Thursday, 14 April 2016

Barred Tooth-striped and Pale Flat-body moths

Barred Tooth-striped, Trichopteryx polycommata
Yesterday I visited Kithurst meadow which is a favourite butterfly site during the season. Cowslips and Wood Violets are out, but the Primroses are late. I saw a Brimstone, a Peacock and a dead female Emperor moth with what I think may be eggs. A Velvet Mite crawled around a tree stump in the chalk pit.
  In the evening I met Neil Hulme at Mill Hill at 8:30pm to do a survey of the  Barred Tooth-striped moth which lives around privet, its main food plant at this location. It also uses Ash species. We counted 16, mainly at the bottom of the north end of the hill. They occurred all the way up the hill, mostly on mature privet, with two on single stems under one metre tall. One was on hawthorn. We did not have time to check the southern part of the reserve. The survey lasted about two hours. I also spotted a micro moth, a Pale Flat-body which is a chalk specialist in the south.
Kithurst meadow:
Brown-lipped Snail, Cepaea nemoralis
Cowslip, Primula veris
Emperor moth ♀, decaying with eggs?, Saturnia pavonia

Lesser Celandine, Ranunculus ficaria
Peacock, Inachis io

Velvet Mite, Trombidium holosericeum

Wood Violets, Viola riviniana
Mill Hill:
Barred Tooth-striped, Trichopteryx polycommata
Barred Tooth-striped
Barred Tooth-striped
Garden Snail, Helix aspersa
Pale Flat-body, Agonopterix pallorella

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