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 .

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Lime-speck Pug

Eupithecia centaureata

2008: one on September 3rd.
2009: one on august 26th.
2010: recorded on nine dates between June 8th and August 23rd, all singles except for three on July 28th and two on August 2nd & 10th.
2011: one from June 16th to 21st.
2012: singles on August 1st & 15th.
2013: singles on August 7th, 9th, 16th & 23rd.
2014: singles recorded on eight dates between June 20th and August 6th.
2015 singles recorded on six dates between July 24th & 29th.

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