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Saturday, 18 August 2012

A Pod of Peas at Kempton

I went a fair distance out of my way yesterday evening, as there was a private trapping session with Paul Wheeler at Kempton nature reserve, Sunbury.  I was rather looking forward to it as its a fantastic looking wetland site complete with scrub, woodland, reedbed, and flower meadows, and it was the one of the first times I'd trapped in the suburbs of London, said to have its own unique moth populations.  I was not disappointed, as a nice muggy night produced both quality and quantity to our four traps.  Macro lifers are becoming quite hard to come by, so to get two was amazing.  The typical London suburb moths stole the show with not only Jersey Tigers (I've seen them before in Devon), but at least 5 Tree-lichen Beauty.  The other lifer was the scarce Cream-bordered Green Pea, which is sometimes a migrant, but with 3 seen, its no doubt breeding on the rampant Willow scrub.  A few nice micros too, with the likes of Elachista bisulcella, and Triangle Plume.  All this means that things like White-line Dart and Southern Wainscot barely get a mention (well, now they have!).

17th August, Kempton NR:
10 Dingy Footman
3 Lesser Treble-bar
15 Treble-bar
4 Canary-shouldered Thorn
1 Herald
1 Currant Pug
20 Common Wave
2 Old Lady
3 Brimstone
3 Large Yellow Underwing
8 Small Seraphim
3 Double-striped Pug
7 Flame Shoulder
5 Green Carpet
4 Common Carpet
2 Light Emerald
1 Angle Shades
4 Riband Wave
3 Ruby Tiger
5 Tree-lichen Beauty
2 Peach Blossom
4 Tawny Speckled Pug
2 Scarce Footman
3 Cream-bordered Green Pea
4 Willow Beauty
2 Dunbar
5 Ear Moth
2 Setaceous Hebrew Character
3 Shuttle-shaped Dart
1 Iron Prominent
1 Cloaked Minor
2 White-point
2 Straw Underwing
3 White-line Dart
2 Common Rustic
2 Copper Underwing
2 Maiden's Blush
2 Single-dotted Wave
5 Southern Wainscot
1 Least Yellow Underwing
3 Orange Swift
1 Swallow Prominent
2 Yellow Shell
1 Spectacle
1 Common White Wave
2 Jersey Tiger
1 Bright-line Brown-eye
1 Pale Prominent
1 Scalloped Oak
1 Black Arches

Endothenia marginana
6 Limnaecia phragmitella
4 Agriphila straminella
2 Agriphila geniculea
5 Celypha lacunana
15 Water Veneer
1 Cochylis dubitana*
3 Pammene fasciana
2 Bird-cherry Ermine
1 Lathronympha strigana*
3 Light Brown Apple Moth
1 Chrysoteuchia culmella
2 Small China-mark
10 Catoptria falsella
2 Eudonia mercurella
2 Cydia splendana
2 Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix
3 Agriphila inquinatella
8 Blastobasis adustella
15 Mother of Pearl
2 Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix
1 Phlyctaenia coronata
2 Skin Moth
1 Acrobasis repandana
1 Batia unitella
1 Agonopterix liturosa*
3 Pyrausta purpuralis
4 Phycita roborella
1 Cochylis atricapitana
3 Carcina quercana
2 Pyrausta aurata
2 Calamotropha paludella
2 Diamond-back Moth
1 Caloptilita alchimiella
1 Acrobasis advenella
2 Ringed China-mark
2 Epinotia ramella*
1 Argyresthia goedartella
1 Triangle Plume
1 Eudonia pallida
1 Cyclamen Tortrix*
1 Elachista bisulsella*
1 Elachista albifrontella*
2 Epinotia nisella
1 Parornix anglicella
1 Scrobipalpa costella*
1 Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix

Total: 98

Cream-bordered Green Peas (and Ringed China-mark)

Jersey Tiger

Tree-lichen Beauty

Agonopterix liturosa

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