5 species added to the site this month:
15.0201 Dialectica scalariella was given to me in October by Mick Scott. It is the 2nd British record of this species which was previously in Appendix A of the RES checklist - I have confirmed with David Agassiz that it will now be advanced to the main list. The specimen has been donated to the Natural History Museum.
15.044 Phyllonorycter sorbi - found moribund in my light trap and died before I got to photograph it, but an Essex Red Data species, identified by genital dissection.
35.119 Scrobipalpa samadensis - a worn specimen only identifiable by genital dissection
49.208 Anyclis subarcuana - again a worn specimen from a difficult species group
69.014 Hyles gallii (Bedstraw Hawkmoth)- a pinned specimen.
1588 species presented.
Also this month, I have started using a tabbed format for new species pages and also plan to introduce it as I edit existing species' pages. This will alter the presentation so that it will be easier to go straight to "Variation" showing whole moths to illustrate the variability within a species and also showing whole individuals from different perspectives; "Dissection" showing dissected external parts; "Male genitalia" and "Female genitalia". Where a tab contains no images the heading will be in grey.
Forward and back buttons now completed on every page.
Some success this month with one of my target species on a trapping session on Portland (Feathered Brindle) and again with the Essex Moth Group survey of FIsher's Estuarine Moth; but a complete failure with all target species in a week in the Scottish Highlands.
The 6 species shown below added to the site this month, bringing the total presented to 1582.
9 Species have been added to the site this month - bringing the total presented to 1576 species.
August started, as July ended, in Cumbria with two trapping sessions at Cliburn Moss; later I returned to Essex and did trapping sessions at Pound Wood and on Foulness Island. 4 new species identified from these sessions have not yet been added to the site and will follow in September.
Also this month I have written a page on separation of Spilonota species.
I have doubts about whether any external or genital feature reliably separates Eucosma aemulana from E.tripoliana - if anyone believes they know how this can be done, or feels able to confirm or refute my identification of E.aemulana, I would be pleased to hear from you.
The 12 species shown below have been added this month - bringing the total presented to 1567.
Visitors to the site continue to rise with 3700 in the last week of July.
In the early months of this year I have been adding images and text to existing pages and making some progress with installing forward and back buttons (which are now complete as far as Geometridae: Larentiinae: Eupitheciini).
I am concentrating my trapping efforts on ancient woodland sites in 2019. In May and June I have visited Pound Wood in Essex (3 trapping sessions), Cliburn Moss in Cumbria (2 trapping sessions) and Orlestone Forest in Kent. I have also paid a 2 night visit to Dungeness in Kent and made daytime visits to Duxford, Arnside Knott and the Cumbrian hills.
The 17 species with images below have been added to the site, bringing the total presented to 1555.
There has been a steady increase in the number of visitors to this website with 2800 in the past week.
Dr Chris Lewis