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Bovingdon and Gadesprings - Field Trip - 19/05/14

Roger, Steve and I made a trip to Bovingdon for some late Spring and early Summer species and boy were we in for a treat!

We first trapped this site last year on the 11th of June (Trip report HERE)

This time though we were simply overwhelmed with species coming in faster than one could jot down.

Interestingly we caught most species that we caught last year but as a comparison, we are about 6 weeks ahead of last year (because of the cold Winter of 2012/13)

Of course last year was abnormal so we could not go on last years records too much, some of the species that we did get were typically 2 weeks earlier than the books state.


The evening was perfect, with a mild muggy feel about it and still 20 degrees at 8pm, the cloud was still with us and the moon stayed at bay (at least until we packed up)

The threat of rain seemed to have subsided and the breeze had dropped so we were very lucky indeed.

We did not get our target species Light Feathered Rustic, but it needn't have mattered as it was a long shot anyway and there was plenty of interest coming to all four traps as we worked them throughout the night.


Highlights included an Alder Moth, Buttoned Snout, Seraphim, Clay Triple-lines, Grass Rivulet and Coronet.

The smaller moths were also in abundance, particularly around the twin Actinic trap and several were taken away to examine in natural light.

Highlights of the micros included Bucculatrix nigricomella, Mompha lacteella, Mompha raschkiella, Strophedra weirana and Platyptilia gonodactyla, 3 of those new to me.


We also managed to get an unusual looking Treble Lines of the form obscura.


It really was so nice to see good numbers of the common species as well with 30+ Clouded Silver, 40+ of Red Twin-spot Carpet and Mottled/Common Pug both numbering easily in excess of 25 specimens each.


Exhausted as we had finished around 1am at this site, then onto Gadesprings to empty the two traps there, where we found another 3 Alder Moths, Figure of Eighty and Light Brocade amongst a reasonable amount of species.


Home at 3am, up at 6am and I felt like I had a hangover this morning, all good fun!


Numbers below are as close as I could record!


Catch Report - 19/05/14 - Bovingdon Brickworks - Hemel Hempstead - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap & 1x 80w Actinic Suitcase Trap.


69 Macros and 34 Macros (103 species)


Macro Moths


3x Common Swift

4x Green Silver-lines

1x Brown Rustic

3x Common Marbled Carpet

5x Green Carpet

15+ Silver-ground Carpet

8x Oak Hook-tip

15+ Brimstone Moth

5x Small Phoenix

1x Small Fan-foot

15+ Flame Shoulder

25+ Common Pug

25+ Mottled Pug

2x Ingrailed Clay

1x White-spotted Pug

1x Foxglove Pug

2x Pale Prominent

6x Treble Lines

1x Straw Dot

40+ Red Twin-spot Carpet

3x Water Carpet

1x Broken-barred Carpet

1x Brown Silver-line

30+ Clouded Silver

1x Scorched Carpet

1x Tawny Marbled Minor

2x Flame Carpet

5x Orange Footman

6x Pale Tussock

2x Grey Pug

4x Seraphim

1x Pebble Prominent

4x Nut-tree Tussock

3x Small Square-spot

2x Angle Shades

4x Waved Umber

2x Shuttle-shaped Dart

4x Least Black Arches

1x Marbled Minor

1x Spruce Carpet

1x Yellow-barred Brindle

2x Common Wave

1x Common White Wave

1x V-pug

3x Scorched Wing

1x Marbled White Spot

5x Scalloped Hazel

10x White Ermine

4x Peppered Moth

2x Chinese Character

1x Flame

2x Cinnabar

1x Peach Blossom

2x Clouded-bordered Brindle

1x Buttoned Snout

1x Shoulder-striped Wainscot

1x Iron Prominent

1x Brindled Pug

1x Common Carpet

1x Blood-vein

1x Bright-line Brown-eye

2x Oak-tree Pug

2x Coronet

1x Alder Moth [NEW!]

1x Knot Grass

1x Herald

1x Grass Rivulet [NEW!]

1x Clay Triple-lines

1x White-pinion Spotted


Micro Moths


2x Endrosis sarcitrella

2x Epiblema cynosbatella

2x Bucculatrix nigricomella [NEW!]

1x Aspilapteryx tringipennella

4x Crambus lathoniellus

1x Aphomia sociella

5x Caloptilia syringella

1x Caloptilia stigmatella

1x Caloptilia semifascia

1x Agonopterix arenella

1x Plutella porrectella

8x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana

2x Cochylimorpha straminea

2x Epiblema cirsiana

1x Blastobasis lacticolella

1x Incurvaria masculella

2x Ancylis badiana

10x Syndemis musculana

3x Scoparia ambigualis

1x Alucita hexadactyla

2x Phyllonorycter harrisella

2x Monopis weaverella

1x Mompha lacteella [NEW!]

2x Mompha raschkiella

1x Nemapogon cloacella

1x Strophedra weirana

1x Cataclysta lemnata

1x Prays ruficeps/fraxinella

1x Cochylis atricapitana

1x Parornix sp

1x Coleophora sp

1x Anthophila fabriciana

1x Platyptilia gonodactyla [NEW!]

1x Ephestia parasitella unicolorella



Catch Report - 19/05/14 - Gadesprings - Hemel Hempstead - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap and 40w Actinic Trap.


40 Macros and 9 Macros (49 species)


Macro Moths


1x Cinnabar

1x Figure of Eighty

4x Clouded Silver

1x Waved Umber

7x Flame Shoulder

2x White Ermine

5x Peppered Moth

3x Alder Moth

2x Brimstone

2x Small Square-spot

1x Pale Tussock

1x Orange Footman

10x Treble Lines

1x Oak-tree Pug

1x Green Carpet

1x Chinese Character

1x Yellow-barred Brindle

2x Pale Prominent

6x Heart & Dart

1x Shuttle-shaped Dart

2x Common Marbled Carpet

1x Common Pug

1x Vine's Rustic

1x Rustic Shoulder-knot

1x Tawny Marbled Minor

1x Marbled Minor

1x Spectacle

1x Green Silver-lines

1x Iron Prominent

2x Small Clouded Brindle

1x Silver-ground Carpet

1x Scalloped Hazel

1x Lychnis

2x Oak Nycteoline

1x Pale Tussock

1x Coronet

1x Clouded-bordered Brindle

1x Light Brocade

1x Shuttle-shaped Dart

1x Buff-tip


Micro Moths


1x Dichrorampha sp

1x Anthophila fabriciana

1x Syndemis musculana

1x Tinea trinotella

1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana

2x Elachista maculicerusella

1x Plutella xylostella

1x Caloptilia robustella

1x Endrosis sarcitrella

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Taken on May 20, 2014