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Herts Recent Notables and Rarities Reported

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Springwell Reedbeds - Field Trip - 10/07/21

Below is the report written by Colin Plant. 
We had a great time exploring a particularly challenging site where access was limited, and getting to the reedbeds was a bit of a chore!

 

REPORT FROM OUR TRIP TO SPRINGWELL REEDBEDS – 10th JULY 2021

 

In spite of the threat of rain, about a dozen people turned up for this, out first group field excursion in several years. We locked ourselves inside the extensive Affinity Water compound, but the arrival of two of our members on foot other than via the access road soon made us aware that the site is not as secure as it was billed to be. That said, nobody bothered us and all went well. Unfortunately, physical access to the reed bed itself proved impossible (head height brambles) and we had to wander round via the canal towpath. This did cause some minor problems with the night fishermen along the towpath (again – the interpretation of “secure site” differs from my own), one of whom wandered over to complain about the noise of the generators, but the matter was rapidly resolved as we had permission to be there and they should not have left the towpath! Overall, 12 lights of various types were scattered across the site, including two more or less overlooking the reed bed area. In spite of there being relatively few moths (numbers) we had a reasonable species list by the end.

 

The full list is below. Many people were able to see a selection of species new to them and I think everyone went home happy as daybreak approached. 

Nepticulidae                                                                                                 

04.010  Stigmella microtheriella (Stainton, 1854)                                       (leaf mine in Hazel leaf)

Yponomeutidae

16.001  Yponomeuta evonymella (Linnaeus, 1758)                               Bird-cherry Ermine

16.020  Paraswammerdamia nebulella (Goeze, 1783)                          

18.001  Plutella xylostella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Argyresthiidae

20.021  Argyresthia pruniella (Clerck, 1759)                                          Cherry Fruit Moth

Oecophoridae

28.014  Crassa unitella (Hübner, 1796)                                                   

Peleopodidae

31.001  Carcina quercana (Fabricius, 1775)                                            

Gelechiidae

35.028  Brachmia blandella (Fabricius, 1798)                                        

35.031  Helcystogramma rufescens (Haworth, 1828)

35.141  Teleiodes vulgella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)             

Coleophoridae

37.007  Coleophora flavipennella (Duponchel, [1843])                        

Blastobasidae

41.003  Blastobasis lacticolella Rebel, 1940                                           

Pterophoridae

45.012  Stenoptilia pterodactyla (Linnaeus, 1761)                                 Brown Plume

45.030  Pterophorus pentadactyla (Linnaeus, 1758)                              White Plume


Choreutidae

48.001  Anthophila fabriciana (Linnaeus, 1767)                                    

Tortricidae

49.004  Ditula angustiorana (Haworth, 1811)                                         Red-barred Tortrix

49.013  Archips podana (Scopoli, 1763)                                                   Large Fruit-tree Tortrix

49.015  Archips xylosteana (Linnaeus, 1758)                                         Variegated Golden Tortrix

49.026  Pandemis heparana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)             Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix

49.037  Clepsis spectrana (Treitschke, 1830)                                          Cyclamen Tortrix

49.038  Clepsis consimilana (Hübner, [1817])                                       

49.039  Epiphyas postvittana (Walker, 1863)                                          Light Brown Apple Moth

49.047  Eana incanana (Stephens, 1852)                                                 

49.050  Cnephasia stephensiana (Doubleday, [1849])                           Grey Tortrix

49.136  Cochylis hybridella (Hübner, [1813])                                        

49.166  Celypha lacunana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)              

49.223  Rhopobota naevana (Hübner, [1817])                                         Holly Tortrix

49.265  Eucosma cana (Haworth, 1811)                                                  

49.266  Eucosma hohenwartiana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)   

49.294  Notocelia uddmanniana (Linnaeus, 1758)                                 Bramble Shoot Moth

49.367  Pammene fasciana (Linnaeus, 1761)                                         

Pyralidae

62.035  Acrobasis advenella (Zincken, 1818)                                         

62.048  Euzophera pinguis (Haworth, 1811)                                          

62.065  Ephestia woodiella Richards & Thomson, 1932                      

Crambidae

63.017  Anania lancealis ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                 

63.018  Anania coronata (Hufnagel, 1767)                                             

63.025  Anania hortulata (Linnaeus, 1758)                                              Small Magpie

63.037  Udea olivalis ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                       

63.038  Patania ruralis (Scopoli, 1763)                                                     Mother of Pearl

63.067  Eudonia lacustrata (Panzer, 1804)                                              

63.079  Calamotropha paludella (Hübner, [1824])                                

63.080  Chrysoteuchia culmella (Linnaeus, 1758)                                  Garden Grass-veneer

63.081  Crambus pascuella (Linnaeus, 1758)                                         

63.115  Acentria ephemerella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)         Water Veneer


Drepanidae

65.007  Cilix glaucata (Scopoli, 1763)                                                      Chinese Character

65.008  Thyatira batis (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                   Peach Blossom

65.009  Habrosyne pyritoides (Hufnagel, 1766)                                     Buff Arches


Lasiocampidae

66.010  Euthrix potatoria (Linnaeus, 1758)                                              Drinker

Sphingidae

69.003  Laothoe populi (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                 Poplar Hawk-moth

69.016  Deilephila elpenor (Linnaeus, 1758)                                           Elephant Hawk-moth

69.017  Deilephila porcellus (Linnaeus, 1758)                                        Small Elephant Hawk-moth

Geometridae

70.004  Idaea rusticata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                     Least Carpet

70.006  Idaea fuscovenosa (Goeze, 1781)                                                Dwarf Cream Wave

70.011  Idaea dimidiata (Hufnagel, 1767)                                                Single-dotted Wave

70.013  Idaea biselata (Hufnagel, 1767)                                                   Small Fan-footed Wave

70.016  Idaea aversata (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                  Riband Wave

70.024  Scopula imitaria (Hübner, [1799])                                               Small Blood-vein

70.045  Scotopteryx chenopodiata (Linnaeus, 1758)                             Shaded Broad-bar

70.059  Camptogramma bilineata (Linnaeus, 1758)                               Yellow Shell

70.074  Hydriomena furcata (Thunberg, 1784)                                       July Highflyer

70.093  Gandaritis pyraliata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)            Barred Straw

70.144  Pasiphila rectangulata (Linnaeus, 1758)                                     Green Pug

70.147  Eupithecia tenuiata (Hübner, [1813])                                          Slender Pug

70.199  Pterapherapteryx sexalata (Retzius, 1783)                                 Small Seraphim

70.207  Lomaspilis marginata (Linnaeus, 1758)                                     Clouded Border

70.226  Opisthograptis luteolata (Linnaeus, 1758)                                 Brimstone Moth

70.236  Ennomos erosaria ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)               September Thorn

70.243  Ourapteryx sambucaria (Linnaeus, 1758)                                  Swallow-tailed Moth

70.252  Biston betularia (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                Peppered Moth

70.258  Peribatodes rhomboidaria ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Willow Beauty

70.265  Alcis repandata (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                Mottled Beauty

70.277  Cabera pusaria (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                 Common White Wave

70.278  Cabera exanthemata (Scopoli, 1763)                                          Common Wave

70.283  Campaea margaritaria (Linnaeus, 1761)                                    Light Emerald

70.299  Geometra papilionaria (Linnaeus, 1758)                                    Large Emerald

70.305  Hemithea aestivaria (Hübner, 1789)                                           Common Emerald


Notodontidae

71.020  Pterostoma palpina (Clerck, 1759)                                              Pale Prominent

71.025  Phalera bucephala (Linnaeus, 1758)                                           Buff-tip


Erebidae

72.001  Scoliopteryx libatrix (Linnaeus, 1758)                                       Herald

72.003  Hypena proboscidalis (Linnaeus, 1758)                                     Snout

72.009  Leucoma salicis (Linnaeus, 1758)                                               White Satin

72.013  Euproctis similis (Fuessly, 1775)                                                Yellow-tail

72.031  Tyria jacobaeae (Linnaeus, 1758)                                               Cinnabar (caterpillars on Ragwort)

72.037  Thumatha senex (Hübner, [1808])                                               Round-winged Muslin

72.045  Eilema lurideola (Zincken, 1817)                                                Common Footman

72.046  Eilema complana (Linnaeus, 1758)                                             Scarce Footman

72.052  Macrochilo cribrumalis (Hübner, 1793)                                     Dotted Fan-foot

72.053  Herminia tarsipennalis Treitschke, 1835                                    Fan-foot

Noctuidae

73.001  Abrostola tripartita (Hufnagel, 1766)                                          Spectacle

73.012  Diachrysia chrysitis (Linnaeus, 1758)                                        Burnished Brass

73.016  Autographa pulchrina (Haworth, 1809)                                      Beautiful Golden Y

73.040  Acronicta leporina (Linnaeus, 1758)                                           Miller

73.047  Craniophora ligustri ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)           Coronet

73.096  Hoplodrina octogenaria (Goeze, 1781)                                       Uncertain

73.097  Hoplodrina blanda ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)              Rustic

73.100  Chilodes maritima (Tauscher, 1806)                                           Silky Wainscot

73.113  Phlogophora meticulosa (Linnaeus, 1758)                                 Angle Shades

73.141  Archanara dissoluta (Treitschke, 1825)                                      Brown-veined Wainscot

73.155  Apamea epomidion (Haworth, 1809)                                          Clouded Brindle

73.162  Apamea monoglypha (Hufnagel, 1766)                                     Dark Arches

73.163  Apamea lithoxylaea ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)           Light Arches

73.174  Oligia latruncula ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                 Tawny Marbled Minor

73.216  Cosmia trapezina (Linnaeus, 1758)                                             Dun-bar

73.221  Parastichtis suspecta (Hübner, [1817])                                       Suspected

73.222  Apterogenum ypsillon ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)       Dingy Shears

73.267  Lacanobia oleracea (Linnaeus, 1758)                                         Bright-line Brown-eye

73.270  Melanchra persicariae (Linnaeus, 1761)                                    Dot Moth

73.291  Mythimna pallens (Linnaeus, 1758)                                            Common Wainscot

73.293  Mythimna impura (Hübner, [1808])                                            Smoky Wainscot

73.294  Mythimna straminea (Treitschke, 1825)                                    Southern Wainscot

73.297  Mythimna albipuncta ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)         White-point

73.298  Mythimna ferrago (Fabricius, 1787)                                           Clay

73.302  Leucania obsoleta (Hübner, [1803])                                            Obscure Wainscot

73.317  Agrotis exclamationis (Linnaeus, 1758)                                     Heart and Dart

73.328  Axylia putris (Linnaeus, 1761)                                                    Flame

73.342  Noctua pronuba (Linnaeus, 1758)                                               Large Yellow Underwing

73.343  Noctua fimbriata (Schreber, 1759)                                              Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

73.345  Noctua comes Hübner, [1813]                                                      Lesser Yellow Underwing

73.352  Anaplectoides prasina ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)        Green Arches

73.359  Xestia c-nigrum (Linnaeus, 1758)                                               Setaceous Hebrew Character

Nolidae

74.002  Meganola albula ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                 Kent Black Arches

74.009  Nycteola revayana (Scopoli, 1772)                                             Oak Nycteoline

 

Acleris hastiana

Aethes rubigana

Bordered Beauty

 

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