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Current Volume - (129) 2017:

129(1):

CONTRIBUTION TO KNOWLEDGE OF THE LEPIDOPTERA FAUNA OF THE BALKAN PENINSULA
STOYAN BESHKOV
National Museum of Natural History, Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd.1, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria (E-mail: stoyan.beshkov@gmail.com)
Abstract
One genus and six species: Eupithecia breviculata (Donzel, 1837), Drymonia velitaris (Hufnagel, 1766), Conisania renati meszarosi Varga & Ronkay, 1991, Enterpia laudeti (Boisduval, 1840), Albocosta musiva (Hübner, [1803]) and Narraga tessularia (Metzner, 1845) are reported for the first time for Serbia (SRB). Two genera and three species: Dyscia raunaria (Freyer, 1851), Dryobota labecula (Esper, [1788]) and Dichonioxa tenebrosa (Esper, [1789]) are reported for the first time for Republic of Macedonia (MC). One subfamily, one genus and three species: Charissa pentheri (Rebel, 1904), Eublemma pudorina (Staudinger, 1889) and Acosmetia caliginosa (Hübner, [1813]) are new for Bulgaria (BG). Two genera and four species: Gnophos dumetata Treitschke, 1827, Epimecia ustula (Freyer, [1835]), Orectis proboscidata (Herrich-Schäffer, 1851) and Nyctobrya amasina (Draudt, 1931) are reported for the first time for the Republic of Montenegro (MN). Metachrostis velocior (Staudinger, 1892) is new for Albania (AL), Shargacucullia gozmanyi G. Ronkay & L. Ronkay, 1994 is new for Greece (GR). Several other species are confirmed for these countries. Some rare species, known before from
a few localities in the explored countries are reported and illustrated here as well.

ECTOPARASITES FROM SMALL MAMMALS IN MID WALES
R. J. C. PAGE
11, White Cottage Close. Farnham Surrey GU9 0NL (E-mail: page@rjcpage.fsnet.co.uk)
Abstract
More than 1200 small mammals, caught in breakback traps, were examined for ectoparasites for four years during a period of approximately five weeks during July and August. The host occupancy or prevalence of some fleas differed depending on the locality of their host. Peromyscopsylla spectabilis (Rothschild,1898) was found on Microtus agrestis in all four localities sampled but prevalence was significantly higher in an area of moorland with impeded drainage. Most fleas on M. agrestis were P. spectabilis with the number of the more widely distributed flea Megabothris (Megabothris) walkeri (Rothschild,1902) being slightly less. Radinopsylla (Actenopthalmus) pentacantha Fox,1925 and Megabothris (Gebiella) turbidus (Rothschild,1909) were rarely found on voles. Doratopsylla dasycnema dasycnema (Rothschild, 1897) was largely confined to Sorex araneus caught in hedgerows in a small area of farmland. Ixodes (Exopalpiger) trianguliceps was the only tick found. All instars were found on Myodes glareolus, M. agrestis and Apodemus sylvaticus. Adult females were not found on Sorex araneus but shrews carried greater burdens of nymphs and larvae than voles or mice.

129(2):

THE IMMIGRATION OF LEPIDOPTERA TO THE BRITISH ISLES IN 2013
SEAN P. CLANCY
‘'Pluto’, Dungeness Road, Dungeness, Romney Marsh, Kent. TN29 9NF. E-mail: trapsite@vfast.co.uk
Abstract
Formally accepted records of immigrant Lepidoptera occurring in the British Isles during the year 2013 are listed and discussed. For less frequently encountered species, full information is given in Annex 1, presented in vice-county order, the individual localities then listed alphabetically for each VC. For the more regular/frequent immigrant species recorded during the season, annual summaries and a selection of the more important records are presented in Annex 2.

129(3):

ANARSIA LINEATELLA ZELLER, 1839 AND ANARSIA INNOXIELLA GREGERSEN & KARSHOLT, 2017 (LEP. GELECHIIDAE) IN THE BRITISH ISLES
STEPHEN PALMER
Gelechiid Recording Scheme, Preston, Lancashire PR4 0AH E-mail: s.palmer12@btopenworld.com
Abstract
The occurrence of Anarsia innoxiella Gregersen & Karsholt, 2017 in the British Isles is reviewed.


GELECHIA HIPPOPHAELLA (SCHRANK, 1802) (LEP.: GELECHIIDAE): CONSIDERATION OF THE LARVAL PERIOD AND POSSIBLE AFFILIATION TO NATIVE PLANTS OF HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES L. IN ENGLAND
¹ S. D. BEAVAN, ² R. J. HECKFORD, AND ³ S. M. PALMER
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 4AW)
³ Roselyn, 137 Lightfoot Lane, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 0AH
Abstract
The larval period of Gelechia hippophaella (Schrank, 1802) is discussed. The apparent preference, in England, of native plants of Sea-buckthorn Hippophae rhamnoides is considered. The larva is described afresh and is illustrated, together with its foodplant and habitat.

THE CADDISFLY TRICHOSTEGIA MINOR (CURTIS, 1834) (TRICHOPTERA: PHRYGANEIDAE) CONFIRMED AS AN IRISH SPECIES
1 JAMES P. O’CONNOR AND 2 CATHAL MCNAUGHTON
1 Emeritus Entomologist, National Museum of Ireland – Natural History. Merrion Street, Dublin
2, Republic of Ireland. (e-mail: joconnor@museum.ie)
2 5 Middlepark Crescent, Cushendall, Co. Antrim BT44 05D, Northern Ireland. (e-mail: cathalger@hotmail.co.uk)
Abstract
Three adults of Trichostegia minor (Curtis, 1834) were light-trapped in Ireland in 2016, confirming the presence of the species. There was a previously unconfirmed larval record from the island.

DOTTED CARPET ALCIS JUBATA (THUNBERG, 1788) (LEP.: GEOMETRIDAE): ITS CAPTIVE REARING FROM EGG TO ADULT MOTH
NIGEL G. J. RICHARDS
Logie House, Logie Easter, Kildary, Ross-shire IV18 0NZ (E-mail: ngjr@btinternet.com)
Abstract
An account of the successful captive rearing of Dotted Carpet Alcis jubata (Thunberg, 1788), Geometridae, is given. The eggs, larvae (pre- and post-hibernation) and male and female pupae are illustrated in colour.

129(4):

ACHROIA GRISELLA (FABRICIUS, 1794) (LEP.: PYRALIDAE): OBSERVATIONS ON THE LARVA AND ADULT
R. J. HECKFORD
Department of Life Sciences, Division of Insects, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD.
(Correspondence address: 67 Newnham Road, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon PL7 4AW.)
Abstract
An account is given of the larva of Achroia grisella (Fabricius, 1794) feeding on garden potting compost, an apparently previously unpublished pabulum. Published descriptions of the larva and its behaviour are considered in the context of observations in 2015.
Wing-fanning and rotation of antennae by the adult are discussed.

SEVEN NEW AND SOME RARE FOR SERBIA NOCTURNAL LEPIDOPTERA SPECIES COLLECTED AT LIGHT
1 STOYAN BESHKOV & 2 ANA NAHIRNIc
National Museum of Natural History, Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd.1, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria (e-mails: 1 stoyan.beshkov@gmail.com; 2 ananahirnic@nmnhs.com)
Abstract
Two new genera (Protorhoe Herbulot, 1951 and Haemerosia Boisduval, 1840) and seven species (Protorhoe corollaria (Herrich-Schäffer, [1848]), Meganola togatulalis (Hübner, 1796), Autophila limbata (Staudinger, 1871), Aegle semicana (Esper, 1798), Haemerosia renalis Hübner, [1813]), Hadena syriaca podolica (Kremky, 1937) and Chersotis elegans (Eversmann, 1837)) new for the fauna of Serbia are reported and illustrated. Peridea korbi (Rebel, 1918) is reported for the first time with localities from Serbia. Additionally, some species known in Serbia from one or a few localities only are also reported.

 

 

 

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