2019 was another exceptional year for migrant insects, which began with a late winter influx of migrant Lepidoptera and Vagrant Emperor. The year went on to produce the first British record of Feline, as well as record arrivals of Grass Webworm, Dusky Marbled Brown, Latin, Shining Marbled and Ancylolomia tentaculella, as well as two examples of Geometrician (the first since 1990). As if this was not enough excitement there were record breaking and prolonged arrivals of Vagrant Emperor and Lesser Emperor, as well as Large numbers of Red-veined Darter. Scarlet Darter was again recorded and Southern Migrant Hawker also had a good year, whilst colonising Willow Emerald Damselfly and Small Red-eyed Damselfly continued to move northwards.
We look back at the main features of the year in the latest Atropos Migration review. Learn about all of the above and much more besides, and draw your own conclusions from perusing the fascinating Reports from Coastal Stations from our team of migration monitors across the British Isles.
The front cover of this year’s Migration Review features a superb shot by Nigel Jarman of the Queen of Spain Fritillary present near St. Margaret’s, Kent, in July and August 2019.
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