As of March 2015, an official website for Surrey Moths has been set-up here. There you'll find information on everything to do with the Surrey Branch of Butterfly Conservation, including the updated events calender for 2015. Hope to see you there!

Friday, 30 July 2010

Pewley Borders on the amazing

Last night, it was the Guildford Borough Council night-life event at Pewley Downs - a pristine chalk downland site. I went on this event last year and saw loads of lifers, including such quality as Mocha and Tawny Shears.
Neither of those appeared this time, but that did not really matter. After the starter of many female Glow Worms and a massive Wasp spider (I should have got shots of these, sorry), we had the main course of moths. We wondered whether there was any chance of seeing the main speciality of the site, but we needn't have worried, as at least four Lace Border came to the trap! The only lifer seen was a couple of Barred Rivulet, but what stunners they are. The main excitement on the night for the expert (Paul Wheeler), was finding four specimens of a very rare micro, and then capturing a possible first for Surrey (I've forgotten its name). Its at times like this I wish I wasn't so inept when it comes to micros! A most enjoyable evening.
Pewley Downs, 29th July:
Shaded Broad-bar
Cloaked Minor
Common Rustic
Lace Border
Ruby Tiger
Dark Umber
Yellow Shell
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Six-spot Burnet
Large Yellow Underwing
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Nut-tree Tussock
Rosy Footman
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Heart and Dart
Dingy Footman
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Lime-speck Pug
Smoky Wainscot
Knot Grass
Scorched Carpet
Pebble Prominent
Buff Footman
Dark Arches
Least Yellow Underwing
Small Emerald
Barred Rivulet*
Currant Pug
Dusky Sallow
Small Fan-footed Wave
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (including one very bizarre individual, that was the same size and proportions as LBBYU!)
Scarce Footman
Single-dotted Wave
July Highflyer
Dagger sp.
Flame Shoulder
Double-striped Pug
Wormwood Pug
Ear Moth
Brown-line Bright-eye
Haworth's Pug
Willow Beauty
True Lover's Knot (two - an acid loving species on chalk!)
Common Carpet
Copper Underwing
Svennson's Copper Underwing
Small Rufous (another odd one, a wetland species)
Small Rivulet
Purple Bar
Lesser Yellow Underwing (thats all five common Yellow Underwings)
Total up to 0:00: 56
A pug ID'd by Paul as Wormwood

Barred Rivulet

Lace Border

No comments:

Post a Comment