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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Farmland - Braughing Friars - Field Trip - 19/07/14

The Herts moth group assembled once more on their annual trip to a 10 acre site of Hertfordshire farmland that has been left in 2006 to grow wild.
The vegetation was certainly dense and even encroaching over the roads that once had 40 tonne lorries driving up and down it every single day.
Those days have long gone and 8 years down the line it is amazing how much nature has really taken a hold and used every inch of space to its full potential.
It is really sad that this may be the last time we all get together and trap this site (I hope not)
But with sad news comes good news, and boy did we go out in style.
The list is still a work in progress with various moths with other people to be checked, I will compile my notes on the night of what we observed to the hanging sheet and all of the traps that we tried to empty carefully
Carefully with two things in mind, the moths flying off and Hornets...of which we had quite a few!

The weather was absolutely perfect, warm overcast (most of the time) and humid with a faint southerly breeze at times and a minimum temperature reading on my car at 4am this morning of 18 degrees!

The moths...well where do we start. We could of had a field day with all the beetle species that were coming to the traps let alone the 1000’s of moths, yep that many I would predict.

Stars of the show were Kent Black Arches, Waved Black, Brown-veined Wainscot, Lesser-spotted Pinion and Olive.

The micros are now finally done and thanks to Colin Plant and Andy King for extra dissections from moths collected during the night, we seem to have a fair old whack of the Cnephasia species present on the farm for starters! We also got quite a few wetland species suggesting a lot of movement from other habitats.

Numbers are very approximate! Please do email me for any corrections and additions chaps.

Catch Report - 19/07/14 - Braughing Friars Farmland - Braughing – 1x Hanging Sheet with 125w MV, 3x 125w MV Robinson Traps, 1x 40w Actinic Suitcase Trap, 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap & 1x 80w Actinic + CFL 26w Suitcase Trap.

134 Macros and 118 Micros (252 species)

Macro Moths

1x Beautiful Hook-tip
3x Black Arches
2x Bordered Pug
5x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Brimstone Moth
15+ Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
10+ Brown-line Bright-eye
1x Brown-veined Wainscot
5x Buff Arches
5x Buff Footman
3x Buff-tip
1x Burnished Brass
1x Chinese Character
3x Chocolate-tip
100+ Cinnabar (Caterpillars)
20+ Clay
20+ Cloaked Minor
1x Clouded Border
2x Clouded Silver
8+ Common Carpet
5x Common Footman
80+ Common Rustic
5x Common Wainscot
1x Currant Pug
30+ Dark Arches
1x Dark Dagger (checked)
5x Dark Umber
5x Dingy Footman
1x Dingy Shears
2x Dot Moth
1x Double Lobed
10+ Double Square-spot
1x Double-striped Pug  
2x Drinker
15+ Dun-bar
1x Dusky Brocade
4x Dusky Sallow
2x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Ear Moth
2x Early Thorn
12+ Elephant Hawk-moth
3x Fan-foot 
2x Fern
2x Flame
8+ Flame Shoulder 
1x Garden Carpet
2x Ghost Moth
3x Green Pug
2x Haworth's Pug
5x Heart & Dart
2x Iron Prominent
15+ July Highflyer
1x Kent Black Arches
1x Knot Grass
5x Large Twin-spot Carpet
15+ Large Yellow Underwing
5x Latticed Heath
10+ Least Carpet
10+ Least Yellow Underwing
2x Leopard Moth
10+ Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Lesser Common Rustic
10+ Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Lesser-spotted Pinion
2x Light Arches
1x Lime-speck Pug
1x Maiden’s Blush
3x Maple Prominent
10+ Maple Pug
1x Marbled Beauty
1x Marbled Minor
2x Mottled Beauty
1x Mouse Moth
5x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Nutmeg
3x Oak Hook-tip
1x Oak Nycteoline
1x Old Lady
1x Olive
2x Pale Mottled Willow
2x Pebble Prominent
10+ Peppered Moth
1x Phoenix
1x Pine Hawk-moth
1x Poplar Grey
2x Poplar Hawk-moth
5x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Purple Thorn
5x Red Twin-spot Carpet
15+ Riband Wave
20+ Ruby Tiger
2x Rustic
1x Sallow Kitten
4x Scalloped Oak
5x Scarce Footman
2x Scorched Carpet
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
5x Shaded Broad-bar
2x Shaded Pug
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2x Silver-Y
2x Single-dotted Wave
2x Slender Brindle
1x Slender Pug
1x Small Angle Shades
1x Small Blood-vein
3x Small Emerald
2x Small Fan-foot
20+ Small Fan-footed Wave
1x Small Phoenix
1x Small Rivulet
1x Small Rufous
1x Small Waved Umber
2x Small Yellow Wave
20+ Smoky Wainscot
5x Snout
3x Spectacle
2x Straw Dot
2x Swallow Prominent
8x Swallow-tailed Moth
1x Sycamore
1x Tawny Marbled Minor
1x Tawny Speckled Pug
12+ Tree-lichen Beauty
10+ Uncertain
3x V-Pug
2x Vapourer Moth
1x Vine’s Rustic
5x White Satin Moth
1x White-spotted Pug
1x Willow Beauty
2x Yellow Shell
1x Yellow-barred Brindle
5+ Yellow-tail

Micro Moths

Acentria ephemerella 10+
Acleris forsskaleana 5x
Acrobasis consociella 1x
Aethes cnicana 1x
Aethes rubigana 15+
Agapeta hamana 10x
Agapeta zoegana 6x
Agonopterix alstromeriana 1x  
Agonopterix heracliana 1x
Agriphila straminella 1x
Aleimma loeflingiana 2x
Anacampsis blattariella 1x TO BE CHECKED
Anthophila fabriciana 1x
Aphomia sociella 2x
Apotomis lineana 1x
Archips podana 1x 
Archips xylosteana 1x 
Argyresthia goedartella 1x
Argyresthia pruniella 1x
Argyresthia trifasciata 1x
Argyrotaenia ljungiana 1x
Batia lunaris 1x
Batia unitella 10+ 
Blastobasis adustella 5x 
Blastobasis laticolella 6x
Blastodacna hellerella 1x
Borkhausenia fuscescens [NEW!] 1x
Brachmia blandella
Bryotropha terrella 5+
Calamotropha paludella 1x
Caloptilia rufipennella 1x
Caloptilia semifascia 1x
Cameraria ohridella 1x
Carcina quercana 5x
Cataclysta lemnata 2x
Catoptria falsella 25+
Catoptria pinella 4x
Celypha lacunana 2x
Celypha striana 3x 
Chrysoteuchia culmella 60+
Clepsis consimilana 5+
Cnephasia asseclana 1x Gen Det
Cnephasia longana 3x Gen Det
Cnephasia pasiuana 1x Gen Det
Cnephasia stephensiana 1x Gen Det
Cochylimorpha straminea 2x 
Cochylis atricapitana 2x
Cochylis hybridella 2x
Coleophora sp 2x
Crambus pascuella 1x
Crambus perlella 6x
Cydia pomonella 2x
Cydia splendana 5+
Dipleurina lacustrata 10+
Ditula angustiorana 1x
Donacaula forficella 1x
Emmelina monodactyla 1x 
Endotricha flammealis 10+
Epiblema foenella 3x
Epiblema uddmmaniana 2x
Eucosma campoliliana 2x  
Eucosma cana 10+
Eucosma hohenwartiana 5x
Eucosma obumbratana 1x
Eudemis profundana 2x
Eudonia mercurella 10+
Eudonia pallida 1x
Eurrhypara hortulata 5+ 
Euzophera pinguis 2x
Evergestis forficalis 1x
Gypsonoma dealbana 10+  
Hedya nubiferana 5x
Hedya pruniana 2x
Helcystogramma rufescens 1x
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 2x
Homoeosoma sinuella 1x
Hypatima rhomboidella
Hypsopygia costalis 1x
Limnaecia phragmitella 2x
Lyonetia clerkella 1x
Monochroa palustrella 1x
Myelois circumvoluta 5x
Orthopygia glaucinalis 1x
Ostrinia nubilalis 1x
Pammene fasciana 1x
Pandemis cerasana 1x  
Pandemis corylana 2x
Pandemis heparana 5x
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella 2x
Paraswammerdamia nebulella 1x
Pempelia formosa 1x
Phlyctaenia coronata 2x
Phycita roborella 2x     
Phycitodes maritima 1x Gen Det
Pleuroptya ruralis 100+
Plutella xylostella 15+
Prays fraxinella 1x
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 5x 
Pterophorus pentadactyla 2x
Pyrausta aurata 2x
Pyrausta purpuralis 1x
Recurvaria leucatella 1x
Rhopobota naevana 3x
Rhyacionia pinicolana 1x
Scoparia ambigualis 2x 
Scoparia subfusca 1x
Scrobipalpa costella 1x
Sitochroa verticalis 1x
Spilonota ocellana 20+
Teleiodes vulgella 1x
Tinea trinotella 1x
Trachycera advenella 1x
Trachycera suavella 1x
Udea olivalis 1x
Udea prunalis 4x
Yponomeuta cagnagella 1x Gen Det
Yponomeuta evonymella 10+
Ypsolopha scabrella 4x
Zeiraphera isertana 5x

Anacampsis blattariella

Brown-veined Wainscot

Calamotropha paludella

Cnephasia longana

Myelois circumvoluta

Ostrinia nubilalis

pos Gynnidomorpha alismana

Scoparia subfusca

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