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Sunday, 27 June 2010

Brockham leaves me speachless

What an incredible night, I don't have any superlatives left. I went trapping at Brockham Quarry near Dorking last night with David Gardner, hoping to get some chalk specialists.
I must admit I expected there to be a few moths, including lifers, at this honey-pot site on a warm night, but I was not prepared for the onslaught we experienced. To seasoned moth'ers, this was probably only an above-average night at best, but for me it was incredible, with 65 macros recorded by the end of the night.
In the end, I managed to see seven new species, including some specialists such as Reddish Light Arches and Galium Carpet. Nice to get a visit from only my second Privet Hawk-moth too. Plenty of pretty micros were seen as well, such as Oncocera semirubella.
By morning we got (* = lifer):
3 Brown Rustic
2 Common Carpet
6 Brimstone
5 Riband Wave
8 Mottled Beauty
10 Willow Beauty
3 Barred Yellow
3 Beautiful Hook-tip
2 Common Emerald
9 Light Emerald
4 Peach Blossom
1 Small Yellow Wave*
7 Coronet
2 Flame Shoulder
5 Common Marbled Carpet
5 Fern*
2 Marbled White Spot
4 Pretty Chalk Carpet
1 Mullein Wave
2 Large Yellow Underwing
1 Small Phoenix
1 Privet Hawk-moth
1 Clay
2 Buff Arches
3 Double Square-spot
2 Currant Pug (as well as a large amount of unidentified pugs!)
1 Setaceous Hebrew Character
1 Common Wainscot
2 Clouded Brindle*
1 Reddish Light Arches*
3 Treble Brown Spot
2 White Ermine
1 Lobster
2 Dark Arches
5 Heart and Dart
1 Swallow-tailed Moth
1 Middle-barred Minor
1 Light Feathered Rustic*
2 Green Carpet
4 Grey Arches
1 Lilac Beauty
1 Purple Clay
1 Uncertain
2 July Highflyer
1 Shears
1 Silver-ground Carpet
1 Barred Straw
1 Orange Footman
1 Treble Lines
1 Galium Carpet*
3 Peppered Moth
2 White-pinion Spotted
1 Short-cloaked Moth*
2 Mottled Rustic
3 Purple Bar
5 Common White Wave
2 Clouded Border
1 Clouded Silver
2 Scarce Footman
4 Common Wave
1 Heart and Club
1 Marbled Minor
1 Small Blood Vein
3 May Highflyer
1 Green Pug
Small Yellow Wave
Short-cloaked Moth
Oncecera semirubella
Reddish Light Arches
Privet Hawk-moth
Peach Blossom
Mullein Wave
Lobster Moth
Light Feathered Rustic
July Highflyer
Galium Carpet
Common Emerald
Clouded Brindle

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