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Monday 25 May 2020

Field Trip - Bramfield ParkWoods - 21/05/20

Well, where do I start...
The day had been a heady 26 degrees and with increasing cloud cover through the afternoon, things were looking spot on for a session at the local woods.
I was all kitted up and ready to go with 5 traps.

We decided to record on the other side of the wood, Bramfield Park Woods, is a little smaller but far more vegetated and with more of a wilderness feel to it, less mature trees, but a plethora of unusual plants and shrubs.
The grassy rides here are most interesting, and support an array of damp woodland specialist moths, particularly Elachista's.

We starting setting up at around 8.30pm and it took at least half an hour to position our lights. Mine were in the central section of the woods, and Trevor's were a little further along in the grassy rides.

Lights on! at around 9pm as some of the traps were under the trees and the light was already fading, the moths were literally there as soon as I turned back to the traps from plugging them in! 
Mainly 100's of Coleophora species, 2 maybe 3 different species, and then all hell broke loose for a good half an hour, and then it went quiet again at around 10pm (this quite often happens). 
By 11pm we were swimming in moths once again, and potting up anything we didn't initially recognise.
Highlights were Netted Pug, 5 species of Hawk-moth (Pine, Eyed, Poplar, Lime & Small Elephant) at least 100 Pale Tussock (i've never seen so many before) and some really nice micros including,
Carpatolechia proximella, Choristoneura hebenstritella, Cydia conicolana, Lampronia fuscatella, Phylloporia bistrigella and a further 4 for dissection below.

4 micros are pending from the trip, I hope my tentative id's are correct :  Coleophora albicosta (Common), Elachista gleichenella (2nd County record, last seen in 1890!), Elachista utonella (New to Herts) and Carpatolechia notatella (4th County record, last seen in 1978). 

Below is the list that we managed on the trip.

Catch Report - Bramfield Park Woods - Central Herts - 8 traps - 3x 125w MV Trap, 2x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap, 1x 160w MBT Trap, 1x LED Battery trap & 40w U-Tube + 15w Actinic tube & 15w Synergetic tube Trap

87 Macro species & 78 Micro species - 165 species in total

Macro Moths

Alder Moth
Angle Shades
Barred Hook-tip
Brimstone Moth
Brindled White-spot
Broken-barred Carpet
Brown Silver-line
Brown Rustic
Buttoned Snout
Clay Triple lines
Clouded-bordered Brindle
Common Carpet
Common Marbled Carpet
Common Pug
Common Swift
Common Wainscot
Common Wave
Common White Wave
Coxcomb Prominent
Cream Wave
Dwarf Pug
Eyed Hawk-moth
Flame Shoulder
Foxglove Pug
Garden Carpet
Green Carpet
Grey-pine Carpet
Heart & Dart
Iron Prominent
Large Nutmeg
Large Yellow Underwing
Least Black Arches
Lesser Swallow Prominent
Light Brocade
Light Emerald
Lime Hawk-moth
Lobster Moth
Maidens Blush
Marbled Minor
Marbled White Spot
Middle-barred Minor
Mottled Pug
Netted Pug
Nut-tree Tussock
Oak Hook-tip
Ochreous Pug
Orange Footman
Pale Oak Beauty
Pale Prominent
Pale Tussock
Peach Blossom
Peacock Moth
Pebble Hook-tip
Pebble Prominent
Pine Beauty
Pine Hawk-moth
Poplar Lutestring
Poplar Hawk-moth
Red-green Carpet
Red Twin spot Carpet
Rustic Shoulder knot
Scalloped Hazel
Scalloped Hook-tip
Scorched Carpet
Scorched Wing
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Silver Y
Silver-ground Carpet
Small Elephant Hawk-moth
Small Phoenix
Small White Wave
Spruce Carpet
Straw Dot
Swallow Prominent
Tawny Marbled Minor

Treble Lines
Turnip Moth
White Ermine

Micro Moths

Adela reamurella
Alucita hexadactyla
Ancylis mitterbacheriana
Aphomia sociella
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Argyresthia brockeella
Argyresthia goedartella
Argyresthia spinosella
Argyresthia trifasciella
Bucculatrix ulmella
Bucculatrix thoracella
Capua vulgana
Caloptila alchimiella/robustella
Carpatolechia proximella
Cataclysta lemnata
Celypha lacunana
Choristoneura hebenstritella
Cochylis atricapitana
Cochylis nana
Cochylis molliculana
Cochylimorpha straminea

Coleophora albicosta sp TBC
Coleophora trifolii
Crambus lathoniellus
Cydia conicolana
Cydia fagiglandana
Elachista gleichenella TBC
Elachista utonella TBC
Elophila nymphaeata
Emmetia marginea
Endothenia gent/marg
Ephestia sp
Epinotia bilunana
Epinotia demarniana
Epinotia nanana
Epinotia rubiginosana
Epinotia subocellana
Epinotia tedella
Epinotia tetraquetrana
Esperia sulphurella
Eucosma cana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eulia ministrana
Grapholita funebrana
Glyphipterix forsterella
Homoeosoma sinuella
Incurvaria masculella
Incurvaria oehlmanniella
Lampronia fuscatella
Lathronympha strigana
Monopis weaverella
Nephopterix angustella
Notocelia cynosbatella
Notocelia trimaculana
Notocelia uddmanniana
Orthotaenia undulana
Pammene argyrana
Phyllonorycter harrisella
Phyllonorycter trifasciella
Phyllonorycter quercifoliella
Phylloporia bistrigella
Parornix sp
Phtheochroa rugosana
Plutella xylostella
Prays fraxinella
Pseudoswammerdamia combinella
Ptycholoma lecheana
Pyrausta aurata
Rhyacionia pinivorana
Scoparia ambigualis
Strophedra weirana
Swammerdamia caesiella
Syndemis musculana
Teleiodes luculella
Tinea trinotella
Tischeria eklebladella
Udea olivalis
Zeiraphera isertana

Buttoned Snout

Carpatolechia proximella

Carpatolechia pos notatella?

Coleophora trifolii

Cydia conicolana

Elachista gleichenella?

Elachista sp

Elachista utonella?

Epinotia nanana

Nephopterix angustella

Netted Pug


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