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 .

Friday, April 15, 2016

Dwarf Cream Wave

Idaea fuscovenosa

2009: singles on June 22nd & 30th and July 15th, two on June 23rd.
2010: one on June 23rd, two on June 29th.
2011: recorded on 22 dates between May 31st and August 2nd with a peak count of four on July 3rd.
2012: recorded on nine dates between June 26th and August 1st, all singles except for two on July 5th and 24th and August 1st and three on July 6th.
2013: two on July 5th, singles on July 9th & 12th.
2014: recorded on 23 dates between June 9th and July 25th, with a peak count of three on July 2nd.
2015: singles on seven dates between July 1st and August 1st.

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