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UPDATE TO THE 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 26 March 2016 and
November 2018 into A Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the British Isles,
CONTRITELLA (WALKER, 1864) (LEP.: OECOPHORIDAE) NEW TO BRITAIN
32 Long Close, Lower Stondon, Bedfordshire SG16 6JS
Trachypepla contritella (Walker) is added to the British list from six
individuals in lighttraps
in Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire in 2012 and 2018.
Keywords. Britain, Bedfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Lepidoptera,
OF OVERWINTERING TISSUES TRIPHOSA DUBITATA L. (LEP.: GEOMETRIDAE) IN
1 KATTY BAIRD & 2 MARK CUBITT
1 4 Rhodes Holdings, North Berwick EH39 5PH
2 12 Burgh Mills Lane, Linlithgow, EH49 7TA
Adult Tissue Triphosa dubitata L. (Lep.: Geometridae) were monitored
in caves and
mines in Berwickshire and Haddingtonshire between August 2017 and April
activity and numbers were observed during September, after which numbers
only eight individuals, all females, were recorded in the spring 2018.
No males were
recorded after October. Through regular visits to overwintering sites
of individuals based on unique wing markings, this study revealed that
in Scotland are much higher than previously thought.
Key Words: Tissue, Triphosa dubitata, Scotland, overwintering, hibernation
HYDROPSYCHE FULVIPES (CURTIS, 1834) (TRICHOPTERA: HYDROPSYCHIDAE):
AS AN IRISH SPECIES
1 JAMES P. O’CONNOR, 1 MARY A. O’CONNOR AND 2 MARTIN P. GAMMELL
1 c/o National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion Street,
Dublin 2, D02 F627,
2 Marine and Freshwater Research Centre, Department of Natural Sciences,
Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Galway, H91 T8NW, Ireland.(e-mail:
A female adult of Hydropsyche fulvipes (Curtis, 1834) (Trichoptera: Hydropsychidae)
was collected at a small stream in Edenvale, County Wexford, confirming
of the species in Ireland. Previous Irish larval records of the species
Key words: Trichoptera, caddisfly, Hydropsyche fulvipes,
adult, species confirmed,
LEAF BLOTCH MINER MOTH (LEPIDOPTERA: GRACILLARIITES)
FROM MID-EOCENE BALTIC AMBER
MARTIN J. F. FOWLER
Les Rocquettes, Orchard Road, South Wonston, Winchester SO21 3EX
A micro-moth fossil from a specimen of Mid-Eocene Baltic amber is described
tentatively identified as a leaf blotch miner from the Lepidopteran family
Stainton, 1854 and belonging to the genus Gracillariites Kozlov, 1987.
The good quality
of the fossil, including the preservation of wing scales, graphically
illustrates the ability
of Baltic amber to preserve in exquisite detail insect remains dating
from over 41 million
Keywords: Lepidoptera, fossil micromoth, Gracillariidae,
Gracillariites, Baltic amber,
TO KNOWLEDGE OF THE BALKAN LEPIDOPTERA: SPECIES COLLECTED IN THE AUTUMN
IN ALBANIA (MACROLEPIDOPTERA WITH SOME CRAMBIDAE)
1 STOYAN BESHKOV & 2 ANA NAHIRNIC
1, 2 National Museum of Natural History, Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd.1, 1000
(E-mails: 1 email@example.com; 2 firstname.lastname@example.org)
ON THE LARVA AND FOODPLANTS OF LOBESIA RELIQUANA (HÜBNER, ) (LEP.: TORTRICIDAE,
S. D. BEAVAN AND ² R. J. HECKFORD
¹ The Hayes, Zeal Monachorum, Devon EX17 6DF ² Department of Life Sciences,
Division of Insects, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
(Correspondence address: 67 Newnham Road, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon PL7
This paper considers accounts of the larva and larval foodplants of Lobesia
(Hübner, ) in British and mainland European literature as
a result of finding larvae
in withered brown leaves of Hornbeam Carpinus betulus L. and oak Quercus
Devon, England. Certain cited foodplants are considered to be erroneous
confirmation. Only a few larval descriptions are considered to be reliable.
Key words: Lepidoptera, Tortricidae, Lobesia reliquana,
larva, foodplants, Carpinus
betulus, Quercus sp., dead leaves.
MOTH CYDALIMA PERSPECTALIS (WALKER, 1859) IN BRITAIN: AN OVERVIEW OF
ITS SPREAD AND
1 COLIN W. PLANT, 2 CHRIS POOLE, 3 ANDREW SALISBURY& 3 STEPHANIE
1 Corresponding Author: 14 West Road, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
2 European Boxwood and Topiary Society (UK), PO Box 256 Stroud GL5 5WZ
3 Plant Health (Entomology), Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley, Surrey
Guest Editor: DAVID J. L. AGASSIZ
The arrival of Cydalima perspectalis (Walker,
1859) (Lep.: Crambidae) in the British
Isles in 2007 and its subsequent geographical spread to the end of 2018
Earliest reports might relate to wandering adults from Europe, but the
a breeding population is most likely a consequence of accidental importation
stages in association with the larval foodplant of Box, primarily Buxus
sempervirens, which is also a native British tree. Once established the
adults are capable
of significant dispersal, in both sexes, so that continued range expansion
does not depend
on further importations. The spread of the species from 2007 to 2018 is
illustrated by a
series of distribution maps. The moth now affects all of England apart
from the far northwest
and has established a foothold in both South and North Wales, though much
Principality is, apparently, unaffected at present. In Scotland, the moth
is known from
the south-east in Fifeshire, but is likely to spread. The pest status and
measures are discussed briefly.
Keywords: Box-tree Moth, Cydalima perspectalis, Buxus
species, introduced species, pest species.
FUSCORUBRA RIEL, 1928, DESCRIBED FROM FRANCE: A NEW SYNONYM OF ALOPHIA COMBUSTELLA
(HERRICH-SCHÄFFER, 1855) (LEP.: PYRALIDAE, PHYCITINAE)
Racianska 61, SK-83102 Bratislava, Slovakia
Cnephidia fuscorubra Riel, 1928, described from France, was examined
and the results show that the female genitalia of the holotype
are identical with Alophia combustella
(Herrich-Schäffer, 1855). The holotype and its genitalia are illustrated.
Keywords: Cnephidia fuscorubra Riel, 1928, Alophia combustella (Herrich-Schäffer,
1855), new synonym.
OF LEPIDOPTERA TO THE BRITISH ISLES IN 2015
SEAN P. CLANCY
24 Prospect Road, Hythe, Kent. CT21 5NH
Formally accepted records of immigrant Lepidoptera occurring in the British
the year 2015 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/frequent
recorded during the season, annual summaries and a selection of the more
records are presented in Annex 2.
A NEW IRISH
LOCALITY FOR THE RARE CADDISFLY LIMNEPHILUS PATI O’CONNOR (TRICHOPTERA:
1 JAMES P. O’CONNOR, 2 JERVIS A. GOOD & 3 IAN D. WALLACE
1 Emeritus Entomologist, National Museum of Ireland – Natural History,
Merrion Street, Dublin
2, D02 F627, Ireland. (e-mail: email@example.com)
2 Jervis A. Good, Glinny, Riverstick, Co. Cork, P43 T262, Ireland. (e-mail:
3 National Museums Liverpool World Museum, William Brown Street L3 8EN3,
In 2003, a male adult of Limnephilus pati O’Connor, 1980 (Trichoptera:
was collected in a modified Owen insect emergence trap on a limnocrene
tufa spring at
Pollardstown Fen, Co. Kildare, Ireland. The species has now been recorded
Irish localities; three of these records are from the 19th Century. The
habitat is discussed.
Key words: Trichoptera, caddisfly, Limnephilus pati,
Ireland, male, limnocrene tufa
spring, larval habitat.
INSECURELLA (STAINTON, 1849) (LEP.: EPERMENIIDAE) REDISCOVERED ON THE
ISLE OF WIGHT
AFTER 92 YEARS AND CONSIDERATION OF THE TYPE
1 R. J. HECKFORD AND 2 S. D. BEAVAN
¹ Department of Life Sciences, Division of Insects, Natural History Museum,
London SW7 5BD
² The Hayes, Zeal Monachorum, Devon EX17 6DF
(Correspondence address: 67 Newnham Road, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon PL7
This paper records the rediscovery of Epermenia insecurella (Stainton,
1849) on the Isle
of Wight after 92 years and reviews prior records from there. Places
of larval pupation
are considered and also the name of the type locality.
Keywords: Lepidoptera, Epermeniidae, Epermenia insecurella,
Isle of Wight, records
reviewed, rediscovery, pupation site, type locality
COMPARISON OF CATCHES MADE BY TWO BULBS FITTED TO ROBINSON MOTH-TRAPS
1 CLIVE CRAIK & 2 ANDY MCLEOD
1 Scottish Association for Marine Science, Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory,
Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA
2 School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, Crew Building, The
Alexander Crum Brown Road, Edinburgh EH9 3FF
In a 53-night comparison, a Robinson trap with a 125-watt MBF bulb caught
as many individual macro-moths and 1.7 times as many species/night as
Robinson” trap (an identical trap body with a 20-watt Wemlite bulb).
differences were highly significant. The MBF bulb caught more individual
the Wemlite bulb on 49 of the 53 nights and more species on 46 nights.
The MBF bulb
emitted 7.4 times as much total radiation as the Wemlite, with 72 times
as much UVB,
1.6 times as much UVA and 34 times as much visible radiation. Under new
MBF and similar bulbs with >0.1% mercury are banned in the EU. More
have to be placed on legal substitutes such as the above Wemlite bulb,
Actinic traps and new LED sources. No commercially available replacement
has yet been shown to rival the moth-catching ability of MBF, MBU and
mercury-vapour bulbs of 125 and higher wattages. Methods of comparing
such as that used here, may therefore be useful in assessing new bulbs
and traps as they
Keywords: macromoths, MBF bulbs, Wemlite bulbs, EU Directive, conservation.
TO KNOWLEDGE OF BALKAN LEPIDOPTERA: SOME NEW AND RARE SPECIES FOR ALBANIA
AND NORTH MACEDONIA (MACROLEPIDOPTERA)
STOYAN BESHKOV 1 & ANA NAHIRNIC 2
National Museum of Natural History, Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd.1, 1000 Sofia,
Data for 45 nocturnal Lepidoptera species collected mainly in June-August
2018 by the
authors are presented. The majority of reported species are from Albania,
six genera and 19 species are reported for the first time. Seventeen
other species are
reported for the second time for Albania or are confirmed for the country.
are new for the North Macedonia (formerly known as the yugoslav Republic
Macedonia). Two other species are reported for the second time for that
Reported species and collecting localities are illustrated in colour,
when necessary with
genitalia, including everted vesicas.
Keywords: Albania, North Macedonia, faunistics, Lepidoptera, Macrolepidoptera
BRITISH RECORDS OF HORISME RADICARIA (LA HARPE, 1855) (LEP.: GEOMETRIDAE):
AN OVERLOOKED OR
NEW BRITISH SPECIES?
1 GRAEME J. SMITH AND 2 SEAN P. CLANCY
1 36 Honeysuckle Close, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 4RL
2 24 Prospect Road, Hythe, Kent, CT21 5NH
The discovery of the geometrid moth Horisme radicaria (la Harpe) in Britain
and discussed. Evidence from Europe suggests that it is a recent/current
than a long-overlooked resident. Adult moths and the genitalia of both
illustrated in comparison with the widespread resident Fern H. tersata.
are likely to require genitalia examination for reliable separation.
The colloquial name
Crytic Fern is proposed for this species.
Keywords: Horisme radicaria, Cryptic Fern, Geometridae, range expansion.
SHOOT BORER HYPSIPYLA GRANDELLA ZELLER, 1848 (LEP.: PYRALIDAE)
A NEW ADVENTIVE SPECIES FOR BRITAIN
Whitewells, Ordiquhill, Cornhill, Banffshire AB45 2HS
An adult Mahogany Shoot Borer Hypsipyla grandella Zeller, 1848 was found
October 2017 on the windowsill of a house in Meadowbank, Edinburgh, Scotland.
an important pest species of Mahogany Swietenia spp. in the Americas,
but is presumed
to be an accidental introduction here. It has been allocated the number
62.0415 on the
Keywords: Pyralidae, Hypsipyla grandella, adventive, Scotland, UK.
PLEUROPRUCHA INSULSARIA (GUENÉE,
1858) (LEP.: GEOMETRIDAE, STERRHINAE) THE COMMON TAN WAVE:
A FIRST UK RECORD OF THIS NORTH AMERICAN SPECIES
1 MIKE HALSEY & 2 AXEL HAUSMANN
1 Oxford Brookes University, Headington, Oxford OX3 0BP
2 SNSB – Bavarian State Collection of Zoology, Muenchhausenstr.
21, D-81247, München, Germany
Pleuroprucha insulsaria (Guenée, 1858) (Geometridae) was trapped
at an MV light at
Bonchurch, Isle of Wight; the identification was confirmed by dissection
barcoding. This represents the first UK record of this species, which
has a normal
resident distribution in the eastern half of North America. Wind-blown
accidental importation are considered as possible explanations for this
in the UK. A proposed name for the purpose of the UK list is given.
Keywords: Pleuroprucha insulsaria, United Kingdom, Isle of Wight, Geometridae.
MICROLEPIDOPTERA REVIEW OF 2018
1 A. M. DAVIS AND 2 G. M. TORDOFF
1 Butterfly Conservation, Unit 2 Bull Pens, Manor Farm, Itchen Stoke,
Hampshire, SO24 0QT.
2 Butterfly Conservation Wales, 4D Cwm Road, Hafod, Swansea, SA1 2AY
Noteworthy records of microlepidoptera obtained in the British Isles
during 2018 are
summarised, including three species new to the British Isles. Numerous
records are detailed, with notable records of 430 species in total being