The Status of Hertfordshire and Middlesex Moths

Species added since "The Moths of Hertfordshire" was published:


4.083 0024a Ectoedemia hannoverella
Found on an unspecified hybrid of Black Poplar at Ashwell Quarry Nature Reserve on 22nd October 2011 by John Chainey and Jenny Spence.
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4.093 0026 Ectoedemia agrimoniae
Mines found by John Chainey and Jenny Spence at Waterford Heath on 3rd November 2013.
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7.008 0151 Adela croesella
Two speceimens taken on 25th May 2011 at Bramfield (Andrew Wood) feeding by day and at Braughing Friars (Ben Sale) at actinic light. These two sites are 17km apart suggesting that this may be an overlooked resident. New for Hertfordshire.
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12.048 0200 Psychoides filicivora
John Murray reported - "2 days ago I noticed two 10mm black micros flying around each other in the sunshine by the water butt. They had a distinctive white mark on the rear edge of the forewing, and the head and legs were whitish. I went inside to get a tube to examine them in but when I returned the sun had gone in and they had disappeared. This afternoon I saw one again perched on the water butt, and this time it was still there when I returned with a tube.... it's Psychoides filicivora, which is a new Hertfordshire species. I don't think there's much doubt, as the water butt is surrounded by ferns, especially Hartstongue, on which it feeds." Andrew Wood recorded 2 at light on 26 December 2011 and 7 January 2012.
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12.044 0212 Haplotinea insectella
Aldbury 20th July 2010 found by Gavin Broad
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14.004 0269a Bucculatrix chrysanthemella
Rachel Terry has recently (April 2012) added BUCCULATRIX CHRYSANTHEMELLA to the British list from a single specimen found in the Bishops Stortford light trap of Jim Fish and Julian Reeves (See Terry, R., 2012. Bucculatrix chrysanthemella Rebel, 1896 (Lep.: Bucculatricidae) new to Britain. Entomologistís Record & Journal of Variation 124: 59 Ė 63). The larvae are leaf miners in Marguerite Daisies (Argyranthemum frutescens) and these plants are on sale in many garden centres and similar outlets. The leaves are greyish-green, have a distinctive shape and have a distinctive feel to them. An alternative host may be Canary Tansy (Gonospermum fruticosum).
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15.066 0344 Phyllonorycter strigulatella
Mark Sterling collected mines during 2007 in the car park of the Vue Cinema Complex in Watford and adults emerged July 2008. New to Hertfordshire
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15.093 0369 Phyllocnistis xenia
Wendy Hatton recently found xenia mines on White Poplar in St Albans in November 2011. NEW TO HERTFORDSHIRE
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52.001 0369a Raspberry Clearwing Pennisetia hylaeiformis
This species was discovered new to Britain during 2007 at Meldreth in Cambridgeshire by Jim Reid (Reid 2008) and was subsequently found by him at nurseries in northern Hertfordshire. Use of synthetic pheromone lures during 2009 produced no less than 8 adults at Rye Meads RSPB nature reserve on 23rd July. A further six were found on 25th July 2009 when a female was also observed apparently egg-laying on the upper surface of raspberry leaves at about 10.40 hours. (Joan Childs, Paul Chapman, J McGill, W. Urwin,H. Taffs, K. Tailby, P. Hammond, P. Clarke, M. Deans and P. Bryant). Phil Gould found an adult amongst his raspberry canes in his garden at Kimpton, 30th July 2009 and I recorded a male at the HYL lure in my Bishops Stortford garden in the first week of August 2009 (the date it entered the pheromone trap is unclear as I was not around to check). Several mature larvae found in Colin Plant's garden in Bishops Stortford in April 2010 New to Hertfordshire.
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19.006 0394 Glyphipterix forsterella
J. F. Stephens records Heribeia forsterella Z[eller] for Hertford in his 1834 publication Illustrations of British Entomology 4: 263. Durrant (1888) summarised the Lepidoptera recorded but suffixes his opinion with a question mark, since it is forsterella of Fabricius, not Zeller, that we are here concerned with. However, Stephens also illustrates Heribeia simpliciella as a new species, on the same page, so it seems to me that Durrant was incorrect and that the Heribeia forsterella Z. illustrated by Stephens is Glyphipterix forsterella (Fabr.). There are no other records for the county. Additional information: 28 May 2011found by Raymond Uffen at Bricket Wood Common, 28th May 2011, along a 'ride'created when a pipeline was buried. The herbaceous vegetation in the middle of the ride is quite unlike that in the clearings because of the alkaline boulder clay brought to the surface by disturbance.
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37.034 0517a Coleophora frischella
One female, Sawbridgeworth Marsh, 29th May 2004 (Goodey & Plant 2009). Identified by genitalia dissection, January 2009 (Brian Goodey). New to Hertfordshire.
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28.024 0656 Tachystola acroxantha
Sawbridgeworth Marsh, 22nd May 2009, (Colin Plant). Two adults caught in four actinic traps left running alongside the River Stort overnight from 21.30 to 04.00 hours. New to Hertfordshire.
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40.014 0881 Mompha terminella
Mompha terminella mines on leaves of Enchanterís Nightshade (Circaea lutetiana) were found in 2012 in North east hers by John Chainey and Jenny Spence. NEW TO HERTFORDSHIRE
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34.013 0909 Sorhagenia lophyrella
Roughdown Common, 25th June 2005, (Colin Plant). Identified by Brian Goodey by genitalia dissection, January 2009, amongst a backlog of samples from my freezer. New to Hertfordshire
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49.124 0950 Aethes francillana
Taken at Aldbury 4th August 2010 by Gavin Boyd.
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49.023 0971 Pandemis cinnamomeana
One male taken by myself in Ravensdell Wood (administrative Bedfordshire) on 1 May 2003 was identified by me during January 2009 whilst clearing a backlog of genitalia dissections of specimens in my freezer. The fault for this record not appearing in the book is entirely mine. Our only other record, from a Watford garden in 1956, is regarded as an identification error, so the Ravensdell Wood example is new to Hertfordshire.
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49.053 1022a Cnephasia pumicana
This was raised to full species status in 2012 and this invalidated all past records of C.pascuana unless they can be validated by voucher specimens. It is confirmed from Bishops Stortford and Ashwell Chalk Pit.
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49.065 1039 Strawberry Tortrix Acleris comariana
Five specimens at three localities have been confirmed by genitalia dissection. Bricketwood on 5th June 2008 and 17th June 2009 (Henry Ellis); Ellenbrook 8th and 11th September 2009 (A, Bristow) and Braughing 19th June 2012 (Ben sale)
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49.253 1143 Epinotia fraternana
Damage to needles in a plantation of Abies nordmanniana near Harprenden was examined by Chris Shortall of Rothamsted Research on 4th June 2015. Damaged needles and adults were found. Colin Plant confirmed the adults by gen det.
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49.2001 1216a Tetramoera langmaidi
Desribed as new to science from a male caught in Southsea, Hants in 2009 and males and females found in Bengeo in 2014. Also recorded at same site in 2015 and 2016.
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49.356 1249 Grapholita lobarzewskii
One record of a female from Ware on 22nd June 2013. Its origin is obscure.
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49.343 1262 Cydia amplana
August 18th 2012 Sandridge NEW TO HERTFORDSHIRE. August 19th 2012 Hemel Hempstead (Roger Prue) Picture here, August 20th 2012 Bishops Stortford (Colin Plant).
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63.091 1307 Agriphila latistria
The grass moth Agriphila latistria is the only species that might be vaguely associated with a sandy habitat. It is easily recognised amongst the grass moths by the white streak that runs the full length of the forewing, including into the terminal cilia. Found on September 1st 2012 at Northaw Great Wood field meeting by Colin Plant. NEW TO HERTFORDSHIRE
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63.042 1397a Diplopseustis perieresalis
Bishops Stortford, 22nd August 2008 (James Fish and Julian Reeves, det. Martin Honey from genitalia slide by Rachel Terry). Apparently the fourth record for the UK. New to Hertfordshire.
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63.054 1409a Box Tree Moth Cydalima perspectalis
First recorded in Herts in 2010 at Bishops Stortford. Since found at Gilston Park north of Harlow and in 2014 at Westland Green west of Bishops Stortford. It seems likely to be found more widely as Box is widely planted
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70.159 1855 Cypress Pug Eupithecia phoeniceata
Recorded in Bengeo, Hertford on 18th August 2012
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72.047 2045 Hoary Footman Eilema caniola
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72.021x 2062a Autumn Webworm Hyphantria cunea
Taken at light in Stevenage by Ben sale on 29th September 2014. Its origins are unclear.
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73.315 2094 Great Dart Agrotis bigramma
Graeme Smith caught one, assumed to be a primary migrant, in his garden at Bishops Stortford on 13th August 2014.
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73.347 2110a Langmaid`s Yellow Underwing Noctua janthina
Marshall's heath at actinic light 16 August 2008 (John Murray). On the same night Colin Plant caught a single example at Blean Woods, canterbury (east kent); the two records perhaps suggest immigration. New to Hertfordshire.
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73.356 2135 Heath Rustic Xestia agathina
A worn example at Geoff Senior's trap in Little Hadham on 11th September 2012.
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73.300 2202 L-album Wainscot Mythimna l-album
One at Bishops Stortford, 3 September 2011 (Jim Fish & Julian Reeves). First valid Hertfordshire record. Undoubtedly an immigrant.
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73.104 2392a Porters Rustic Proxenus hospes
Caught in Royston by Phil Jenner on 6th September 2012
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72.073 2408 Small Marbled Eublemma parva
Bishops Stortford, 29th July 2008 (Julian Reeves). In coll. Colin Plant. New to Hertfordshire. Additional records: at Braughing, 27th June 2011 and 10th July 2011.(Ben Sale). Second and third county records.
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73.028 2415 Pale Shoulder Acontia lucida
19th August 2012 Kensworth (Pete Collins) NEW TO HERTFORDSHIRE
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72.070 2495 Olive Crescent Trisateles emortualis
A female was taken at light at Berkhamsted by Ian Gamble on 16th July 2014.
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