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SOUTHERN GRASS EMERALD CHLORISSA CLORARIA (HÜBNER,
) (LEp.: GEOMETRIDAE) NEw TO THE CHANNEL ISLANDS
PHILIP H. STERLING1 and PETER D. M. COSTEN2
1 Environmental Services, Dorset County Council, County Hall, Colliton
Park, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ.
2 La Broderie, La Claire Mare, St Peters, Guernsey GY7 9QA.
The discovery of Southern Grass Emerald Chlorissa cloraria (Hübner,
Geometridae) new to the Channel Islands (VC 113) is reported. Examples
from Guernsey and
Jersey have been identified and it is likely that all historical records
of Small Grass Emerald
Chlorissa viridata (Linnaeus, 1758) from the Channel Islands are referable
to C. cloraria.
Notes on rearing and photographs of larvae of both species of Chlorissa
OF LEPIDOPTERA TO THE BRITISH ISLES IN 2008
SEAN P. CLANCY
1 Myrtle Villas, Sussex Road, New Romney, Kent. TN28 8DY.
Formally accepted records of immigrant Lepidoptera occurring in the British
the year 2008 are listed and discussed. For less frequently encountered
information is given in Annex 1, presented in vice-county order, the
then listed alphabetically for each VC. For the more regular immigrant
summaries and a selection of the more important records
OF OLETHREUTES ARCUELLA (CLERCK, 1759) (LEP.: TORTRICIDAE)
R. J. HECKFORD
Department of Entomology, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London
Correspondence address: 67 Newnham Road, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon PL7
An account is given of rearing Olethreutes arcuella (Clerck, 1759) from
between published descriptions of the larva and those resulting from
these ova are noted as
well as certain differences in biology.
PAVONIA (LINNAEUS, 1758) AND SATURNIA PAVONIELLA (SCOPOLI, 1763) (LEP.:
Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of Biology,
8 Dragan Tsankov Blvd., BG-1164 Sofia,
Bulgaria (E-mail: email@example.com)
Four taxa belonging to subgenus Saturnia (Eudia) Jordan in Seitz, 1911
are reported for the
Bulgarian fauna. S. (E.) pavonia (Linnaeus, 1758), S. (E.) pavonia ligurica
1876) and S. (E.) pavoniella (Scopoli, 1763) are the subjects of this
study. Most Bulgarian
reports refer to S. (E.) pavonia. After careful examination of all specimens
preserved in the
collection of the National Natural History Museum and several other collections
Bulgarian specimens, it was found that all individuals belong to S. (E.)
pavoniella and that
S. (E.) pavonia does not occur in Bulgaria. Evidence for hybridisation
between the two
species was established on several occasions.
OF ACLERIS UMBRANA (HB.) (LEP.: TORTRICIDAE) IN GREAT BRITAIN SINCE
R. J. HECKFORD
Scientific Associate, Department of Entomology, Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Correspondence address: 67 Newnham Road, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon PL7
Acleris umbrana (Hübner, 1799) has been found in Great Britain only
in England. Records
are given from 1900 to 2009, as well as those from the Channel Islands,
and its current
status is considered. Published larval foodplants are reviewed and it
is noted that the only
species on which larvae have been found in England and the Channel Islands
Prunus spinosa, which is apparently not given in mainland European literature.
is provided of the biology.
OF MEGALODONTESIDAE (HYM., SYMPHYTA, PAMPHILIOIDEA) FROM NORTH AFRICA
AND THE MIDDLE EAST
1 NEIL D. SPRINGATE, 2 DANIEL H. BURCKHARDT AND 3 LAWRENCE S. SPRINGATE
1 Faculty of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Wolfson Link Building, University
Glasgow G12 8QQ, Scotland
2 Naturhistorisches Museum, Augustinergasse 2, CH-4052 Basel, Switzerland
3 Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A, Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3
Five new species of Megalodontesidae are described from North Africa
and the Middle East,
namely Megalodontes crassicornis,M.
guichardi, M. huddlestoni, M, quinlani and M.
weiffenbachi. Brief notes are given to distinguish them from closely-related
REDISCOVERING MUSCHAMPIA TESSELLUM ([HÜBNER,
) (LEP.: HESPERIIDAE) IN BULGARIA WITH ADDITIONAL NOTES ON
M. CRIBRELLUM (EVERSMANN, 1814) FROM THE EASTERN
BALKAN (STARA PLANINA) MOUNTAINS
1 KURT HOEJGAARD & 2 STOYAN BESHKOV
1 Hoejgaard, K, Sandnaesvej 25, Dk-7100 Vejle, Denmark (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
2 Beshkov, S. National Museum of Natural Histoty, Sofia, Tzar Osvoboditel
Blbd 1, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
Records of Muschampia tessellum (Hb., 1803) and M. cribrellum (Eversmann,
Bulgaria are reviwed. M. tessellum is reported after an absence of over
80 years; modern
records of M. cribrellum are also presented. New characters for separating
the two closely
similar species are presented.
ANKERARIA (STAUDINGER 1861) (LEP.:
GEOMETRIDAE): A NEWGENUS AND SPECIES FOR THE
1 STOYAN BESHKOV & 2 BOYAN ZLATKOV
1 National Museum of Natural History, Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd.1, 1000 Sofia,
2 Sofia University, Faculty of Biology, Department of Zoology and Anthropology,
8, Dragan Tsankov Blvd., 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria.
Desertobia ankeraria (Staudinger, 1861) is reported as a new for Bulgaria
localities in the south-west – at the Kresna Gorge and the volcanic
hill of Kozhouh near
Petrich. Brushed male genitalia of Desertobia ankeraria and the species
with which it can
be mistaken are illustrated. Male antennae of Desertobia ankeraria and
exhibit significant differences and are also illustrated.
SPECIES OF NOCTUIDAE (LEP.), SUBFAMILY
HERMINIINAE, FROM FIJI
15 Whinny Brae, Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 2HU.
A collection of moths from Fiji from the period 1991 – 2006 has
revealed two previously
undescribed species of Noctuidae which are described here as Raphiscopa
sp.n. and Raphiscopa punctistigmata sp.n.
A NEW SPECIES
OF TELENOMUS (AHOLCUS)
(HYM., PLATYGASTROIDEA: SCELIONIDAE) FROM RUSSIA
AND THE UKRAINE
1 JAMES P. O’CONNOR & 2 PATRICK ASHE
1emeritus entomologist, National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin
233 Shelton Drive, Terenure, Dublin 12, Ireland
After examining the lectotype specimen of Telenomus (Aholcus) coilus
Walker, it became
evident that Telenomus (Aholcus) coilus sensu Kozlov & Kononova,
1983 is a previously
undescribed species. The new taxon, Telenomus (Aholcus) kononovae sp.nov.,
is named in
honour of Dr S.V. Kononova.
CHANGES IN THE ABUNDANCE AND PHENOLOGY OF
HOPLIA PHILANTHUS (FUESSLY) CoL: SCARABAEIDAE AT
1 CHRIS R. SHORTALL & 2 GEORGIE L.S. TIMMIS
1 Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 2JQ
2 Pendomer, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 9PH
The chafer beetle Hoplia philanthus was studied using data from the Rothamsted
Survey suction trap at Silwood Park, Berkshire in the years 1973-1976,
2000-2009. It underwent a step-change in abundance
THE CENTENARY OF JAMES WILLIAM TUTT
ANTHONY J. PICKLES 2a, Park Avenue, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 9GX (E-mail: email@example.com)
MOTHS COUNT MILESTONES
Z. RANDLE, L. HILL AND R. FOX
Butterfly Conservation, Manor Yard, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset BH20
During 2007, the ambitious Moths Count project was launched by Sir David
This paper summarises the activities and outcomes of the Moths Count
project and the
establishment of a National Moth Recording Scheme for the United Kingdom.
164 Dobcroft Road, Sheffield S11 9LH.
Information from three butterfly species is examined and shown to indicate
the presence of
hybrids. The flight periods of broods in all three cases exceed eight
weeks. Two of the three
are sedentary insects while the third has regular immigrations from Europe.
Argus Aricia agestis (D.& S.) migration facts are noted. It is proposed
that, since all insects
and other wildlife are equally affected by ice-ages and global warming,
many will also have
hybrids provided their distribution covers the whole of mainland Britain
and their flight
periods are 8 weeks or more. As a start twelve species from three Orders
are listed. These
conform to the stated requirements.
OF COPPICING IN NEGLECTED ANCIENT
WOODLANDS BENEFITS BUMBLEBEES, BUTTERFLIES AND
GRASSHOPPERS IN ESSEX
2 Beech Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex CM8 3PF, UK
Cessation of coppicing led to low species richness of thermophilous (warmth
loving) insects in
four ancient woodlands in south-east England. Insect species richness
increased in copparded
and coppiced woodlands after cutting, with White-letter Hairstreak Satyrium
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas being recorded for the first time. Bumblebees
also colonised coppiced coupes, Roesel’s bush-cricket Metrioptera
roeselii was found in both
copparded and coppiced coupes. Insect species richness also increased
in the control wood, with
butterflies and bumblebees being recorded in small areas with an open
canopy, but none of the
more localised butterflies recorded in the managed woodlands were observed.
BRASSOLINA (LEP.: NYMPHALIDAE) IN BRITAIN
C. ROGER BRISTOW
Davidsland, Copplestone, Devon EX17 5NX
In two earlier papers (1986, 1991), I recorded the accidental occurrences
Nymphalidae of the subtribe Brassolina [formerly the family Brassolidae]
tamarindi, Opsiphanes cassiae, Caligo memnon and Caligo sp.) in Britain,
New Zealand. Since that time, new British, Dutch, New Zealand and USA
come to light.
NEW TO BEdFORDSHIRE (VC 30) SINCE THE
PUBLICATION OF THE BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS OF
BEDFORDSHIRE IN 1997, WITH COMMENTS ON SOME PREVIOUSLY
MELISSA G. BANTHORPE
32 Long Close, Lower Stondon, Bedfordshire SG16 6JS.
A summary of the 27 macro-moth species that have been newly recorded
in the English Vice
County of Bedfordshire (VC 30) is presented. New information is also given
on a further six
species which have been previously recorded here.
MICROLEPIDOPTERA REVIEW OF 2010
1 J. R. LANGMAID AND 2 M. R. YOUNG
1 Wilverley, 1 Dorrita Close, Southsea, Hampshire PO4 0NY.
2 Meiklepark, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire AB51 0DL.
Noteworthy records of microlepidoptera collected during 2010 are summarised,
two species new to the British Isles and numerous new vice-county records.
ANNULATELLA (CURTIS, 1832) (LEP.: YPONOMEUTIDAE) FOUND INLAND AND ON
LARVAL FOODPLANTS, AND A CONSIDERATION OF PUBLISHED
1 R. J. HECKFORD AND 2 S. D. BEAVAN
1 Department of Entomology, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London
2 The Hayes, Zeal Monachorum, Devon EX17 6DF.
1 Correspondence address: 67 Newnham Road, Plympton, Plymouth, devon
Records are given of two inland localities for Rhigognostis annulatella
Yponomeutidae, hitherto believed to be only a coastal species in the
British Isles. Two new
larval foodplants, Arabidopsis petraea