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

Year review 2016 part 2

Buccalatrix ulmella

Agriphila selasella

Pediasia contaminella

Aproaerema anthyllidella

Palpita vitrealis

Stigmella sakhalinella

  Monopis crocicapitella 

Year review 2016 part 1

To say I haven't blogged much recently is a bit of an understatement. Just one post in 2016, way back in March!
I had, however, carried on mothing throughout the year adding 6763 records and 40 more species to the garden list which now totals 714 species (373 Macro, 341 Micro)
I trapped less often than previous years, with only 220 trap nights. But did use more than one trap for the majority of these. July was my most productive month, recording 313 species from 27 days. February was my least productive, trapping on just two nights and recording ten species.

The top ten most abundant species of the year were as follows-

63.115 Acentria ephemerella Water Veneer 4631
73.359 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1947
73.342 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1174
18.001 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1025
73.325 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 583
73.357 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 404
73.317 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 397
63.080 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 364
73.291 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 297
73.162 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 282

It is no surprise that  Acentria ephemerella is the most abundant. On some nights it reaches near plague proportions, c1000 were recorded on 27th July alone.


This year I made a bit more of an effort with micros and logged a record number of species. I kept a few more for gen detting and paid more attention to collecting, photographing and identifying. This along with Louie's sweep netting managed to add 28 new species to the garden list. 230 species were recorded, beating my previous best of 218 in 2013.

Crocidosema plebejana 24/01- A scarce migrant to Beds, 15th county record
Scrobipalpa costella 03/04- Common
Depressaria ultimella 10/05- Gen det D. Manning, 13th record for Beds, last seen in 2011
Cryptoblabes bistriga 29/05- 14th record for Beds, last seen in 2014
Aethes tesserana 29/05- 22nd record for Beds
Cauchas fibulella 04/06- Gen det D. Manning, 23rd Beds record.
Nematopogon swammerdamella 06/06- Common
Elachista argentella 07/06- Common
Lesser Wax Moth Achroia grisella 23/06- 2 caught this year, 16th and 17th county records.
Peach Twig Borer Anarsia lineatella 07/07- This presumed migrant was VC30's first ever adult record after a larval record found and bred through from imported fruit. Later corrected, species was actually Anarsia innoxiella- a first for VC30!
Athrips mouffetella 07/07- 2 caught this year. Bedfordshire's 22nd and 23rd records
Flax Tortrix Cnephasia asseclana 15/07- Gen det, A. Banthorpe, common
Coleophora coracipennella 16/07- Gen det A. Banthorpe, 20th County record
Brachmia blandella 19/07- 2 caught this year, common
Coleophora saxicolella 21/07- Gen det A. Banthorpe, Common
Elachista consortella 21/07- Gen det A. Banthorpe, 27th for the county, not seen since 2010
Monochroa lucidella 23/07- 2 caught on the same night, only the 5th and 6th Beds records.
Stigmella trimaculella 23/07- Gen det A. Banthorpe, common
Aethes cnicana 27/07- Common
Bucculatrix ulmella 29/07- Common
Coleophora versurella 02/08- Gen det A. Banthorpe, Common
Agriphila selasella 06/08- Local, 41st county record
Pediasia contaminella 07/08- Gen det A. Banthorpe, 5th county record.
Dichrorampha simpliciana 14/08- Gen det A. Banthorpe, common
Aproaerema anthyllidella 25/08- 3 caught this year, 35-37th record, not seen since 2013
Palpita vitrealis 12/09- Migrant, 5th county record.
Stigmella sakhalinella 14/10- Two Mines found in Birch, 39-40th county record
Monopis crocicapitella 28/10- 11th county record

Depressaria ultimella

Cryptoblabes bistriga

Aethes tesserana

Elachista argentella

Lesser Wax Moth Achroia grisella

Peach Twig Borer Anarsia lineatella  Anarsia innoxiella

Athrips mouffetella

Brachmia blandella

Monochroa lucidella

Aethes cnicana