|Twin-spot Carpet, 4th July|
|Round-winged Muslin, 4th July|
On Wednesday night I visited Lodge Lake near Loughton in Milton Keynes. I wasn't expecting much there due to the amount of light pollution present in that urban environment (including on the cycle-ways around the lake itself). It took some considerable effort to find dark corners where there was sufficient room to place a trap or two adjacent to the reed-beds, which are in any case nowhere near as extensive as those at nearby Walton Lake where I'd trapped a couple of weeks earlier. I ended up so close to the water's edge at Lodge Lake that there wasn't room for a sheet and the water itself became a hazard to the moths! Only 60 species were caught but thankfully they did include the reed-feeders Chilo phragmitella, Schoenobius gigantella and Silky Wainscot, so I may visit again next month by which time others of their ilk should be flying if they're present.
When the weather on Thursday evening proved to be rather better than forecast I decided on a change of scenery and went to a steep-sloped Chilterns chalk grassland site near Stokenchurch, Bucks which I've been visiting regularly this year. The results were excellent, with getting on for 150 species identified so far from just two MV lights. The biggest surprise was to get no less than 23 Kent Black Arches (it is fairly obviously established there!) while amongst the expected chalk species were Royal Mantle, Fern, Haworth's Pug, Shaded Pug & Reddish Light Arches. Also seen were Satin Beauty, Purple Clay, Green Arches, Dot Moth, Double Lobed & Cloaked Minor. Some interesting micros appeared too, including one of the tiniest silver Elachista species (probably triatomea in that habitat), either Agonopterix nanatella or Agonopterix carduella (the latter looks more likely to me but it would be the first adult record for Bucks in either case), likely singletons of Depressaria pulcherrimella & Acompsia cinerella, two examples of Ethmia dodecea along with further singletons of Acrobasis marmorea & Anania crocealis. The recently-split Delplanqueia species was out in some numbers (17 seen), while half a dozen examples of Scoparia subfusca were caught, the most I've ever seen of that moth at one site. Completely out of habitat, a Silky Wainscot also visited (I don't think I brought it with me!), but there did seem to be some migratory movement going on that night as my sheets were also invaded by young water-boatmen.
|Possible Agonopterix carduella, 7th July|
|Royal Mantle, 7th July|