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

Year review 2017 part 3


This year I recorded 275, my forth best total and just one behind last year's. Nine more species were added for 2017, giving a life total of 382 species. I wonder how much longer it will take to chalk up 400 species?

The nine additions to the list were-

70.198 Seraphim- 30/04- Uncommon resident
70.273 Brindled White-spot- 30/05- Uncommon resident
65.013 Common Lutestring- 18/06- Uncommon resident
70.231 Lilac Beauty- 22/06-  Uncommon resident
70.168 Narrow-winged Pug- 07/07-  Uncommon resident
73.128 Ear Moth- 31/07-  Uncommon resident, 18th county record. Gen det AMB.
70.037 Clay Triple-lines- 10/08- Uncommon resident
73.350 Great Brocade- 11/08- Vagrant/immigrant, last seen 2008, 12th county record
73.295 Delicate- 16/10-  Rare immigrant, last seen 2007, 4th county record


Brindled White-spot

Common Lutestring

Lilac Beauty

Narrow-winged Pug

Ear Moth

Clay Triple-lines

Great Brocade


Monday, January 2, 2017

Year review 2016 part 3


The garden yielded 276 species this year, this ranks only 3rd compared to 289 in in 2014 and an incredible 304 in 2013. After a few good years and with 361 macros already on the garden list, it is becoming increasingly hard to add new ones.

2016 saw the addition of another 12 species-

Blossom Underwing 30/03- 8th county record.
Pinion-spotted Pug 11/05- 13th county record, last seen in 2012.
Alder Moth 30/05- Uncommon resident, 83rd record.
Dotted Fan-foot 25/06- two caught this year, the 4th and 5th county records.
Slender Pug 06/07- Gen det A. Banthorpe, uncommon resident, 80th record.
Small Scallop 22/07- Common, a long awaited tick!
Coronet 22/07- 16th county record.
Jersey Tiger 27/07- 50th county record.
Hoary Footman 02/08- Gen det A. Banthorpe, only the 2nd record, after one trapped in Luton in 2014.
Dewick's Plusia 22/09- Other than this one, three other records in the county in 2016, after the first ever record in 2015.
Dark Spectacle 23/09- 20th county record.
Cypress Carpet 28/10- A new record for VC30!

Blossom Underwing

Pinion-spotted Pug

Alder Moth

Dotted Fan-foot

Slender Pug

Small Scallop


Jersey Tiger

Hoary Footman

Dewick's Plusia

Dark Spectacle

 Cypress Carpet