Lesser Swallow Prominent (Pheosia gnoma) 08:05:2010
Chocolate Tip (Clostera curtula) 08:05:2010
Waved Umber (Menophra abruptaria) 08:05:2010
The recent weather has not been too good for moths so as I headed to Bookham Common on Saturday morning I really did not know what to expect. On arrival at Bookham station, a quaint late Victorian redbrick edifice, I undertook an extensive search for moths but I only managed to find a single Waved Umber, so on to the London Natural History Society's hut on the common where the nights catch was to be examined. By all accounts it was not a good haul, some 37 moths of 18 species but no less than nine of these were new for me; Mottled and Oak Tree Pugs, Great and Lesser Swallow Prominents, Lunar Marbled Brown, Red Twin-spot and Water Carpets, Seraphim and Frosted Green. Three species of orthosia were also noted, Clouded Drab, Common Quaker and Hebrew Character, all of which should have been over by now. Bookham Common is usually a good place for warblers, but apart from a few low key Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs the scrub was quiet, this nagging north-easterly wind is holding up the birds as well as the moths, I hope it changes and warms up before National Moth Night next Saturday.