Reporter STEVE DOWNES provides his latest update as he spends five days working with wardens on Blakeney Point.

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When it comes to flying insects, butterflies grab the glory and moths are rather undervalued.

Not by me, though – at least, not any more.

An overnight moth trap yielded up a myriad of moths of all shapes, sizes and shades.

The trap was set as part of a weekly Blakeney Point moth survey, and the species caught included the splendid elephant hawkmoth, small fan-footed wave, shore wainscot, lime-speck pug and a mystery brown micro moth.

The mystery was solved thanks to the social networking website Twitter.

Within minutes of “tweeting” a photo of the creature, @dorsetmoths had replied with a name – the snappily-titled orthopygia glaucinalis.

I was hoping that it was a new species, that I could christen Pointia Breakus.

But never mind.

To continue the lepidoptera theme, warden Paul Nichols and I carried out a butterfly transect – a walk along a designated route that happens each week to produce comparable records.

An hour of trudging resulted in just two butterflies, a painted lady and a red admiral, plus a few more moths. The cold winter apparently put paid to many of the caterpillars, hence the disappointing summer crop.

Oh, alongside the hardship of looking at pretty insects, I repositioned a National Trust sign near the landing stage, and cleaned the toilets.

But please don’t tell my wife that last fact, in case she thinks I have acquired a new skill.

● For the next update, see tomorrow’s EDP. For up-to-the-minute news, follow @stevedownes1973 on Twitter.




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