our first fully grown Emperor moth caterpillar of the year today resplendent in its green and yellow glory. Hopefully a few more will be seen in the next few days as they head off to pupate. 26-7-12
  • Blog Post: Back on the scrape...(and some moffs)

    With the pump running through the night it left Purfleet Scrape looking very inviting this morning and almost immediately there were waders on view with three Whimbrel, Dunlin , ten Lapwing , Snipe and three Green Sandpipers on view along with several Little Egrets and Grey Herons . Great stuff! Eight...
  • Blog Post: Emperor's First Clothes

    They have a long way to go in the world of 'growing up' but these Emperor Moth caterpillars are already being seen on bramble clumps around the reserve. It will take a lot of munching and several changes of skin before they resemble the huge, impressive green sausages with pink orangey-pink spots...
  • Blog Post: Batty!

    Last friday saw our first Bat & Moth Night of September and it was up to its usual high standards with lots of contact and some sightings of Common and Soprano Pipistrelle, Leisler's, Serotine, Noctule and Daubenton's! There are still places available on the walks on the next three Fridays...
  • Blog Post: Watch out for Elephants!

    In my garden Elephant Hawkmoth cats love my fushias but we do not have any so they have to revert to their natural food which is bedstraws and willowherbs both of whoch proliferate on the reserve. This fabulous cat was found by Basil Thornton as it made its way across the path. Keep your eyes open! ...