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Current Volume - (133) 2021:

133(1):

FOURTH 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
Abstract
This update incorporates information published since 30 November 2019 and before 1 January 2021 into A Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the British Isles, 2013.

HYDRAECIA OSSEOLA (STAUDINGER, 1882) (NOCTUIDAE) AND ARAEOPTERON ECPHAEA HAMPSON, 1940 (EREBIDAE) NEW FOR THE FAUNA OF CROATIA
TONI KOREN
Association Hyla, I. Lipovac 7, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia E-mail: koren.toni1@gmail.com
Abstract
During a moth survey of Neretva river Delta, southern Croatia, two interesting Noctuoidea 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 Italy.
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
Adriatic coastline.
Key words: Neretva river delta, Noctuidae, Erebidae, moths, distribution, wetland species.

PARACOSSULUS THRIPS (HÜBNER, 1818) (LEP. COSSIDAE) RE-DISCOVERED IN BULGARIA WITH NOTES OF SOME OTHER
SURPRISING FINDINGS IN THE DRAGOMAN NATURA 2000 PROTECTED AREA
STOYAN BESHKOV& ANA NAHIRNIc-BESHkOVA
National Museum of Natural History, Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd.1, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria stoyan.beshkov@gmail.com; ananahirnic@nmnhs.com
Abstract
Paracossulus (=Catopta) thrips, a species listed in Annex II of the Council Directive 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 species, faunistics.

THE MACRO-MOTHS OF ASTON ROWANT NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE, OXFORDSHIRE
PAUL WARING
Shire, Tydd Bank, Sutton Bridge, Spalding, Lincs., PE12 9XE paul_waring@btinternet.com
Abstract
This article reviews the recording of macro-moths at Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve, Oxfordshire, since 1890. The all-time total list of the 348 species macro-moths known from 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 Nature Reserve,
oxfordshire, England.

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. (E-mail: robin.d.sutton@googlemail.com)
2National Museums Liverpool World Museum, William Brown Street L3 8EN3, United Kingdom. (e-mail: Ian.Wallace@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk)
3Emeritus Entomologist, National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2, D02 F627, Ireland. (e-mail: joconnor@museum.ie)
Abstract
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 presumed extinct 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,
Scotland, machair

133(2):

INVERTEBRATES 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 iansthompson@f2s.com
2 3 The Saplings, Penkridge, Stafford ST19 5DE arthur.blunt195@btinternet.com
Abstract
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 were selected 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. Criteria are suggested for assessing the likelihood of specific cases of introduction through the 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 centres originated from the neighbouring countryside than was imported from elsewhere.

CHANGES IN SURREY’S BUTTERFLY FAUNA
HARRY E. CLARKE
70 Norwood Road, Effingham, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 5NX Harry@HarryClarke.me.uk
Abstract
Surrey butterflies have been well-documented, but there has been a tendency to accept accounts without proper questioning. This article provides a critical review of the documentation available, showing at the beginning of the nineteenth century there were 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. The Blackveined White previously considered a resident of Surrey is now considered a migrant. 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.

THE MACRO-LEPIDOPTERA OF SYDLINGS COPSE, OXFORDSHIRE
PAULWARING
Shire, Tydd Bank, Sutton Bridge, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE12 9XE
E-mail: paul_waring@btinternet.com
Abstract
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 are discussed.
Keywords: Faunistics, Sydlings Copse, Oxfordshire

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