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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.
The reason I do it....you never know what you might find when you open up that trap!
I hope to show what different species inhabit our Country by getting people aware of what is out there.
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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Hexton day-time

Hello all.
I had an hour's mooch around Hexton Chalk Pit and was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of Lepidoptera on the wing in the warming sunshine.
The temperature was around 16 degrees but somehow felt warmer out of the stiff NE breeze.

I scoured all over the small reserve and saw plenty flying, but the hard bit was going to be photographing them!

I noted Dingy Skipper everywhere, they were the commonest Lepidoptera flying with Small Purple-barrred and Pyrausta nigrata a close 2nd and 3rd.

I also saw my first ever Green Hairstreak, my god they are hard to photograph.

Also Burnet Companion, Pyrausta aurata and Elachista argentella were found but no Mother Shipton noted today, which I have seen here before.

Other Butterflies included Red Admiral, Orange-tip and Brimstone.

On the Bug and Beetle front there were lots of Bishop's Mitre Shield-bugs and some lovely large Elateridae, Agrypnus murinus.

All in all a blooming successful walk around!

Records below


Dingy Skipper 25+
Green Hairstreak 1
Red Admiral 1
Orange-tip 3
Brimstone 5


Pyrausta aurata 2
Pyrausta nigrata 20+
Burnet Companion 10+
Small Purple-barred 20+
Elachista argentella 3

Agrypnus murinus

Burnet Companion

Dingy Skipper

Elachista argetella - pair

Green Hairstreak

Pyrausta nigrata

Pyrausta nigrata

Small Purple-barred


  1. What a fantastic selection of sightings and photographs, Ben! Sounds like a blissful hour made all the more memorable by a splendid COUNTY FIRST! Congratulations and very much deserved :o).

  2. Hi Lucy
    False alarm on the Pyrausta cingulata. It has now been confirmed by Colin Plant and David Shenton as just a really well marked Pyrausta nigrata! No new County record. Nwevermind!
    Take care.