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Wednesday 18 May 2011

Field Trip - Parndon Wood - Tuesday night

The second night at Parndon Wood gave me a chance to compare two nights
running, all in all it was just as successful as last night with plenty of new
and different species for the site.

The weather was pretty much similiar although slightly cooler and windier. On arrival this morning at 7am it felt slightly warmer and drizzle started to fall.

New species for the site included for the Macro Moth's a single Foxglove Pug, for the Micro Moth's however both Ancylis badiana and Morophaga choragella with an Argyresthia species still to be identified.

Most interesting of all was the amount of species that came to light tonight, that didn't make an appearance last night, 8 Macro Moth's in total including Green Carpet, Chocolate-tip, Poplar Hawk-moth, Foxglove Pug, Common Pug, Mottled Pug, Clouded Silver and Pale Mottled Willow.

Also the 160w bulb attracted all 3 examples of 3 different pug species, including both Carpet species as well.
Overall the 125w MV bulb coupled with the 22w Actinic did attract more, as was to be expected.

125w MV Robinson Trap + 22w Hanging Actinic (Under Oak, Birch, Beech and Hornbeam canopy)

Macro Moths

7x Pale Tussock (inc 1 female)
3x Pale Oak Beauty (1 different pale specimen)
4x Light Emerald
1x Oak Hook-tip (different specimen, smaller)
1x Common Wave (possibly recapture)
1x Bird's Wing (possible recapture)
1x Treble Lines
8x Orange Footman
2x Marbled Minor (1 possibly a recapture, other of a different form)
10x Green Silver-lines (increase over last night)
16x Common Swift (slight increase)
2x Brindled White-spot
3x Scorched Wing
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2x Maiden's Blush
1x Clouded Silver
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Pale Mottled Willow

Poplar Hawk-moth

Marbled Minor

Micro Moths

1x Ancylis mitterbacheriana
1x Argyresthia spinosella [NEW]
3x Ptycholoma lecheana
7x Coleophora sp.
1x Syndemis musculana
4x Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana
2x Teleiodes luculella
1x Celypha lacunana
3x Cnephasia sp.
1x Epiblema cynosbatella
1x Nematopogon swammerdamella
1x Esperia sulphurella

Ancylis mitterbacheriana

Argyresthia spinosella

160w Mercury Blended bulb with DIY Trap (under Oak and near bramble and sedges/grasses)

Macro Moths

2x Heart & Dart (1 beautifully marked specimen)
1x Ingrailed Clay (possible recapture)
1x Common Carpet
1x Chocolate-tip
1x Treble Lines
1x Green Carpet
1x Common Carpet
1x Common Pug
1x Mottled Pug
1x Foxglove Pug
2x Scorched Wing
3x Light Emerald
9x Orange Footman
3x Pale Tussock
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart

Chocolate Tip

Foxglove Pug

Heart & Dart

Micro Moths

1x Crambus lathoniellus
1x White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella
2x Ptycholoma lecheana
1x Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana
2x Cnephasia sp.
1x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella


  1. Hi Ben, that badiana looks unusual with the white spike up the middle. I haven't seen one like it...

  2. Hi Stewart, I'm still not entirely sure of this ID, i've got people querying it now, never seen one either like that.

  3. Definitely not badiana. If I squint enough I'd say it was an Epinotia sp. - may tenerana.

  4. Hi Ben,
    Not sure about your Argyresthia. There appears to be a white patch along the costal edge which would favour conjugella. Also, I can't make out for sure on the photo but can't see any gold in the wings either which is also good for conjugella. I could be wrong but it may be worth having another look. Cheers, Paul

  5. Hi guys well the Ancylis species has been confirmed as a slightly worn Ancylis mitterbacheriana.

    As for the Argyresthia, i'm still not sure, there are no Apple trees present in this wood, I presume thats what it feeds on.

    Next time I will take the specimens home to get a better look!

  6. The Argyresthia has now been confirmed after dissection to be spinosella.