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