Sunday, 30 August 2015


I ran two MVs in fields near Fernham, Oxon (VC22 Berks) last night. Conditions were perfect with a gentle southerly breeze and cloud cover all night. I took Nikita the Nicotiana plant on her first field trip, but sadly she failed to deliver the goods!

 74 species were recorded, including a few migrants -

3 Plutella xylostella (Diamond-back moth)
2 Nomophila noctuella (Rush Veneer)
1 Rhodometra sacraria (The Vestal)
1 Trichoplusia ni (Ni Moth)
28 Autograph gamma (Silver Y)

Plus 2 Turnip Moth (A. segetum) and 1 Nephopterix angustella, which may have been migrants.
The best of the local species for the site were Ypsolopha horridella, a presumed Depressaria douglasella, Barred Hook-tip and moth of the night a Pale Eggar (Trichiura crataegi) - last recorded there in 2003.


  1. Nice one - I like the idea of portable nectaring plants!!

  2. Thanks Dave, I was frustrated by the lack of convolvuli in the garden!


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