A greenhorn lepidopterist at large in suburban London

Berrylands Station is on the London Waterloo to Hampton Court line between New Malden and Surbiton, a 25 minute train journey from central London. I became aware of its potential for attracting moths in late August 2008. The station is situated on an embankment with the Hogsmill Sewage Farm directly to the north and a typical mix of suburban houses and gardens to the south. The elevated aspect of the station and the comparative lack of domestic and street lighting in the immediate area mean that it acts like a huge moth trap, there are white-painted covered waiting areas and staircases on both platforms, these are illuminated at night and most of the moths are found in these areas. What follows is my attempt as a novice lepidopterist to record and catalogue all the macro moths I encounter on my daily commute to work along with the occasional "awayday" in search of other British lepidoptera .

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Double-striped Pug

2008: one on September 10th.
2009: recorded on 22 dates between March 30th and September 9th with a peak count of four on August 20th.
2010: recorded on 40 dates between April 8th and October 7th with peak counts five on June 6th and August 12th.
2011: recorded on 19 dates between March 23rd and July 1st, all singles except for two on March 23rd & 27th and June 20th.

2012: recorded on 19 dates between March 16th and September 6th, all singles except for two on April 4th & 5th and three on August 18th.
2013: recorded on 25 dates between March 6th and September 25th, all singles except for three on April 24th & 25th, two on July 10th and August 12th & 21st and four on August 23rd.
2014: recorded on 12 dates between March 14th and September 26th, all singles except for two on September 5th.
2015: recorded on 28 dates between March 14th and September 13th with peak counts of three on August 30th and September 1st. 

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