Just when you thought it was all quite...
A record has just come in for Silver-striped Hawk-moth Hippotion celerio discovered by 6 year old Katrina Walsingham (daughter of Mark) at Coat near Martock on Sunday 3rd December 2006. It was found in their house and photographed alive (above). The moth was unknown to Katrina and Mark and was identified by Andy Foster.
This is the first record for this moth since Turner (1955), who lists 1925 on the Mendips (ARH) as the last record.
Andy Foster also tells me that he found an over wintering female Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata, beaten from oak, Woodlands Hill, Quantocks, on 8th January 2006. So field work during the winter can be productive!
Edited 26th January.