|Silky Wainscot, Walton Lake 21st June|
Last night was spent at BBOWT's College Lake, Bucks where I had an excellent view of the impressive thunderstorms further south (luckily the rain held off until I was going out the gate at 3am this morning!). The two MV lights on the chalk produced 130 species while the two in amongst the reeds managed about 90 of which around half were different. The highlight for me was Tawny Shears which is a rare moth in Bucks these days with only about a dozen post-millennium records. College Lake seems to be one of its last remaining strongholds (Ched George had another specimen there during the BC/BIG trapping for National Moth Night). A handful of Obscure Wainscots and two Marbled Coronets were also good to see, as was a rather confused day-flying Chimney Sweeper which had been disturbed from its slumbers and ended up in the Skinner, but otherwise the macros were almost all widespread species. There were a few nice micros, including Elachista bisulcella, Metzneria aprilella, Phtheochroa sodaliana, Spatalistis bifasciana, Rhodophaea formosa and probably the largest male Schoenobius gigantella I've ever seen (wing length 24mm).
|Chimney Sweeper, College Lake 22nd June|
|Tawny Shears, College Lake 22nd June|
|Gigantic Schoenobius gigantella, College Lake 22nd June|