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 22, 2016

Common Emerald

Hemithea aestivaria

2009: two on June 10th & 23rd, three on June 22nd, one on July 8th.
2010: singles on June 25th & 29th and July 2nd, two on July 30th.
2011: singles on June 22nd & 30th, two on June 26th.
2012: two on July 25th.
2013: two on July 3rd, singles on July 6th & 15th.
2014: singles on six dates between June 17th and July 2nd, two on June 27th and July 1st.
2015: singles on June 22nd, 27th & 29th and July

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