Enter 3+ characters from scientific name in this box:
or 3+ characters from common name in this box:
Clear partial name boxes when adding new record
Show micro-moth verification guidance
(Micro-moth verification gradings are shown here)
When a micro-moth species is selected, its verification grading as
issued by Butterfly Conservation in early 2016 is given above.
These consist of gradings for identification of adults
(except for many of the Nepticulidae which are considered too similar in appearance),
for larval cases of those species which construct them, or for leaf mines of those
species which make them. The gradings below are copied from the
document on the Moths Count website, which contains additional guidance.
The species gradings are copied from the
on the Moths Count website which also contains comments on some species which in some cases limit
the applicability of the grading. For species with comments, the + character follows the grading(s),
followed by the comment (or a shortened version).
Adult moths. If the category number is followed by M (or F) this indicates that the grading applies
to males (or females).
Category 1: Generally distinctive species unlikely to be confused with other species.
Usually accept record within documented range and usual occurrence period for the region;
otherwise one or more good quality photographs, or possibly a specimen, would be required.
Applies to species which will quickly become familiar to those gaining experience in micro-moths.
Category 2: Can be confused with other species. Good quality photographs or possibly
a specimen will be required if the recorder is not familiar with the species. If records have previously
been submitted and accepted, Category 1 criteria may apply subject to confirmation from your VCR.
Worn examples are likely to be unidentifiable unless a specimen is retained for microscopic examination.
Category 3: Very scarce species (includes very scarce adventives/immigrants).
A voucher specimen may be required by your VCR (seek advice before releasing the moth).
A good set of photographs showing all critical identification features clearly may suffice in some cases.
Category 4: Dissection required.
Larval cases. For many larval case records (and particularly for the Coleophoridae), great care
should be taken to ensure the foodplant is correctly named. A wrongly named foodplant will almost certainly
lead to an incorrect moth determination. Pabulum is used below to indicate that some larvae
(such as in the Psychidae) feed on non-plant material. The case must be well developed and,
with the Coleophoridae, feeding should be observed (larvae can fix their cases away from the host plant).
Information on the style of feeding (e.g. peppering leaves, consuming large parts of a leaf etc.),
the time of year when the fully-fed case occurred and habitat, amongst others, can all assist with identification.
C1: Same as Adult Category 1.
C2: A good quality photo or specimen of the case and plant/pabulum is required.
C3: A good quality photo or specimen of the case and plant/pabulum and the bred moth is required.
C4: As in C3 and the moth requires dissection.
Category A: Accept record without the need to see the actual leaf or a good photo.
Category L: Either the leaf or a good photograph required.
Category R: Moth needs to be reared and, in some cases, possibly dissected.
? indicates that the mine is listed as unknown
Two features added which worked OK with 25,000 records when tested with Chrome,
but which failed using Firefox. Save copies of data before using these, in case you need to
restart the browser:
[Update names] button added to apply changed scientific and/or common names for the ABH numbers.
This avoids the need to use manual editing to apply name revisions in existing record files
Record sorting added. Choose the sort priority order, then click the button to sort the records.
Sorting 25,000 records took less than 10 seconds using Chrome
File load simplified. Clicking the [Load record file] button causes the file selection dialog to appear
[Save record file] button added. This should enable the records to be saved like a text file downloaded
from a website. The copy and paste method for saving the records remains as an alternative
The inclusion of some 2018 records (more to be added in due course)
The adoption of taxonomic changes to the lepidoptera checklist as published in January 2019
and one from the BENHS field guide to the smaller moths (2018 edition). Not all of these are Glos. species:
4.0351 Stigmella sp. (as yet unnamed), which lays its eggs on the upperside of leaves, is
split from 4.035 S. salicis which lays its eggs on the underside of rough-leaved sallows and willows
6.002 Antispila treitschkiella changed to A. petryi
(6.0021 A. treitschkiella is added; this uses Cornelian Cherry, not Dogwood)
11.009 Luffia ferchaultella changed to 11.009 L. lapidella (now synonymised with 11.008)
28.001 Genus Bisigna changed to Promalactis
35.001 - 35.009 Genus Syncopacma changed to Aproaerema
43.005 Scythris crassiuscula changed to S. subcinctella
45.026 - 45.027 Genus Crombrugghia changed to Oxyptilus
49.031 & 49.032 (but not 49.033) Genus Aphelia changed to Zelotherses
61.013 Genus Maculinea changed to Phengaris
62.002 (but not 62.001) Genus Aphomia changed to Lamoria
62.065 Ephestia unicolorella changed to E. woodiella
63.038 Genus Pleuroptya changed to Patania
70.121 - 70.122 Genus Hydria changed to Rheumaptera
and common names 70.074 - 70.076: "Highflier" changed to "Highflyer"
This editor is like a document editor or spreadsheet - it does nothing with your records.
Do not forget to save the records as a file on your computer, otherwise they will be lost.
The 'Save record file' button should mimic a file download operation, giving you a 'Save As'
dialog box to specify a file name. Alternatively:
Move the mouse pointer into the record text area at the top and left-click to focus there
Press [CTRL] A to select all the text (including what is not currently visible)
Press [CTRL] C (or right-click and choose Copy) to copy the selected text to the clipboard
Start a copy of WordPad or Notepad and paste the text into it
([CTRL] V or the Paste option under the Edit menu)
Use the "Save As" option under the File menu to save the records in a text file
(Save as type: "Text Document (*.txt)" in WordPad)
Alternatively you can paste the record text into a new blank spreadsheet and it should use the TAB characters
to split the fields into spreadsheet columns. If you save as a normal spreadsheet file then this editor would not
be able to read it, but it should be able to read a spreadsheet saved as type "Text (Tab delimited) (*.txt)"
The fastest way to select some species with two-word common names is to enter the last letter
from the first word, space and the first letter from the second word, e.g. "n c" gives 15
matches including Common Carpet (also Garden Carpet and Green Carpet).
The matching is not case-sensitive
Scientific and Common names are from the Agassiz, Beavan and Heckford 2013 checklist, as
amended by subsequent papers in the Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation.
All the main list species plus those adventives & rare migrants already having Glos. maps
The first time you use this editor, enter just a few records then save them to a file as above,
then check that loading the file does not produce an error message
When entering many records, save them repeatedly during this process rather than waiting
until all are entered, to avoid accidental loss of all the input data e.g. if you close the
browser without saving the records
After saving records part-way through, you can erase them all (and the header) from the text area
so that your next save only has new records rather than including those already saved.
The erase must be enabled using the checkbox before the button is clicked, to prevent accidental erasure
To avoid accidentally overwriting an existing record file, you can include
today's date or a new version number in the file name
You can use WordPad or Notepad and copy/paste to
merge several record files into a single combined file, but only keep the header
line from the first file
You can use the text find function in these programs to quickly find
records of a particular species (or unwanted header lines)
You can also use these programs to make and save edit changes to a record
within a file, but be careful to keep all the TAB characters separating the
The tetrad map shows records to 2017
for the selected species - there are no maps for aggregate species.
The maps can help you identify the most significant records in the county context as you enter your records,
and also those most likely to need supporting evidence to be accepted (e.g. good photo or kept specimen).
For more information on a species select it on the
Gloucestershire Moth Distribution Maps page
When the grid reference is 1Km or smaller-scale, the corresponding tetrad on the map is shown
by the intersection of pairs of horizontal and vertical orange lines over the map
after the grid reference box loses input focus (after a click elsewhere on the form)
Disclaimer: Use this moth record editor at your own risk! There is a built-in limit of 25,000
records but it has not yet been tested with more than a few.
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