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Observed: 5th July 2013 By: DavidHowdon
Amateur Entomologists' SocietyLondon Natural History SocietySelborne Society
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1032 Aleimma loeflingiana (Linnaeus, 1758), 1033 Green Oak Tortrix Tortrix viridana Linnaeus, 1758, 1175 Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana (Linnaeus, 1758), 1652 Peach Blossom Thyatira batis (Linnaeus, 1758), 1653 Buff Arches Habrosyne pyritoides (Hufnagel, 1766), 1941 Mottled Beauty Alcis repandata (Linnaeus, 1758) and 2337 Marbled Minor species Oligia strigilis agg. - Horsenden Hill, Middlesex (VC21), 5th July 2013

Huge numbers of Buff Arches in this session, 100 in one trap (15 being the highest ever single count trap on that site). Has anyone else noticed them in unusual numbers recently?
Also in this picture Aleimma loeflingiana, Tortrix viridana, Epiblema uddmanniana, Peach Blossom [Thyatira batis], Mottled Beauty [Alcis repandata] and Marbled Minor species [Oligia strigilis agg.]

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Buff Arches (Habrosyne pyritoides) interacts


Martin Harvey's picture


That's amazing David. Buff Arches has been recorded about 1,200 times in Berkshire, but the highest number of individuals on any one occasion was 27 in July 2009, and the vast majority of records are in single-figure abundance.

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Next night

Interestingly I trapped the next night in my garden which is about half a mile from this site and did not get any Buff Arches.

jurassicphil's picture

David - i'm only getting

David - i'm only getting singles at wareside - email colin plant to see what he is getting. never seen that many before.

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Colin's been told about it

his response implied it was surprising.