Micro-moths 2006

by David Manning

Seven new species were added to the county list during the year. Clepsis coriacana (Rebel), which was found in the Rothamsted trap in Ampthill, is a species new to Britain. In addition, one species was recorded for the first time since 1936. These records are shown in the same format as in the Society’s book The Butterflies and Moths of Bedfordshire.

Acrolepiopsis assectella (Zeller) (473)
One to MV light at Eaton Ford on 14th August 2006 (AL).
Flight: October to April, June to August (week 33)*
Larval Foodplants: onion, leek, garlic
Map TL16

Metalampra italica Baldizzone (642a)
An immigrant from southern Europe recently recorded in Devon and Hertfordshire.
One to a lighted window at Studham on 27th June 2006 (CBa).
Flight: not yet confi rmed in UK. (week 27)*
Larval Foodplants: unknown
Map TL01

Agonopterix curvipunctosa (Haworth) (711)
One netted at Totternhoe Knolls on 14th May 2006 (JCh)
Flight: August to May (week 20)*
Larval Foodplants: Bur Chervil, Rough Chervil and Cow Parsley
Map SP92

Scythris cicadella (Zeller) (919)
Netted at Coopers Hill on 25th June 2006.
Flight: June, July (week 26)*
Larval Foodplants: Knawel
Map TL03

Clepsis coriacana (Rebel) (993a)
One in the RIS trap at Ampthill between 13th August and 9th September 2006.
This is the first British record of a species resident in the Canary Islands and Morocco. The only previous records in Europe are from Gibraltar during 2006. A full account of this record can be found in The Entomologist’s Record and Journal of
Variation (Manning, 2007).
Map TL03

Epinotia fraternana (Haworth) (1143)
To MV light at Eaton Ford on 6th June 2006 (AL).
Flight: May to July (week 23)*
Larval Foodplants: fififi rs (Abies spp.)
Map TL16

Oncocera semirubella (Scopoli) (1441)
To MV light at Studham on 24th July 2006 (CBa)
Flight: July, August (week 30)*
Larval Foodplants: Bird’s-foot Trefoil, White Clover and Rest-harrow
Map TL01

Pexicopia malvella The Hollyhock Seed Moth (Hübner) (809)
This was previously recorded in the county by a visiting entomologist in 1936, but no data was provided.
One moth was recorded in the RIS trap at Cockayne Hatley in the week commencing
16th July 2006 (IW).

Cameraria ohridella (Deschka & Dimic) (366a)
This species, new to Britain in 2002, was fi rst recorded in the county during August 2005. The spread has been rapid, and the moth is now recorded in all 10Km map squares in the county.

Adult flight times have been culled from literature but all fl ight times marked with an asterisk (*) are local observations in Bedfordshire. The week numbers cited are the standard week numbers used in the Rothamsted Insect Survey (RIS). The weeks of the year are numbered consecutively from 1–52 omitting 29th February and 31st December, and are approximate to those printed in pocket diaries.
The following are new 10Km square records for micro-lepidoptera to add to the maps
given in The Butterfl ies and Moths of Bedfordshire, and for species added in my reports from 1996 onwards. These new records were made during the year 2006 unless otherwise stated. In the book (see page 4) the basis for recording is the current boundary of the administrative county of Bedfordshire. This year I have again included new 10Km square records for TL16, which are from Eaton Ford (TL 1760). This site is in VC30, but in an area transferred in 1974 from Bedfordshire to Cambridgeshire.

107 Stigmella regiella TL24
130 Incurvaria masculella TL16
152 Adela rufimitrella SP92
153 Adela fibulella TL16
181 Taleporia tubulosa TL14
185 Luffia ferchaultella SP92, TL01, 03, 04, 05, 14, 15, 25
228 Monopis weaverella TL05
239 Tinea columbariella TL16
246 Tinea semifulvella TL16
247 Tinea trinotella TL15
264 Bedellia somnulentella TL16
271 Bucculatrix albedinella TL03, 16
287 Caloptilia robustella TL16
288 Caloptilia stigmatella TL16
294 Aspilapteryx tringipennella TL03
299 Parectopa ononidis TL16
321a Phyllonorycter platani TL13
366a Cameraria ohridella SP91, 93, 94,
TL02, 11, 12, 23, 25
368 Phyllocnistis unipunctella TL01*
409a Argyresthia trifasciata TL24
411 Argyresthia goedartella TL04
412 Argyresthia pygmaeella TL01*
419 Argyresthia semifusca TL03
422 Argyresthia albistria TL16
430 Yponomeuta plumbella TL16
440 Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
450 Scythropia crataegella TL03
451 Ypsolopha mucronella TL24
453 Ypsolopha dentella TL04
492 Coleophora flavipennella SP92, TL15
493 Coleophora serratella TL02
494 Coleophora coracipennella TL03
496a Coleophora adjectella TL24
515 Coleophora albitarsella TL03
517 Coleophora alcyonipennella TL04
518 Coleophora mayrella TL16
519 Coleophora deauratella TL16
526 Coleophora laricella TL16
561 Coleophora therinella TL16
581 Coleophora taeniipennella TL16
584 Coleophora alticolella TL16
587 Coleophora caespititiella TL16
606 Elachista humilis TL24
609 Elachista maculicerusella TL16
629 Biselachista utonella TL16
649 Esperia sulphurella TL16
671 Depressaria ultimella TL03, 13
674 Depressaria badiella TL24
692 Agonopterix subpropinquella TL13, 16
695 Agonopterix alstromeriana TL13
702 Agonopterix assimilella TL01*, 16
762 Athrips mouffetella SP96
765 Teleiodes vulgella TL04
801a Gelechia senticetella TL03, 16, 24
809 Pexicopia malvella TL24
822 Scrobipalpa acuminatella SP91, 95
854 Anacampsis blattariella TL24
858 Hypatima rhomboidella TL03
870 Oegoconia quadripuncta TL03
871 Oegoconia deauratella SP96
892 Mompha subbistrigella TL04
893 Mompha epilobiella TL06
898 Limnaecia phragmitella TL04
925 Phtheochroa rugosana TL03
938 Agapeta zoegana TL16
941 Aethes hartmanniana TL01*
949 Aethes dilucidana TL16
951 Aethes beatricella TL04
956 Cochylidia implicitana TL16
964 Cochylis dubitana TL16
969 Pandemis corylana TL04
980 Archips xylosteana TL16
998 Epiphyas postvittana TL04
1001 Lozotaeniodes formosanus TL04
1002 Lozotaenia forsterana TL16
1030 Eana incanana TL16
1042 Acleris rhombana TL15
1047 Acleris schalleriana TL03
1061 Acleris literana TL04
1097 Endothenia gentianaeana TL03, 16
1099 Endothenia marginana TL24
1111 Bactra lancealana TL16
1116 Ancylis comptana TL01*
1133 Epinotia bilunana TL04, 16
1142 Epinotia tedella TL16
1155 Epinotia brunnichana TL16
1168 Gypsonoma sociana TL24
1176 Epiblema trimaculana TL05
1192 Eucosma conterminana TL03
1198 Eucosma pauperana TL16
1200 Eucosma hohenwartiana TL16
1205a Spilonota laricana TL03
1207 Clavigesta purdeyi TL16
1210 Rhyacionia buoliana TL16
1212 Rhyacionia pinivorana TL05, 16
1216 Enarmonia formosana TL03
1234 Pammene regiana TL04
1236 Pammene fasciana TL16
1251 Grapholita jungiella TL01*
1259 Cydia fagiglandana TL16
1273 Dichrorampha petiverella TL24
1274 Dichrorampha alpinana TL16
1284 Dichrorampha vancouverana TL03
1294 Crambus pascuella SP91
1306 Agriphila inquinatella TL13
1313 Catoptria pinella TL16
1329 Donacaula forfi cella TL14
1336 Eudonia pallida TL16
1340 Eudonia truncicolella TL16
1342 Eudonia angustea TL01*
1348 Parapoynx stratiotata SP96
1370 Sitochroa palealis TL05
1395 Udea ferrugalis TL05, 06, 16
1398 Nomophila noctuella TL04
1421 Aglossa pinguinalis SP96
1436 Conobathra repandana TL14
1437 Acrobasis consociella TL05, 16
1454 Dioryctria abietella TL16
1465 Nephopterix angustella TL24
1495 Marasmarcha lunaedactyla TL16


I would like to thank the following for records sent to me during the year: D. Allen, P. Almond, V.W.Arnold, C.R.B.Baker (CBa), K.Balmer, A.M. & M.G.Banthorpe, S.Brooke, C.Carpenter, J.Chapman, J.E.Childs (JCh), G.Dennis, B.Dickerson, P.Gould, L.J.Hill, S.Knight, A.A.Lawrence (AL), A.Paynter, J.Pitts, R.Revels, H.A.Smith, B.Squires, P.Stapleton, A.Stretton, S.Williams, D.Withers, I.Woiwod (IW).


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.
The Entomologist’s Record and Journal of Variation Vol 119 Pt 5 235.

David Manning is the Society’s Recorder for Micro-moths, a position he has held in an honorary capacity since 1986. He is co-author of the BNHS publication The Butterflies and Moths of Bedfordshire.