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UPDATE TO A CHECKLIST OF THE LEPIDOPTERA OF THE BRITISH ISLES, 2013
1 DAVID J. L. AGASSIZ, 2 S. D. BEAVAN & 1 R. J. HECKFORD
1 Department of Life Sciences, Division of Insects, Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
2 The Hayes, Zeal Monachorum, Devon EX17 6DF
This update incorporates information published since 30 November 2019
and before 1
January 2021 into A Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the British Isles,
OSSEOLA (STAUDINGER, 1882) (NOCTUIDAE) AND ARAEOPTERON ECPHAEA
HAMPSON, 1940 (EREBIDAE) NEW FOR THE FAUNA OF CROATIA
Association Hyla, I. Lipovac 7, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia E-mail: email@example.com
During a moth survey of Neretva river Delta, southern Croatia, two interesting
species were recorded for the first time in the country. Hydraecia osseola
was recorded close
to Metkovic, some 450 km from the nearest known populations in northern
Araeopteron ecphaea was recorded near Neretva river mouth, about 500
km NW from the
closest localities in Greece, Romania and Bulgaria. Both species have
a disjunct distribution
in Europe and these records represent a drastic increase in their range.
These records support
the value of the Neretva river Delta as an important part of Ecological
Network Natura 2000
as well as one of designated Ramsar sites, as a refugium for wetland
moth species in the
Key words: Neretva river delta, Noctuidae, Erebidae, moths, distribution,
THRIPS (HÜBNER, 1818) (LEP. COSSIDAE)
RE-DISCOVERED IN BULGARIA WITH NOTES OF SOME OTHER
SURPRISING FINDINGS IN THE DRAGOMAN NATURA 2000
STOYAN BESHKOV& ANA NAHIRNIc-BESHkOVA
National Museum of Natural History, Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd.1, 1000 Sofia,
Paracossulus (=Catopta) thrips, a species listed in Annex II of the Council
92/43/EEC (Code: 4028), considered as extinct in Bulgaria, is re-discovered
after more than
25 years in an isolated locality remote from previous sites. Some other
rare and interesting
species found in the same locality are commented on and illustrated;
for some, this locality
is at the edge of their range.
Keywords: Lepidoptera, Paracossulus thrips, Habitat Directive, protected
OF ASTON ROWANT NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE, OXFORDSHIRE
Shire, Tydd Bank, Sutton Bridge, Spalding, Lincs., PE12 9XE
This article reviews the recording of macro-moths at Aston Rowant National
Oxfordshire, since 1890. The all-time total list of the 348 species macro-moths
the site is presented. Species for which the reserve is particularly
important and those for
which there are no recent records are separately indicated.
Keywords: moth recording, historical species list, Aston Rowant National
LIMNEPHILUS PATI O’CONNOR
(TRICH.: LIMNEPHILIDAE), A CADDISFLY NEW TO SCOTLAND
1 ROBIN D. SUTTON, 2 IAN D. WALLACE & 3 JAMES P. o’CONNOR
17 Bualadubh, Eochar, Isle of South Uist HS8 5RQ, United Kingdom.
2National Museums Liverpool World Museum, William Brown Street L3 8EN3,
3Emeritus Entomologist, National Museum of Ireland – Natural History,
Merrion Street, Dublin
2, D02 F627, Ireland. (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
In 2020, a male Limnephilus pati o’Connor, 1980 was taken in a
light-trap on South Uist in
the outer Hebrides. The species is new to Scotland and it was previously
in Great Britain. The island has the largest machair system in the British
Isles and the caddisfly
may be associated with the resultant calcareous conditions there.
Key words: caddisfly, Trichoptera, Limnephilus pati, first record, South
Uist, outer Hebrides,
FOUND ON TREES AND SHRUBS IN SOME
SHROPSHIRE GARDEN CENTRES, 2015-2019
1 IAN S. THOMPSON & 2 A. GODFREY BLUNT
1 6 Elstree Close, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury SY3 9QF
2 3 The Saplings, Penkridge, Stafford ST19 5DE
A survey was carried out from 2015 to 2019 of invertebrates found on
trees and shrubs
in garden centres in Shropshire (Vice-county 40). Thirteen garden centres
to represent the range of types found in the vice-county. Invertebrates,
consisting of 42
taxa in seven Orders, were recorded in nine centres. Two species are
new to Shropshire;
ten or eleven are on host plants not recorded by the key database resources.
suggested for assessing the likelihood of specific cases of introduction
horticultural trade, and these criteria are applied to the findings of
this investigation. It
is considered that much more of the fauna found in these Shropshire garden
originated from the neighbouring countryside than was imported from elsewhere.
IN SURREY’S BUTTERFLY FAUNA
HARRY E. CLARKE
70 Norwood Road, Effingham, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 5NX
Surrey butterflies have been well-documented, but there has been a tendency
accounts without proper questioning. This article provides a critical
review of the
documentation available, showing at the beginning of the nineteenth century
46 resident butterfly species. Since then, nine species have been lost,
plus one subspecies,
two residents have been gained, and there have been two recolonizations.
White previously considered a resident of Surrey is now considered a
The so-called “White Dullidge Fritillary” is firmly rejected
as a resident, now considered
a release to be captured by an Aurelian.
Keywords: Surrey, Butterflies, population changes.
OF SYDLINGS COPSE, OXFORDSHIRE
Shire, Tydd Bank, Sutton Bridge, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE12 9XE
Records of Lepidoptera at Sydlings Copse Nature Reserve, Oxfordshire,
since 1869 are
reviewed. A list of the 365 species of macro-moths recorded to the
end of 2019 is
presented. Species for which the reserve is particularly important
Keywords: Faunistics, Sydlings Copse, Oxfordshire
PUG EUPITHECIA DENOTATA (HÜBNER, 1813)
F. JASIONEATA CREWE, 1881: ITS DISCOVERY IN SOMERSET
AND SOME DISCUSSION OF ITS ECOLOGY
4 Wilson Place, Cave Street, Cowley, Oxford OX4 1AF email@example.com
The discovery of adult Jasione Pugs at Hurlstone Point in Somerset (VC5)
subsequent evidence of breeding are reported. The moths are illustrated
in full, alongside
a brief discussion of the species’ ecology and flight season.
Keywords: Pug moths, larvae, Somerset.
SHOULD WE RUN THE MOTH TRAP IN WINTER?
CHRIS TYLER-SMITH & YALI XUE
14 High St., Linton, Cambridgeshire CB21 4HS E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to be able to choose favourable nights for moth recording in
winter, we ran a garden
moth trap on 319 nights over four winter seasons, irrespective of the
weather, but recording
forecasts of night-time temperature, wind, rain or snow and moonlight
on 234 nights. In all,
501 moths belonging to 34 species or aggregates were recorded, six of
which were winterspecific.
We identified a major positive influence of maximum forecast night temperature
a negative effect of maximum forecast wind speed, which together with
the year explained 35%
of the difference in catch between nights. These findings allow favourable
nights for moths to
be chosen on the basis the weather forecast from the evening when the
trap is switched on.
Keywords: Moth catch, winter season, temperature, wind,
cloud, moonlight, multiple
regression analysis, moth recording strategy.
EOCENE BAGWORM MOTH CASES (LEP.: PSYCHIDAE)
FROM BALTIC AMBER
MARTIN J. F. FOWLER
Les Rocquettes, Orchard Road, South Wonston, Winchester SO21 3EX
Four moth cases from middle Eocene Baltic amber, one of which has a larva
in situ, are
described and shown to have the characteristic shapes of cases made by
(Psychidae) of the subfamily Typhoniinae. other fossil inclusions present
in the amber
pieces include arthropod groups that are common in Baltic amber and epidermal
trichomes derived from leaves of the oak family (Fagaceae). Together,
inclusions provide a snapshot of aspects of the biotope of the amber
forest in which the
bagworms lived around 45 million years ago.
Keywords: Lepidoptera, Psychidae, Typhoniinae, fossil moth case, Baltic
TO THE BRITISH ISLES IN 2017
SEAN P. CLANCY
1 Myrtle Villas, Sussex Road, New Romney, Kent TN28 8DY.
Formally accepted records of immigrant Lepidoptera occurring in the British
during the year 2017 are listed and discussed. For less frequently encountered
species, full information is given in Annex 1, presented in vice-county
individual localities then listed alphabetically for each VC. For the
regular/frequent immigrant species recorded during the season, annual
and a selection of the more important records are presented in Annex
THE RECENT OCCURRENCE OF LYTHRIA
SANGUINARIA (DUPONCHEL, 1842) IN GREAT BRITAIN
BALÁZS TÓTH1, GERGELY KATONA1 & TYRONE CAPEL2
1 Department of Zoology, Hungarian Natural History Museum, Baross utca
Budapest, Hungary. E-mails: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
2 ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable Bedfordshire LU6 2LF.
One specimen of Lythria sanguinaria (Duponchel, 1842) was found in a
pet shop in
Croydon, Surrey, England in 2019. Species of the genus LythriaHübner,
1823 are not native
to the British Isles, however, some old, perhaps doubtful records are
the recorded L. sanguinaria specimen was accidentally introduced to Great
with pieces of wood from Portugal, destined to be used in reptile enclosures.
Key words. British Isles, endemic, England, Iberian
Peninsula, introduction, Lythria,
new record, pet shop.
PHASIANIPENNELLA (HÜBNER, )
(LEP.: GRACILLARIIDAE): A NOTE ON BOTH LARVAL FORMS
AND THE PUPA
R. J. HECKFORD
Department of Life Sciences, Division of Insects, Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
(Correspondence address: 67 Newnham Road, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon PL7
An account is given of the sap-feeding form of the larva of Calybites
(Hübner, ), and a description of the tissue-feeding form and
the pupa, together
Keywords: Lepidoptera, Gracillariidae, Calybites phasianipennella,
FIDELLA (REUTTI, 1853) (LEP.: GRACILLARIIDAE) NEW TO THE BRITISH FAUNA RESIDENT IN EAST SUFFOLK
1RAYMOND A. WATSON, 2ALLAN C. EATON & 3 HELEN E. MCCLENNON-WARNOCK
1 The House of Eden, Alderton Road, Hollesley, Woodbridge, Suffolk
2 11 Belvedere Drive, Kessingland, Suffolk NR33 7SA.
3 57 Low Corner, Butley, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3QD.
Caloptilia fidella was captured for the first time in Britain in East
Suffolk on 29 July
2020. Second and third individuals were captured on 18 and 24 July
2021 in the same
vice county. A description of the adult moth is provided. The species
has been found
breeding at one capture site.
Keywords. Caloptilia fidella, Lepidoptera, Gracillariidae. New to Britain,
OF RAILWAY WORKS ON THE FOUR-SPOTTED MOTH TYTA
LUCTUOSA (D. & S.) AND OTHER DAY-FLYING LEPIDOPTERA AT
WERRINGTON BROOK DRAIN, PETERBOROUGH IN 2020
c/o Shire, Tydd Bank, Sutton Bridge, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE12 9XE
Five conservation priority species of day-flying Lepidoptera have been
twenty years at Werrington Brook Drain, Peterborough. The complete obliteration
the site was reported in 2020. During that year the site was revisited
on seven occasions
from May to August, to monitor any recolonisation by five target species
Lepidoptera, including the Four-spotted Moth Tyta luctuosa; none were
luctuosa remains present in adjacent areas, over 1 kilometre distant.
Future survey is
necessary to monitor any potential recolonisation.
Keywords. Environmental monitoring, Lepidoptera.
TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE
MACRO-MOTHS OF COTHILL FEN, OXFORDSHIRE
Shire, Tydd Bank, Sutton Bridge, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE12 9XE
Email: paul_waring @btinternet.com
Macro-moths at Cothill Fen National Nature Reserve and Parsonage Moor
are listed and discussed. The numbers of individuals of some noteworthy
presented and compared.
Keywords: Cothill Fen, Parsonage Moor, Berkshire, England.
VAPIDELLA (MANN, 1857) (LEP.: PYRALIDAE)
NEW TO BRITAIN
1 BEN SALE & 2 GRAEME J. SMITH
1 Trinity Close, Fordham, Cambridgeshire CB75PB
2 36 Honeysuckle Close, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23
Euzopherodes vapidella (Mann, 1857) (Lep.: Pyralidae) is reported formally
as a new species
for Britain from Hertfordshire. the adult male moth is illustrated in
colour as well as its
Keywords: Euzopherodes vapidella, Pyralidae, Britain.
OCHSENHEIMERELLA (HÜBNER )
(LEP.: ADELIDAE) NEW TO THE BRITISH ISLES
DAVID W. EMLEY
23 Leacroft, Stone, Staffordshire ST15 8GF
Nemophora ochsenheimerella (Hübner) (Lep.: Adelidae) is reported
as a new species for
Britain from Staffordshire. the adult male moth is illustrated in colour.
Its potential source
in Britain is discussed.
Keywords: Nemophora ochsenheimerella, Adelidae, Britain.
REVIEW OF 2020
A.M. DAVIS AND G.M. TORDOFF
Butterfly Conservation, Manor Yard, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5QP
Noteworthy records of microlepidoptera obtained in the British Isles
are summarised. this includes two species new to the British Isles, one
of which is
already breeding. Numerous new vice-county records are detailed, with
observations of 459 species in total.