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 .

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Green Carpet

Colostygia pectinataria

2009: singles on May 24th and August 6th.
2010: recorded on seven dates between May 17th and August 23rd, all singles except for two on June 1st.
2011: recorded on ten dates between May 10th and August 31st, all singles except for two on May 10th and August 18th, 22nd & 25th.
2012: recorded on ten dates between May 17th and August 28th, all singles except for four on May 24th.
2013: singles on May 20th, 30th & 31st and June 10th.
2014: one on May 27th.
2015: one on August 29th.

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