July's Office Mothing

You’ll be surprised what you can find if you stick a light in a box and leave it outside overnight. Even in the middle of greyest West London you can turn up pearls, tigers and hearts.

Jersey Tiger f.  lutescens  (left) and the standard form of Jersey Tiger.

Jersey Tiger f. lutescens (left) and the standard form of Jersey Tiger.

Here are our hauls over three nights:


Riband Wave f. remutata x1

Jersey Tiger x3

Codling Moth x2

Light Brown Apple Moth x2

Least Carpet x1

Straw Dot x4

Bright-line brown-eye x1

Uncertain x1

Camararia ohridella (Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner) x2

Common Rustic/Lesser Common Rustic agg. x2

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x1

Mother of Pearl x1

Cydia splendana x1



Codling Moth x1

Light Brown Apple Moth x9

Camararia ohridella x1

Heart & Dart x2

Least Carpet x1

Light Arches x1

Crassa unitella x1

Scoparia sp. x1 (probably Eudonia mercurella - a particularly dark scoparid with a whitish 'x' mark in the trailing corner of the forewing)

Caloptilia sp. x1

Cydia splendana x1



Chrysoteuchia culmella x5

Epiphyas postvittana (Light Brown Apple Moth) x7

Ruby Tiger x1

Camararia ohridella (Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner) x4

Pleuroptya ruralis (Mother of Pearl) x1

Dark Arches x1

Endotricha flammealis x1

Plutella xylostella (Diamond-back Moth) x1

Bucculatrix thoracella x1)

Scoparia sp. x1

Ruby Tiger

Ruby Tiger

Beyond identification, I’m finding increasing enjoyment in the names of moths: the overly cautious Uncertain, the double hyphens of Bright-line Brown-eye and the apparently oxymoronic Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing are among my favourites.