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Field Trip - Bovingdon Brickworks - Bovingdon - 08/05/16


Last night I was joined by Roger and Steve at Bovingdon Brickworks just outside of the village of Bovingdon, roughly 5 miles South-West of Hemel Hempstead.

The reserve was formerly a brickworks and is consequently very sandy with undulating pits making it quite a unique trapping location that is full of wild flowers.


David had already setup his MV Robinson at Gadesprings which we would return to after packing up from Bovingdon.

We did a lengthy walk from the cars with the equipment which isn't for the faint-hearted, set up a total of four traps, an actinic in the wooded section and then three other traps scattered around the pits.

The weather was pretty much perfect minus cloud cover, but we didn't need it as it was still 16 degrees when I was driving home at half 2! With the day-time temperature peaking at a heady 27 degrees, we were confident that even if the sky stayed clear that it would take a few hours for the temperature to drop, and a few hours is all we needed.


Best moth of the night was a pretty scarce moth for Hertfordshire but seemingly common in other parts o the Country, Early Tooth-striped a new moth for me!

Other species of note were mainly micros with a few still to sort out.

Three stunning Cydia strobilella were great to get, and a Herts scarce species along with my third new species an Incurvaria pectinea.


It was great to finally see good numbers of moths and many species numbered into double-figures.


Catch Report - 08/05/16 - Bovingdon Brickworks - Bovingdon- 2x 125w MV Robinson Traps 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap and 1x 80w Actinic Suitcase Trap


Macro Moths


1x Early Tooth-striped [NEW!]

12x Small Phoenix

8x Nut-tree Tussock

4x Clouded Drab

4x Early Thorn

7x Lunar Marbled Brown

1x Chinese Character

7x Common Quaker

4x Brimstone Moth

9x Least Black Arches

1x Common Pug

1x Purple Thorn

13x Streamer

1x Red-green Carpet

8x Waved Umber

4x Frosted Green

3x Pale Tussock

12x Seraphim

8x Oak-tree Pug

1x Hebrew Character

1x Spruce Carpet

1x Green Carpet

1x Garden Carpet

1x Double-striped Pug

1x Clouded Border

2x White-spotted Pug

1x Orange Footman

1x Bright-line Brown-eye

1x Mottled Pug

1x Flame Shoulder

1x Iron Prominent

1x Water Carpet

3x Angle Shades

3x Brindled Pug

4x Red Twin-spot Carpet

1x Chestnut

2x Shuttle-shaped Dart

1x Swallow Prominent

2x Shoulder-stripe

1x Oak Hook-tip

1x Powdered Quaker

1x Maiden's Blush

1x Scalloped Hazel

1x Pale Pinion

1x Engrailed


Micro Moths


3x Cydia strobilella [NEW!]

1x Incurvaria pectinea [NEW!]

1x Endrosis sarcitrella

1x Bucculatrix nigricomella

3x Agonopterix arenella

2x Epiphyas postvittana

1x Parornix sp

3x Acleris cristana

1x Agonopteris heracliana

1x Caloptilia alchimiella

1x Capua vulgana

2x Incurvaria masculella

2x Dyseriocrania subpurpurella

1x Monpis weaverella

1x Aphomia sociella

2x Syndemis musculana

1x Swammerdamia pyrella

1x Scrobipalpa costella

1x Phyllonorycter leucographella

3x Mompha raschkiella

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Taken on May 9, 2016