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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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I hope to show what different species inhabit our Country by getting people aware of what is out there.
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Saturday, 16 June 2018

Some daytime finds from 04/06/18 and 08/06/18

A couple of hours wander around some verge grassland with mixed trees and shrubs and a plethora of wildflowers including Ox-eye Daisies yielded some great moths for me.

On both days it was very warm and humid, and the sunnier day on the 4th yielded better results but I found the sunshine made the moths incredibly hard to pot up from the net, usually going skywards instantly and beyong my control.

The little grass patch of approximately 1 acre was extremely abundant in life of all kinds, and I noted many species which unfortunately i've mislaid the piece of paper that I wrote them down on!

Nevertheless, I potted many specimens of Dichrorampha for dissection. Many will probably be new to me.
So far i've got 5 new species for my UK moth records.

They are

Commophila aeneana
Dichrorampha sequana
Elachista triatomea
Endothenia oblongana
Grapholita tenebrosana

Pretty good going for 3hrs of sweeping and netting moths disturbed from Apple, Cherry, Dog-rose, Oak, Bramble and Blackthorn to name but a few native species of trees and bushes present on the site.

Other species of note and ones I took photographs of include..

6x Dichrorampha sp (for dissection)
Aproaerema anthyllidella
Cauchas fibulella
Cnephasia sp (for dissection)
Cydia nigricana (lots)
2x Dichrorampha alpinana flavidorsana (for dissection)
Dichrorampha petiverella
Dichrorampha plumbagana
Epiblema cirsiana/stictiana/scutulana (for dissection)
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Grapholita compositella

Here are some photos, first of the habitat and then the moths

Elachista triatomea

Habitat

Footpath away from the field

Mother Shipton

Aproaerema anthyllidella

Cauchas fibulella

Cnephasia sp

Commophila aeneana

Cydia nigricana

Dichrorampha alpinana flavidorsana

Dichrorampha petiverella

Dichrorampha sp

Dichrorampha sp

Dichrorampha sp

Dichrorampha sequana

Dichrorampha plumbagana

Dichrorampha sp

Endothenia oblongana

Epiblema cirsiana stictiana scutulana

Eucosma hohenwartiana

Grapholita compositella

Grapholita tenebrosana


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