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!
A blog celebrating the moths and butterflies of Surrey, written by lepidoptera enthusiasts throughout the county.
This blog, created by a batch of enthusiasts from around the county, is intended as an online resource for those interested in the lepidoptera of Surrey. For a competely land-locked county, Surrey is one of the best in terms of species variety, with a wide array of suitable habitats (from the heaths of Thursley Common, to the chalk slopes of the North Downs), providing host to over 1600 species of moth, and 42 species of butterfly.
A huge thanks to the contributors who help keep this blog up-to-date!
The first, and only current publication documenting every one of Surrey's 1130 'micro' moths. An excellent read, with beautiful colour plates, distribution maps, and detailed species accounts, that will no doubt be of use to enthusiasts across the British Isles. Please consider purchasing from the Surrey Wildlife Trust website (see links below), with all profits being fed back directly into conservation work for the county.
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Want to contribute to the blog, or just have a sighting/photo you want to share? Please don't hesitate to contact me at billsbirding'at'gmail.com
I've not been very active this year so far... but I decided to have
the trap out on Friday and Saturday nights. I had some nice, though not
uncommon, moths on Friday. Yesterday, I had a few different species
including a Red Data book species - heart moth. It's seven years since
my one and only earlier sighting. Much to my surprise, someone emailed
me from the west country to ask if he could 'twitch' it - but I'd let it
go by then. I'm still slightly reeling at the thought that someone
would travel for a couple of hours to look at a moth in a pot; and only
an inch long at that.
I have to admit that the photos aren't terrific. I was fighting intense sun-light which had a tendency to bleach colours out.
I've added one or two other shots from around my garden (Odonata) and the area (larvae). Female emperor laying eggs
grey/dark dagger - cannot be separated without dissection
This last week at the station has easily been the best of the year both in terms of quality and quantity, the macro yearlist now stands at 57 with the highlights of the week including a Small Ranunculus on July 10th, the fourth consecutive year this species has put in an appearance, I've also had in in previous years at Earlsfield and Raynes Park stations so I'm guessing it must be fairly well established in the suburbs. A Cypress Carpet turned up on July 12th, the third station record following on from the two I had last year and the rarest of the lot (in a Berrylands context) a Blue-bordered Carpet, the second station record following on from the first in 2009.