Macro-moths 2005

by Les Hill


This year will be remembered as a poor recording year due mainly to the weather, with reports of lower numbers of species and individuals throughout the United Kingdom with Bedfordshire being no exception. Noteworthy species, however, did turn up and these records are noted within this report.

A short note with respect to county boundaries and recording jurisdiction: County Moth Recorders around the United Kingdom use the Watsonian Vice-county boundaries to record. These boundaries remain static and will never change. However, the Macro-moth reports produced here use primarily the administrative boundaries (which can change) as far as possible for the benefit of continuity with Arnold et al 1997 and the requirements of the Bedfordshire Natural History Society (BNHS). Where possible exceptions are highlighted, however, errors and omissions do occur when using different standards.



At the time of the BNHS 2006 Annual General Meeting, there were 117,824 records in MapMate representing the current Bedfordshire macro-moth database. This includes records extrapolated where reasonably possible from Arnold et al 1997; all forwarded Rothamsted Insect Survey (RIS) Bedfordshire data (per Ian Woiwod et al); about 90% of V.W.Arnold’s 1974 – 1998 notebooks and all received personal records and year-lists for the period 1997 – 2005.

Having committed the aforementioned to MapMate, I am delighted to report I have a definitive county list of 591 macro-moth species since records began. It is apparent, however, there is data missing or no longer available as there are a number of discrepancies noted between Arnold et al 1997 and the database. This does not imply in any way inaccuracies in either, but highlights the difficulties faced in preparing both at different times to achieve a reasonable level of accuracy with the available data.

Most of the records retrieved from the period 1798-1968 were gathered from the data labels of cabinet specimens and historical notebooks located around the country. We all acknowledge the sterling effort and huge amount of research undertaken by V.W.Arnold, C.R.B.Baker, D.V.Manning and I.P.Woiwod in collating this data, culminating in Arnold et al 1997. I also thank V.W.Arnold for his insight of the history of moth recording in Bedfordshire, the issues faced by my predecessors and the problems tackled in preparation of Arnold et al 1997 (pers. comm., 2006)

Removing RIS data from the count of records received and entered from 1969 to-date, 2.76% of the records are for the period 1798-1968, 39.54% for the period 1969-2000 and 57.69% for the period 2001-2005. This illustrates the lack of data right up to and including 1968; conversely, it shows the dramatic increase in interest and macro-moth recording in the county since the turn of the century! This trend is reflected throughout the UK.

I hold a number of very interesting records that detail either species, month/year recorded or 10km square data, or all of the aforementioned; records I would very much like to record with more detail but accept this may not ever be possible. Fortunately, having reference to V.W.Arnold’s field notebooks, I have managed to put more detail to most records, and a number of records taken from Arnold et al 1997.

With the advent of plans to develop housing in the south-east of England on a massive scale in the near future, it is important that we record moths (macro and micro) in detail and retain important specimens for confirmation where possible. This will go a long way to help protect sites and our notable and Red Data Book species, especially if sites are under threat of development. It is understood, however, some recorders cannot forward records in detail as this may be in breach of confidence with landowners or do not wish to retain specimens for personal reasons. Unfortunately, this can be construed as an unconfirmed record, especially if the species is difficult to determine, notable, or threatened in any way.

At this point, an apology is in order to those recorders who have sent in specimens for genitalia determination. A decision was made to commit the winter period to getting the database as far as possible up-to-date with comprehensive reporting and atlases, without which the new 10km square list later in this report could not have been produced. As a result, the backlog of determinations for 2005 remains and these will be done as soon as is practical with the results forwarded in due course.

The Bedfordshire Moth Group (BMG) website (http://www.vc30moths.org/) is now live and is widely received by the entomological community. The BMG Yahoo! eGroup forum remains active, currently with 27 contributing members.

In conjunction with BNHS and BMG, a number of field meetings were held during 2005. Sites visited included Ampthill Park 15th August; Bedford Butterfly Park, Wilden 4th June; Bison Hill, Whipsnade Downs 9th July (National Moth Day & Night 2005); Bradger’s Hill, Luton 19th August; Bromham Lake LNR 15th July; Double Arches Quarry, Heath and Reach 6th August; Duck End NR, Maulden 10th and 17th September; Felmersham NR 3rd September; Flitton Moor 21st July; Flitwick Wood 25th August; Harrold and Odell Country Park 21st May and 8th August; Lower Alders Wood, Chicksands 14th May; Maulden Wood 8th July; Millbrook Golf Course 16th April and 27th May; and Priory Country Park, Bedford 25th June.

The following table illustrates the number of species recorded per family for 2005 to-date:


Family No. of species Records Individuals
Hepialidae 4 94 272
Cossidae 1 7 8
Zygaenidae 2 13 42
Sesiidae 3 12 17
Lasiocampidae 6 22 24
Saturnidae 0 0 0
Drepanidae 5 48 51
Thyatiridae 5 31 31
Geometridae 129 1616 2020
Sphingidae 8 181 200
Notodontidae 14 171 198
Lymantriidae 6 74 81
Arctiidae 10 375 515
Nolidae 2 12 12
Noctuidae 159 3170 6163
Totals 354 5826 9634



Records of particular interest for 2005: Small Ranunculus, recorded as larvae on 16th August at Upper Sundon Quarry, a Red Data Book species and new Bedfordshire record (CWP); Concolorous from an undisclosed location and date. A Red Data Book and prospective Biodiversity Action Plan species; a new Bedfordshire record (HAS); Golden Twin-spot on 7th October at Eaton Ford, a migrant and second Bedfordshire record(the first record was possibly an import) (AL); Mullein Wave at Cockayne Hatley, a local species, the first Bedfordshire record since VCH (IW, det PGo); Pale-lemon Sallow recorded as larvae on 25th March at Clifton, a Notable ‘a’ species, the sixth Bedfordshire record and first confirmed record for 20 years (JCha); White-spotted Pinion a Notable ‘a’ species, recorded twice on 4th August from the Potton area (JDa&PWar); Archer’s Dart recorded on 6th August at Double Arches Quarry, Heath and Reach, a local species, the sixth confirmed Bedfordshire record and first for 25 years (LH); Grass Emerald on 15th August at Ampthill Park, a local species and the first confirmed record for 20 years (LH) and Least Carpet continues its expansion from one 10km square (Arnold et al 1997) to eight 10km squares.

The following lists species recorded during 2005 in Bedfordshire with a UK status of Notable (Na or Nb), Red Data Book (RDB), UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) Priority Macro-moths, migrants, vagrants and accidentals:



Hornet Moth Sesia apiformis (Cl.) (370) [Nb]
Willington 28th March exit holes and exuvia (JCha); Harrold and Odell Country Park 8th August exit holes and exuvia (LH)

Red-belted Clearwing Synanthedon myopaeformis (Borkh.) (379) [Nb]
Carlton 22nd June and Yelden 27th June pheromone lure (HAS/RPa&APa); Studham 11th July pheromone lure (CBa)

Six-belted Clearwing Synanthedon ichneumoniformis ([D.&S.]) (382) [Nb]
Upper Sundon 10th July pheromone lure (AMB&MGB); Bedford Priory 19th July Field observation (AB&ND); Sewell Cutting NR 10th July; Marston Vale Millennium Country Park 17th July pheromone lure (LH)



Small Eggar Eriogaster lanestris (L.) (1633) [Nb]
Bedford District May/June larval web (HAS)



Light Orange Underwing Archiearis notha (Hb.) (1662) [Nb]
Odell Great Wood 25th April Field observation Note: Unconfirmed, possibly Orange Underwing Archiearis notha (Linn.) (1662) [Local] both Aspen and Silver Birch present (HAS)

Vestal Rhodometra sacraria (L.) (1716) [Migrant]
Bromham 20th September (P.Almond); Cockayne Hatley 27th October (IW)

Chalk Carpet Scotopteryx bipunctaria ssp. cretata ([D.&S.]) (1731) [Nb/BAP]
Barton Hills LNR 31st July field observation (JCh); Upper Sundon 16th August field observation (CWP)

Ruddy Carpet Catarhoe rubidata ([D.&S.]) (1735) [Nb]
Bedford Butterfly Park 4th June (LH); New Wood Turvey 12th June (JM); Cockayne Hatley 29th June (IW)



Humming-bird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum (L.) (1984) [Migrant]
Bedford August (TY&AY); Lower Stondon 12th August (AMB&MGB); Studham 15th and 31st August (CBa); Haynes 18th August (SKn); Bromham 8th, 9th 18th and 29th August, 14th and 17th September (PA); Clophill 21st August (JS); Clifton 24th August (PGS); Dunstable 6th September (SPo); Dunstable 24th September (LH); Stopsley 1st October (CLB)

N.B. Not all records of Humming-bird Hawk-moth are listed, as some records were not received directly by the county recorder.



Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon (Hufn.) (2091) [Migrant]
Bromham 20th September (PA); Dunstable 26th and 28th September (AJS det LH)

Pearly Underwing Peridroma saucia (Hb.) (2119) [Migrant]
Cockayne Hatley 8th September (IW)

Square-spotted Clay Xestia rhomboidea (Esp.) (2131) [Na/BAP]
Lower Stondon 16th August (AMB&MGB)

Small Ranunculus Hecatera dysodea ([D.&S.]) (2165) [RDB]
Upper Sundon Quarry 16th August larva det LH. New Bedfordshire record (CWP)

White-point Mythimna albipuncta ([D.&S.]) (2194) [Migrant]
Haynes 2nd September (SKn); Sandy RSPB 12th September (IKD)

Pale-lemon Sallow Xanthia ocellaris (Borkh.) (2276) [Na]
Clifton 25th March larva (JCha)

White-spotted Pinion Cosmia diffinis (L.) (2317) [Na/BAP]
Potton 4th August (PWar&JDa)

Concolorous Photedes extrema (Hb.) (2347) [RDB]
Bedford District June. New Bedfordshire record (HAS)

Bordered Straw Heliothis peltigera ([D.&S.]) (2403) [Migrant]
Maulden Woods 8th July (LH)

Cream-bordered Green Pea Earias clorana (L.) (2418) [Nb]
Priory Country Park, Bedford 25th June (LH)

Golden Twin-spot Chrysodeixis chalcites (Esp.) (2428) [Migrant]
Eaton Ford (VC30 [Cambs.]) 7th October det B.Dickerson. Second Bedfordshire record (AL)

Silver Y Autographa gamma (L.) (2441) [Migrant]
There were 44 records: first recorded Turvey 26th May (HAS); last recorded Dunstable 10th November (AJS); ab. gammina Dunstable 17th September (LH)


Migrant records are forwarded to the appropriate editor for inclusion in the Immigration of Lepidoptera to the British Isles Report for the Entomologists Record and Journal of Variation.

All records are held by the Bedfordshire and Luton Biodiversity Recording and Monitoring Centre and updated regularly.

Select records are forwarded for inclusion in the Scarce Macro-moth Database administered by Butterfly Conservation.



The following are new 10km square records for macro-moths to add to the maps in Arnold et al 1997. Some have been published before in previous macro-moth reports but this provides a complete list:


15 Orange Swift Hepialus sylvina TL 06, 12
16 Gold Swift Hepialus hecta TL12
169 Six-spot Burnet Zygaena filipendulae stephensi TL23
370 Hornet Moth Sesia apiformis SP96, TL06, 12
371 Lunar Hornet Moth Sesia bembeciformis SP95, 96, TL06
374 Yellow-legged Clearwing Synanthedon vespiformis TL14
378 Orange-tailed Clearwing Synanthedon andrenaeformis SP95, 96, TL06
379 Red-belted Clearwing Synanthedon myopaeformis SP95, TL01, 02, 06, 13
380 Red-tipped Clearwing Synanthedon formicaeformis TL03, 05, 14, 24
382 Six-belted Clearwing Bembecia ichneumoniformis TL01, 03, 04
1631 December Moth Poecilocampa populi SP96, TL06, 12
1632 Pale Eggar Trichiura crataegi SP96, TL04, 06
1637 Oak Eggar Lasiocampa quercus quercus SP92, TL01, 04, 14, 23
1642 Lappet Gastropacha quercifolia TL06
1647 Barred Hook-tip Watsonalla cultraria TL01, 05, 24
1648 Pebble Hook-tip Drepana falcataria falcataria TL23
1653 Buff Arches Habrosyne pyritoides TL23
1659 Yellow Horned Achlya flavicornis galbanus TL01, 04
1660 Frosted Green Polyploca ridens TL01, 04
1661 Orange Underwing Archiearis parthenias SP93, 95
1662 Light Orange Underwing Archiearis notha SP92, 95, 96
1663 March Moth Alsophila aescularia TL12
1680 Maiden's Blush Cyclophora punctaria SP96 TL01, 12, 13, 24
1681 Clay Triple-lines Cyclophora linearia SP92, TL23
1688 Tawny Wave Scopula rubiginata TL24
1689 Mullein Wave Scopula marginepunctata TL24
1692 Lesser Cream Wave Scopula immutata TL24
1693 Cream Wave Scopula floslactata floslactata TL13
1699 Least Carpet Idaea rusticata atrosignaria SP92, TL01, 03, 05, 13, 14, 23
1703 Rusty Wave Idaea inquinata TL02
1705 Dwarf Cream Wave Idaea fuscovenosa SP93, TL01
1707 Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata SP93
1709 Satin Wave Idaea subsericeata TL01
1711 Treble Brown Spot Idaea trigeminata TL01, 02, 04, 12, 13, 24
1712 Small Scallop Idaea emarginata SP96
1715 Plain Wave Idaea straminata SP93
1716 The Vestal Rhodometra sacraria TL06
1718 Oblique Striped Phibalapteryx virgata TL24
1722 Flame Carpet Xanthorhoe designata TL03
1726 Large Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe quadrifasiata SP96
1728 Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata SP96
1735 Ruddy Carpet Catarhoe rubidata SP95, TL12, 24
1736 Royal Mantle Catarhoe cuculata TL12
1739 Wood Carpet Epirrhoe rivata SP91, TL12
1745 Mallow Larentia clavaria TL06
1747 Streamer Anticlea derivata TL04, 12
1749 Dark Spinach Pelurga comitata TL01, 02
1750 Water Carpet Lampropteryx suffumata SP95
1752 Purple Bar Cosmorhoe ocellata TL13
1754 Phoenix Eulithis prunata TL01, 05, 12, 13, 24
1755 Chevron Eulithis testata SP92, 96
1757 Spinach Eulithis mellinata TL01, 04, 13
1760 Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata SP92, 95, 96, TL01, 02, 03, 04, 13, 14, 24
1766 Blue-bordered Carpet Plemyria rubiginata rubiginata SP93, TL04, 24
1769 Spruce Carpet Thera Britannica TL04, 06, 13
1771 Juniper Carpet Thera juniperata juniperata TL04, 05, 24
1773 Broken-barred Carpet Electrophaes corylata SP95
1778 May Highflyer Hydriomena impluviata TL02, TL13
1781 Small Waved Umber Horisme vitalbata TL04, 12
1782 Fern Horisme tersata SP96, TL13
1784 Pretty Chalk Carpet Melanthia procellata TL04
1788 Scarce Tissue Rheumaptera cervinalis TL04
1789 Scallop Shell Rheumaptera undulate SP96
1790 Tissue Triphosa dubitata TL13
1791 Brown Scallop Philereme vetulata TL03, 04, 13
1792 Dark Umber Philereme transversata Britannica TL13
1794 Sharp-angled Carpet Euphyia unangulata SP93
1796 Pale November Moth Epirrita christyi SP96
1800 Northern Winter Moth Operophtera fagata TL02, 03, 12
1802 Rivulet Perizoma affinitata TL03
1803 Small Rivulet Perizoma alchemillata TL04
1804 Barred Rivulet Perizoma bifaciata SP94, TL05, 06, 12
1807 Grass Rivulet Perizoma albulata albulata SP94, TL04, 05
1808 Sandy Carpet Perizoma flavofasciata SP95, TL23
1809 Twin-spot Carpet Perizoma didymata didymata TL06
1811 Slender Pug Eupithecia tenuiata TL13
1812 Maple Pug Eupithecia inturbata TL01, 05
1813 Haworth's Pug Eupithecia haworthiata TL13
1816 Toadflax Pug Eupithecia linariata TL04, 06
1823 Netted Pug Eupithecia venosata venosata TL13
1825 Lime-speck Pug Eupithecia centaureata TL12
1826 Triple-spotted Pug Eupithecia trisignaria TL03
1827 Freyer's Pug Eupithecia intricata arceuthata SP95
1830 Wormwood Pug Eupithecia absinthiata TL06
1832 Currant Pug Eupithecia assimilate SP91, TL 06
1835 White-spotted Pug Eupithecia tripunctaria TL04
1838 Tawny Speckled Pug Eupithecia icterata subfulvata TL06
1839 Bordered Pug Eupithecia succenturiata SP93
1840 Shaded Pug Eupithecia subumbrata TL01
1841 Yarrow Pug Eupithecia millefoliata TL14, 15
1842 Plain Pug Eupithecia simpliciata TL13, 24
1851 Golden-rod Pug Eupithecia virgaureata TL03
1852 Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviate TL04
1853 Oak-tree Pug Eupithecia dodoneata SP93, 95, TL04,
1856 Larch Pug Eupithecia lariciata SP95
1858 V-Pug Chloroclystis v-ata TL13
1859 Sloe Pug Pasiphila chloerata TL03
1862 Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata SP91, 96, TL04, 12
1864 Streak Chesias legatella SP95, TL04, 06
1867 Treble Bar Aplocera plagiata plagiata TL12
1870 Chimney Sweeper Odezia atrata SP95, TL05
1874 Dingy Shell Euchoeca nebulata TL24
1876 Small Yellow Wave Hydrelia flammeolaria TL04
1879 Seraphim Lobophora halterata TL13
1882 Small Seraphim Pterapherapteryx sexalata TL01, 05
1883 Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata SP93
1888 Scorched Carpet Ligdia adustata TL13
1889 Peacock Moth Macaria notata TL24
1902 Brown Silver-line Petrophora chlorosata SP91, 96
1904 Scorched Wing Plagodis dolabraria TL13
1907 Bordered Beauty Epione repandaria TL06
1910 Lilac Beauty Apeira syringaria TL06, 12
1912 August Thorn Ennomos quercinaria TL06
1923 Feathered Thorn Colotois pennaria SP96, TL06
1925 Small Brindled Beauty Apocheima hispidaria SP95, TL04, 06
1926 Pale Brindled Beauty Phigalia pilosaria TL02, 04, 12
1932 Spring Usher Agriopis leucophaearia SP95, TL04, 23
1933 Scarce Umber Agriopis aurantiaria SP96, TL02, 04, 06, 12
1935 Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria TL04, 12
1937 Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria TL12
1944 Pale Oak Beauty Hypomecis punctinalis SP95, TL04, 13, 24
1947 Engrailed Ectropis bistortata TL12
1948 Small Engrailed Ectropis crepuscularia TL13
1950 Brindled White-spot Parectropis similaria TL01, 24
1951 Grey Birch Aethalura punctulata TL13
1952 Common Heath Ematurga atomaria TL06
1954 Bordered White Bupalus piniaria TL01, 04, 13
1960 Early Moth Theria primaria TL12
1962 Barred Red Hylaea fasciaria TL13
1964 Annulet Charissa obscurata TL12
1972 Convolvulus Hawk-moth Agrius convolvuli SP95, TL06, 12, 13, 23
1973 Death’s-head Hawk-moth Acherontia atropos TL23
1976 Privet Hawk-moth Sphinx ligustri SP92
1978 Pine Hawk-moth Hyloicus pinastri SP95, TL04, 05, 06, 13, 23, 24
1987 Bedstraw Hawk-moth Hyles gallii TL24
1992 Small Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila porcellus TL13, 23
1998 Poplar Kitten Furcula bifida SP96, TL02, 14
1999 Lobster Moth Stauropus fagi TL01
2000 Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedaries TL04
2010 Scarce Prominent Odontosia Carmelita TL01
2014 Marbled Brown Drymonia dodonaea TL13, 15, 24
2015 Lunar Marbled Brown Drymonia ruficornis SP91, TL04
2019 Chocolate-tip Clostera curtula SP91, 96
2029 Brown-tail Euproctis chrysorrhoea SP96, TL03, 04, 13
2033 Black Arches Lymantria monacha SP95, 96, TL01, 05, 12, 23, 24
2035 Round-winged Muslin Thumatha senex TL13
2037 Rosy Footman Miltochrista miniata TL24
2040 Four-dotted Footman Cybosia mesomella TL14, 24
2043 Orange Footman Eilema sororcula TL03
2044 Dingy Footman Eilema griseola TL01, 04
2049 Buff Footman Eilema depressa SP92, 94, TL01, 02, 03
2057 Garden Tiger Arctia caja SP93
2063 Muslin Moth Diaphora mendica SP96
2064 Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa fuliginosa SP96
2068 Scarlet Tiger Callimorpha dominula SP93
2074a Banana Stowaway Antichloris eriphia TL14
2078 Least Black Arches Nola confusalis SP95, TL02, 13
2082 Garden Dart Euxoa nigricans TL06
2088 Heart and Club Agrotis clavis SP95, TL02, 04, 12, 24
2091 Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon TL12
2110 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata TL23
2112 Least Yellow Underwing Noctua interjecta caliginosa TL01, 06
2117 Autumnal Rustic Eugnorisma glareosa TL02
2119 Pearly Underwing Peridroma saucia TL12
2131 Square-spotted Clay Xestia rhomboidea SP95, TL12, 13, 24
2133 Six-striped Rustic Xestia sexstrigata TL06, 12
2136 Gothic Naenia typical TL06, 13
2145 Nutmeg Discestra trifolii SP91, TL06
2147 Shears Hada plebeja TL12, 14, 24
2150 Grey Arches Polia nebulosa TL13
2157 Light Brocade Lacanobia w-latinum TL04, 05, 13
2158 Pale-shouldered Brocade Lacanobia thalassina TL13
2164 Broad-barred White Hecatera bicolorata TL12
2165 Small Ranunculus Hecatera dysodea TL02
2166 Campion Hadena rivularis TL13
2167 Tawny Shears Hadena perplexa perplexa TL04, 06
2170 Varied Coronet Hadena compta TL06
2171 Marbled Coronet Hadena confusa TL24
2173 Lychnis Hadena bicruris TL06
2177 Hedge Rustic Tholera cespitis TL13
2178 Feathered Gothic Tholera decimalis SP96, TL06, 12
2179 Pine Beauty Panolis flammea TL04
2185 Lead-coloured Drab Orthosia populeti STL01
2192 Brown-line Bright Eye Mythimna conigera TL06
2194 White-point Mythimna albipuncta TL04, 14
2214 Chamomile Shark Cucullia chamomillae TL03, 13
2216 Shark Cucullia umbratica TL06, 12
2227 Sprawler Asterocopus sphinx SP96, TL04, 12
2231a Northern Deep-brown Dart Aporophyla lueneburgensis SP92
2232 Black Rustic Aporophyla nigra TL05, 06, 13
2235 Tawny Pinion Lithophane semibrunnea SP96
2236 Pale Pinion Lithophane hepatica SP95, TL03, 14
2237 Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus lactipennis SP96, TL04
2240 Blair's Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri hesperica TL04, 06, 12
2243 Early Grey Xylocampa areola TL12
2247 Merveille du Jour Dichonia aprilina TL04, 13
2248 Brindled Green Dryobotodes eremita TL02, 13
2250 Dark Brocade Blepharita adusta TL02
2252 Large Ranunculus Polymixis flavicincta TL12
2256 Satellite Eupsilia transversa TL04
2258 Chestnut Conistra vaccinii SP96, TL04
2259 Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula SP96, TL12
2263 Red-line Quaker Agrochola lota TL12
2264 Yellow-line Quaker Agrochola macilenta SP96, TL06, 12
2265 Flounced Chestnut Agrochola helvola SP95, TL23
2267 Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis TL06
2269 Centre-barred Sallow Atethmia centrago TL12
2271 Orange Sallow Xanthia citrago TL13
2272 Barred Sallow Xanthia aurago TL13
2273 Pink-barred Sallow Xanthia togata TL06
2276 Pale-lemon Sallow Xanthia ocellaris TL13
2279 Sycamore Acronicta aceris TL01
2280 Miller Acronicta leporine TL04, 06
2284 Grey Dagger Acronicta psi TL07
2289 Knot Grass Acronicta rumicis TL12
2293 Marbled Beauty Cryphia domestica TL06
2298 Svensson's Copper Underwing Amphipyra berbera svenssoni TL04
2300 Old Lady Mormo maura SP95, TL01, 12, 13, 23, 24
2301 Bird's Wing Dypterygia scabriuscula TL01, 02, 04, 24
2303 Straw Underwing Thalpophila matura SP96
2312 Olive Ipimorpha subtusa SP95, TL04
2314 Dingy Shears Parastichtis ypsillon TL01
2316 Lesser-spotted Pinion Cosmia affinis TL01
2319 Lunar-spotted Pinion Cosmia pyralina TL12
2326 Clouded-bordered Brindle Apamea crenata TL13
2330 Dusky Brocade Apamea remissa SP96, TL13
2331 Small Clouded Brindle Apamea unanimis SP92, 93, 96, TL04, 12, 14, 24
2335 Slender Brindle Apamea scolopacina SP95
2336 Double Lobed Apamea ophiogramma SP93, 95
2338 Rufous Minor Oligia versicolor SP93
2341 Cloaked Minor Mesoligia furuncula TL12
2343a Lesser Common Rustic Mesapamea didyma TL02, 03, 13
2345 Small Dotted Buff Photedes minima TL13
2347 Concolorous Chortodes extrema SP95
2349 Mere Wainscot Chortodes fluxa SP96
2350 Small Wainscot Chortodes pygmina TL04, 05
2353 Flounced Rustic Luperina testacea SP96, TL06
2360 Ear Moth Amphipoea oculea SP95
2361 Rosy Rustic Hydraecia micacea SP96, TL06
2364 Frosted Orange Gortyna flavago TL04, 06
2369 Bulrush Wainscot Nonagria typhae SP96, TL06
2370 Twin-spotted Wainscot Archanara geminipuncta TL14, 24
2371 Brown-veined Wainscot Archanara dissolute SP92
2373 Webb's Wainscot Archanara sparganii SP95, TL03
2375 Large Wainscot Rhizedra lutosa TL02, 03, 04, 06
2377 Fen Wainscot Arenostola phragmitidis SP94
2380 Treble Lines Charanyca trigrammica SP96, TL04, 13
2384 Vine's Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua SP91, 92, TL04, 05, 12, 13
2385 Small Mottled Willow Spodoptera exigua TL02, 03, 24
2389 Pale Mottled Willow Paradrina clavipalpis SP96
2397 Small Yellow Underwing Panemeria tenebrata SP95
2403 Bordered Straw Heliothis peltigera TL03, 12, 14
2410 Marbled White Spot Protodeltote pygarga TL02, 04, 14, 24
2418 Cream-bordered Green Pea Earias clorana TL13
2422 Green Silver-lines Pseudoips prasinana Britannica TL04
2423 Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana TL04, 13
2425 Nut-tree Tussock Colocasia coryli SP96, TL23, 24
2428 Golden Twin-spot Chrysodeixis chalcites TL14
2433 Slender Burnished Brass Thysanoplusia orichalcea TL23
2437 Golden Plusia Polychrysia moneta TL01, 13
2451 Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini TL03
2452 Red Underwing Catocala nupta SP96
2465 Four-spotted Tyta luctuosa SP92
2466 Blackneck Lygephila pastinum TL12
2470 Small Purple-barred Phytometra viridaria TL12
2475 Waved Black Parascotia fuliginaria TL06, 24
2480 Buttoned Snout Hypena rostralis TL03, 13, 24
2484 Pinion-streaked Snout Schrankia costaestrigalis TL03
2489 Fan-foot Zanclognatha tarsipennalis TL04
2491 Shaded Fan-foot Herminia tarsicrinalis TL24



Please delete the following from my 2003 Macro-moth report: Heart Moth, Dicycla oo (L.) (2315) – Totternhoe 25th July (CBa) and White-spotted Pinion Cosmia diffinis (L.) (2317) – Studham 5th and 17th June (CBa); these are recorded in error. Also Humming-bird Hawk-moth, Macroglossum stellatarum (L.) (1984) – 19th August Gamlingay (A. &G.Williams) and Buttoned Snout, Hypena rostralis (L.) (2480) – Gamlingay 7th May, 6th August (A.&G.Williams). Gamlingay is neither in Bedfordshire administrative nor vice county; these are recorded in error.

Please also make the following change to the 2004 Macro-moth report: Webb’s Wainscot, Archanara sparganii (Esp.) (2373), was recorded by Tony Smith on 2nd August at an undisclosed location in north Bedfordshire and by Les Hill on 4th September at Duck End NR, Maulden and on 9th September in Clophill. The species is listed in Arnold et al 1997 as previously recorded (no specimen seen) in Aspley Heath during 1960, which is in VC24 (Buckinghamshire). The new VC30 records are therefore subsequent Bedfordshire administrative county records.



Records and support gratefully acknowledged from the following (errors & omissions expected): T.Aldhous, P.Almond (PA), V.W.Arnold, C.R.B.Baker (CBa), P.M.Baker, K.Balmer, A.M.Banthorpe (AMB), M.G.Banthorpe (MGB), S.Brooke, A.Bucknall (AB), G.Castle, J.Chainey (JCha), J.Chapman, J.E.Childs (JCh), J.Clifton, B.Cornes, I.K.Dawson (IKD), N.Dawson (ND), J.Day (JDa), B.Dickerson, J.England, A.Finch, G.Finch, E.Goodyear, J.Gough, P.Gould (PGo), A.Green, S.Halton, F.Higgs, G.E.Higgs, A.Hurst, S.Knight (SKn), A.A.Lawrence (AL), C.Le Boutillier (CLB), T.Mann, D.V.Manning, J.Mayhead (JM), S.Nash, B.S.Nau, A.Paynter (APa), R.Paynter (RPa), J.Pitts, C.W.Plant (CWP), S.Poulter (SPo), T.Reddick, D.Smith, H.A.Smith (HAS), K.Standbridge, S.Standbridge, P.G.Stapleton (PGS), A.J.Stretton (AJS), J.Stretton, M.R.Stretton, J.Sutton (JS), P.Waring (PWar), I.P.Woiwod (IW), A.Yates (AY) and T.Yates (TY).



Arnold, V.W., Baker, C.R.B., Manning, D.V. and Woiwod, I.P., 1997. The Butterflies and Moths of Bedfordshire Bedfordshire Natural History Society 408pp.

Bradley, J.D., 2000. Checklist of Lepidoptera recorded from the British Isles. Second Edition (revised).


Les Hill is the Society’s Recorder of Macro-moths, a position held in an honorary capacity since 2003.