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Current Volume - (134) 2022:

134 (1):

FIFTH UPDATE TO A CHECKLIST OF THE LEPIDOPTERA OF THE BRITISH ISLES, 2013 ON ACCOUNT OF SUBSEQUENTLY PUBLISHED DATA
1 DAVID J. L. AGASSIZ, 2 S. D. BEAVAN& 1 R. J. HECKFORD
1 Department of Life Sciences, Division of Insects, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road,
London SW7 5BD
2 The Hayes, Zeal Monachorum, Devon EX17 6DF
Abstract
This update incorporates information published since 31 December 2020 and before 1 January 2022 into A Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the British Isles, 2013.

ISOPHRICTIS ANTHEMIDELLA (WOCKE, 1871) (LEP.: GELECHIIDAE), NEW FOR GREAT BRITAIN
MARK J. STERLING1, KLAUS SATTLER1 AND DAVID C. LEES1
1 Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD
Address for correspondence: M.Sterling@nhm.ac.uk
Abstract
Isophrictis anthemidella (Wocke, 1871) is recorded for the first time from Great Britain on the basis of DnA barcoding. Diagnostic morphological characters separating the species from I. striatella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) are presented and discussed.
Keywords. DNA barcoding, morphology, Anthemideae.

HOMOEOSOMA NIMBELLA (DUPONCHEL, 1837) (LEP.: PYRALIDAE) BREEDING IN DORSET (VC9), WITH COMMENTS ON THE DISTRIBUTION AT THE SITE
JACK W. OUGHTON
30 Front Street, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4ET E-mail: jack.oughton@hotmail.co.uk
Abstract
Homoeosoma nimbella has been found breeding at the Studland Peninsula, Dorset, 60 years after the only previous vice-county record. Larvae were found on Jasione montana (L.) throughout the Studland Peninsula, in the active dune system and on sandy paths. Larvae
were absent where the foodplant grew on less disturbed soils or in lower abundances.
Key words: Pyralidae, Lepidoptera, Dorset, larvae.

THE STATUS OF CALOPTILIA HONORATELLA (REBEL, 1914) AND C. HEMIDACTYLELLA ([DENIS & SCHIFFERMÜLLER], 1775) IN
BRITAIN WITH A NOTE ON TWO SIMILAR ADDITIONAL ACERFEEDING CALOPTILIA THAT MIGHT APPEAR IN BRITAIN
(LEP.: GRACILLARIIDAE)
COLIN W. PLANT
14 West Road, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 3QP colinwplant@gmail.com
Abstract
The statuses of Caloptilia honoratella (Rebel) and C. hemidactylella ([D. & S.]) in the British Isles are investigated. Distribution maps are presented. Caloptilia honoratella has invaded from 2016 onwards and is now an established breeding species. Caloptilia hemidactylella remains extant at its historic site, but also reached Britain as a primary immigrant during 2013, and perhaps subsequently; it is currently
locally resident in East Anglia. Past records are reviewed. other Acer-feeding Caloptilia species that might invade Britain are presented. Colour illustrations are provided of adults, as well as photographs of both male and female genitalia of other Caloptilia species.
Keywords: Caloptilia, Britain, invasive Lepidoptera, immigration, distribution


AN EXAMPLE OF THE SPECIES DIVERSITY AND ABUNDANCE OF BUTTERFLIES OF THE FOREST EDGE IN THE VICINITY OF
JAGODINA (SERBIA)
BOBAN STANKOVIC Department of Environmental Protection, City of Jagodina, Serbia E-mail: boban.stankovic035@gmail.com
Abstract
Butterflies were examined along the edge of a forest near the city of Jagodina, Serbia, from April to September 2017, in order to assess the diversity of species and identify the factors that influence it. Shannon Diversity Index, Simpson’s Diversity Index, species richness,
Pielou’s Evenness, Margalef’s Richness Index and relative abundance were calculated.
Keywords: Butterfly diversity, Jagodina, Serbia.

134 (2):

BATRACHEDRA CONFUSELLA BERGGREN, AARVIK, HUEMER, LEE& MUTANEN, 2022 (LEP.: BATRACHEDRIDAE) IN BRITAIN
1 PETER HALL& 2 COLIN W. PlANT
¹ Easter Craiglands, Rosemarkie, Fortrose, Ross-shire IV10 8SJ (peter.hall018@gmail.com)
² 14 West Road, Bishops Stortford, Herts. CM23 3QP (colinwplant@gmail.com)
Abstract
The species Batrachedra pinicolella (Zeller, 1839) has recently been recognised as comprising two distinct species, both of which were stated to be present in Britain. This British status is examined and confirmed. Information is presented to allow British readers to recognise and record the new species.
Keywords: Batrachedridae, Batrachedra confusella, faunistics.

ANANIA CORONATA (HUFNAGEL, 1767) AND ANANIA HORTULATA (LINNAEUS, 1758) (LEP.: CRAMBIDAE): LARVAE OF BOTH FEEDING ON HEDGE BINDWEED CALYSTEGIA SEPIUM (L.) R. BR. IN DEVON, ENGLAND, AN OVERLOOKED FOODPLANT OF THE FORMER AND A RARELY RECORDED ONE OF THE LATTER IN THE BRITISH ISLES AND CONSIDERATION OF THE VOLTINISM OF A. CORONATA
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 finding the larvae of Anania coronata (Hufnagel, 1767) and Anania hortulata (linnaeus, 1758) in Devon, England, in 2021 feeding on Hedge Bindweed Calystegia sepium (l.) R. Br., an overlooked foodplant of the former and an apparently
rarely recorded one of the latter in the British Isles. Descriptions and photographs of the larva of A. coronata in various instars are provided and the final instar of A. hortulata is compared and an image provided. Voltinism of A. coronata is considered.
Keywords: lepidoptera, Crambidae, Anania coronata, Anania hortulata, larva, foodplant, Calystegia sepium, voltinism.

RECORDING INVERTEBRATES – THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCURACY MARTIN ALBERTINI, JON COLE, LES EVANS-HILL, KEITH LUGG, IAN MASTERS, IAN SIMS & ADRIAN SPALDING
Corresponding author: Adrian Spalding, Sunny Bank Cottage, The Terrace, Chacewater, Cornwall TR4 8LT.
A.Spalding@ spaldingassociates.co.uk
Abstract
Invertebrates are key constituents in all habitats and their records contribute to our understanding of the health of the countryside. Accurate records are important, especially when making decisions about the conservation status of species and sites, but many species
are difficult to identify. Some species cannot be properly identified when still alive; voucher specimens allow critical examination (e.g. using DnA techniques) and may result in the discovery of species complexes. Inaccurate records can skew data sets, cause unjustified conservation effort and disguise the presence of rare species. We provide a number of case studies to support our view that accuracy in recording is vitally important.
Keywords: Invertebrate recording, voucher specimens, nepticulidae; Phyllocnistinae, Scotoperyx; saproxylic beetles, woodlice.

ON THE OCCURRENCE OF OECOPHORA BRACTELLA (LINNAEUS, 1758) (LEP.: OECOPHORIDAE) IN THE NORFOLK BROADS,
ENGLAND
¹ M. A’COURT, 2 S. D. BEAVAN & ³R. J. HECKFORD
¹ 2 Nash’s Cottages, Old Lane, Walcott, Norwich, Norfolk NR12 0PA
2 The Hayes, Zeal Monachorum, Devon EX17 6DF
³ 67 Newnham Road, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon PL7 4AW
Abstract
Oecophora bractella (linnaeus, 1758) is recorded at light in the norfolk Broads, East norfolk (VC27). It had never been recorded from any of the four vice-counties adjoining the county of norfolk and is the first from any wetland site in Great Britain. larvae were found and moths reared, confirming that the species is resident in at least one area of the norfolk Broads.
Keywords: lepidoptera, oecophoridae, Oecophora bractella, larva, Salix sp., norfolk
Broads.

134(3):

BRITISH BLASTOBASIS MAROCCANELLA AMSEL, 1952 ARE B. VITTATA (WOLLASTON, 1858)
RICHARD DICKSON1, JOHN R. LANGMAID3 & IAN THIRLWELL2
1 39 Serpentine Road, Fareham PO16 7ED (aphodius@btinternet.com)
2 13 Dunlin Close, Southsea, Hampshire PO4 8YW (i.thirlwell@ntlworld.com)
3 Deceased
Abstract
Re-examination of British specimens assigned to B. maroccanella shows them to be B. vittata.
Keyword: Blastobasis, synonymy

OBSERVATIONS ON THE RELIABILITY OF EXTERNAL CHARACTERISTICS TO DISTINGUISH ADULTS OF THE BRITISH
COPPER UNDERWING SPECIES AMPHIPYRA PYRAMIDEA (L.) AND A. BERBERA RUNGS (LEP.: NOCTUIDAE)
L. J. EvANS-HILL
Gravel Pit Cottage, Kingston Road, Putney Heath, London SW15 3SB Email: les.evans-hill@outlook.com
Abstract
Differences in external morphological characteristics in British adult Amphipyra pyramidea (L.) and A. berbera Rungs are discussed. The hindwing underside characteristics are the most reliable feature in both species when specimens are in pristine condition; all other
characteristics are unreliable, irrespective of specimen condition, when used in isolation, although a combination can be used to make a putative determination. In such cases, reference must be made to the hindwing underside for confirmation. When characters are contradictory or inconclusive, reference to the genitalia is essential.
Keywords: Amphipyra pyramidea, Amphipyra berbera, Noctuidae, morphology, Britain.

LARVAL ECOLOGY OF THE FORESTER ADSCITA STATICES (L., 1758) (LEP.: ZYGAENIDAE) AT A SITE IN GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES
G. M. TORDOFF
Butterfly Conservation, Manor Yard, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5QP gtordoff@butterfly-conservation.org
Abstract
Searches for larvae of Forester Ascita statices (Linnaeus, 1758) were carried out in the spring, late summer and early autumn of 2021 at a colliery spoil site in Glamorgan, South Wales. Spring larval searches were unproductive, with no larvae being recorded. Egg batches, leaf
mines and early to mid instar larvae were, however, relatively easy to find in August and September. Young larvae appear surprisingly mobile, being able to disperse to new plants once their natal plants are exhausted. Small plants of Common Sorrel Rumex acetosa L. are
preferred at this site.
Keywords: Zygaenidae, Ascita statices, larval foodplant, autecology

134(4):

AN ANNOTATED LIST OF THE LEPIDOPTERA OF SHETLAND
1 M. G. PENNINGTON& 2 P. V. HARVEY
1 9 Daisy Park, Baltasound, Unst, Shetland ZE2 9EA
2 Shetland Biological Records Centre, Garthspool, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0NY sbrc@shetlandamenity.org
Abstract
The Lepidoptera recorded in the Scottish archipelago of Shetland (Watsonian vice-county 112) are reported. In total, 395 species, including 16 recorded as known or presumed adventives, are included. A further 74 species are excluded from the main list as they are
either unconfirmed or presumed or known errors. A short assessment of status is given for each species.
Keywords: Lepidoptera, Shetland Islands, VC112, Scotland.

RECENT REDISCOVERY OF DUSKY CLEARWING PARANTHRENE TABANIFORMIS (ROTTEMBURG, 1775) (LEP.: SESIIDAE)
IN BRITAIN
M.S. BOTHAM1*, S. FALK2, K. HOWELL1, S. PHILLIPS3, M. MCCRACKEN1,
G.M. TORDOFF4 & J.T. STALEY1
1* UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Maclean Building, Benson Lane,
Crowmarsh Gifford, OX10 8BB
2 10 Fishponds Road, Kenilworth CV8 1EX
3 Natural England, Foss House, Kings Pool, 1-2 Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PX,
4 Butterfly Conservation, Manor Yard, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5QP
*Corresponding author: math2@ceh.ac.uk
Abstract
The rediscovery of Dusky Clearwing Paranthrene tabaniformis (Rottemburg, 1775) (Lep.: Sesiidae) in Britain is reported.

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