The Dordogne Moths and Wildlife







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The Dordogne – Moths and Wildlife

Saturday 7 – Saturday 14 September 2013

Leaders: Mike Coverdale and David Simpson

Trip report

Day 1: Saturday 7 September

After over two months with hot dry weather in Dordogne, our week started with grey skies and rather wet weather. However the weather was to stay warm and the cloud cover helped our moth catches, if not our afternoon field trips. Jim and Kate were the first to arrive at Bergerac on the lunchtime flight with Flybe from Southampton. They had visited David’s holiday cottage before and so were familiar with the area. They brought news that the weather was worse in UK and colder! Next came Roger and Hugh on the teatime flight with Flybe from Gatwick and finally Mary arrived around dinner time with Jet 2 from Leeds/Bradford. Sadly by this time the weather hadn’t improved. Meanwhile Mike and his wife Denice had arrived at David’s holiday cottage ‘La Cabane du Pommier’ at Cabant, in the nearby Foulissard Forest. There they had been setting out five Robinson traps around the property ready for the next morning’s identification and photography session. Everyone was soon settled in the comfortable ‘Le Barrage’ riverside hotel and enjoying the first of many tasty meals produced by our hostess for the week, Amanda, manageress at the hotel. With mixed weather forecast David explained to the group that he would only be able to decide locations for the afternoon fieldtrips on the day.

Day 2: Sunday 8 September

am Despite the cool, wet weather overnight the moth traps proved to be busy and certainly busy enough for the first morning with a good range of species. Moths caught included species such as Orache, Porter’s Rustic, Rosy Footman, Mocha, Dumeril’s Rustic and White Point, all of which were to become familiar over the coming days. In addition to the moths identified, a range of micro moths unfortunately had to be ignored due to the complexities of identifying them and the most plentiful of these were members of Scoparia and Eudonia. A total of 120 species was identified from the night’s catch with the most numerous species identified being Rosy Footman with 91 recorded.

Whilst emptying the moth traps a good selection of birds passed by, which includedMarsh Tit and Nuthatch regularly visiting the bird table whilst Crested Tit, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Firecrest, Pied Flycatcher, Blackcap, ‘Willow/Chiff’ and Short-toed Treecreeper called from the trees - as they did for most of the week. Several Tree Pipits flew over calling their short buzzed whistle. Kate found us our first butterfly – a rather bedraggled Large Skipper. Tawny Owls called occasionally as they did throughout the week and Jays were often noisy – doubtless upset by the owls amongst other things. In the meadow below the terrace, Hugh recorded the Birch Shield Bug Elasmostethus interstinctus and Forest Bug Pentatoma rufipes.

pm After a successful though wet and cool morning, we returned to our hotel for lunch indoors. Due to the poor weather David had arranged to visit Dick Askew’s (Travelling Naturalist Dordogne dragonfly holiday leader) house in nearby Saint-Marcel-de-Périgord. He had very kindly offered to show us his moth reference collection if the bad weather continued – or if fine we could go butterflying in his large meadow.

On leaving the hotel, we stopped by Mauzac dam for a quick look and a few dragonflies were active. There was a Broad Scarlet settled on the wall below us and Hugh saw probable Blue-tailed Damselfly and Black-tailed Skimmer. A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker called from the poplars. Out on the river itself were Great White and Little Egrets plus White Wagtail amongst other commoner waterbirds. Next we drove further downstream to check a site for Lesser Purple Emperor – where around 10 had been seen the previous week –


but it was cloudy and cool and nothing was flying. So we continued on to Cabant to pick up Mike and Denice before travelling on to Saint-Marcel. As we drove north the clouds parted and the sun broke through – and suddenly the temperatures shot up! Dick was out in his meadow with several friends (Mike Hounsome formerly of Manchester Museum and his wife Beryl, plus Andy and Gil Swash of ‘Wildguides’) all watching a rather nice Long-tailed Blue! The moth collection took a back seat whilst we all scoured the meadow looking for more butterflies. Nearby was a Meadow Fritillary which stayed rooted to a flower during the whole length of our visit. Blues were common – mainly Common, Adonis and Chalkhill, and there were a couple of Knapweed and Silver-washed Fritillaries along with a few Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Wall Brown, Gatekeeper, Great Banded Grayling and Speckled Wood. Kate found us a Mallow Skipper whilst Clouded Yellow, Swallowtail and Large and Small Whites were also added to the list. This was a pleasing start to our butterflying sessions after the poor morning’s weather. In the adjacent bushes a couple of Cirl Buntings gave their thin ‘seep’ contact call. After the meadow we were all invited to afternoon tea in the garden. Dick’s wife Tish also kindly offered us her famous rock buns. Some of us had a quick look at Dick’s moth collection and Mike took photos of some ‘unknowns’ for identification.

Later in the day Roger found a Comma near the hotel and Hummingbird Hawk-moths were active (as they were for most of the week – even in rain) along with Violet Carpenter Bees and Asian Hornets. Whilst we did the list, Kingfisher and Common Sandpiper called from across the water.

Day 3: Monday 9 September

am The moth traps were again busy with a number of new species for the trip being present. We saw the first of many Delicates that we were to see during the week, as well as 3 Convolvulus Hawk Moths, Straw Belle, Horse Chestnut, Scarce Burnished Brass, Rosy Underwing and Light Crimson Underwing to mention a few of the highlights. A confusing array of mocha species were present in good numbers again and took some

working through. A total of 116 species was recorded with the most numerous moth identified being the ubiquitous Large Yellow Underwing with 60 counted from the traps.

Early in the morning Denice saw what was probably a Pine or Beech Marten near the gite and Mike had a Yellow Wagtail flying over calling. Hugh found us a Dunnock near the hotel at breakfast. The large Midwife Toad tadpoles showed nicely on the margins of the small pond near the terrace. Wall Lizards started to show themselves by the buildings with the drier, warmer weather. Hugh photographed a Lygaeid bug in the meadow Lygaeus simulans.

pm After a nice salad lunch at our hotel, we set off for the well known local beauty spot of the Cingle (meander) de Trémolat, an open hillside high above the River Dordogne. With a fine morning and a

brightening afternoon we were more optimistic about the fieldtrip. On route a Red Squirrel dashed across the road.

We first searched the steep stony slope near the parking area where Berger’s Pale Clouded Yellow was flying along with Small Heath, Adonis Blue, Wall and Meadow Browns. Two skippers attracted our attention. The first was another Mallow whilst the second proved to be an Oberthur’s Grizzled – rather larger and with smaller spots than Grizzled (which flies much earlier in the season). On the thistles and knapweeds we found plenty of the beautiful little burnet moth Zygaena fausta, as well as Six-spotted Burnets - a good start to the afternoon. We walked on along the track finding a Wood White fluttering amongst the bushes. There were several Ruddy Darter dragonflies buzzing about as well. After passing through the woodland we came to a hilltop with grassland and bushes which always seems to act as a magnet to butterflies. We weren’t disappointed as a range of interesting species showed themselves: Turquoise Blue, Silver-spotted Skipper, Oberthur’s Grizzled Skipper (two more), False and Great Banded Graylings, Chalkhill Blue, Brown Argus plus Weaver’s, Glanville, Knapweed and Meadow Fritillaries. Here there was also the first of several Praying Mantises seen during the week. Hugh added another shield bug to our list Aelia rostrata.

Before dinner Roger saw three Kingfishers near the dam (his highest total of the week). As we went through the list for the day a Greenshank called over the river with dusk falling and a Black Redstart sang briefly.


Day 4: Tuesday 10 September

am A fabulous selection of moths were in the traps after a relatively warm and muggy night. Some of the more interesting species present were Orache, Passenger, Latin, Scarce Burnished Brass, Sorcerer, Lace Border and the attractive pyralid Eurhodope rosella. In total 177 species were identified from the traps, with the most numerous species counted being Rosy Footman with 122.

Amongst all his moths, Mike found a Forest Bug in one of his traps and in the meadow Hugh came across a shield bug Rhaphigaster nebulosa. Later in the morning David took a small group up on to the hill top

looking for butterflies as the sun smiled on us. Lots of butterflies were flying. We found a nice colony of False Graylings together with several Spotted Fritillary, Silver-spotted Skipper, Woodland (new for the trip) and Great Banded Graylings, Berger’s Pale and Clouded Yellows. Other notable species were Oberthur’s Grizzled Skipper, Meadow and Knapweed Fritillaries, Small Copper and Swallowtail, plus a second new species for the trip – a Grayling.

pm With such a large moth catch the afternoon field trip was delayed until 2.30pm. With less time we headed north to a local site at Veyrines-de-Vergt, a narrow wetland valley bottom adjacent to limestone grassland and scrub. Arriving at the site it was rather cloudy and dull as a large dark cloud filled the sky. However it didn’t rain and slowly the cloud drifted away. We had a gentle walk along the track but it was quiet wildlife-wise with a few Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns and a Comma. A loud rustle in the verge was probably a Green Lizard. At the lake we searched for dragonflies, finding Beautiful Demoiselle and a lone Migrant Hawker constantly paroling up and down. A Water Rail squealed briefly from the reeds and a Green Frog cackled once from the margin. Unfortunately the two meadows here had been fairly recently cut and apart from a couple of Ruddy Darters all was quiet. By the pine plantation we passed a party of tits including a Crested Tit. We went up the hill to explore the rough grassland, scrub and fields nearby. Here there were a lot of Chalkhill and Adonis Blues plus a nice mix of others such as: Small Cooper, Wood White, Weaver’s, Knapweed, Meadow and Spotted Fritillaries plus Great Banded and False Graylings. Mary found us a Holly Blue to add to the list and there were several Field Crickets on the tracks. Meanwhile Mike and Denice spent the late afternoon in Lalinde where they found a Geranium Bronze amongst the town’s flower display. In the evening Sand Martins joined a large flock of House Martins that gathered above the river before the light failed.

Day 5: Wednesday 11 September

am After very busy traps yesterday, a cooler night found lower numbers of moths in the traps this morning, but with 113 species there was still plenty to look at and photograph. The vast majority of species were present in much lower numbers than the night before, but we did record the only Lewes Wave, Small Mottled Umber, Poplar Kitten, Marsh Oblique-barred and Heath Rustic of the trip. Large Yellow Underwing was the most numerous species in the traps with a total of 52.

Three of us (David, Jim and Denice) returned to the Cingle de Trémolat to search for Kate’s lost camera flash filter. Jim searched the steep slope and around the area we parked, whilst Denice and David walked on to the grassy hilltop where Kate had spent much time photographing yesterday. Although we conducted a pretty thorough search, sadly nothing was found. However we took advantage of the good weather to enjoy the butterflies including more views of Oberthur’s Grizzled and Silver-spotted Skippers, Spotted Fritillary, False Grayling plus a new species, the Red-underwing Skipper. Hugh recorded another shield bug in the meadow: Staria lunata.

With fine weather it seemed a good idea to have a short visit to the damp meadow below the gite. However with a good selection of moths to look through and photograph, Mike, Hugh and Roger decided to stay at the gite. Once in the meadow we found our first prize: a beautiful Map butterfly. Further on at the far end of the field was a mass of commoner butterflies in a sun trap amongst the fleabane, mint and hemp agrimony. More interesting were two more Map and Oberthur’s Grizzled Skippers, plus Provençal Short-tailed and Long-tailed Blues. A fresh Lulworth Skipper was also a major surprise – presumably from a partial second brood, which I have not seem here before. There was also a Golden-ringed Dragonfly and Beautiful Demoiselle near the stream, plus a southern ‘rosy chafer’ Cetonia cuprea and a dark chafer Oxythyrea funesta were also found on flower heads.


pm After our picnic lunch back at the gite (when we saw our only Scarce Swallowtail), the good weather dictated that we go east to one of the best butterflying sites in Dordogne – the Causse de Daglan. As we crossed the bridge at Lalinde a Honey Buzzard soared above the minibus. As we drove through the hills there was a dead snake on the road – almost certainly a Western Whip-snake - common in this area. Roe Deer were seen briefly in a field beside the road.

Our first site was a narrow valley near Saint-Cybranet. The puddles near the minibus were popular with blues, mainly Adonis and Common but including Provençal Short-tailed and Holly Blues. Along the track by the scree slope were Southern White Admiral and Wall Brown plus Woodland and Great Banded Graylings. Making occasional appearances were several Cleopatra, males and females, one of which Jim managed a photo of, after much scrambling. Meanwhile Mary recorded our only Chaffinch of the holiday! Nearby a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker called briefly. Back down in the damp meadow the flowers were alive with butterflies: mainly browns, whites, fritillaries and blues. These included Brown Argus, Wood White, Queen of Spain, Glanville, Meadow, Weaver’s, Silver-washed and Knapweed Fritillaries and another Southern White Admiral. We could have stayed longer but David (and Kate!) wanted to show everyone another site further north at Veyrines-de-Domme where Kate had seen a mass of Great Sooty Satyrs two summers ago. Although it was too late for this species we did see Swallowtail, Painted Lady, Berger’s and Common Clouded Yellows, Cleopatra, Woodland, Great Banded and Common Graylings amongst many other commoner species. There were several Ruddy Darters about and Hugh found a Western Willow Spreadwing damselfly. We returned to the hotel happy after the best butterflying day of the week.

Day 6: Thursday 12 September

am The overnight temperature increased from the previous night and species numbers increased too to a total of 136, with the most numerous species counted being Large Yellow Underwing with 87 present. The only Oblique Carpet, Gem, Chocolate-tip and Clancy’s Rustic of the trip were present in the traps, as were 2 Double-spot Brocades, a species questionably recorded in Britain as a genuine immigrant.

For the first time this late summer we were greeted by a Robin singing near the terrace. Hugh recorded a Dock Bug Coreus marginatus in the meadow. After the success in the valley yesterday morning, and with fewer moths, all except Mike and Denice went down to the damp meadow later in the morning. Unfortunately the weather was rather cloudy and cool. However there were a few butterflies to photograph including

Oberthur’s Grizzled Skipper, Wood White and a superb but very late male Large Blue which had just emerged. Hugh found a red and black striped shield bug Graphosoma lineatum (not italicum as previously thought).

pm After our picnic lunch the weather did not look promising, however we chose to visit a different habitat on sandstone. This was the Bessède Forest south of the main river, a sandy plateau of pine and mixed forest and scrubby heathland. We parked up by an ONF (Office National des Forêts) section of forest with good tracks. In the fields nearby we saw a group of Mistle Thrushes – our only ones on the holiday. Few butterflies were on the wing in the inclement weather, but a very pale bird of prey flew off from a nearby tree – a juvenile Honey Buzzard. There were also a couple of Stonechats calling from nearby bushes. Turning into another ride we started to find a few blues - which were all Common Blues. Then we saw a slightly different one which I caught in the net to check – a Short-tailed Blue and new for the holiday. We disturbed a few Latticed Heath moths on the verges. There were signs of Wild Boar where the track had been heavily turfed up. One or two Woodland Grayling, Wall, Small Heath, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown flew up and at a junction of the tracks we found a Knapweed Fritillary braving the weather on a flower head. Hugh found several interesting bugs including the Green Shield Bug Palomena prasena and another shield bug

Carpocoris fuscispinus. As we walked back to the minibus I heard a Middle Spotted Woodpecker which we located on a distant dead tree. I nipped back to get the ‘scope and only Hugh had a view before it flew off. As we drove back Kate saw a couple of Foxes in a field and we saw another Red Squirrel and Roe Deer.

In the evening Mike and David set up the small 40W Heath Moth Trap at our hotel, to see if this new location would supply us with some new species.


Day 7: Friday 13 September

am In the moth trap at the hotel there was a small selection of moths which included the first Cymbalophora pudica of the trip, a rather attractive ‘tiger’, as well as six European Hornets which Mike had to be careful to extract.The traps at Cabant were again very busy after another relatively warm humid night, which resulted in a total of 166 species of moth being identified and Large Yellow Underwing being the most numerous species with 138 and Rosy Footman a close second with 124, the highest count of this latter species during the trip. Other highlights of the catch were the numbers of some species present, including 34 White Point, 62 Four-spotted Footman, 23 Maiden’s Blush and 17 Porter’s Rustic as well as the only records of the trip of Rest Harrow and Tawny Wave.

Mike heard a Grey Wagtail and Tree Pipits call as they flew over Cabant in the early morning, whilst Hugh found another Staria lunata shield bug in the meadow. David took the group up on to Cabant Hill but unfortunately the weather was again cloudy and cool. Relatively few butterflies were on the wing apart from Adonis and Common Blues and a few False Graylings and Meadow Brown. Brown Argus appeared briefly before we returned to the wood and a Honey Buzzard called far away.

pm We spent the afternoonnear Les Eyzies in the Beune Valleys. Firstly we visited the damp meadows on the Grand Beune. Unfortunately they too had been fairly recently cut, however there were still good flowery margins. As we got out of the minibus there was a Great Banded Grayling flapping around the hedge. Roger found us a Provençal Short-tailed Blue and Mary, a Holly Blue. Further on, in the next smaller meadow Jim and Kate discovered Speckled Wood, Wood White and Glanville Fritillary. Returning to the large meadow we found a large patch of Hemp Agrimony buzzing with insects including another Oberthur’s Grizzled Skipper and a Small Copper. David made a circuit of the area and added Lesser Purple Emperor (flying high above towards the surrounding forest), Green-veined White, Silver-washed Fritillary, Southern White Admiral and Map to the list. In his searches David also heard Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Cetti’s Warbler, Water Rail and Crested Tit. Six-spot Burnet moth, several Ruddy Darters, Beautiful Demoiselle and Blue Featherleg

damselflies, Great Green Bush-cricket, Field Cricket, and two species of conehead bush-crickets were also recorded.

We continued on for a final stop beside the Petit Beune stream further to the south. This is an interesting area of reedbed and scrub with adjacent forest and fields. The reedbed and valley bottom were fairly quiet, so we took the minibus to an uncut meadow higher on the valley side. There was a nice selection of commoner butterflies and a large dragonfly made a brief appearance, probably a Southern (or Blue) Hawker. Just before leaving a small fritillary butterfly winged past and settled on a dead flower head in the middle of the field. It was a male Weaver’s Fritillary and provided some very nice photo opportunities. Not to be outdone a long-eared bat then applong-eared, though it was still daylight, taking advantage of the flying ant hatch!

Day 8: Saturday 14 September

Considering the relatively short period of time we all had this morning, only 3 moth traps were run on Friday night, which led to a slightly more relaxed morning, but it has to be said that it was still very busy. A total of 121 species were identified with Large Yellow Underwing once again taking the top spot with 124. The highest number of Delicates for the trip was recorded with 31 being present, making it the third most numerous species counted. Other notable species present were the only trip records of White Speck, Large Dagger, Sesamia nonagioides and Pale-shouldered Cloud. The species recorded this morning took the total number of moth species identified from the traps to 264 over the seven nights of the trip, with an additional two species being recorded by day, which is a good selection of moths for early September.

In the meadow Hugh found yet another shield bug: the Southern Green Shield Bug Nezara viridula. At midday David took Jim and Kate to the airport for their flight, but we were all looking forward to next April when Jim and Kate return to the gite. Meanwhile when the moth work had finished at the gite, Mike had promised to take Mary, Roger and Hugh down in to Lalinde to try to re-locate the Geranium Bronze. On cue near the town hall Mike charmed one out of the skies and later on found two more in the market square. Soon it was three o’clock and time to take Hugh and Roger to the airport and later at six o’clock, Mary. So we said our good byes after a successful moth week in the beautiful Dordogne countryside.


Mike Coverdale and David Simpson, September 2013 © The Travelling Naturalist


1. Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus

2. Mute Swan Cygnus olor

3. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

4. Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

5. Great (White) Egret Casmerodius alba

6. Little Egret Egretta garzetta

7. Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

8. European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus

9. Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus

10. Common (Eurasian) Buzzard Buteo buteo

11. Common (Eurasian) Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

12. Water Rail Rallus aquaticus

13. Eurasian Coot Fulica atra

14. Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia

15. Common Sandpiper Actitis ochropus

16. (Common) Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus

17. Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto

18. Tawny Owl Strix aluco

19. Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis

20. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos minor

21. Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopus medius

22. Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major

23. (European) Green Woodpecker Picus viridis

24. Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius

25. Eurasian (Common) Magpie Pica pica

26. Carrion Crow Corvus corone

27. Marsh Tit Parus palustris

28. (European) Crested Tit Parus cristatus

29. Great Tit Parus major

30. Blue Tit Parus caeruleus

31. (European) Sand Martin Riparia riparia

32. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

33. (Eurasian) Skylark Alauda arvensis

34. House Martin Delichon urbicum

35. Cetti’s Warbler Cettia cetti

36. Long-tailed (Bush) Tit Aegithalos caudatus

37. Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus

38. Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita

39. Eurasian Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla

40. Firecrest Regulus ignicapillus


42. Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea

43. Short-toed Treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla

44. Common (European) Starling Sturnus vulgaris

45. Common (Eurasian) Blackbird Turdus merula

46. Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus

47. European Robin Erithacus rubecula

48. Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochuros

49. European Stonechat Saxicola torquata

50. Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca

51. House Sparrow Passer domesticus

52. Hedge Accentor (Dunnock) Prunella modularis

53. Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava

54. Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea

55. White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba

56. Tree Pipit Anthus pratensis

57. Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs

58. European Greenfinch Carduelis chloris

59. European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis

60. Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus


1. Swallowtail Papilio machaon

2. Scarce Swallowtail Iphiclides podalirius

3. Large White Pieris brassicae

4. Small White Artogeia rapae

5. Green-veined White Artogeia napi

6. Clouded Yellow Colias croceus

7. Berger's Clouded Yellow Colias australis

8. Cleopatra Gonepteryx cleopatra

9. Wood White Leptidea sinapis

10. Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas

11. Geranium Bronze Carcyrius marshalli

12. Long-tailed Blue Lampides boeticus

13. Short-tailed Blue Everes argiades

14. Provençal Short-tailed Blue Everes alcetas

15. Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus

16. Green-underside Blue Glaucopsyche alexis

17. Brown Argus Aricia agestis

18. Turquoise Blue Plebicula dorylas

19. Chalkhill Blue Lysandra coridon

20. Adonis Blue Lysandra bellargus

21. Common Blue Polyommatus icarus

22. Large Blue Maculinea arion

23. Southern White Admiral Limenitis reducta

24. Lesser Purple Emperor Apatura ilia


26. Painted Lady Vannessa cardui

27. Comma Polygonia c-album

28. Map Araschnia levana

29. Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnnis paphia

30. Queen of Spain fritillary Issoria lathiona

31. Violet/Weaver's Fritillary Boloria dia

32. Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxa

33. Knapweed Fritillary Melitaea phoebe

34. Spotted Fritillary Melitaea didyma

35. False Heath Fritillary Melitaea diamina

36. Meadow Fritillary Mellicta parthenoides

37. Great Banded Grayling Brintesia circe

38. False Grayling Arethusana arethusa

39. Grayling Hipparchia semele

40. Woodland Grayling Hipparchia fagi

41. Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina

42. Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus

43. Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilius

44. Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria

45. Wall Brown Lasiommata megera

46. Red-underwing Skipper Spialia sertorius

47. Mallow Skipper Carcharodus alceae

48. Lulworth Skipper Thymelicus acteon

49. Large Skipper Ochlodes verna

50. Silver-spotted Skipper Hesperia comma

51. Oberthur’s Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus armoricanus


number English name Scientific name

63 Orange Swift Hepialus sylvina

1354 Yponomeuta plumbella

1486 Ypsolopha scabrella

1493 Ypsolopha parenthesella

1494 Ypsolopha ustella

1495 Ypsolopha sequella

1525 Diamond-backed Moth Plutella xylostella

1643 Ethmia dodecia 1655 Ethmia bipunctella 2328 Carcina quercana 3827 Hypatima rhomboidella 3852 Dichomeris limosellus 3870 Helcystogramma rufescens 4268 Agapeta hamana


4271 Agapeta zoegana 4351 Cochylis hybridella 4389 Acleris cristana 4390 Acleris variegana 4557 Archips podana 4722 Celypha striana 4728 Celypha cespitana 4731 Celypha lacunana

5021 Brambleshoot Moth Notocelia uddmanniana

5022 Epiblema roborana 5073 Ancylis badiana 5144 Cydia pomonella 5152 Cydia splendana 5153 Cydia fagiglandana 5154 Cydia amplana 5327 Alucita grammodactyla

5569 Bee Moth Aphomia sociella

5627 Meal Moth Pyralis farinalis

5643 Actenia brunnealis

5652 Gold Triange Hypsopygia costalis

5661 Endotrichia flammealis 5678 Elegia fallax 5706 Khorassania compositella 5751 Oncocera semirubella 5767 Pempelia palumbella 5854 Acrobasis repandana 5888 Eurhodope rosella 6243 Crambus pascuella 6260 Agriphila inquinatella 6264 Agriphila latistria 6266 Agriphila selasella 6364 Pediasia contaminella

6425 Ringed China Mark Parapoynx stratiotata

6497 Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis

6501 Evergestis pallidata

6531 Rusty Dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis

6601 Pyrausta despicata 6604 Pyrausta aurata 6605 Pyrausta purpuralis 6607 Pyrausta falcatalis 6629 Perinephla lancealis 6631 Phlyctaenia coronata


6652 Ebulea crocealis

6655 Anania vebascalis

6661 Microstegia hyalinalis

6667 Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis

6672 Mecyna flavalis 6677 Mecyna asinalis 6680 Agrotera nemoralis 6682 Diasemia reticularis 6690 Palpita vitrealis 6700 Dolicharthria punctalis

6719 Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella

6749 Grass Eggar Lasiocampa trifolii

6767 Drinker Euthrix potatoria

6780 Odonestis pruni

6824 Poplar Hawk Moth Laothoe populi

6828 Convolvulus Hawk Moth Agrius convolvuli

6843 Hummingbird Hawk Moth Macroglossum stellatarum

7481 Peach Blossom Thyatira batis

7483 Buff Arches Habrosyne pyritoides

7503 Oak Hook-tip Watsonalla binaria

7508 Pebble Hook-tip Drepana falcataria

7512 Chinese Character Cilix glaucata

7512a Cilix hispanica

7527 Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata

7530 Scorched Carpet Ligdia adustata

7539x Peacock/Sharp-angled Peacock agg Macaria notata/alternata ag

7542 Tawny-barred Angle Macaria liturata

7547 Latticed Heath Chiasmia clathrata

7599 Petrophora narbonea

7609 Horse Chestnut Pachycnemia hippocastanaria

7613 Brimstone Opisthograptis luteolata

7630 Lilac Beauty Apeira syringaria

7641 Early Thorn Selenia dentaria

7654 Scalloped Oak Crocallis elinguaria

7717 Nychiodes hispanica

7754 Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria

7790 Brussels Lace Cleorodes lichenaria

7792 Speckled Beauty Fagivorina arenaria

7796 Engrailed Ectropis crepuscularia

7824 Common White Wave Cabera pusaria

7826 Common Wave Cabera exanthemata

7829 Clouded Silver Lomographa temerata


7922 Straw Belle Aspitates gilvaria

7926 Yellow Belle Semiaspitates ochrearia

7961 Rest Harrow Aplasta ononaria

7966 Jersey Emerald Pseudoterpna coronillaria

8012 Dingy Mocha Cyclophora pendularia

8013a Cyclophora lennigiaria

8014 Mocha Cyclophora annularia

8017 Blair's Mocha Cyclophora puppillaria

8018 Jersey Mocha Cyclophora ruficiliaria

8019 False Mocha Cyclophora porata

8022 Maiden's Blush Cyclophora punctaria

8024 Clay Triple-lines Cyclophora linearia

8028 Blood Vein Timandra comae

8036 Lewes Wave Scopula immorata

8042 Sub-angled Wave Scopula nigropunctata

8045 Lace Border Scopula ornata

8054 Tawny Wave Scopula rubiginata

8062 Small Blood Vein Scopula imitaria

8069 Cream Wave Scopula floslactata

8107 Least Carpet Idaea rusticata

8132 Small Fan-footed Wave Idaea biselata

8137 Dwarf Cream Wave Idaea fuscovenosa

8161 Single-dotted Wave Idaea dimidiata

8167 Satin Wave Idaea subsericeata

8184 Riband Wave Idaea aversata

8186 Portland Riband Wave Idaea degeneraria

8187 Plain Wave Idaea straminata

8211 Vestal Rhodometra sacraria

8224 Cataclysme riguata

8241 July Belle Scotopterix luridata

8245 Oblique Carpet Orthonama vittat

8246 Gem Orthonama obstipata

8252 Red Twin spot Carpet Xanthorhoe spadicearia

8253 Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe ferrugata

8275 Common Carpet Epirrhoe alternata

8279 Galium Carpet Epirrhoe galiata

8287 Many-lined Costaconvexa polygrammata

8289 Yellow Shell Camtogramma bilineata

8319 Purple Bar Cosmorhoe ocellata

8341 Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata

8371 Beech-green Carpet Colostygia olivata

8385 Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria


8402 Fern Horisme tersata

8435 Cloaked Carpet Euphyia biangulata

8459 Barred Rivulet Perizoma bifaciata

8599 Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata

8620 Treble-bar Aplocera plagiata

8622 Lesser Treble Bar Aplocera efformata

8681 Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata

8698 Chocolate-tip Clostera curtula

8710 Poplar Kitten Furcula bifida

8719 Pebble Prominent Notodonta ziczac

8724 Drymonia querna

8727 Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula

8739 Maple Prominent Ptilidon cucullina

8758 Lobster Moth Stauropus fagi

8772 Scarce Merveille du Jour Moma alpium

8775 Large Dagger Acronicta cuspis

8777x Grey/Dark Dagger Acronicta tridens/psi

8780 Poplar Grey Acronicta megacephala

8787 Knot-grass Acronicta rumicis

8789 Coronet Craniophora ligustri

8801 Tree Lichen Beauty Cryphia algae

8839 Clay Fan-foot Paracolax tristalis

8843 Dotted Fan-foot Macrochilo cribrumalis

8845 Shaded Fan-foot Herminia tarsicrinalis

8846 Small Fan-foot Herminia grisealis

8852 Common Fan-foot Pechipogo strigilata

8853 Plumed Fan-foot Pechipogo plumigeralis

8857 Dusky Fan-foot Zanclognatha zelleralis

8858 Fan-foot Zanclognatha tarsipennalis

8863 Marsh Oblique-barred Hypenodes humidalis

8866 Pinion-streaked Snout Schrankia costaestrigalis

8882 Light Crimson Underwing Catocala promissa

8883 Rosy Underwing Catocala electa

8904 Passenger Dysgonia algira

8934 Scarce Blackneck Lygephila craccae

8959 Sorcerer Aedia leucomelas

8965 Four-spotted Tyta luctuosa

8975 Beautiful Hook-tip Laspeyria flexula

8994 Snout Hypena proboscidalis

9006 Small Purple-barred Phytometra viridaria

9008 Straw Dot Rivula sericealis

9049 Scarce Burnished Brass Diachrysia chryson


9093 Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia

9097 Spotted Sulphur Emmelia trabealis

9114 Marbled White Spot Protodeltote pygarg

9147 Beautiful Marbled Eublemma purpurina

9307x Copper Underwing ag Amphipyra pyramidea agg

9370 Scarce Bordered Straw Helicoverpa armigera

9396 Rosy Marbled Elaphria venustula

9424 Clancy's Rustic Caradrina kadenii

9433 Pale Mottled Willow Paradrina clavipalpis

9450x The Rustic agg Hoplodrina blanda agg

9464 Sesamia nonagrioides

9478 Porter's Rustic Proxenus hospes

9481 Birds Wing Dypterygia scabriuscula

9496 Straw Underwing Thalpophila matura

9501 Orache Moth Trachea atriplicis

9503 Small Angle Shades Euplexia lucipara

9505 Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa

9518 Pale-shouldered Cloud Actinotia hyperici

9520 Latin Callopistria juventina

9546 Lesser-spotted Pinion Cosmia affinis

9550 Dun Bar Cosmia trapezina

9679 Double spot Brocade Meganephria bimaculosa

9775 Double Lobed Apamea ophiogramma

9786 Cloaked Minor Mesoligia furuncula

9789x Common Rustic agg Mesapamea secalis agg

9801 Flounced Rustic Luperina testacea

9810 Dumeril's Rustic Luperina dumerilii

9917 Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea

9955 Campion Hadena rivularis

10001 Clay Mythimna ferrago

10002 White Point Mythimna albipuncta

10003 Delicate Mythimna vitellina

10007 Common Wainscot Mythimna pallens

10022 L-album Wainscot Mythimna l-album

10028 Mythimna sicula

10033 Anopoma riparia

10035 White-speck Mythimna unipuncta

10082 Flame Axylia putris

10086 Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta

10096 Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba

10099 Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes

10100 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata


10105 Least Yellow Underwing Noctua interjecta

10108 Epilecta linogrisea

10199 Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum

10204 Dotted Clay Xestia baja

10207 Neglected Rustic Xestia castanea

10211 Six striped Rustic Xestia sexstrigata

10212 Square spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa

10216 Heath Rustic Xestia agathina

10238 Pearly Underwing Peridroma saucia

10336 Great Dart Agrotis crassa

10343 Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta

10348 Heart and Dart Agrotis exclamationis

10372 Nut-tree Tussock Colocasia coryli

10375 Black Arches Lymantria monacha

10376 Gypsy Moth Lymantria dispar

10416 Black V Moth Arctornis l-nigrum

10423 Small Black Arches Meganola strigula

10425 Kent Black Arches Meganola albula

10451 Green Silver-lines Pseudoips prasinana

10468 Paidia rica

10475 Rosy Footman Miltochrista miniata

10479 Dotted Footman Pelosia muscerda

10485 Four-spotted Footman Lithosia quadra

10487 Buff Footman Eilema depressa

10489 Common Footman Eilema lurideola

10493 Hoary Footman Eilema caniola

10495 Pygmy Footman Eilema pygmaeola

10499 Orange Footman Eilema sororcula

10528 Speckled Footman Coscinia cribraria

10550 Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa

10555 Cymbalophora pudica

10566 Buff Ermine Spilosoma luteum

10567 White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda

10583 Clouded Buff Diacrisia sannio

10598 Garden Tiger Arctia caja

Day time observations

3979 Zygaena fausta

3998 Six-spot Burnet Zygaena filipendulae

6843 Hummingbird Hawk Moth Macroglossum stellatarum

7547 Latticed Heath Chiasmia clathrata


Notes to the moth list

All moths were identified using a range of field guides and various websites. No specimens were taken.

Field guides used were:

Guide de papillons nocturnes de France, ISBN 978-2-603-01429-5

Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland, ISBN 0-9531399-2-1 Moths of Great Britain and Ireland, ISBN 978-87-993512-4-4

Field Guide to the Micro Moths of Great Britain and Ireland, ISBN 978-0-9564902-1-6


Thanks to holiday participants Roger Wasley (RW), Kate McCusker (KM) and Hugh Griffiths (HG) for the use of their photographs shown on the following pages.

Convolvulus Hawk-moth (RW)

Rosy Underwing (RW)


Jersey Emerald (RW)

Four-spotted Footman (RW)

Black V Moth (RW)

Beautiful Marbled (RW)

A burnet moth

Zygaena fausta


Western Willow Spreadwing (HG)


Map (KM)

Queen of Spain (KM)





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