Friday, November 24, 2017

End of season analysis.

End of the moth season that is.

This is the end of the 8th full year trapping in our garden, after some test sessions in autumn 2009.

Located in Northumberland we are in a large county divided roughly in half into two vice counties - VC67 and 68. Our garden is in the most northerly VC in  England, VC68 North Northumberland, only about 30 miles from the Scottish border.

I haven't totalled up the individual moths caught, even though all were submitted to the County Recorder for inclusion in the database but it seems to have been a decent year by species numbers.

The list is as follows -

2017 - 361 including 21 new species.
2016 - 302 including 8 new species ( a litttle less effort last year avoiding Large Yellow Underwings)
2015 - 331 including 12 new species
2014 - 367 including 27 new species
2013 - 363 including 34 new species
2012 - 344 including 46 new species
2011 - 340 including 56 new species
2010 - 332 and 258 new species.

So far the garden total is 549 species (the MapMate list).

It never ceases to amaze me how new species can still occur after this time...

Below are images of this years new additions.

15.084 Phyllonorycter acerifoliella 3rd Northumberland, 1st VC68 
16.008 Yponomeuta sedella 4th Northumberland, 2nd VC68 
16.010 Zelleria hepariella 30th Northumberland, 6th VC68 
16.014 Pseudoswammerdamia combinella 8th Northumberland, 5th VC68
19.011 Acrolepiopsis assectella Leek Moth 1st Northumberland and VC68 record!
35.141 Teleiodes vulgella 27th Northumberland 3rd VC68
37.044 Coleophora discordella 49th Northumberland, 23rd VC68 
45.043 Adaina microdactyla Hemp Agrimony Plume 2 of them, 6th -7th Northumberland and VC68 records.

49.022 Ptycholoma lecheana 11th Northumberland, 2nd VC68

49.087 Acleris literana 36th Northumberland, 5th VC68
49.111 Eupoecilia angustana
49.307 Rhyacionia pinivorana Spotted Shoot Moth 40th Northumberland 4th VC68
70.038 Rhodometra sacraria Vestal 41st Northumberland, 6th VC68
70.150 Eupithecia linariata Toadflax Pug 6th VC68
70.198 Lobophora halterata Seraphim 1st VC68 record
73.036 Acronicta alni Alder Moth  6th VC68 record
73.076 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw  4th VC68 record.
73.100 Chilodes maritima Silky Wainscot Surprisingly the 22nd Northumberland, 12th VC68 record, nowhere near a reedbed.
73.235 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1st Northumberland and VC68 record!
73.272 Papestra biren Glaucous Shears


  1. Congratulations on your array of 1sts onwards! Range expansion? Previously overlooked? More coverage? Who knows for sure, either way nothing can detract from the fact that it was you who caught and identified these species. Bravo mate, long may you continue to document the moths of your hallowed VC.

  2. Great set of statistics and pics and its amazing that a couple of the "Firsts" you have are regulars in my garden yet there are moths there that I had never heard of. I was amazed the amount of "Firsts" that I had in my Garden this year and am hopeful that I will have a few more this year. Particularly like the Acleris literana. Suppose I will have to do my stats now LOL

  3. Interesting stuff, did you record in Boulmer, location differences?

  4. Seth - Cheers. Its a bit easier when there are only another two moth trappers in the whole VC!

    John - you do really well in your urban garden though, lots of new ones for me down there.

    Gordon - No not Boulmer, at Howick in our garden thats all.

    Thanks for the comments all...

  5. You have some beautiful moths over there. Wonderful pictures.