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 08, 2016

Yellow Shell

Camptogramma bilineata

2008: singles on September 1st, 2nd, 8th & 9th.
2009: recorded on eight dates between August 4th and September 1st, all singles except for two on August 21st.
2010: recorded on 27 dates between August 2nd and September 29th with a peak count of six on August 17th.
2011: recorded on 23 dates between June 5th and September 20th with a peak count of five on August 31st.
2012: recorded on 14 dates between August 7th and September 15th, all singles except for two on August 10th and four on September 4th.
2013: recorded on 15 dates between August 6th and September 15th with a peak count of five on August 22nd.
2014: recorded on ten dates between August 26th and September 15th, all singles except for two on August 28th and September 5th and four on August 29th.
2015: recorded on 22 dates between August 17th and September 10th with a peak count of four on September 9th.

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