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Old Sunday 17th February 2019, 16:35   #1
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Crimson Speckled

There was a Crimson Speckled caught at Polgigga in Cornwall last night. I had Hummingbird Hawkmoth on the wing today, St Agnes. A few Small Mottled Willows around the south coast recently.
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Old Sunday 17th February 2019, 16:58   #2
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Unprecedented? Seen a few on Scillies of an autumn.
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Old Sunday 17th February 2019, 21:09   #3
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Unprecedented?
Dunno. No answer here

https://ukmoths.org.uk/species/utetheisa-pulchella

Certainly surprised me. I'll ask around.
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Old Monday 18th February 2019, 09:14   #4
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It's a bit tricky to navigate the individual records view on the NBN Atlas site:

https://records.nbnatlas.org/occurre...ab_recordsView

But as far as I can see there are no February records there.

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Old Monday 18th February 2019, 10:36   #5
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Whilst it might be the first UK record for February I'd probably say it was not really a surprise as it can be seen in the western Med at this time, sometimes in large numbers. It was just fortuitous that there was a weather system from Iberia at the time - which also brought other 'migrant' species (Agrotis ipsilon, Spodoptera exigua, Aproaerema polychromella, etc.).

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Whilst it might be the first UK record for February I'd probably say it was not really a surprise as it can be seen in the western Med at this time, sometimes in large numbers. It was just fortuitous that there was a weather system from Iberia at the time - which also brought other 'migrant' species (Agrotis ipsilon, Spodoptera exigua, Aproaerema polychromella, etc.).
Also a female Vagrant Emperor to Cornwall yesterday- first dragonfly of the year!
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Also a female Vagrant Emperor to Cornwall yesterday- first dragonfly of the year!
Second, I think. There was an unidentified sp in North Wales recently - thought to be possibly Vagrant Emperor,? Atropos sightings page...
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Second, I think. There was an unidentified sp in North Wales recently - thought to be possibly Vagrant Emperor,? Atropos sightings page...
Must have missed that one! Good chance of more this coming weekend if forecast is accurate!
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Crimson Speckled on the wing in Israel this week.

I suspect more awareness these days to chase down what ostensibly appears to be a large pyralid type kicked up. Surprised not to see a Levant Blackneck amongst the records. I remember twitching one of those in a February (?) and there was ocellea and Small Mottled Willow at the time.

I also remember a report of Vagrant Emperor in 1990 in what was also an unseasonal spring with early Woodchat, Night Herons, Great Spotted Cuckoo, etc. But think that was March?

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1990 was also an unseasonal spring with early Woodchat, Night Herons, Great Spotted Cuckoo, etc. But think that was March?

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It was March and there was a Sardinian Warbler in Cornwall too (Bude). Remember ticking that and the GSC on successive weekends. Saw the Cuckoo - stuffed - in the window of the visitor centre at Dawlish 17 years later! About a dozen Night Herons on Scilly March- April 1990 IIRC.
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Surprised not to see a Levant Blackneck amongst the records.
Graham - noted.

Levant Blackneck amongst the records last night at Hayle Cornwall. The one I twitched was February 2004 on Portland.

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