Chalk downs in SouthamptonNatural History
Or that’s how it seems when a micro-moth of the chalk ends up in Bevois Valley. Emptying a very meagre moth trap last night the one notable capture was a single Cochylis hybridella.
According to HantsMoths this micro is local on chalk downland, woodland on chalky soils and sand-dunes throughout much of southern England and southern Wales, with records north to Cheshire. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight taken occasionally at light, mostly in a band from Romsey in the west to Southsea in the east, perhaps overlooked elsewhere. Wingspan 12-16 mm. Distinguished from C. dubitana and C. atricapitana by the white thorax [Bradley]. Larva feeds within seedheads of Bristly Oxtongue, Hawkweed Oxtongue, several species of Hawk’s-beard, over-wintering in a cocoon.
Still, given we don’t have any of the food plants it seems a minor issue that we don’t have any chalk. Or downland.
- Association of British Fungi Groups
- Bournemouth Natural Science Society and Museum
- British Bugs
- British Dragonflies
- British Lichens
- Dan and Rosemary Powell
- Hampshire and Isle of Wight Butterfly Conservation
- Hampshire Bat Group
- Hampshire Ornithological Society
- Hampshire Wildlife Trust
- Lymington and District Natural History Society
- UK Hoverflies
This moth could have originated locally as most of it’s food plants occur in Southampton area, especially the Hawkweed Ox-tongue.