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Saturday, 31 July 2010

We win by a nose as Snouts save the day

We arrived at Hydon Heath near Godalming last night in pretty windy and chilly conditions, so we were not expecting a great deal. Luckily, the cloud amassed and we had another enjoyable evening.
We set the trap up in an area of mixed woodland, with plenty of Bilberry. It was no surprise then when a Beautiful Snout appeared, and it was followed by eight others! Pine species were also numerous with eight Pine Hawk-moths! The star of the day however showed up early on, and proved to be a White-line Snout. According to 'The Larger Moths of Surrey', there were only two records between 1976 and 1997 in the county. I am not aware of its more recent history.
Hydon Heath, 30th July:
September Thorn
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Rivulet
Willow Beauty
Beautiful Snout
Scalloped Oak
Common Rustic
White-line Snout*
Buff Footman
Large Twin-spot Carpet
Iron Prominent
Common Carpet
Pine Hawk-moth
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Early Thorn
Rosy Footman
Scalloped Hook-tip
Riband Wave
Black Arches
Scorched Carpet
Pebble Hook-tip
Large Yellow Underwing
Mottled Beauty
Yellow Shell
Beautiful Hook-tip
Small Phoenix
Dingy Footman
Cloaked Minor
Tawny-barred Angle
Marbled White Spot
Copper Underwing
Dagger sp. (plus a Grey Dagger larva on nearby Birch)
Peppered Moth
Lesser Swallow Prominent
Orange Footman
Pine Carpet
Double Square-spot
Satin Lutestring
Oak Hook-tip
Coxcomb Prominent
Common White Wave
Total: 45
The final trap
Gigantic Pine Longhorn Beetle (not its official name!)
Beautiful Snout
White-line Snout

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