Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Not Extinct!

Acrolepiopsis betulella
This 'unidentified' micro caught by Tom Tams and Keith Dover in a nearby woodland has now been identified as - Durham Tinea, Acrolepiopsis betulella. This moth was thought to be extinct in the UK since the 19th century. It was rediscovered in Scotland in 1985, but this is the first south of the border for well over a century.

For a moth who's foodplant is Ramsons it makes you wonder why so rare?

What a catch! Congratulations chaps.

Meanwhile, back in the real world...

0688 Agonopterix heracliana 2
1663 March Moth (Alsophila aescularia) 2
1926 Pale Brindled Beauty (Phigalia pilosaria) 1
2139 Red Chestnut (Cerastis rubricosa) 3
2182 Small Quaker (Orthosia cruda) 2
2187 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) 8
2188 Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) 2
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 26
2258 Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii) 3

49 moths of 9 sp.


  1. Wow, that is fantastic news.



  2. Interesting about the Acrolepiopsis betulella. When I first saw the photo I thought it was just a Leek Moth which I get from time to time down here in Surrey. By the way Stewart, I'm still mulling over your suggestion of ditching the macro-micro thing (esp. as Steve Gale has too). Chhers.

  3. Do it Jerry, you know its the right thing ;) Why give yourself a maths test whenever you want to see how many species you have recorded...