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Hemel Hempstead Field Trip - Back to Gadesprings

Had another much anticipated trip back to Gadesprings, and was joined by Roger on a very mild night with increasing cloud cover, the clouds did look threatening and we were expecting rain soon after setting up, but as forecast the rain held off. We were hoping for some Wainscots, and we did get a few, well they were all Common Wainscots apart from one Bulrush Wainscot.

Unfortunately the Garden Darts that I suspected that we had caught, all turned out to be just a variation of Square-spot Rustic, all looking slightly odd with extreme over-lapping of forewings.

Best micro was Ypsolopha alpella a scarce moth in the southern part of Hertfordshire, it is a moth that I recorded on my parents farm for the first time in 2011.

We were surprised with the good count of species for this time of year, 2 good conditioned Heart & Darts was a surprise and being dive-bombed by lots of Old Ladies was fun!

All in all a good trip and well worth the effort of setting up 4 traps.


Numbers below are approximate


29/08/13 - Gadesprings - Hemel Hempstead - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x 160w MBT Trap & 1x 80w Actinic Trap run from 8.20pm until 1.00am



98 Species in total

56 Macro Moths & 42 Micro Moths



Macro Moths


1x Angle Shades

8x Brimstone Moth

1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

1x Bulrush Wainscot

1x Burnished Brass

6x Centre-barred Sallow

5x Common Carpet

1x Common Footman

2x Cloaked Minor

2x Common Rustic

8x Common Wainscot

2x Common Wave

5x Copper Underwing

2x Dark Arches

15x Dingy Footman

2x Double-striped Pug

1x Dun-bar

1x Dusky Thorn

8x Feathered Gothic

1x Flame Carpet

5x Flame Shoulder

2x Flounced Rustic

2x Garden Carpet

5x Green Carpet

2x Heart & Dart

5x Large Yellow Underwing

1x Least Yellow Underwing

10x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

3x Lesser Yellow Underwing

2x Lime-speck Pug

1x Maiden's Blush

1x Nut-tree Tussock

8x Old Lady

4x Orange Swift

1x Phoenix

1x Purple Bar

1x Rosy Rustic

1x Scalloped Oak

1x Scorched Carpet

4x Setaceous Hebrew Character

1x Shuttle-shaped Dart

1x Silver-Y

1x Single-dotted Wave

1x Small Fan-footed Wave

1x Small Phoenix

2x Small Square-spot

2x Snout

1x Spectacle

25x Square-spot Rustic

15x Straw Dot

1x Tawny Speckled Pug

1x Tree-lichen Beauty

10x Vine's Rustic

2x Willow Beauty

4x Yellow Shell

2x Yellow-barred Brindle


Micro Moths


1x Batrachedra praeangusta

1x Cochylimorpha straminea

1x Caloptilia robustella

2x Argyresthia pruniella

2x Pandemis heparana

1x Agriphila tristella

1x Acleris variegana

1x Phycita roborella

2x Catoptria falsella

1x Cameraria ohridella

2x Coleophora sp.

1x Yponomeuta sp.

2x Eudonia mercurella

1x Prays fraxinella

1x Prays ruficeps

2x Scrobipalpa costella

1x Chrysoteuchia culmella

5x Limnaecia phragmitella

2x Blastobasis adustella

2x Ypsolopha scabrella

1x Emmetia marginea

1x Celypha lacunana

8x Elachista maculicerusella

1x Anthophila fabriciana

1x Ypsolopha alpella

1x Cataclysta lemnata

5x Clepsis spectrana

1x Bactra lancealana

10x Pleuroptya ruralis

1x Scythropia crataegella

2x Emmelina monodactyla

2x Pandemis corylana

1x Cydia splendana

1x Argyrotaenia ljungiana

5x Epinotia nisella

1x Epinotia immundana

4x Agriphila geniculea

2x Trachycera advenella

2x Acleris laterana

1x Agonopterix arenella

1x Apotomis lineana

1x Dichrorampha sp.

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Taken on August 30, 2013