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, April 14, 2016

Small Dusty Wave

2008: recorded on 11 dates between August 31st and September 30th, all singles except for two on August 31st and September 1st & 12th.
2009: recorded on 29 dates between May 25th and September 25th, with peak counts of five on June 16th and September 1st.
2010: recorded on 40 dates between April 29th and October 9th, with  peak counts of 12 on September 9th & 10th.
2011: recorded on 46 dates between May 6th and October 21st, with peak counts of three on June 16th and August 24th.
2012: recorded on 24 dates between March 21st and October 23rd, with peak counts of three on May 28th and June 18th.
2013: recorded on 47 dates between June 11th and November 4th, with a peak count of 11 on September 16th.
2014: recorded on 63 dates between March 31st and September 26th, with a peak count of eight on July 1st.
2015: recorded on 59 dates between May 20th and December 11th, with a peak count of five on September 2nd.

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