'Walk' report: 18 July 2019: Mothing at North Weirs, Brockenhurst

Our moth event in Angela’s garden was well attended, but was rather more sedentary than the usual Thursday walk. A bin-type Robinson trap was left running overnight. With a 125w bulb it lured a good variety of moths into the trap, but unlike last year there were no Hornets. We sat around the tables in the shade where Richard and Mary talked their way through the moths that had settled on the egg trays that had lined the inside of the Robinson trap. Some 47 species were noted, and one or two others might have been missed off the notebooks! Last year we recorded 49 – so not so different in totals, but this year we noted over 30 species not previous recorded at the site.

Not all were little brown jobs as some of their names indicated - Mother of Pearl, Ruby Tiger, Rosy Footman, Purple Clay and Flame Shoulder. Others with names like Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet and Bright-line Brown-eye helped to identify the species. Some were large and quite spectacular such as Swallow-tailed Moth and three hawkmoths – Elephant, Poplar and Pine. Those classed as micro-moths were mostly tiny, but in some cases, such as Oak Longhorn, certainly not little brown jobs.

Once the trap had been emptied a number of obliging moths were encouraged to pose on logs for those with cameras and these included some species that had been caught at either Milford or Pennington overnight. With the end of the event the moths were returned to their respective home areas.

Richard would like to thank Mary for her assistance in the morning. Angela and Robert for hosting the event and of course all the members whose enthusiasm helped make it a most interesting and enjoyable morning. (RC)

Micro Moths
Scientific name
English name
Agapeta zoegana

Anania coronata

Ancylis badiana

Brachmia blandella

Carcina quercana
Oak Longhorn
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Garden Grass-veneer
Ditula angustiorana
Red-barred Tortrix
Endotricha flammealis

Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Brown House-moth
Pandemis heparana
Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix
Pleuroptya ruralis
Mother of Pearl
Plutella xylostella
Diamond-back Moth
Pyrausta purpuralis

Tachystola acroxantha

Teleiodes vulgella

Udea ferrugalis
Rusty-dot Pearl
Ypsolopha dentella
Honeysuckle Moth

Oak Longhorn - a micro

Macro moths
Scientific name
English name
Agrotis exclamationis
Heart and Dart
Apamea monoglypha
Dark Arches
Cosmia trapezina
Crocallis elinguaria
Scalloped Oak
Cyclophora albipunctata
Birch Mocha
Deilephila elpenor
Elephant Hawk-moth
Diarsia brunnea
Purple Clay
Eilema depressa
Buff Footman
Eilema lurideola
Common Footman
Hoplodrina blanda
Hoplodrina octogenaria
Idaea biselata
Small Fan-footed Wave
Idaea dimidiata
Single-dotted Wave
Laothoe populi
Poplar Hawk-moth
Lomaspilis marginata
Clouded Border
Lycophotia porphyrea
True Lover's Knot
Meganola albula
Kent Black Arches
Mesapamea secalis agg.
Common Rustic agg.
Miltochrista miniata
Rosy Footman
Mythimna albipuncta
Mythimna ferrago
Mythimna impura
Smoky Wainscot
Mythimna pallens
Common Wainscot
Ochropleura plecta
Flame Shoulder
Ourapteryx sambucaria
Swallow-tailed Moth
Parascotia fuliginaria
Waved Black
Phalera bucephala
Scopula imitaria
Small Blood-vein
Sphinx pinastri
Pine Hawk-moth


Swallow-tailed Moth

 Photographs © Richard Coomber