Pretty Chalk Carpet, Box Hill, June 25th 2011
Small Yellow Wave, Box Hill, June 25th 2011
Lace Border, Box Hill, June 25th 2011
V-Pug, Box Hill, June 25th 2011
I was invited by the Horsenden Hill lads to attend an all night moth trapping session at Box Hill tonight and a I jumped at the chance of encountering some chalk specialities at this historic site right on the edge of the London Natural History Society recording area. In the event I saw 13 new macro moth species, the stand-outs for me being the pristine Pretty Chalk Carpet in the photo and my first Small Elephant Hawkmoth. There were many other good moths, some of them in very good numbers including V-Pug, Fern, Small Yellow Wave (very smart), Beautiful Hook-tip (sublime), Short-cloaked Moth, Reddish Light Arches, Dark Umber, Shears, Clouded Brindle, July Highflyer, Lace Border and the nigra form of Satin Beauty which is something of a Box Hill speciality. Thanks to Andy Culshaw and David Howden for the invite and to Steve Spooner for the lift.