News From Flight Arrivals

A prolonged period of mild conditions with winds emanating from the south in the second half of February produced an exceptional winter insect immigration peaking on the night of 23rd February. Singles of Levant Blackneck (pictured), Crimson Speckled and Purple Marbled were the highlights - all from West Cornwall, with good numbers of Small Mottled Willow and Euchromius ocellea reported along with some of the more regular immigrant species from both the UK and Ireland. Vagrant Emperor and Painted Lady sightings were also a frequent feature of this period, with small numbers of Large Tortoiseshell from a number of coastal locations at the end of the month. What a contrast in conditions from those experienced twelve months ago caused by ‘the beast from the east’, but where were all the Silver Y?

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Photo of the Month

Each month during between April and October, Atropos awards a £20 prize for the best photo posted on the Flight Arrivals news page. This prize can be used against purchases over £34 from Atropos Books (but can not be used in conjunction with other offers).


To be eligible for the prize all you need to do is post your image of a migrant butterfly, moth or dragonfly with your news on Flight Arrivals. To qualify images must not have been previously published.