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So why do we do it? well for some people it is to get an insight into the world of Moths, for others it is to build a list of species much like 'Twitching' in the Bird world.
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Sunday, 10 October 2010

Field Trip - Grays Chalk Quarry - Saturday night

Had a trip out to Grays Chalk Quarry in South-west Essex last night, perfect conditions, a little breezy but nice and overcast.

The amount of moths was slightly disappointing between 4 traps initially (they should have been piling in given the conditions!), but on inspection of the last trap (mine) we were rewarded with Dotted Chestnut, L-album Wainscot and 4 Autumnal Rustic's, the two latter species being a first for me.

Other species of note were Rusty Dot Pearl, Agonopterix ocellana, Pink-barred Sallow and countless Acleris emargana.

I think we ended up with 20 species of Macro and about 10 species of Micro.

Full list will be added in due course....here are some pictures.

L-album Wainscot

Dotted Chestnut

Rusty Dot Pearl

Autumnal Rustic

Pink-barred Sallow

Agonopterix ocellana

Argyresthia goedartella

Gracillariidae id - Not sure on this one


  1. Superb Dotted Chestnut there Ben - I could do with seeing one of those.
    I'm pretty sure that your Caloptilia is semifascia.

  2. Hi Ben, would you be able to link to my new moth blog please?

    Cheers Stewart

  3. Thanks Mark, you could be right! Yes sure Stewart i'd be happy to.