Monday, January 6, 2020

Year Review 2019

2019 was an indifferent year for Moth recording after an exceptional 2018.
I would like to cite lack of time due to football and personal injury as the main reason for the lack of performance.
On 13th December 2018 I snapped my Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in my left knee whilst conducting a demonstration at football training and didn't manage to get in to have it operated on until 17th May. Clearly, the lack of mobility hampered my progress with regards to the emptying of traps etc. But at least now it balanced the ACL on the right knee that I snapped in 2009!
On the plus side, I managed to coach two football teams in 2018-19 season and passed my UEFA B License in early May! Hopefully 2020 is going to be far less eventful.

In 2019, I recorded a total of 281 species. There were 265 Macros, only the 6th best in the last ten years and 216 Micros, this was the 4th best.
But undoubtedly, the biggest milestone this year was topping 800 species for the garden, despite  'throwing out' the 3 Small Ermine species (padella/malinellus/cagnagella) and replacing them with Yponomeuta agg. I also removed my 'unsafe' record of Dark Twin-spot Carpet, a species that can only be reliably identified via Gen det.

The year ended with 389 Macros and 412 Micros.

Year   Macro    Micro
2018    281         241
2017    274         207
2016    276         230
2015    256         199
2014    289         213
2013    304         218
2012    241         161
2011    253         207
2010    240         135

Recoding days/Trap nights: 218
Records: 5277

Most abundant species in 2019-

63.115 Acentria ephemerella  Water Veneer 1832
73.342 Noctua pronuba  Large Yellow Underwing 1301
73.291 Mythimna pallens  Common Wainscot 1180
73.325 Agrotis puta  Shuttle-shaped Dart 1034
73.359 Xestia c-nigrum  Setaceous Hebrew Character 960
73.317 Agrotis exclamationis  Heart and Dart 753
73.244 Orthosia cerasi  Common Quaker 748
73.319 Agrotis segetum  Turnip Moth 672
63.095 Agriphila geniculea 632
73.099 Hoplodrina ambigua  Vine's Rustic 613
63.080 Chrysoteuchia culmella  Garden Grass-veneer 560


There were 12 new species recorded and one reclassified. Ephestia woodiella is now an option on my updated version of Mapmate. I have previously been recording this as E. unicolorella and before this, E. parasitella with the foot note 'Ephestia agg.'. Either way, the group requires gen dets, so 2019 was the first year I had a sample checked. I would like to thank Andy Banthorpe (AMB) for his assistance with Gen dets.

40.006 Mompha jurassicella 1- 30th March- 6th VC30 record- Gen det AMB
37.099 Coleophora striatipennella 1- 1st May- Gen det AMB
15.063 Phyllonorycter maestingella 1- 11th May- Gen det AMB
02.006 Eriocrania cicatricella 2- 16th May- tenanted Mine in Birch
49.309 Dichrorampha plumbana 1- 25th May- 11th VC30 record- Gen det AMB
62.065 Ephestia woodiella 4- 1st June- Gen det AMB- Newly classified
37.013 Coleophora siccifolia 1- 23rd June- 8th VC30 record- Gen det AMB
62.061 Vitula biviella 1- 22nd July- 12th VC30 record- Gen det AMB
62.021 Oncocera semirubella 1- 25th July
49.110 Agapeta zoegana 1- 30th July
27.001 Oegoconia quadripuncta 1- 5th August- Gen det AMB
63.054 Cydalima perspectalis Box-tree Moth 1- 24th September
15.081 Phyllonorycter nicellii 1- 23rd October- Mines in Hazel

Eriocrania cicatricella

Ephestia woodiella

Coleophora siccifolia

Vitula biviella

Oncocera semirubella

Agapeta zoegana

Oegoconia quadripuncta

Cydalima perspectalis Box-tree Moth

Year Review 2019 Part 2


There was only 3 species added this year, all of which were scarce. I can only speculate as to how long it will take to achieve the dizzy heights of 400 macro species for the garden. But it seems more likely to be years rather than months!

72.081 Catocala sponsa Dark Crimson Underwing 1- 5th August- 1st for VC30!
70.159 Eupithecia phoeniceata Cypress Pug 1- 18th September- 3rd VC30 record
73.223 Dryobota labecula Oak Rustic 1- 26th October- 3rd VC30 record

Dark Crimson Underwing
Cypress Pug

Oak Rustic

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Year Review 2018

A total of 522 species in 2018 was a joint record breaking year with 2013, though the ratio of Micros and Macros was very different.
In 2013, a still unbeaten 304 Macros and 218 Micros were logged.
This year, 281 Macros was my 3rd highest, with the attention to Micros paying dividends; an all-time record of 241 species, the previous best being 230 in 2016.
I would like to thank David Manning (DVM) and Andy Banthorpe (AMB) for their assistance with Gen dets. 

Trap nights: 213
Records: 7438

Most abundant species in 2018-

63.115 Acentria ephemerella Water Veneer 2475
73.099 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 824
73.325 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 711
73.342 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 706
73.317 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 673
73.319 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 575
73.096 Hoplodrina octogenaria Uncertain 476
73.244 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 442
73.359 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 414
63.095 Agriphila geniculea 401


There were 22 new micros recorded in 2018

38.038 Elachista rufocinerea 1- 4th May- gen det. DVM
49.022 Ptycholoma lecheana 2- 27th May
49.248 Epinotia tenerana Nut Bud Moth 1- 15th June
49.042 Neosphaleroptera nubilana 1- 16th June- gen det AMB
04.042 Stigmella plagicolella 1- 17th June- Mine on Victoria Plum
37.052 Coleophora ibipennella 1- 19th June- gen det AMB
49.005 Epagoge grotiana 1- 24th June
49.015 Archips xylosteana Variegated Golden Tortrix 1- 24th June
35.091 Sophronia semicostella 3- 25th June- 6th,7th, 8th County record
49.305 Rhyacionia buoliana Pine Shoot Moth 1- 3rd July
28.008 Metalampra italica 3- 4th July
35.157 Recurvaria leucatella 1- 13th July- 6th County record
37.015 Coleophora serratella 1- 13th July- gen det AMB
37.046 Coleophora deauratella 1- 13th July- gen det AMB
37.049 Coleophora anatipennella Pistol Case-bearer 1- 13th July- gen det AMB
40.015 Mompha raschkiella 1- 17th July
14.007 Bucculatrix albedinella 1- 3rd August- gen det AMB
62.027 Dioryctria simplicella 1- 15th August- confirmed DVM
63.007 Pyrausta purpuralis 1- 19th August
04.012 Stigmella aceris 1- 3rd September- Mines in Field Maple
04.007 Stigmella luteella 1- 28th October- Mine in Birch
32.009 Agonopterix purpurea 1- 3rd December- 6th County record

Elachista rufocinerea 

Ptycholoma lecheana

Epinotia tenerana Nut Bud Moth

Neosphaleroptera nubilana 

Stigmella plagicolella

Coleophora ibipennella 

 Epagoge grotiana 

Archips xylosteana Variegated Golden Tortrix

Year Review 2018 Pt 2

New Micros Continued.....

Sophronia semicostella

Metalampra italica

Recurvaria leucatella

Mompha raschkiella

Dioryctria simplicella

Pyrausta purpuralis

Stigmella aceris

Stigmella luteella

Agonopterix purpurea 

Year Review 2018 Pt 3


There were seven new species, this was bolstered by my first ever use of Clearwing lures.

71.011 Drymonia ruficornis Lunar Marbled Brown 2- 19th April
70.155 Eupithecia venosata Netted Pug 1- 27th May
70.300 Comibaena bajularia Blotched Emerald 1- 15th June
52.011 Synanthedon myopaeformis Red-belted Clearwing 1- 27th June- to MYO Lure
52.010 Synanthedon andrenaeformis Orange-tailed Clearwing 1- 1st July- to VES Lure
71.001 Thaumetopoea processionea Oak Processionary 3- 25th July
70.236 Ennomos erosaria September Thorn 1- 4th August

Lunar Marbled Brown

Netted Pug

Blotched Emerald

Red-belted Clearwing

Orange-tailed Clearwing

Oak Processionary 

  September Thorn

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Year review 2017

This year I decided to overhaul my lists. For some time I have suspected their inaccuracy and I wasn't wrong!
In my garden lists, it turned out that I had omitted three Macros and 27 Micros! There are still a few outstanding gen dets for 2017. But, at the time of writing this, my life totals are 382 Macros and 377 Micros, so a healthy total of 759 species; not bad considering I only started recording in 2009.

I have also switched my life lists from the limited Blogger pages to externally linked Google Sheets (tabs in the right hand column). I should have done this years ago, as it gives far more information and is much easier to edit. I'm glad I did it, but it was a bit of a saga, mainly due to the huge changes that have taken place in recent years. Taxonomic order, names and the switch from Bradley/Fletcher to the 'ABH 2013 Checklist' codes have certainly caused headaches!

In 2017, I recorded 481 species (475 Macro, 206 Micro) from 5518 records on 200 trap nights, down from 220 trap nights last year. June was my most productive month, with 262 species caught from 24 dates. Unsurprisingly, January was the least productive, with just three species from two dates.

The year's top ten most abundant species were-

73.291 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 900
63.115 Acentria ephemerella Water Veneer 894
73.342 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 871
73.359 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 809
73.325 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 717
73.317 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 538
63.080 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 467
73.244 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 401
73.099 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 379
73.249 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 312

Common Wainscot
Moving up from 9th place. A 203% increase on last year!


This year I recorded 206 species, this was only the fifth best total after the record breaking 230 last year. I recorded 18 new species. Gen dets were all carried out by David Manning.

35.036 Chrysoesthia sexguttella- 23/04- 16th county record
04.076 Ectoedemia decentella- 28/05- 8th county record, Gen det. DVM
12.012 Triaxomera parasitella- 28/05- 20th county record
49.138 Cochylis molliculana- 16/06- 26th county record, probably overlooked
20.022 Argyresthia bonnetella- 17/06- Common
35.148 Carpatolechia fugitivella- 19/06- 19th county record.
04.072 Bohemannia quadrimaculella- 19/06- 2nd County record after the first in 2015
37.007 Coleophora flavipennella- 19/06 Gen det. DVM (Not pictured)
37.053 Coleophora betulella- 19/06 Gen det. DVM (Not pictured)
49.094 Phtheochroa sodaliana- 21/06- 2nd county record after the first in 2014
35.159 Exoteleia dodecella- 26/06- 13th county record
49.180 Piniphila bifasciana- 29/06- Common
49.269 Eucosma campoliliana- 17/07- Common
15.003 Caloptilia populetorum- 18/07- 3rd county record
49.225 Spilonota laricana- 18/07- Gen det. DVM (Not pictured)
37.033 Coleophora trifolii- 19/07- Common 
35.117 Scrobipalpa atriplicella- 16/08- 21st county record, Gen det. DVM
15.040 Phyllonorycter messaniella- 27/10- Common (Not pictured)

Chrysoesthia sexguttella

Ectoedemia decentella

Triaxomera parasitella

Cochylis molliculana

Argyresthia bonnetella

Bohemannia quadrimaculella

Year review 2017 part 2

New Micros for 2017 continued-

Carpatolechia fugitivella

Phtheochroa sodaliana

Exoteleia dodecella

Piniphila bifasciana

Eucosma campoliliana

Caloptilia populetorum

Coleophora trifolii

Scrobipalpa atriplicella