As of March 2015, an official website for Surrey Moths has been set-up here. There you'll find information on everything to do with the Surrey Branch of Butterfly Conservation, including the updated events calender for 2015. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Toadflax Brocade at Berrylands Station

It's been a very slow start at Berrylands this year, Oak Beauty on April 9th and Dark Chestnut on April 15th were both station firsts and very welcome they were, but things picked up yesterday with a Brimstone Moth and a Toadflax Brocade, the fifth succesive year I've recorded this species here. The macro year list stands at 12 species but things should really start to pick up from now on


Friday, 10 May 2013

Dotted Chestnut, North Surrey

Caught this Dotted Chestnut back on the 7th May in the garden actinic trap, one of the few species that I've longed for every autumn/spring, but have never succeeded in finding, to the point where I'd given up all hope of catching one. It's always nice to stare into the trap and find a new moth, but I was extra chuffed when I lifted up an egg box to the sight of this enigmatic species, confined to woodland and heathland in parts of southern England.

Makes all the pointless early mornings sifting through Common Quakers and Hebrew Characters worth it!