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Atropos is the UK journal for butterfly, moth and dragonfly enthusiasts, published four times a year, including an annual Migration Review. This website is a resource for visitors to find out about latest sightings, how to get involved in recording in their local area and to share information with other enthusiasts.
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News From Flight Arrivals
The first half of July has seen variable weather, but we have still had reports of Red-veined Darters and Lesser Emperors. More unusual was the first record of Scarlet Darter for ten years with one at Longham Lakes, Dorset on 8th July. A Vagrant Emperor was at Scaling Dam, North Yorkshire on 9th July. Southern Migrant Hawkers can now be seen at some of the established sites in Kent.
Butterflies have included a Long-tailed Blue in an Ipswich Garden, found and photographed by Neil Sherman (pictured left).
Migrant moths have included Bedstraw Hawk moths in Suffolk, Norfolk, Northumberland and Northamptonshire; several Splendid Brocade at Portland with one in Norfolk and West Suffolk; and a Druid on the Isle of Wight (1st July). Several records were received of the pyralid Catoptria verellus and commoner migrants have included Ni Moth, Small Marbled and Small Mottled Willow.
A Lewes Wave was trapped at Christchurch (Dorset) on 29th June 2017.
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Moth of the Month
Each month Atropos awards a £20 prize for the best photo posted on the Flight Arrivals news page. This prize can be used against purchases 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 an image of the moth trapped with your news on Flight Arrivals. To qualify images must not have been previously published.
July's winner was Keith Dover for his photograph of a Ni Moth trapped in his garden in Chester-le-Street, County Durham on 13th July