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Berkshire features in micro-moth review for 2013

posted 23 Jan 2015, 14:07 by Martin Harvey

Every year John Langmaid and Mark Young publish a review of micro-moths, listing all the species that have been added to county lists from around the country. This is published in the Entomologist's Record (worth subscribing to if you can). The review of 2013 was published at the end of 2014, and includes two new entries for Berkshire:
I'll be sorting out any new species from 2014 to send to John in the next couple of months - if you think you might have found a micro-moth new to the county do let me know (even if you've already sent the record in it's worth prompting me to ensure I don't miss anything out by mistake).

Martin

New records via iRecord

posted 30 Sep 2014, 15:51 by Martin Harvey   [ updated 30 Sep 2014, 15:52 ]

I've just started making a serious attempt to process the 12,000-odd records that have arrived via iRecord over the last year or two. It's taking a while to work out the best way to deal with this new source of data, but the process is getting more streamlined and it#s great to see so many new records and new recorders making use of this system (iRecord is now my preferred route for data to arrive, although other options are available and also welcome!). Here's the first few highlights.

From Marc Botham:
  • 0382: Six-belted Clearwing (Bembecia ichneumoniformis) - Nationally Scarce/Nb - Greenham Common, 01/08/2013; 20 records on database - good record - first for 10km square
  • 0427: Spindle Ermine (Yponomeuta cagnagella), Little Wittenham, 12/09/2013; 80 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 0936: Straw Conch (Cochylimorpha straminea), Northmoor Trust Farming Project - S1, 21/05/2014; 64 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 1380: Fenland Pearl (Phlyctaenia perlucidalis), Northmoor Trust Farming Project - S2, 25/06/2013; 74 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 1662: Light Orange Underwing (Archiearis notha) - Nationally Scarce/Nb - Little Wittenham Wood, 29/03/2014; 4 records on database - good record - 5th on database
  • 1799: Winter Moth (Operophtera brumata), Wallingford, 10/11/2012; 1412 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 2397: Small Yellow Underwing (Panemeria tenebrata), Northmoor Trust Farming Project - S5, 16/05/2014; 42 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 2462: Mother Shipton (Callistege mi), Northmoor Trust Farming Project - S2, 16/05/2014; 173 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 1241: Triple-stripe Piercer (Grapholita compositella), Woolley Firs, 03/08/2013; 18 records on database - good record
From Mark Calway:
  • 0216: Cork Moth (Nemapogon cloacella), Repton Road, Earley, 02/06/2014; new for 10km square
  • 0294: Ribwort Slender (Aspilapteryx tringipennella), Centrica, Windsor, 23/07/2014; new for 10km square
  • 0374: Yellow-legged Clearwing (Synanthedon vespiformis), Repton Road, Earley, 22/07/2014; 8th on database
  • 0378: Synanthedon andrenaeformis, Repton Road, Earley, 05/07/2013; 4th database record, first for 10km square
  • 0378: Orange-tailed Clearwing (Synanthedon andrenaeformis), Repton Road, Earley, 17/06/2014; 4th on database, new for 10km square
  • 0382: Bembecia ichneumoniformis, Repton Road, Earley, 01/07/2013; good record
  • 0610: Swan-feather Dwarf (Elachista argentella), Windsor, 19/05/2014; new for 10km square
  • 1183: Epiblema foenella, Leckhampstead, near Grove Pit, 27/07/2013; first for 10km square
  • 1261: Cydia pomonella, Leckhampstead, near Grove Pit, 27/07/2013; first for 10km square
  • 1331: Water Veneer (Acentria ephemerella), Centrica, Windsor, 16/05/2014; earliest ever
  • 1654: Figure of Eighty (Tethea ocularis), Windsor, 16/05/2014; new for 10km square
  • 1747: Streamer (Anticlea derivata), Windsor marina, 17/04/2014; new for 10km square
  • 1912: August Thorn (Ennomos quercinaria), Centrica, Windsor, 23/07/2014; new for 10km square
  • 1998: Poplar Kitten (Furcula bifida), Centrica, Windsor, 23/07/2014; new for 10km square
  • 2029: Euproctis chrysorrhoea, Leckhampstead, near Grove Pit, 27/07/2013; first for 10km square
  • 2031: White Satin Moth (Leucoma salicis), Centrica, Windsor, 23/07/2014; new for 10km square
  • 2252: Large Ranunculus (Polymixis flavicincta), Centrica, Windsor, 27/09/2013; first for 10km square
  • 2352: Eremobia ochroleuca, Leckhampstead, near Grove Pit, 27/07/2013; first for 10km square
  • 1524: Common Plume (Emmelina monodactyla), Windsor, 01/05/2014; new for 10km square
  • 1524: Common Plume (Emmelina monodactyla), Windsor, 23/04/2014; new for 10km square
  • 2057: Garden Tiger (Arctia caja), Centrica, Windsor, 23/07/2014; new for 10km square
From Ryan Clark:
  • 0075: Coarse Hazel Pigmy (Stigmella floslactella), Reading, 03/12/2013; 27 records on database - new for 10km square
  • 0111: Nut-tree Pigmy (Stigmella microtheriella), Reading, 03/12/2013; 39 records on database - new for 10km square
  • 0153: Little Long-horn (Adela fibulella), Reading, 17/05/2014; 14 records on database - good record, 2nd for 10km square
  • 0391: Cocksfoot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella), Reading, 14/05/2014; 82 records on database - new for 10km square
  • 0396: Plain Fanner (Glyphipterix fuscoviridella), Reading, 17/05/2014; 16 records on database - good record, new for 10km square
  • 2397: Small Yellow Underwing (Panemeria tenebrata), Reading, 06/05/2014; 42 records on database - new for 10km square

Berkshire BAP species

posted 30 Sep 2014, 05:31 by Martin Harvey   [ updated 30 Sep 2014, 08:35 ]

Recently the local records centre (TVERC) requested an update on the Biodiversity Action Plan species that occur in the modern county of Berkshire (as opposed to the vice-county). The data from the county moth database that I supplied to TVERC can be downloaded here (Excel file - corrected at 4.35pm 30 Sept) - as ever, thanks to everyone who sends in records and thus makes it possible to provide this sort of information. 

There are a few species on this list that have not been seen for a very long time and must be considered extinct, such as Brighton Wainscot and Barred Tooth-striped. But there are also a few species that have been recorded in the 21st century but not since 2010, which raises alarm bells with me - are these also going to fall off the county list? These recently missing species are:
  • Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet Moth (latest record 2010)
  • Flounced Chestnut (2004) - STOP PRESS: Les Finch reports finding "10 specimens of Flounced Chestnut at Snelsmore Country Park on the evening of 28 September" - delighted that this one is still with us!
  • Hedge Rustic (2003)
  • Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth (2007)
  • The Spinach (2010)

Latest records

posted 26 Sep 2014, 10:54 by Martin Harvey   [ updated 26 Sep 2014, 11:05 ]

It's been a while, but I can report some progress with incoming records! Following software problems earlier in the year I'm now getting things running again, and am catching up with some MapMate data. (There's still a large backlog of non-MapMate data, hope to make progress there over the coming weeks). The following are some highlights from records for 2013 and 2014.

From Bernard Clark:
  • 1377: Perinephela lancealis, Maidenhead: garden, 19/07/2013; New for 10km square
  • 1771a: Cypress Carpet (Thera cupressata), Maidenhead: garden, 11/11/2013; good record
  • 1842: Plain Pug (Eupithecia simpliciata), Maidenhead: garden, 29/07/2013; New for 10km square
From Alastair Driver:
  • 1061: Acleris literana, Sonning, Ali's Pond LNR , 09/08/2013; good record, first for 10km square, surprisingly scarce in Berks
  • 1855: Cypress Pug (Eupithecia phoeniceata), Sonning, 06/08/2013; good record
  • 2067: Jersey Tiger (Euplagia quadripunctaria), Sonning, 01/08/2013; good record
Via Les Finch (includes data from a number of recorders):

Alan Prior and Val Weston:
  • 0351: Phyllonorycter lautella, Snelsmore Common Country Park, 10/05/2014; good record, new for 10km square
Les Finch
  • 0436: Pseudoswammerdamia combinella, Maidenhead, BBOWT, Woolley Firs, site 6, 15/05/2014; new for 10km square
  • 0457: Ypsolopha lucella, Snelsmore Common Country Park, 21/07/2014; good record, new for 10km square
  • 0648: White-shouldered House Moth (Endrosis sarcitrella), Snelsmore Common Country Park, 10/05/2014; new for 10km square
  • 0667: Semioscopis steinkellneriana, Maidenhead Thicket(National Trust), 14/04/2014; good record
  • 0945: Aethes cnicana, Snelsmore Common Country Park, 21/07/2014; new for 10km square
  • 1375: European Corn Borer (Ostrinia nubilalis), Maidenhead, BBOWT, Woolley Firs, site 25, 03/07/2014; new for 10km square
  • 1784: Pretty Chalk Carpet (Melanthia procellata), Maidenhead Thicket(National Trust), 15/09/2014; latest ever
  • 1834: Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgata), Maidenhead, 14/03/2014; very early
  • 1839: Bordered Pug (Eupithecia succenturiata), Maidenhead, BBOWT, Woolley Firs, site 23, 25/07/2014; new for 10km square
  • 1842: Plain Pug (Eupithecia simpliciata), Maidenhead, BBOWT, Woolley Firs, site 24, 25/07/2014; new for 10km square
  • 1888: Scorched Carpet (Ligdia adustata), Maidenhead, 08/09/2014; latest ever
  • 1894: Latticed Heath (Chiasmia clathrata), Maidenhead, BBOWT, Woolley Firs, site 23, 25/07/2014; new for 10km square
  • 1917: Early Thorn (Selenia dentaria), Maidenhead, 08/09/2014; latest ever
  • 1979: Lime Hawk-moth (Mimas tiliae), Snelsmore Common Country Park, 10/05/2014; 2nd for 10km square!
  • 2087: Turnip Moth (Agrotis segetum), Snelsmore Common Country Park, 19/08/2014; new for 10km square!
  • 2105: Dotted Rustic (Rhyacia simulans), Maidenhead, 30/08/2014; new for 10km square
  • 2292: Tree-lichen Beauty (Cryphia algae), Maidenhead, 19-25/07/2014; good record
  • 2335: Slender Brindle (Apamea scolopacina), Snelsmore Common Country Park, 21/07/2014; new for 10km square
  • 2371: Brown-veined Wainscot (Archanara dissoluta), Thatcham Reedbeds, 18/07/2014; good record
  • 2377: Fen Wainscot (Arenostola phragmitidis), Thatcham Reedbeds, 18/07/2014; good record
  • 2391: Silky Wainscot (Chilodes maritimus), Thatcham Reedbeds, 18/07/2014; good record
  • 2435: Scarce Burnished Brass (Diachrysia chryson), Thatcham Reedbeds, 18/07/2014; good record
Les + Martin Finch:
  • 0163: Forester (Adscita statices), Knowl Hill Common, 11/06/2014; good record
  • 1234: Pammene regiana, Maidenhead Thicket(National Trust), 05/07/2014; good record
Martin Finch:
  • 0451: Ypsolopha mucronella, Maidenhead, 13/04/2014; good record, new for 10km square
  • 1838: Tawny Speckled Pug (Eupithecia icterata), Snelsmore Common Country Park, 03/08/2014; new for 10km square
  • 1914: Dusky Thorn (Ennomos fuscantaria), Snelsmore Common Country Park, 31/08/2014; new for 10km square
  • 2039: Red-necked Footman (Atolmis rubricollis), Maidenhead, 22/06/2014; good records
  • 2098: Flame (Axylia putris), Maidenhead, 16/09/2014; latest ever
  • 2183: Blossom Underwing (Orthosia miniosa), Maidenhead, 03/04/2014; good record, new for 10km square
  • 2342: Rosy Minor (Mesoligia literosa), Snelsmore Common Country Park, 03/08/2014; new for 10km square
  • 2387: Mottled Rustic (Caradrina morpheus), Snelsmore Common Country Park, 21/07/2014; new for 10km square!
Paul Black:
  • 1645: Scalloped Hook-tip (Falcaria lacertinaria), Snelsmore Common Country Park, 12/09/2014; latest ever
  • 2269: Centre-barred Sallow (Atethmia centrago), Snelsmore Common Country Park, 12/09/2014; new for 10km square
  • 2410: Marbled White Spot (Protodeltote pygarga), Snelsmore Common Country Park, 12/09/2014; latest ever
From Peter Holland:
  • 1789: Scallop Shell (Rheumaptera undulata), Wallingford, 20/07/2013; first record for this 10km square
  • 2038: Muslin Footman (Nudaria mundana), Wallingford, 16/07/2013; first record for this 10km square
  • 2189: Twin-spotted Quaker (Orthosia munda), Wallingford, 06/04/2014; first record for this 10km square
  • 2272: Barred Sallow (Xanthia aurago), Wallingford, 12/10/2013; first record for this 10km square
  • 2385: Small Mottled Willow (Spodoptera exigua), Wallingford, 12/10/2013; first record for this 10km square

Berkshire's 2nd confirmed Clifden Nonpareil

posted 17 Sep 2014, 14:13 by Martin Harvey   [ updated 18 Sep 2014, 03:11 ]

Clifden Nonpareil was trapped in VC22 woods near Oxford last night (16th). The lucky person was Marc Botham - well done Marc (through gritted, jealous teeth!). Marc has posted a photo on the Upper Thames Moth Blog.

This is only the third county record, and the second fully confirmed one. The first record (1954) is dubious (possible escape from captivity), so the first confirmed one was by Steve Nash in 1998, following the rule that was in force at the time: all incoming migrants to Berkshire had to pass through Steve's trap before they were allowed to go further :)

Records incoming!

posted 2 Feb 2014, 15:52 by Martin Harvey

Made a bit of progress today on importing the records for 2013, some good things being reported, will be interesting to see how the figures add up once everything is in. Here are today's highlights.

From Mike Taylor:
  • 1495: Marasmarcha lunaedactyla, Childrey, 05/07/2013; 34 records on database - good record
  • 1731: Chalk Carpet (Scotopteryx bipunctaria) - Nationally Scarce/Nb - Devil's Punchbowl, 10/08/2013; 18 records on database - good record
  • 1884: Magpie Moth (Abraxas grossulariata), Childrey, 08/08/2013; 910 records on database - good record, now scarce in county
  • 2056: Wood Tiger (Parasemia plantaginis), Devil's Punchbowl, 08/06/2013; 40 records on database - good record
  • 2291: Coronet (Craniophora ligustri), Ashdown Park , 19/06/2013; 471 records on database - first for 10km square
From Nick Asher:
  • 0080: Stigmella ulmivora, Skinners Green North, 19/10/2013; 11 records on database - good record
  • 0095: Stigmella viscerella, Copehall Lane Lower, 19/10/2013; 12 records on database - good record
  • 0487: Metriotes lutarea - Nationally Scarce B - Copehall Lane Upper, 31/05/2013; 7 records on database - good record
  • 0487: Metriotes lutarea - Nationally Scarce B - Skinners Green South, 31/05/2013; 7 records on database - good record
  • 0509: Coleophora violacea - Nationally Scarce B - Copehall Lane Lower, 05/10/2013; 18 records on database - good record
  • 0519: Coleophora deauratella, Wash Common, 11/07/2013; 13 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 0533: Pistol Case-bearer (Coleophora anatipennella), Skinners Green North, 19/10/2013; 12 records on database - good record
  • 0792: Mirificarma mulinella, Wash Common, 08/08/2013; 16 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 1054: Acleris cristana, Wash Common, 15/04/2013; 72 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 1165: Zeiraphera isertana, Wash Common, 30/07/2013; 62 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 1274: Dichrorampha alpinana, Wash Common, 26/06/2013; 22 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 1278: Dichrorampha sequana, Skinners Green West, 16/06/2013; 10 records on database - good record
  • 1437: Acrobasis consociella, Wash Common, 26/08/2013; 90 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 1647: Barred Hook-tip (Watsonalla cultraria), Wash Common, 06/08/2013; 124 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 1812: Maple Pug (Eupithecia inturbata), Wash Common, 31/07/2013; 122 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 2031: White Satin (Leucoma salicis), Wash Common, 31/07/2013; 191 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 2203: White-speck (Mythimna unipuncta), Wash Common, 31/07/2013; 16 records on database - good record
  • 2330: Dusky Brocade (Apamea remissa), Wash Common, 26/06/2013; 427 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 2369: Bulrush Wainscot (Nonagria typhae), Wash Common, 02/08/2013; 129 records on database - first for 10km square
From Alastair Driver (for 2012):
  • 0656: Tachystola acroxantha, Sonning, 27/05/2012; 23 records on database - good record
  • 1771a: Cypress Carpet (Thera cupressata), Sonning, 13/06/2012; 17 records on database - good record, first for 10km square
  • 1855: Cypress Pug (Eupithecia phoeniceata), Sonning, 24/08/2012; 16 records on database - good record
From Alan Prior (via Les Finch):
  • 0424: Bird-cherry Ermine (Yponomeuta evonymella), Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 226 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 0425: Orchard Ermine (Yponomeuta padella), Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 50 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 0450: Hawthorn Moth (Scythropia crataegella), Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 40 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 0490: Coleophora lutipennella, Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 34 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 0541: Coleophora pyrrhulipennella, Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 9 records on database - good record
  • 0541: Coleophora pyrrhulipennella, Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 9 records on database - good record
  • 0640: Batia lunaris, Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 76 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 0718: Ethmia dodecea, Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 45 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 0760: Exoteleia dodecella, Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 8 records on database - good record - first for 10km square
  • 0851: Dichomeris alacella - Nationally Scarce B - Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 4 records on database - good record - first for 10km square
  • 0874: Blastobasis lacticolella, Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 221 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 0994: Clepsis consimilana, Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 311 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 1045: Acleris notana, Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 20 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 1053: Acleris hastiana, Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 87 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 1111: Bactra lancealana, Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 87 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 1117: Ancylis unguicella, Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 8 records on database - good record - first for 10km square
  • 1165: Zeiraphera isertana, Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 64 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 2075: Small Black Arches (Meganola strigula) - Nationally Scarce/Na - Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 6 records on database - good record
  • 2076: Kent Black Arches (Meganola albula) - Nationally Scarce/Nb - Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 5 records on database - good record - first for 10km square
  • 2160: Bright-line Brown-eye (Lacanobia oleracea), Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 3115 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 2360: Ear Moth (Amphipoea oculea), Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 131 records on database - first for 10km square
From Les Finch:
  • 0162: Goat Moth (Cossus cossus) - Nationally Scarce/Nb - Bracknell Forest: Swinley Brick Pits, 16/07/2013; 21 records on database - good record
  • 1689: Mullein Wave (Scopula marginepunctata), Maidenhead, 29/09/2013; 23 records on database - quite late
  • 1762: Dark Marbled Carpet (Chloroclysta citrata), Windsor Forest: Swinley Park, Windsor Ride, 24/06/2013; 63 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 1838: Tawny Speckled Pug (Eupithecia icterata), Maidenhead, BBOWT, Woolley Firs, site 9, 21/08/2013; 348 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 2039: Red-necked Footman (Atolmis rubricollis), Maidenhead, 14/07/2013; 23 records on database - good record
  • 2051: Four-spotted Footman (Lithosia quadra), Maidenhead, 03/10/2013; 7 records on database - good record
  • 2135: Heath Rustic (Xestia agathina), Maidenhead, 21/08/2013; 15 records on database - good record - first for 10km square
  • 2156: Beautiful Brocade (Lacanobia contigua), Bracknell Forest: Swinley Brick Pits, 16/07/2013; 8 records on database - good record
  • 2196: Striped Wainscot (Mythimna pudorina), Bracknell Forest: Swinley Brick Pits, 16/07/2013; 28 records on database - good record
  • 2279: Sycamore (Acronicta aceris), Leckhampstead Thicket, 27/07/2013; 525 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 2292: Tree-lichen Beauty (Cryphia algae), Maidenhead, 29/07/2013; 3 records on database - good record
  • 2292: Tree-lichen Beauty (Cryphia algae), Waltham Place, 09/08/2013; 3 records on database - good record - first for 10km square
  • 2303: Straw Underwing (Thalpophila matura), Leckhampstead Thicket, 27/07/2013; 1449 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 2319: Lunar-spotted Pinion (Cosmia pyralina), Leckhampstead Thicket, 27/07/2013; 335 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 2345: Small Dotted Buff (Photedes minima), Bracknell Forest: Swinley Brick Pits, 16/07/2013; 659 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 2352: Dusky Sallow (Eremobia ochroleuca), Leckhampstead Thicket, 27/07/2013; 591 records on database - first for 10km square
From Les and Martin Finch:
  • 0771: Carpatolechia alburnella, Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 12 records on database - good record - first for 10km square
  • 0772: Carpatolechia fugitivella, Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 8 records on database - good record - first for 10km square
  • 1998: Poplar Kitten (Furcula bifida), Jealott's Hill, Wellers Lane, 08/06/2013; 96 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 2051: Four-spotted Footman (Lithosia quadra), Maidenhead, BBOWT, Woolley Firs, site 1, 03/08/2013; 7 records on database - good record
  • 2166: Campion (Hadena rivularis), Snelsmore Common Country Park, 23/07/2013; 210 records on database - first for 10km square
From Martin Finch:
  • 1689: Mullein Wave (Scopula marginepunctata), Maidenhead, Hemsdale, 26/09/2013; 23 records on database - quite late
  • 1858: V-Pug (Chloroclystis v-ata), Bracknell Forest: Swinley Brick Pits, 16/07/2013; 419 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 2067: Jersey Tiger (Euplagia quadripunctaria) - Nationally Scarce/Nb - Maidenhead, Hemsdale, 05/09/2013; 6 records on database - good record - first for 10km square
  • 2291: Coronet (Craniophora ligustri), Bracknell Forest: Swinley Brick Pits, 16/07/2013; 505 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 2449: Dark Spectacle (Abrostola triplasia), Maidenhead, Hemsdale, 25/09/2013; 23 records on database - good record - first for 10km square
From Martin Woolner (via Les Finch):
  • 1721: Balsam Carpet (Xanthorhoe biriviata), Maidenhead, BBOWT, Woolley Firs, site 22, 03/08/2013; 14 records on database - good record
From Paul Black (via Les Finch):
  • 1716: Vestal (Rhodometra sacraria), Maidenhead, BBOWT, Woolley Firs, site 21, 03/08/2013; 201 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 1720: Gem (Orthonama obstipata), Maidenhead, BBOWT, Woolley Firs, site 21, 03/08/2013; 45 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 2342: Rosy Minor (Mesoligia literosa), Maidenhead, BBOWT, Woolley Firs, site 21, 03/08/2013; 135 records on database - first for 10km square

New blog for moth news in Berks, Bucks and Oxon

posted 7 Jan 2014, 15:37 by Martin Harvey

Upper Thames Branch of Butterfly Conservation have set up a new Upper Thames moths blog site, to replace the 'moth sightings' section of Upper Thames Branch's own website. The new blog will allow moth-ers to add their own contributions direct to the blog - for details of how to get involved with this see Getting Started. A summary of the latest blog postings will also appear on our own Noticeboard page.

Many thanks to Wendy Campbell for her hard work in providing such a successful moth section on the UTB website over many years, and we hope that the new blog will be able to maintain the high standards that Wendy set. The UTB website continues to host a very useful page on moth recording in general.

Common Micro-moths - errata

posted 11 Dec 2013, 14:25 by Martin Harvey

Unfortunately a few errors managed to slip past the editors of Common Micro-moths of Berkshire, and we are most grateful to Bob Heckford and others for pointing these out. Full details can be downloaded in this Errata note.

Maidenhead Thicket moth report 2013

posted 14 Nov 2013, 12:54 by Martin Harvey

The first for 2013 of what I hope and expect will be the usual series of excellent annual reports from Les Finch is now available, covering the results of moth-trapping at Maidenhead Thicket during the year. See the highlighted document on our bibliography page.

Incoming records, October 2013

posted 20 Oct 2013, 10:22 by Martin Harvey

A quick update on the first few sets of records for 2013 (some of these were sent to me a good while back and have only just been imported). Thanks to Roy Dobson and Neil Fletcher for sending in data in the early part of the year. A few highlights from records by Peter Holland and Jan Haseler are listed below.

From Peter Holland:
  • 1643: Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia), Wildmoor Heath, 05/05/2013; 22 records on database - good record
  • 1876: Small Yellow Wave (Hydrelia flammeolaria), Wallingford, 28/06/2013; 245 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 2259: Dark Chestnut (Conistra ligula), Wallingford, 06/01/2013; 427 records on database - first for 10km square

From Jan Haseler:
  • 0450: Hawthorn Moth (Scythropia crataegella), Tilehurst, 05/09/2013; 39 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 1211: Rhyacionia pinicolana, Tilehurst, 01/08/2013; 47 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 1321: Thisanotia chrysonuchella - Nationally Scarce B - Lardon Chase, 08/06/2013; brings us to 24 records on database
  • 1366: Pyrausta nigrata, Tilehurst, 20/05/2013; 23 records on database - good record, first for 10km square
  • 1396: Mecyna flavalis - pRDB3 - The Holies, 07/08/2013; brings us to 11 records on database
  • 1408: Palpita vitrealis - Migrant - Tilehurst, 01/08/2013; 12 records on database - good record, first for 10km square
  • 1828: Satyr Pug (Eupithecia satyrata), Oven Bottom, 04/08/2013; 22 records on database - good record
  • 1889: Peacock Moth (Macaria notata), Tilehurst, 29/08/2013; 195 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 2223: Toadflax Brocade (Calophasia lunula) - Red Data Book 3: Rare - Tilehurst, 30/05/2013; 26 records on database - good record, first for 10km square
  • 2312: Olive (Ipimorpha subtusa), Tilehurst, 01/08/2013; 195 records on database - first for 10km square
  • 2326: Clouded-bordered Brindle (Apamea crenata), Tilehurst, 29/06/2013; 429 records on database - first for 10km square

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