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TO A CHECKLIST OF THE LEPIDOPTERA OF THE BRITISH ISLES, 2013
ON ACCOUNT OF SUBSEQUENTLY PUBLISHED DATA
1 DAVID J. L. AGASSIZ, 2 S. D. BEAVAN& 1 R. J. HECKFORD
1 Department of Life Sciences, Division of Insects, Natural History Museum,
London SW7 5BD
2 The Hayes, Zeal Monachorum, Devon EX17 6DF
This update incorporates information published since 31 December 2020
and before 1 January
2022 into A Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the British Isles, 2013.
ANTHEMIDELLA (WOCKE, 1871) (LEP.: GELECHIIDAE), NEW FOR GREAT BRITAIN
MARK J. STERLING1, KLAUS SATTLER1 AND DAVID C. LEES1
1 Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road,
London SW7 5BD
Address for correspondence: M.Sterling@nhm.ac.uk
Isophrictis anthemidella (Wocke, 1871) is recorded for the first time
from Great Britain on
the basis of DnA barcoding. Diagnostic morphological characters separating
the species from
I. striatella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) are presented
Keywords. DNA barcoding, morphology, Anthemideae.
NIMBELLA (DUPONCHEL, 1837) (LEP.: PYRALIDAE) BREEDING IN DORSET (VC9),
WITH COMMENTS ON THE DISTRIBUTION AT THE SITE
JACK W. OUGHTON
30 Front Street, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4ET
Homoeosoma nimbella has been found breeding at the Studland Peninsula,
Dorset, 60 years
after the only previous vice-county record. Larvae were found on Jasione
throughout the Studland Peninsula, in the active dune system and on sandy
were absent where the foodplant grew on less disturbed soils or in lower
Key words: Pyralidae, Lepidoptera, Dorset, larvae.
OF CALOPTILIA HONORATELLA (REBEL, 1914) AND C. HEMIDACTYLELLA ([DENIS & SCHIFFERMÜLLER], 1775) IN
BRITAIN WITH A NOTE ON TWO SIMILAR ADDITIONAL ACERFEEDING
CALOPTILIA THAT MIGHT APPEAR IN BRITAIN
COLIN W. PLANT
14 West Road, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 3QP
The statuses of Caloptilia honoratella (Rebel) and C. hemidactylella
([D. & S.]) in
the British Isles are investigated. Distribution maps are presented.
honoratella has invaded from 2016 onwards and is now an established breeding
species. Caloptilia hemidactylella remains extant at its historic site,
but also reached
Britain as a primary immigrant during 2013, and perhaps subsequently;
it is currently
locally resident in East Anglia. Past records are reviewed. other Acer-feeding
Caloptilia species that might invade Britain are presented. Colour illustrations
provided of adults, as well as photographs of both male and female genitalia
Keywords: Caloptilia, Britain, invasive Lepidoptera, immigration, distribution
OF THE SPECIES DIVERSITY AND ABUNDANCE OF BUTTERFLIES OF THE FOREST EDGE
IN THE VICINITY OF
Department of Environmental Protection, City of Jagodina, Serbia
Butterflies were examined along the edge of a forest near the city of
Jagodina, Serbia, from
April to September 2017, in order to assess the diversity of species
and identify the factors
that influence it. Shannon Diversity Index, Simpson’s Diversity
Index, species richness,
Pielou’s Evenness, Margalef’s Richness Index and relative
abundance were calculated.
Keywords: Butterfly diversity, Jagodina, Serbia.
BATRACHEDRA CONFUSELLA BERGGREN, AARVIK, HUEMER, LEE& MUTANEN, 2022 (LEP.: BATRACHEDRIDAE) IN BRITAIN
1 PETER HALL& 2 COLIN W. PlANT
¹ Easter Craiglands, Rosemarkie, Fortrose, Ross-shire IV10 8SJ
² 14 West Road, Bishops Stortford, Herts. CM23 3QP
The species Batrachedra pinicolella (Zeller, 1839) has recently been
comprising two distinct species, both of which were stated to be present
in Britain. This
British status is examined and confirmed. Information is presented to
readers to recognise and record the new species.
Keywords: Batrachedridae, Batrachedra confusella, faunistics.
CORONATA (HUFNAGEL, 1767) AND ANANIA HORTULATA (LINNAEUS, 1758) (LEP.:
CRAMBIDAE): LARVAE OF BOTH FEEDING
ON HEDGE BINDWEED CALYSTEGIA SEPIUM (L.) R. BR. IN DEVON,
ENGLAND, AN OVERLOOKED FOODPLANT OF THE FORMER AND A
RARELY RECORDED ONE OF THE LATTER IN THE BRITISH ISLES
AND CONSIDERATION OF THE VOLTINISM OF A. CORONATA
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 finding the larvae of Anania coronata (Hufnagel,
1767) and Anania
hortulata (linnaeus, 1758) in Devon, England, in 2021 feeding on Hedge
Calystegia sepium (l.) R. Br., an overlooked foodplant of the former
and an apparently
rarely recorded one of the latter in the British Isles. Descriptions
and photographs of the
larva of A. coronata in various instars are provided and the final instar
of A. hortulata is
compared and an image provided. Voltinism of A. coronata is considered.
Keywords: lepidoptera, Crambidae, Anania coronata, Anania
foodplant, Calystegia sepium, voltinism.
INVERTEBRATES – THE
IMPORTANCE OF ACCURACY MARTIN ALBERTINI, JON COLE, LES EVANS-HILL,
KEITH LUGG, IAN MASTERS,
IAN SIMS & ADRIAN SPALDING
Corresponding author: Adrian Spalding, Sunny Bank Cottage, The Terrace,
Chacewater, Cornwall TR4 8LT.
Invertebrates are key constituents in all habitats and their records
contribute to our
understanding of the health of the countryside. Accurate records are
when making decisions about the conservation status of species and sites,
but many species
are difficult to identify. Some species cannot be properly identified
when still alive; voucher
specimens allow critical examination (e.g. using DnA techniques) and
may result in the
discovery of species complexes. Inaccurate records can skew data sets,
conservation effort and disguise the presence of rare species. We provide
a number of case
studies to support our view that accuracy in recording is vitally important.
Keywords: Invertebrate recording, voucher specimens,
nepticulidae; Phyllocnistinae, Scotoperyx; saproxylic beetles, woodlice.
OCCURRENCE OF OECOPHORA BRACTELLA (LINNAEUS, 1758) (LEP.: OECOPHORIDAE)
IN THE NORFOLK BROADS,
M. A’COURT, 2 S. D. BEAVAN & ³R. J. HECKFORD
2 Nash’s Cottages, Old Lane, Walcott, Norwich, Norfolk NR12 0PA
2 The Hayes, Zeal Monachorum, Devon EX17 6DF
³ 67 Newnham Road, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon PL7 4AW
Oecophora bractella (linnaeus, 1758) is recorded at light in the norfolk
norfolk (VC27). It had never been recorded from any of the four vice-counties
the county of norfolk and is the first from any wetland site in Great
Britain. larvae were
found and moths reared, confirming that the species is resident in at
least one area of
the norfolk Broads.
Keywords: lepidoptera, oecophoridae, Oecophora bractella, larva, Salix
BLASTOBASIS MAROCCANELLA AMSEL, 1952 ARE B. VITTATA (WOLLASTON, 1858)
RICHARD DICKSON1, JOHN R. LANGMAID3 & IAN THIRLWELL2
1 39 Serpentine Road, Fareham PO16 7ED (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2 13 Dunlin Close, Southsea, Hampshire PO4 8YW (email@example.com)
Re-examination of British specimens assigned to B. maroccanella shows
them to be B. vittata.
Keyword: Blastobasis, synonymy
ON THE RELIABILITY OF EXTERNAL CHARACTERISTICS TO DISTINGUISH ADULTS
OF THE BRITISH
COPPER UNDERWING SPECIES AMPHIPYRA PYRAMIDEA (L.) AND
A. BERBERA RUNGS (LEP.: NOCTUIDAE)
L. J. EvANS-HILL
Gravel Pit Cottage, Kingston Road, Putney Heath, London SW15 3SB
Differences in external morphological characteristics in British adult
(L.) and A. berbera Rungs are discussed. The hindwing underside characteristics
are the most
reliable feature in both species when specimens are in pristine condition;
characteristics are unreliable, irrespective of specimen condition, when
used in isolation,
although a combination can be used to make a putative determination.
In such cases, reference
must be made to the hindwing underside for confirmation. When characters
or inconclusive, reference to the genitalia is essential.
Keywords: Amphipyra pyramidea, Amphipyra berbera, Noctuidae, morphology,
ECOLOGY OF THE FORESTER ADSCITA STATICES (L., 1758) (LEP.: ZYGAENIDAE)
AT A SITE IN GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES
G. M. TORDOFF
Butterfly Conservation, Manor Yard, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5QP
Searches for larvae of Forester Ascita statices (Linnaeus, 1758) were
carried out in the spring,
late summer and early autumn of 2021 at a colliery spoil site in Glamorgan,
Spring larval searches were unproductive, with no larvae being recorded.
Egg batches, leaf
mines and early to mid instar larvae were, however, relatively easy to
find in August and
September. Young larvae appear surprisingly mobile, being able to disperse
to new plants
once their natal plants are exhausted. Small plants of Common Sorrel
Rumex acetosa L. are
preferred at this site.
Keywords: Zygaenidae, Ascita statices, larval foodplant, autecology
AN ANNOTATED LIST OF THE LEPIDOPTERA OF SHETLAND
1 M. G. PENNINGTON& 2 P. V. HARVEY
1 9 Daisy Park, Baltasound, Unst, Shetland ZE2 9EA
2 Shetland Biological Records Centre, Garthspool, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1
The Lepidoptera recorded in the Scottish archipelago of Shetland (Watsonian
112) are reported. In total, 395 species, including 16 recorded as known
adventives, are included. A further 74 species are excluded from the
main list as they are
either unconfirmed or presumed or known errors. A short assessment of
status is given for
Keywords: Lepidoptera, Shetland Islands, VC112, Scotland.
RECENT REDISCOVERY OF DUSKY CLEARWING PARANTHRENE
TABANIFORMIS (ROTTEMBURG, 1775) (LEP.: SESIIDAE)
M.S. BOTHAM1*, S. FALK2, K. HOWELL1, S. PHILLIPS3, M. MCCRACKEN1,
G.M. TORDOFF4 & J.T. STALEY1
1* UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Maclean Building, Benson Lane,
Crowmarsh Gifford, OX10 8BB
2 10 Fishponds Road, Kenilworth CV8 1EX
3 Natural England, Foss House, Kings Pool, 1-2 Peasholme Green, York
4 Butterfly Conservation, Manor Yard, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset
*Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
The rediscovery of Dusky Clearwing Paranthrene tabaniformis (Rottemburg,
Sesiidae) in Britain is reported.
GRAPHANA (TREITSCHKE, 1835) (LEP.: TORTRICIDAE) NEW TO THE BRITISH
RAYMOND A. WATSON
The House of Eden, Alderton Road, Hollesley, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12
The tortricid moth Epiblema graphana (Treitschke, 1835) is reported new
to the British fauna
from Suffolk in 2022.
Keywords. Epiblema graphana, British Lepidopteran fauna, Suffolk.
NOCTUA TERTIA MENTZER, MOBERG & FIBIGER,
1991 (LEP: NOCTUIDAE) IN BRITAIN
BRIAN ELLIOTT 1 & DAVID WILSON 2
1 18 Bellflower Way, Chandlers Ford, Hampshire SO53 4HN
2 Lark Rise, Dunwich Road, Blythburgh, Suffolk IP19 9LT
Noctua tertia Mentzer, Moberg & Fibiger, 1991, is recorded in Britain
for the first time.
Keywords: Lepidoptera, noctuidae, Noctua tertia, Britain.
OF LEPIDOPTERA TO THE BRITISH ISLES IN 2018
SEAN P. CLANCY
1 Myrtle Villas, Sussex Road, New Romney, Kent TN28 8DY
Formally accepted records of immigrant Lepidoptera affecting the British
Isles during the
year 2018 are listed and discussed. For less frequently encountered species,
is given. For the more regular/frequent species recorded, annual summaries
LORYMA EGREGIALIS (HERRICH-SCHÄFFER,
1838) (LEP.: PYRALIDAE) NEW TO BRITAIN AND NORTHERN EUROPE
Four Gables, Village Road, Denham, Buckinghamshire UB95BN
The pyralid moth Loryma egregialis (Herrich-Schäffer, 1838) is reported
new to the British
and northern European fauna from Buckinghamshire in July 2022.
Keywords: Loryma egregialis, British lepidopteran fauna,
EUBLEMMA COCHYLIOIDES (GUENÉE,
1852) (LEP.: EREBIDAE) IN HERTFORDSHIRE – NEW TO GREAT BRITAIN
DAVID H. HATTON1, JOHN E. CHAINEY2 & JENNIFER M. SPENCE3
1David H. Hatton, Royston, Hertfordshire, UK; email@example.com
2John E. Chainey, Royston, Hertfordshire, UK; firstname.lastname@example.org
3Jennifer M. Spence, Royston, Hertfordshire, UK; email@example.com
Eublemma cochylioides (Guenée, 1852) is added to the British fauna
Hertfordshire, in August 2022.
Keywords: Erebidae, Eublemma cochylioides, new to Britain.
MICROLEPIDOPTERA REVIEW OF 2021
A. M. DAVIS & G. M. TORDOFF
Butterfly Conservation, Manor Yard, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5QP
noteworthy records of microlepidoptera obtained in the British Isles
during 2021 are
summarised. This includes two species new to the British Isles. A further
two new species
are reported from previous years. numerous new vice-county records are
notable observations of 420 species in total.
INCREASES MACROMOTH CATCHES IN LIGHT TRAPS
CHRIS TYlER-SMITH & YAlI XUE
14 High St., Linton, Cambridgeshire CB21 4HS
A standard Robinson-pattern light trap with a mercury vapour bulb was
run alternately with
or without amyl acetate for a year, recording a total of 6920 macromoths.
increased the number of individuals by 29% (total) or 18% (geometric
mean/night). The same
experiment was repeated using a Skinner trap with an actinic tube. We
found that this effect
was seasonal; no significant increase was found during the winter. We
conclude that amyl
acetate provides a simple and cost-effective way of increasing macromoth
much of the year.
Keywords: Robinson moth trap, mercury vapour bulb, Skinner
moth trap, actinic tube,