Thirty Moth Species Identified in August Moth Night

The mid-August moth night organised by Jono Forgham and members of the Herts Moth Group identified at least 120 moths of 30 species recorded in Birchanger Wood. The total was less than expected. However, there were two moth species identified that had previously not been recorded – the gypsy moth and the metalampra italica micro moth – which have expanded their range.

Birchanger Wood Moth Survey, 15 August 2019

Paronix 1
Blastobasis adustella 35+
Metalampra italica 2
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 1
Carcina quercana 5
Agonopterix heracliana 1
Agonopterix alstromeriana 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Apotomis betuletana 4
Cydia splendana 1
Endotricha flammealis 1
Scoparia ambigualis 1
Eudonia mercurella 4
Agriphila tristella 10
Agriphila geniculea 1
Pleuroptya ruralis 10
Total Micros 16 species and more than 79 moths
Riband wave (Idea aversata) 1
Yellow shell (Camptogramma bilineata bilineata) 1
Brimstone moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) 2
Black Arches (Lymantria monacha) 2
Gyspy Moth (Lymantria dispar) 2
Dingy Footman (Eilema griseola) 1
Flame shoulder (Ochropleura plecta) 1
Large yellow underwing (Noctua pronuba) 5
Broad bordered yellow underwing (Noctua fimbriata) 1
Lesser Broad bordered yellow underwing (Noctua janthe) 20
Setaceous Hebrew character (Xestia c-nigrum) 2
Square spot rustic (Xestia xanthographa) 1
Svensson’s Copper underwing (Amphipyra berbera svenssoni) 1
Common rustic (Mesapamea secalis) 1
Total Macros 14 species of 41 moths
GRAND TOTAL 30 species of at least 120 moths

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