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Wednesday 2 August 2017

Field Trip - Hexton Chalk Pit - 25/07/17

Below are the moths Trevor and myself recorded at Hexton Chalk Pit last Tuesday night.

74 Macros and 69 Micros (143 species in total) was a pleasing haul of species packing up at around 1am when the wind got up a bit, I presume that if we stayed later we would have added more.

The night was warm and relatively muggy with increasing cloud cover as the lights were switched on. At leaving time at 2am it was still 15 degrees.

Stand-out species were of course a fresh Annulet, only the second modern record, and also at least 8 examples of Teleiodes sequax, a Rock-rose feeding species and probably to be expected, again a rare moth for the County and probably confined to Chalk Grassland.

A single slightly worn Delplanqueia was kept for checking for either dilutella or inscriptella.

Acleris aspersana were absolutely everywhere and easily numbered 30+

Sitochroa palealis was also a first for me, and another Pyralid that seems to be confined to Hexton Chalk Pit in the County Paratalanta hyalinalis was recorded once again with 4 individuals.

All in all a pleasing effort and 4 new moths for me.

List below

Macro Moths
Barred Hook-tip
Barred Rivulet
Black Arches
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Brown-line Bright-eye
Buff Footman
Burnet Companion
Cloaked Minor
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Emerald
Common Rustic
Copper Underwing
Dark Arches
Dark Umber
Dingy Footman
Double Square-spot
Dusky Sallow
Dusky Thorn
Dwarf Cream Wave
Flame Shoulder
Ghost Moth
Grey Dagger
Haworth's Pug
July Highflyer
Large Yellow Underwing
Least Carpet
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Light Arches
Lime-speck Pug
Maple Pug
Mottled Beauty
Mouse Moth
Nut-tree Tussock
Oak Eggar
Oak Hook-tip
Pale Prominent
Pebble Prominent
Poplar Grey
Pretty Chalk Carpet
Purple Bar
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Riband Wave
Rosy Minor
Royal Mantle
Ruby Tiger
Scarce Footman
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Shaded Broad-bar
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Silver Y
Slender Brindle
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Phoenix
Small Purple-barred
Small Scallop
Small Waved Umber
Smoky Wainscot
Straw Dot
Treble Brown Spot
White Satin
White-spotted Pug
Willow Beauty
Wood Carpet
Yellow shell
Micro Moths
Acentria ephemerella     
Acleris aspersana            
Acleris forsskaleana       
Acompsia schmidtiellus 
Acrobasis advenella        
Aethes cnicana 
Agapeta hamana             
Agapeta zoegana            
Agonopterix arenella     
Agonopterix kaekeritziana           
Agonopterix pallorella   
Agonopterix purpurea    
Agriphila straminella      
Agriphila tristella             
Anania hortulata             
Archips podana
Argyresthia albistria       
Argyresthia goedartella 
Aspilapteryx tringipennella          
Batia lunaris       
Blastobasis adustella      
Blastobasis lacticolella   
Bryotropha terrella         
Calamotropha paludella
Carcina quercana            
Catoptria pinella              
Celypha lacunana            
Chrysoteuchia culmella 
Cnephasia sp     
Cochylimorpha straminea            
Cochylis hybridella          
Crassa unitella   
Cydia fagiglandana         
Cydia pomonella             
Cydia splendana              
Delplanqueia dilutella inscriptella             
Emmelina monodactlya
Endothenia sp   
Endotricha flammealis   
Eucosma cana   
Eucosma conterminana 
Eucosma hohenwartiana              
Eudonia lacustrata          
Eulamprotes atrella        
Euzophera pinguis           
Hypsopygia costalis        
Mompha raschkiella       
Monopis weaverella       
Oncocera semirubella    
Pammene aurita             
Pandemis corylana         
Pandemis heparana
Paratalanta hyalinalis        
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella             
Phycita roborella             
Phycitodes binaevella    
Pleuroptya ruralis           
Plutella xylostella            
Prays fraxinella 
Pyrausta aurata
Pyrausta nigrata              
Pyrausta purpuralis         
Rhopobota naevana       
Scrobipalpa costella       
Scrobipalpa sp (to check)             
Sitochroa palealis            
Stenoptilia pterodactyla
Stenoptilia pterodactyla
Syncopacma sp 
Teleiodes sequax
Paratalanta hyalinalis


Teleiodes sequax

Sitochroa palealis

Agonopterix kaekeritziana

Acompsia schmidtiellus

Acleris aspersana pair

Oncocera semirubella

Phycita roborella

Cochylimorpha sp

Delplanqueia dilutella inscriptella

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