Field Reports

Saturday 9 June 2018    Moth Evening at Slindon

  Providers David Hart and Rosemary Radford
On a warm summer’s evening 21 members together with several visitors and local residents arrived at Slindon Common for a moth evening. David and Rosemary had set up moth traps the previous evening and collected the results. They had then placed the catch in two set of specimen jars and , most importantly , labelled them up.
This made the event so much more educational and enjoyable as after the oo’s and ah’s of seeing the moths they were all identifiable. The size, shape and colours were extremely varied from large hawks to micromoths.
We all gathered round to admire the collection with added explanations from Rosemary and other experts especially Tony Burnand. We also had two moth traps to examine, one from Mike Perry that David had used and one from the National Trust (thanks to them) that was actually all set up with its lights on although it was a little early.
As dusk fell, and after a cup of tea and a biscuit (thanks to Maria and Heather) the time came to open the jars and let the moths fly free. They all took some time to warm themselves up and this led to many people walking around with their hands held out waiting for the moth to fly. Some took a long time! No handshakes or high fives!
We also had some bat detectors with us and heard several – probably pipistrelles. We also had the CNHS bat detector set up but we will not know the results until later.
One worry was that as we were releasing the moths the bats were homing in on us but no capture was actually noted
Finally we switched off the NT trap to examine the contents but it was obviously too early as it was empty.
We had a total of 55 species of moth including 6 impressive hawks. Many thanks to David and Rosemary for providing the moths and especially to David for organising a great evening.
John Kelsall
(with just a small sample of photographs)

Elephant headed and poplar hawk moths

Light Emerald



Small Magpie

Scarce Merville du Jour


Buff Tip  (or twig!)

Chichester, West Sussex

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