Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Chalk grassland daytime sightings

On Tuesday I had a daytime look at the chalk grassland site near Stokenchurch, Bucks which I've been trapping at regularly this year.  Moth species seen included Nemophora metallica (12, all on flowers of field scabious), Pyrausta aurata (1), Six-spot Burnet (8), Shaded Broad-bar (1), Dusky Sallow (1) & Silver Y (6).  Some 50 or so plants of dark mullein were inspected and five larvae of Striped Lychnis were found on those in the sunniest positions, most of them still quite small.

Nemaphora metallica female, 26th July

Dusky Sallow, 26th July

Striped Lychnis larva, 26th July

Dave Wilton
Westcott, Bucks

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