Spring Moth Survey

Despite the never ending rain and gloom of the 2018 spring, last Saturday evening, 7th April the weather conditions were such that our local moth specialists asked permission to survey the Jubilee Wood, hoping to find some early season species to add to the growing list of finds already recorded in previous surveys.

A very succesful evening where 16 seperate species were identified and recorded including a Dotted Chestnut which is less common but pleasing to find as the numbers of these appears to be increasing. All the species found suggest that the Jubilee Wood despite being a new or young plantation is proving its environmental worth.  The species that are recorded should be found given the right conditions, its when common species are not observed then we should be concerned.

My thanks to Barry and Andrew for there willingness to share their knowledge with us.


Species List for Great Gidding, Jubilee Wood on 08-04-18
Code               Taxon Vernacular
695       Agonopterix alstromeriana
1746       Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe
1750       Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet
1917       Selenia dentaria Early Thorn
1947       Ectropis bistortata Engrailed
2139      Cerastis rubricosa Red Chestnut
2182      Orthosia cruda Small Quaker
2185      Orthosia populeti Lead-coloured Drab
2187      Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker
2188      Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab
2190     Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character
2243     Xylocampa areola Early Grey
2256     Eupsilia transversa Satellite
2258     Conistra vaccinii Chestnut
2260     Conistra rubiginea Dotted Chestnut
2469      Scoliopteryx libatrix Herald

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