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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Field Trip - Hexton Chalk Pit - 09-07-16

 Below is the recent report of the field trip from Hexton Chalk Pit on Saturday night.

I have heard it said that setting 20 light traps on a site is a bit of an “overkill”, but last Saturday at Hexton Chalk Pit, a Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust reserve on the border with Bedfordshire, proved this false. Whilst on site, there was a general feeling amongst attendees that we were getting “quality not quantity” as we sat by the vertical sheet, but when the results from all the traps are analysed a staggering list of 173 species is revealed, comprising 100 macros and 73 micros and including several species of raised conservation interest. My own traps and the vertical sheet were set at the far southern end of the reserve amongst the rather nice, flower-rich chalk grassland. Graeme set his traps in the northern part of the reserve and Ben set his at the edge of the wooded marginal areas to the north and north-east. Thus, we covered just about every habitat that was present and added significantly to the species list for this very important nature reserve. Five species are Nationally Scarce (formerly called Nationally Notable) and these are indicated in the list below. I have also provided some notes on five species.  Species flagged with an asterisk (*) have been identified by genitalia examination.  My apologies for retaining the Bradley names of the species – I have yet to get to grips with the new checklist – perhaps in the winter when it is quiet?

Thanks to Ben (Sale) for organising and leading this field trip.

Colin


FULL LIST FROM HEXTON CHALK PIT 9th JULY 2016

Nepticulidae
0020  Ectoedemia decentella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855)                                                                                                    Nb
Yponomeutidae
0424  Yponomeuta evonymella (Linnaeus, 1758)                              Bird-cherry Ermine                                           
0440  Paraswammerdamia albicapitella (Scharfenberg, 1805)                                                                                     
0450  Scythropia crataegella (Linnaeus, 1767)                                    Hawthorn Moth                                                
Plutellidae
0464  Plutella xylostella (Linnaeus, 1758)                                            Diamond-back Moth                                       
Coleophoridae
0516  Coleophora trifolii (Curtis, 1832)                                                 Large Clover Case-bearer                               
0518  Coleophora mayrella (Hübner, 1813)                                                                                                                      
0530  Coleophora lixella Zeller, 1849                                                    Note 1                                                                  Nb
Oecophoridae
0640  Batia lunaris (Haworth, 1828)                                                                                                                                   
0641  Batia lambdella (Donovan, 1793)                                                                                                                            
0642  Batia unitella (Hübner, 1796)                                                                                                                                    
Depressariidae
0698  Agonopterix kaekeritziana (Linnaeus, 1767)                                                                                                         
0709  Agonopterix liturosa (Haworth, 1811)                                                                                                                     
Gelechiidae
0724  Metzneria lappella (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                                                                                        
0726  Metzneria metzneriella (Stainton, 1851) *                                                                                                              
0731  Eulamprotes atrella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) *                                                                                        
0765  Teleiodes vulgella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                                                                                              
0787  Bryotropha terrella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) *                                                                                         
0844  Syncopacma larseniella (Gozmány, 1957) *                                                                                                          
0847  Syncopacma taeniolella (Zeller, 1839)                                                                                                                    
Blastobasidae
0874  Blastobasis lacticolella Rebel, 1940                                                                                                                         
Momphidae
0886  Mompha ochraceella (Curtis, 1839)                                                                                                                         
0892  Mompha subbistrigella (Haworth, 1828)                                                                                                                 
Cosmopterigidae
0905  Blastodacna hellerella (Duponchel, 1838)                                                                                                              
Tortricidae
0937  Agapeta hamana (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                                                                                          
0938  Agapeta zoegana (Linnaeus, 1767)                                                                                                                          
0954  Eupoecilia angustana (Hübner, 1799)                                                                                                                     
0970  Pandemis cerasana (Hübner, 1786)                                            Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix                                  
0972  Pandemis heparana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)             Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix                                      
0980  Archips xylosteana (Linnaeus, 1758)                                         Variegated Golden Tortrix                              
0994  Clepsis consimilana (Hübner, 1817)                                                                                                                         
1001  Lozotaeniodes formosanus (Geyer, 1830)                                                                                                              
1011  Pseudargyrotoza conwagana (Fabricius, 1775)                                                                                                     
1020  Cnephasia stephensiana (Doubleday, 1849)                             Grey Tortrix                                                       
1021  Cnephasia asseclana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)           Flax Tortrix                                                        
1031  Eana penziana (Thunberg, 1791)                                                                                                                              Nb
1064  Celypha rosaceana (Schläger, 1847)                                                                                                                        
1076  Celypha lacunana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                                                                                             
1082  Hedya pruniana (Hübner, 1799)                                                 Plum Tortrix                                                       
1083  Hedya nubiferana (Haworth, 1811)                                           Marbled Orchard Tortrix                                 
1097  Endothenia gentianaeana (Hübner, 1799)                                                                                                              
1115  Ancylis achatana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                                                                                               
1168  Gypsonoma sociana (Haworth, 1811)                                                                                                                     
1175  Epiblema uddmanniana (Linnaeus, 1758)                                Bramble Shoot Moth                                       
1197  Eucosma campoliliana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                                                                                     
1201  Eucosma cana (Haworth, 1811)                                                                                                                               
1202  Eucosma obumbratana (Lienig & Zeller, 1846)                                                                                                     
1234  Pammene regiana (Zeller, 1849)                                                                                                                               
1259  Cydia fagiglandana (Zeller, 1841)                                                                                                                            
Crambidae
1293  Chrysoteuchia culmella (Linnaeus, 1758)                                 Garden Grass-veneer                                        
1301  Crambus lathoniellus (Zincken, 1817)                                                                                                                     
1302  Crambus perlella (Scopoli, 1763)                                                                                                                              
1313  Catoptria pinella (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                                                                                           
1331  Acentria ephemerella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)           Water Veneer                                                     
1333  Scoparia pyralella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                                                                                              
1334  Scoparia ambigualis (Treitschke, 1829)                                                                                                                   
1336  Eudonia pallida (Curtis, 1827)                                                                                                                                   
1338  Dipleurina lacustrata (Panzer, 1804)                                                                                                                        
1371  Sitochroa verticalis (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                                                                                       
1374  Paratalanta hyalinalis (Hübner, 1796)                                       Note 2                                                                  Nb
1376  Eurrhypara hortulata (Linnaeus, 1758)                                      Small Magpie                                                    
1392  Udea olivalis ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                                                                                                       
Pyralidae
1417  Pyralis farinalis (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                Meal Moth                                                         
1424  Endotricha flammealis ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                                                                                     
1428  Aphomia sociella (Linnaeus, 1758)                                             Bee Moth                                                           
1457  Hypochalcia ahenella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)         Note 3                                                                  Nb
1462  Pempeliella dilutella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)             Note 4                                                                 
1474  Ephestia parasitella Staudinger, 1881                                                                                                                      
1481  Homoeosoma sinuella (Fabricius, 1794)                                                                                                                 
Pterophoridae
1495  Marasmarcha lunaedactyla (Haworth, 1811)                                                                                                        
1509  Stenoptilia pterodactyla (Linnaeus, 1761)                                                                                                              
1513  Pterophorus pentadactyla (Linnaeus, 1758)                             White Plume Moth                                           
1524  Emmelina monodactyla (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                                                                             
Thyatiridae
1653  Habrosyne pyritoides (Hufnagel, 1766)                                     Buff Arches                                                       
Geometridae
1666  Geometra papilionaria (Linnaeus, 1758)                                   Large Emerald                                                   
1669  Hemithea aestivaria (Hübner, 1799)                                          Common Emerald                                            
1699  Idaea rusticata Lempke, 1967                                                     Least Carpet                                                      
1702  Idaea biselata (Hufnagel, 1767)                                                  Small Fan-footed Wave                                  
1705  Idaea fuscovenosa (Goeze, 1781)                                               Dwarf Cream Wave                                         
1708  Idaea dimidiata (Hufnagel, 1767)                                               Single-dotted Wave                                          
1713  Idaea aversata (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                 Riband Wave                                                    
1726  Xanthorhoe quadrifasiata (Clerck, 1759)                                  Large Twin-spot Carpet                                   
1732  Scotopteryx chenopodiata (Linnaeus, 1758)                            Shaded Broad-bar                                            
1736  Catarhoe cuculata (Hufnagel, 1767)                                          Royal Mantle                                                    
1738  Epirrhoe alternata (Müller, 1764)                                                Common Carpet                                               
1739  Epirrhoe rivata (Hübner, 1813)                                                    Wood Carpet                                                      Note 5 
1742  Camptogramma bilineata (Linnaeus, 1758)                             Yellow Shell                                                       
1752  Cosmorhoe ocellata (Linnaeus, 1758)                                        Purple Bar                                                          
1758  Eulithis pyraliata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                  Barred Straw                                                      
1759  Ecliptopera silaceata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)           Small Phoenix                                                   
1765  Cidaria fulvata (Forster, 1771)                                                     Barred Yellow                                                    
1781  Horisme vitalbata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                Small Waved Umber                                        
1782  Horisme tersata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                    Fern                                                                     
1784  Melanthia procellata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)           Pretty Chalk Carpet                                         
1791  Philereme vetulata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)               Brown Scallop                                                   
1792  Philereme transversata (Hufnagel, 1767)                                   Dark Umber                                                       
1807  Perizoma albulata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                Grass Rivulet                                                     
1813  Eupithecia haworthiata Doubleday, 1856                                 Haworth's Pug                                                   
1834  Eupithecia vulgata (Haworth, 1809)                                           Common Pug                                                    
1835  Eupithecia tripunctaria Herrich-Schäffer, 1852                        White-spotted Pug                                            
1837  Eupithecia subfuscata (Haworth, 1809)                                    Grey Pug                                                             
1840  Eupithecia subumbrata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)       Shaded Pug                                                        
1858  Chloroclystis v-ata (Haworth, 1809)                                           V-Pug                                                                  
1860  Pasiphila rectangulata (Linnaeus, 1758)                                    Green Pug                                                           
1862  Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (Haworth, 1809)                                Double-striped Pug                                           
1876  Hydrelia flammeolaria (Hufnagel, 1767)                                  Small Yellow Wave                                          
1887  Lomaspilis marginata (Linnaeus, 1758)                                     Clouded Border                                                 
1906  Opisthograptis luteolata (Linnaeus, 1758)                                 Brimstone Moth                                                
1921  Crocallis elinguaria (Linnaeus, 1758)                                          Scalloped Oak                                                   
1922  Ourapteryx sambucaria (Linnaeus, 1758)                                 Swallow-tailed Moth                                        
1937  Peribatodes rhomboidaria ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)  Willow Beauty                                                   
1941  Alcis repandata (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                Mottled Beauty                                                 
1955  Cabera pusaria (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                Common White Wave                                     
1958  Lomographa temerata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)        Clouded Silver                                                   
1961  Campaea margaritata (Linnaeus, 1767)                                    Light Emerald                                                    
Sphingidae
1976  Sphinx ligustri (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                   Privet Hawk-moth                                            
1981  Laothoe populi (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                Poplar Hawk-moth                                           
1991  Deilephila elpenor (Linnaeus, 1758)                                            Elephant Hawk-moth                                      
1992  Deilephila porcellus (Linnaeus, 1758)                                         Small Elephant Hawk-moth                           
Notodontidae
1999  Stauropus fagi (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                  Lobster Moth                                                     
Arctiidae
2043  Eilema sororcula (Hufnagel, 1766)                                             Orange Footman                                               
2047  Eilema complana (Linnaeus, 1758)                                            Scarce Footman                                                
2049  Eilema depressa (Esper, 1787)                                                     Buff Footman                                                   
2050  Eilema lurideola (Zincken, 1817)                                                 Common Footman                                          
2069  Tyria jacobaeae (Linnaeus, 1758)                                              Cinnabar                                                            
Nolidae
2077  Nola cucullatella (Linnaeus, 1758)                                              Short-cloaked Moth                                         
Noctuidae
2088  Agrotis clavis (Hufnagel, 1766)                                                    Heart and Club                                                 
2089  Agrotis exclamationis (Linnaeus, 1758)                                     Heart and Dart                                                  
2098  Axylia putris (Linnaeus, 1761)                                                     Flame                                                                  
2102  Ochropleura plecta (Linnaeus, 1761)                                          Flame Shoulder                                                 
2107  Noctua pronuba Linnaeus, 1758                                                 Large Yellow Underwing                                 
2109  Noctua comes Hübner, 1813                                                        Lesser Yellow Underwing                                
2110  Noctua fimbriata (Schreber, 1759)                                              Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing               
2111  Noctua janthe Borkhausen, 1792                                               Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing   
2120  Diarsia mendica (Fabricius, 1775)                                               Ingrailed Clay                                                    
2122  Diarsia brunnea ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                    Purple Clay                                                        
2126  Xestia c-nigrum (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                Setaceous Hebrew Character                         
2128  Xestia triangulum (Hufnagel, 1766)                                            Double Square-spot                                          
2147  Hada plebeja (Hufnagel, 1766)                                                   Shears                                                                 
2155  Melanchra persicariae (Linnaeus, 1761)                                    Dot Moth                                                            
2160  Lacanobia oleracea (Linnaeus, 1758)                                        Bright-line Brown-eye                                      
2171  Hadena confusa (Hufnagel, 1766)                                             Marbled Coronet                                              
2192  Mythimna conigera ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)             Brown-line Bright Eye                                      
2193  Mythimna ferrago (Fabricius, 1787)                                           Clay                                                                     
2198  Mythimna impura (Hübner, 1808)                                              Smoky Wainscot                                              
2199  Mythimna pallens (Linnaeus, 1758)                                           Common Wainscot                                          
2302  Rusina ferruginea (Esper, 1785)                                                   Brown Rustic                                                     
2305  Euplexia lucipara (Linnaeus, 1758)                                            Small Angle Shades                                          
2321  Apamea monoglypha (Hufnagel, 1766)                                    Dark Arches                                                       
2322  Apamea lithoxylaea ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)            Light Arches                                                       
2326  Apamea crenata (Hufnagel, 1766)                                             Clouded-bordered Brindle                               
2327  Apamea epomidion (Haworth, 1809)                                         Clouded Brindle                                                
2330  Apamea remissa (Hübner, 1809)                                                 Dusky Brocade                                                 
2337  Oligia strigilis (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                     Marbled Minor                                                  
2339  Oligia latruncula ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                   Tawny Marbled Minor                                    
2343  Mesapamea secalis (Linnaeus, 1758)                                         Common Rustic                                                
2350  Chortodes pygmina (Haworth, 1809)                                         Small Wainscot                                                 
2381  Hoplodrina alsines (Brahm, 1791)                                              Uncertain                                                            
2382  Hoplodrina blanda ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)               Rustic                                                                  
2384  Hoplodrina ambigua ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)           Vine's Rustic                                                      
2387  Caradrina morpheus (Hufnagel, 1766)                                      Mottled Rustic                                                   
2410  Protodeltote pygarga (Hufnagel, 1766)                                      Marbled White Spot                                         
2422  Pseudoips prasinana (Warren, 1913)                                          Green Silver-lines                                              
2442  Autographa pulchrina (Haworth, 1809)                                     Beautiful Golden Y                                          
2443  Autographa jota (Linnaeus, 1758)                                              Plain Golden Y                                                  
2450  Abrostola tripartita (Hufnagel, 1766)                                         Spectacle                                                            
2466  Lygephila pastinum (Treitschke, 1826)                                      Blackneck                                                          
2470  Phytometra viridaria (Clerck, 1759)                                            Small Purple-barred                                          
2473  Laspeyria flexula ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                 Beautiful Hook-tip                                           
2474  Rivula sericealis (Scopoli, 1763)                                                  Straw Dot                                                           
2477  Hypena proboscidalis (Linnaeus, 1758)                                     Snout                                                                   
2489  Zanclognatha tarsipennalis (Treitschke, 1835)                         Fan-foot                                                             
2492  Herminia grisealis ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)            Small Fan-foot


NOTES:

Note 1
Coleophora lixella Zeller, 1849
Nationally Scarce species last recorded in Hertfordshire in the Sandridge area during the year 1890. Larvae feed on Wild Thyme – adult rather striking, on the basis of which I suggest we rename the family “Cooleophoridae”.

Note 2
Paratalanta hyalinalis (Hübner, 1796)
Hexton is the only Hertfordshire site for this Nationally Scarce moth, recorded here in 2014, 2015 and now 2016.  Should be looked for on other chalk grassland sites.

Note 3
Hypochalcia ahenella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Another Nationally Scarce moth – rare in Herts and only on the better chalk grassland sites. Well-spotted by Graeme amongst all the grass moths.

Note 4
Pempeliella dilutella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Now called Delplanqueia dilutella and split into 2 species. The true dilutella might be western and/or coastal so ours might be the new species inscriptella. I have 5 males and a female and these need a closer look when they come off the setting board.  They are hard to separate on “plumage”, but I have a paper in press (should be published this month) that identifies some features of the genitalia that should allow easy separation.                                                                                                                             
 Note 5
Epirrhoe rivata (Hübner, 1813) Wood Carpet
Surprisingly large numbers of this usually rare species.  

Acentria ephemerella












Agonopterix liturosa













Delplanqueia dilutella










Pyralis farinalis













Royal Mantle











Smoky Wainscot variation
               

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