Day Flying Moths:
So much of today's recording is based on the use of light traps or working light with a sheet that the 7% or so of our moth specis that fly by day tend to be under recorded. Some of the day fliers are perhaps more easily found as larvae, particularly the clearwings, but all of the following should be looked for by day.
There are no day-fliers on the 'A' list but in the 'B' list we have five species, generally regarded as common, but missing from at least one of the original 10 squares and generally from others as well:
When we come to the 'C' list (3 to 7 squares out of ten), there are even more surprises.There are 11 day-fliers amongst the 104 species on this list:
As all records of any of the above species will be welcome I have not listed those records we do have.
The 'D' list is, by definition, those species not recorded very often, but some at least of the following should surely be more widespread than our records suggest. It is particularly noteworthy that our species of clearwings all fall into this list:
Any records of any of these species would be welcome, the clearwings particularly must be searched for, preferably as larvae.
Changes To The Moth Records Made in 1980:
A. Species on the 'B' list now recorded in all ten squares and so added to the 'A' list:
108 species + 5 = 113 species on the 'A' list.
B. Species on the 'C' list for which there were additional records bringing the total up to 7 or more and so to the 'B' list:
112 species - 5 + 5 = 112 species on the 'B' list.
C. Species on the 'D' list now recorded from 3 or more of the ten squares and consequently moved to the 'C' list:
105 species - 5 + 4 = 104 species on the 'C' list.
D. Apart from four species moved up to the 'C' list another four have been removed; enquiries into what can best be described as 'surprising' records revealed that 3 were quite unproved, no specimens had been preserved and that the dates of capture and habitat were toatlly unsuitable; a fourth species was undoubtedly correst but the actual date of capture was well before 1960, these four are:
There have, however, been several additions this year due to field work, mainly on Cheshire Conservation Trust Reserves:
121 speces - 8 + 6 = 119 species on the 'D' list.
The Species Total is now at: 448 species.
A preliminary comparison of this list with that published by Gordon Smith in 1948 shows some 35 species recorded before 1948 which have not been seen since 1960. Some of these have no doubt become extinct in Cheshire, but there must be many waiting to be rediscovered, especially as those that occupy rather specialised habitats such as sand-dunes, reedbades and high moors.
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