City Centre Moth Trapping 2015 – Farewell Peter, A latter Day Arcady

This blog is on the verge of becoming a fossil. After a slight re-brand, it’s time to come out of blogging retirement with a summary of the moth trapping that has taken place in the back garden where I live in Nottingham city centre. Before that, a little bit on one of the people who got me going in all this natural history lark.

Peter Harrison was an elderly chap when I met him in April 2010. I knocked on his door for a garden nursery job (not advertised) which he gave me after I lied through my teeth about my experiences with horticulture. A long story short, before meeting him I didn’t really have a direction in life and didn’t really have much of a passion for a great deal other than music. After starting on his nursery and working there for a year or two on and off, I realised I like the outdoors and wanted some kind of job natural history/countryside management related. From working with Pete I also met JL, my go to man for anything insect related.

Sadly at the beginning of October, Peter passed away. He was a well-known man in South Lincolnshire with many people buying Xmas trees and plants from his nursery. I have many memories of the things he said and did in the short time I knew him, a tiny fraction compared to others that knew him for a lot longer. To finish off, here is a poem from his book of poems called ‘A Latter Day Arcady’ which was published earlier this year. Ta muchly Pete.


An April sky o’er violets blule,

Bright kingcups of a golden hue,

Shining beside a shady brook,

That murmurs though a mossy nook.

A hedge, pale green with budding may,

A willow wren, who is at play

Charms music from the joyful stream

to put to song a fairies dream.

A curlews cry at early down.

A blackbird on a dewy lawn.

The speckled jew’ls in thrush’s nest.

The fresh spring breeze blows from the west.


Now on to the moth trapping, Nottingham city centre….

The stats from 2014;

Traps – 11. Records – 132. Species – 77. Families – 15.

The stats from 2015;

Traps – 15. Records – 165. Species – 83. Families – 13.

Back Garden Totals

Records. – 297. Species – 116. Families – 17.

Now, it should be noted that included in the species totals are the moths found while NOT running the moth trap, the odd moth found at rest during the day for instance. The first thing that stands out to me is that I haven’t run the trap as often as I would have liked. This is partly down to work commitments and a lot of moth trapping back home in Lincolnshire with JL. Something to build on next year!

Mormo maura - Old Lady

Mormo maura – Old Lady

A few highlights jump out from the years trapping. I seemed to catch way more elephant, poplar and lime hawk moths along with multiple old ladies attracted to the light.

Laothoe populi-Poplar Hawkmoth

Laothoe populi – Poplar Hawkmoth

Mimas tiliae - Lime Hawkmoth

Mimas tiliae – Lime Hawkmoth

A few angle shades turned up.

Phlogophora meticulosa - Angle Shades

Phlogophora meticulosa – Angle Shades

Two species of beetle, the common cock chafer Melolontha melolontha and the summer chafer Amphimallon solstitiale also turned up this year, A. solstitale being a new tick for me and the garden.

Melolontha melolontha

Melolontha melolontha

Amphimallon solstitiale

Amphimallon solstitiale

 I didn’t record a single diamond back this year compared to the double-digit figures I saw in 2014.

Plutella xylostella - diamond backed moth 2014

Plutella xylostella – diamond backed moth 2014

Hopefully it won’t be too long in between this and the next blog. A list of moths from the back garden follows,

Ponk On.

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Preferred name Common name
Abraxas grossulariata Magpie
Abrostola tripartita Spectacle
Acentria ephemerella Water Veneer
Acleris forsskaleana Maple Button
Acronicta aceris Sycamore
Agapeta hamana Common Yellow Conch
Agriphila geniculea Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer
Agrotis exclamationis Heart & Dart
Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart
Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty
Amphipyra pyramidea agg. Copper Underwing agg.
Ancylis achatana Triangle-marked Roller
Apamea epomidion Clouded Brindle
Apamea lithoxylaea Light Arches
Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches
Apamea remissa Dusky Brocade
Aphomia sociella Bee Moth
Autographa gamma Silver Y
Axylia putris Flame
Batia lunaris Lesser Tawny Tubic
Biston betularia Peppered Moth
Blastobasis adustella Furness Dowd
Borkhausenia fuscescens Small Dingy Tubic
Cameraria ohridella Horse-Chestnut Leaf-miner
Campaea margaritata Light Emerald
Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell
Celypha lacunana Common Marble
Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet
Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer
Cidaria fulvata Barred Yellow
Clepsis consimilana Privet Twist
Cochylis atricapitana Black-headed Conch
Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet
Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar
Crambus pascuella Inlaid Grass-veneer
Craniophora ligustri Coronet
Crassa unitella Golden-brown Tubic
Cryphia domestica Marbled Beauty
Cydia pomonella Codling Moth
Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth
Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass
Diloba caeruleocephala Figure of Eight
Diurnea fagella March Tubic
Ectoedemia decentella Sycamore-seed Pigmy
Eilema lurideola Common Footman
Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House-moth
Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn
Epinotia bilunana Crescent Bell
Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth
Eudemis profundana Diamond-back Marble
Eudonia lacustrata Little Grey
Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug
Eupithecia indigata Ochreous Pug
Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug
Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie
Euzophera pinguis Ash-bark Knot-horn
Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug
Habrosyne pyritoides Buff Arches
Hedya nubiferana Marbled Orchard Tortrix
Hemithea aestivaria Common Emerald
Herminia grisealis Small Fan-foot
Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House-moth
Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain
Hoplodrina ambigua Vine’s Rustic
Hoplodrina blanda Rustic
Hypena proboscidalis Snout
Idaea aversata Riband Wave
Idaea aversata ab. remutata Riband Wave (non-banded form)
Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye
Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth
Leucoma salicis White Satin Moth
Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth
Mesapamea secalis agg. Common Rustic agg.
Mesoligia furuncula Cloaked Minor
Mimas tiliae Lime Hawk-moth
Mompha epilobiella Common Cosmet
Mormo maura Old Lady
Mythimna conigera Brown-line Bright-eye
Mythimna ferrago Clay
Mythimna impura Smoky Wainscot
Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing
Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing
Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder
Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel
Oligia fasciuncula Middle-barred Minor
Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth
Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker
Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character
Ourapteryx sambucaria Swallow-tailed Moth
Pammene fasciana Acorn Piercer
Pandemis corylana Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix
Paraswammerdamia lutarea Hawthorn Ermel
Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty
Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades
Phlyctaenia coronata Spotted Magpie
Phragmatobia fuliginosa Ruby Tiger
Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl
Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana Yellow-spot Twist
Pyrausta aurata Small Purple & Gold
Rivula sericealis Straw Dot
Scoparia ambigualis Common Grey
Spilonota ocellana Bud Moth
Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine
Trachycera advenella Grey Knot-horn
Watsonalla binaria Oak Hook-tip
Xanthorhoe designata Flame Carpet
Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet
Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic
Xylocampa areola Early Grey
Yponomeuta evonymella Bird-cherry Ermine
Zanclognatha tarsipennalis Fan-foot

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A naturalist from the best county in England, Lincolnshire.
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