Saturday 4 July 2020

White Storks at Knepp Estate

White Stork, Ciconia ciconia
On July 1st I visited Knepp estate where White Storks have bred in Britain for the first time since 1525. They became extinct because they were hunted for food. The reintroduction program has been a great success:
 Seeing the storks was a wonderful experience. The massive nesting tree is a lone occupant of a large field and there was plenty of room on the perimeter path for the estimated 50 people present to be safely distant from each other.
I looked for micromoths and found several, including two new and rare ones: Barred Smudge and Poplar Sober plus a Coleophora species, Common Nettle-taps, a faded Green Oak Tortrix and another tiny Tortrix which didn't stay long enough for good photos. There were also two splendid Longhorn beetles, White-legged Damselflies and plenty of Ringlets and Meadow Browns.
noted added 16 Novermber 2020: the Coleophora species was dissected by Tim Wilton and determined to be a male Tipped Oak Case-bearer male, Coleophora flavipennella.
Barred Smudge, Ypsolopha alpella

Tipped Oak Case-bearer male, Coleophora flavipennella

male genitalia of Tipped Oak Case-bearer, Coleophora flavipennella

Common Nettle-tap, Anthophila fabriciana

Green Oak Tortrix, Tortrix viridana

Leaf beetle, Chrysomelid species

Long Winged Cone-head nymph, Conocephalus fuscus

Longhorn beetle, Stenocorus meridianus

Longhorn beetle, Stenocorus meridianus

Mirid Bug, Heterotoma planicornis

Poplar Sober, Anacampsis populella

Poplar Sober, Anacampsis populella

Ringlet, Aphantopus hyperantus

Speckled Bush Cricket nymph, Leptophyes punctatissima 

unidentified tiny Tortrix micromoth

White-legged Damselfly, Platycnemis pennipes

White Storks youngsters in nest, Ciconia ciconia

nesting tree

information trailer

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