Genital determinations from my September visit to Haugh Woods in Herefordshire have added a Nepticulid: Zimmermannia atrifrontella and a Gelechiid: Carpatolechia decorella.
Genital determinations for other people have added Caryocolum viscariella (from Mick Scott) and Cadra cautella (from Bill Crooks).
1755 Species presented
1751 Species presented
A 2 day trip to Portland, Dorset at the end of August produced only one new species
An evening at Haugh Woods, Herefordshire (a detour on the way back from Cumbria to Essex) on 7th was successful in finding Oak Lutestring, 17 of them by 11pm.
Trapping on Foulness on 9th I obtained my first Beautiful Marbled, unfortunately not the most beautiful specimen.
Trapping on St Mary's, Isles of Scilly has added Diasemiopsis ramburialis
The genital determination service has added two species: 15.013 Caloptilia hemidactylella, obtained by Simon Wood, is a FIRST FOR ESSEX; and 49.03?? Clepsis peritana, obtained by Daniel Blyton is the SECOND FOR BRITAIN - this was first recorded in Staffordshire on 20th July 2023, as far as I know it has not yet been assigned a log number.
1749 species presented
Further dissections from my trips in June have added Phyllonorycter dubitella and Cnephasia conspersana
2 weeks in the Scottish Highlands have added 3 species.
A night at Orlestone Forest has added Dusky Hook-tip
And a search for Marsh Mallow Moth along the Medway was successful
A trip to the Middlewick Ranges, nr Colchester, with the Essex Moth Group on 23rd August has added Nemapogon falstriella and White-spotted Pinion
Specimens sent to the Genital Determination Service have resulted in reappraisal of Delplanqueia with a page on the separation of D.dilutella/D.inscriptella and reidentification of one specimen as D.inscriptella which is new for the site.
Another specimen caused me to examine the criteria for separating Cnephasia pasiuana from C.pumicana - with the conclusion that these two should be remerged until/unless further evidence supporting the split becomes available. For now I will only recognise C.pasiuana. See Cnephasia pumicana
Together with finding C.conspersana and the the work done on C.pasiuana/pumicana I have written a long overdue page on identification of Cnephasia species.
49.303 Clavigesta sylvestrana has also been added
1743 species presented
Dissection from my trip to Cumbria in June have added 2 Nepticulid species
On 8th July I potted a small tortrix which was resting on my car as I was about to leave home to set traps on Foulness. After a mammoth trapping session with >2000 moths of 180 species, 13 of which were new for Foulness, I found that the only moth new to me was this small tortix.
Seven species have been added from the genital determination service. These include Augasma aeratella which has not been seen in Britain since 1956 and was considered extinct. There have been several subsequent records in southern England all to the NI moth lure. In association with identifying Pammene suspectana I have written a page to aid the identification of the difficult P.albuginana group.
1732 species presented
A trip to Hampshire with an overnight trapping session on 30th May added Drab Looper (netted in midday sunshine over wood spurge), Bucculatrix frangulatella (netted in evening sunshine); Dingy Mocha and Pammene germmana (to light trap).
A trip to Cumbria with trapping at several sites has added Ebiblema turbidana, Pammene ochsenheimeriana and Eudonia lineola (and will probably add one or two other species once the Coleophora, Elachista and Nepticulids have been identified).
Identifications confirmed by my genital determination service has also added Cydia pactolana - FIRST FOR ESSEX, Denisia albimaculea - also FIRST FOR ESSEX and Cymolomia hartigiana - SECOND FOR BRITAIN
04.100 Ectoedemia minimella removed (misidentification)
1722 species presented
Found Indian Meal Moth (Plodia interpunctella) on my kitchen wall on 10th April and my genital determination service has added Stigmella perpymaeella - total species presented now 1713
1 species added (trapped by Mick Scott)
1711 species presented
British Lepidoptera checklist updated with amendments from 6th Update (Ent Rec Jan/Feb 2023).
Relevent pages of the website also updated.
36.002 Batrachedra pinicolella reidentified as 36.0029 B.confusella following the split.
1710 species presented
Dr Chris Lewis