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Moths at Withymead – 25 June 2022

Norman Hall and Paul Black led a moth-trapping event at Withymead Nature Reserve on the night of Saturday 25 June. Withymead is on the north bank of the River Thames between Goring-on-Thames and South Stoke. A number of members came along at 9am next morning to view the catch. The event was very successful despite the drop in the temperature over the previous few days and the increasingly high wind speeds during the daytime. The number of macro species of moth recorded (81) was surprisingly high for the conditions, especially as numbers of individual specimens were quite low. The number of micro species recorded (17) was however disappointingly low, as well as the number of individuals.

On arrival on Saturday evening, Norman and Paul had been welcomed by warden Pete Morton. They decided that they would both set up their traps and sheets on the east (railway) side of the lane, where there is good chalk flora, an orchard and a surprisingly good variety of native trees, plus the possibility of some good marshland species spilling over from the river side. One member came in the evening to watch the trapping and returned the following morning to view the catch. Other spectators on the Sunday morning included an enthusiastic 9-year old girl.

The catch included 5 species of Hawk-moths, including a Pine Hawk-moth and 5 huge Privet Hawk-moths, a Festoon (a nationally scarce oak feeder in the family Limacodidae, of which Festoon and Triangle are the only British species), a Vestal (which is a migrant), a Brown-tail (which can be a serious pest if breeding conditions are right for it) and Dotted Fan-foot, Southern Wainscot and Obscure Wainscot, all three of which might have come up from the marshy ground nearer the river.

Sample moths of all the species seen had been potted up or put in glass tubes for examination, and there were better opportunities for photography as these were eventually released. Afterwards, the warden invited members to have a look round the main part of the reserve near the river, and several of them were delighted to see a Grass Snake.

Report by Norman Hall

Pictures by Rob Stallard

Moths recorded at Withymead (railway side of lane) on the night of 25-26 June 2022
SU 601827 (VC 23)

Recorders/Identifiers both Paul Black & Norman Hall

MV traps and sheets overnight      
17 micromoths recorded, 82 macromoths including 1 pug still to be identified.  
Agassiz Taxon English Name Count National Status
16.001 Yponomeuta evonymella Bird-cherry Ermine 1 Common
33.001 Ethmia dodecea   1 Local
35.028 Brachmia blandella   1 Common
49.013 Archips podana Large Fruit-tree Tortrix 2 Common
49.025 Pandemis cerasana Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix 1 Common
49.040 Lozotaeniodes formosana   1 Common
49.161 Celypha striana   1 Common
49.166 Celypha lacunana   2 Common
49.215 Ancylis achatana   1 Common
49.254 Epinotia bilunana   1 Common
53.001 Apoda limacodes The Festoon 1 Notable B
62.065 Ephestia woodiella   1  
63.018 Anania coronata   1 Common
63.025 Anania hortulata Small Magpie 4 Common
63.038 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 1 Common
63.067 Eudonia lacustrata   2 Common
63.080 Chrysoteuchia culmella   1 Common
63.088 Crambus perlella   1 Common
65.009 Habrosyne pyritoides Buff Arches 1 Common
69.002 Smerinthus ocellata Eyed Hawk-moth 1 Common
69.003 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 4 Common
69.006 Sphinx ligustri Privet Hawk-moth 5 Common
69.007 Sphinx pinastri Pine Hawk-moth 1 Local
69.016 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 11 Common
70.004 Idaea rusticata Least Carpet 1 Local
70.006 Idaea fuscovenosa Dwarf Cream Wave 2 Local
70.011 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 8 Common
70.012 Idaea trigeminata Treble Brown Spot 1 Local
70.013 Idaea biselata Small Fan-footed Wave 5 Common
70.016 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 9 Common
70.029 Timandra comae Blood-vein 1 Common
70.038 Rhodometra sacraria The Vestal 1 Immigrant
70.055 Xanthorhoe quadrifasiata Large Twin-spot Carpet 2 Local
70.089 Eulithis prunata The Phoenix 1 Common
70.097 Dysstroma truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1 Common
  Eupithecia sp.   1  
70.179 Eupithecia absinthiata Wormwood Pug 1 Common
70.199 Pterapherapteryx sexalata Small Seraphim 1 Local
70.207 Lomaspilis marginata Clouded Border 9 Common
70.226 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 3 Common
70.236 Ennomos erosaria September Thorn 1 Common
70.243 Ourapteryx sambucaria Swallow-tailed Moth 4 Common
70.252 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 3 Common
70.258 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1 Common
70.265 Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty 4 Common
70.277 Cabera pusaria Common White Wave 3 Common
70.280 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 1 Common
70.283 Campaea margaritaria Light Emerald 1 Common
70.305 Hemithea aestivaria Common Emerald 2 Common
71.013 Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent 1 Common
71.020 Pterostoma palpina Pale Prominent 1 Common
71.025 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1 Common
72.002 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1 Common
72.003 Hypena proboscidalis The Snout 14 Common
72.012 Euproctis chrysorrhoea Brown-tail 1 Local
72.013 Euproctis similis Yellow-tail 1 Common
72.019 Spilosoma lutea Buff Ermine 6 Common
72.031 Tyria jacobaeae The Cinnabar 4 Common
72.035 Miltochrista miniata Rosy Footman 4 Local
72.044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 3 Common
72.045 Eilema lurideola Common Footman 35 Common
72.046 Eilema complana Scarce Footman 1 Local
72.049 Eilema sororcula Orange Footman 2 Local
72.052 Macrochilo cribrumalis Dotted Fan-foot 1 Notable B
72.069 Laspeyria flexula Beautiful Hook-tip 4 Local
73.001 Abrostola tripartita The Spectacle 6 Common
73.012 Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 4 Common
73.046 Subacronicta megacephala Poplar Grey 1 Common
73.047 Craniophora ligustri The Coronet 3 Local
73.092 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 3 Common
73.095 Caradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1 Common
73.096 Hoplodrina octogenaria The Uncertain 17 Common
73.097 Hoplodrina blanda The Rustic 5 Common
73.099 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine’s Rustic 2 Common
73.154 Apamea remissa Dusky Brocade 1 Common
73.162 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 3 Common
73.163 Apamea lithoxylaea Light Arches 1 Common
73.173x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg 3  
73.216 Cosmia trapezina The Dun-bar 1 Common
73.263 Lacanobia w-latinum Light Brocade 2 Local
73.267 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 7 Common
73.279 Hecatera bicolorata Broad-barred White 1 Common
73.281 Hadena bicruris The Lychnis 1 Common
73.290 Mythimna conigera Brown-line Bright-eye 1 Common
73.291 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 3 Common
73.293 Mythimna impura Smoky Wainscot 6 Common
73.294 Mythimna straminea Southern Wainscot 2 Local
73.297 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1 Established colonist
73.298 Mythimna ferrago The Clay 1 Common
73.302 Leucania obsoleta Obscure Wainscot 1 Local
73.317 Agrotis exclamationis Heart & Dart 3 Common
73.320 Agrotis clavis Heart & Club 9 Common
73.328 Axylia putris The Flame 9 Common
73.329 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 2 Common
73.342 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 2 Common
73.343 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1 Common
73.361 Xestia triangulum Double Square-spot 5 Common
74.003 Nola cucullatella Short-cloaked Moth 3 Common
74.008 Pseudoips prasinana Green Silver-lines 1 Common