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Friday, 5 June 2015

Median Farm moth night

Last night was one of those rare occasions when the weather works out really well for an organised event - the best moth trapping conditions of the year so far. Chris Manley, Hugh Lansdown and I ran 7 traps (3 MV, 4 Actinic) across the Median Farm (Cross Hands) site - almost blanket coverage. Although we couldn't quite match Barry's herculean efforts, the moth list so far stands at 106 species, and I don't have Chris's complete list yet.

Highlights among the macros included Alder Kitten (3), Miller, Alder Moth, Cream Wave, Grey Birch, Lobster, Marbled Brown, Sharp-angled Peacock, Oblique Carpet, Small Dotted Buff and Eyed Hawk.

Alder Kitten
Among the micros were two plumes, Platyptilia isodactyla and gonodactyla, as well as Elachista subalbidella (good numbers), Eulia ministrana, Incurvaria oehlmanniella, Epermenia falciformis, Tinea semifulvella, Eudonia pallida, Mompha locupletella, M. raschkiella, Ancylis mitterbacheriana, Apoaerema anthyllidella and Phylloporia bistrigella. Plus some tricky Agonopterix still to work out.
Ancylis mitterbacheriana
Apoaerema anthyllidella
Phylloporia bistrigella


  1. A much better selection of micros compared to mine, but the macros look very similar. The Phyllopora looks smart

  2. Looking at your list, we only had two micro species in common! In total around 64 species in common, meaning there were at least 170 species on the wing in those few square miles of Carms last night!

  3. Nice photos of nice moths George - as always. I`ll be doing my last `Thursday captures` blog as soon as I get the chance. I did n`t record as much as the `Beast from the East` (BS) though, but some interesting species nevertheless.