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