Worcestershire Record No. 6 April 1999 p. 22



I have been asked as county Lepidoptera recorder for a guide to the status of the Macrolepidoptera of the county, to help beginners, and so that more experienced recorders will be able to know which species are rare and uncommon. There has been no recent county list but I have now accumulated a large number of records and a comprehensive list of all the county's Lepidoptera is planned. In the meantime I thought some information that could be sent to anyone recording in Worcestershire would be useful and interesting.

I have confined this to the larger moths, as to include all the micros would make this too long and cumbersome, although I have myself been concentrating on recording the latter over the past twenty years.

I have divided the larger moths into four groups:

GROUP A (207)
Common and widespread species which I would expect most recorders to see throughout the county if they ran a moth trap in their gardens. Obviously exactly which species will turn up in your garden will depend on whether you live in the middle of an urban area or in the depths of the country, or next to woodland, etc. As requested I have included flight periods for these but not any other data, as these can be found in reference books such as Bernard Skinner's Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles. (Flight period listed in months of the year numbered 1-12, divided by / if two or more generations per year; hib=hibernates) These are only average flight periods, and sometimes species occur earlier or later, or in extra generations in unusually warm years. I have also included common day flying species, meaning that they fly in sunshine in the middle of the day. Many others, especially species of Geometridae and many microlepidoptera have an evening or dusk flight, or can be disturbed in the day.
GROUP B (181)
Local and less common species that are are nevertheless quite widespread in the county but are restricted in distribution or numbers.
GROUP C (126)
Rare and infrequently recorded and/or extremely localised species. 14 of these have not been seen since 1960's and 70's and some may now be extinct in Worcs.
Extinct species. Last record noted. (36 +13 nineteenth century records which seem likely to have been misidentifications, and have not been included).
Total 514 species plus 36-49 extinct species = 550-563 Macrolepidoptera. There are also 760 (+ 63 extinct) Microlepidoptera. Overall total recent list 1,274.(All time list 1373-1386) It is very difficult to decide which old records, often unverifiable, and which recent records, especially if unsupported by specimens or photos, should be accepted. Some recorders should not be upset if I have erred on the side of caution, and not accepted as proven some recent unusual records, especially if they are new to the county.

I have listed the species in alphabetical order by English name in each group, as most beginners do not use scientific names, followed by the scientific name.

I would be delighted to receive records of both macro and microlepidoptera from anyone recording Lepidoptera in Worcestershire.


Group A: Common and Widespread species and Flight Periods (Months)

Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 5-10 common migrant
Barred Straw Eulithis pyraliata 6-8
Barred Yellow Cidaria fulvata 6&7
Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis 9 & 10
Beautiful Golden Y Autographa pulchrina 6 & 7
Black Rustic Aporophyla nigra 9 & 10
Blair's Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri 9 & 10
Blood-vein Timandra griseata 5 & 6/8 & 9
Bordered Pug Eupithecia succenturiata 7 & 8
Brick Agrochola circellaris 9 & 10
Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea 5-7 and occ. in autumn.
Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata 5 & 6/6 & 7/8-10
Brindled Beauty Lycia hirtaria 3 & 4
Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata 4&5
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata 7-9
Brown-line Bright-eye Mythimna conigera 6-8
Brown Rustic Rusina ferruginea 6 & 7
Brown-spot Pinion Agrochola litura 9 & 10
Buff Arches Habrosyne pyritoides 6-8
Buff Ermine Spilosoma lutea 5-7
Buff-tip Phalera bucephala 6&7
Burnished Brass Diachrysia chrysitis 6 & 7/8 & 9
Cabbage Moth Mamestra brassicae 5 & 6/7 & 8
Canary-shouldered Thorn Ennomos alniaria 7-10
Centre-barred Sallow Atethmia centrago 8 & 9
Chestnut Conistra vacinii 9 &10
Chinese Character Cilix glaucata 5 & 6/7 & 8
Cinnabar Tyria jacobaeae 5-7 (DAY FLYING)
Clay Mythimna ferrago 7&8
Cloaked Minor Mesoligia furuncula 7&8
Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata 6 & 7
Clouded-bordered Brindle Apamea crenata 6&7
Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta 3&4
Clouded Silver Lomographa temerata 5 & 6/8 & 9
Common Carpet Epirrhoe alternata 5 & 6/8 & 9
Common Emerald Hemithea aestivaria 6&7
Common Footman Eilema lurideola 7 & 8
Common Marbled Carpet Chloroclysta truncata 5 & 6/8-10
Common Pug Eupithecia vulgata 5 &6/8
Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi 3 & 4
Common Rustic Mesapamea secalis 7 & 8
Common Swift Hepialus lupulinus 5-7
Common Wainscot Mythimna pallens 6 & 7/8 & 9
Common Wave Cabera exanthemata 5 & 6/7 & 8
Common White Wave Cabera pusaria 5 & 6/7 & 8
Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidea 8-10
Coxcomb Prominent Ptilodon capucina 5 & 6/8 &9
Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha 6-8
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe ferrugata 5 & 6/7 & 8
Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula 10 & 11
December Moth Poecilocampa populi 10-12
Dot Melanchra persicariae 7 & 8
Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria 2-4
Double Square-spot Xestia triangulum 6 & 7
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 4 & 5/7 & 8/occ.9 & 10
Drinker Euthrix potatoria 7 & 8
Dun-bar Cosmia trapezina 7-9
Dusky Thorn Ennomos fuscantaria 7-10
Early Grey Xylocampa areola 3-5
Early Moth Theria primaria 1 & 2
Early Thom Selenia bilunaria 4&5/8&9
Elephant Hawk Deilephila elpenor 5-7
Engrailed Ectropis bistorta 3 & 4/6-8
Fan-foot Herminia tarsipennalis 6&7
Feathered Thorn Colotois pennaria 10&11
Figure-of-eight Diloba caerulocephala 10& 11
Figure-of-eighty Tethea ocularis 5-7
Flame Axylia putris 6 & 7/occ.9
Flame Carpet Xanthorhoe designata 5 & 6/8
Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 5 & 6/8 & 9
Flounced Rustic Luperina testacea 8&9
Foxglove Pug Eupithecia pulchellata 5 & 6
Freyer's Pug Eupithecia intricata arceuthata 5 & 6
Frosted Orange Gortyna flavago 8-10
Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 5 & 6/7 & 8/occ. 10
Garden Tiger Arctia caja 7&8
Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae 9-11
Green Carpet Colotois pennaria 5-7/occ.9
Green Pug Chloroclystis rectangulata 6&7
Grey Dagger Acronicta psi 6-8
Grey Pug Eupithecia subfuscata 5 & 6
Hawordi's Pug Eupithecia haworthiata 6&7
Heart and Dart Agrotis exclamationis 5-7
Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica 3-5
Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix 7-11/hib/3-6
Ingrailed Clay Diarsia mendica 6-8
Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedarius 5 & 618
July Highflyer Hydriomena furcata 7 & 8
Knot Grass Acronicta rumicis 5-7
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 7-9
Least Black Arches Nola confusalis 5 & 6
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe 7-9
Lesser Common Rustic Mesapamea didyma 7 & 8
Lesser Swallow Prominent Pheosia gnoma 5 & 6/8
Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes 7-9
Light Arches Apamea lithoxylia 6-8
Light Emerald Campaea margaritata 7&8
Lime Hawk Moth Mimas tiliae 5 & 6
Lime-speck Pug Eupithecia centaureata 5 & 6/6-8
Little Emerald Jodis lactearia 5 & 6
Lunar Marbled Brown Drymonia ruficornis 4 & 5
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa 8-10
Lychnis Hadena bicruris 5-7
Magpie Moth Abraxas grossulariata 7&8
Maiden's Blush Cyclophora punctaria 5 & 6/8
Marbled Beauty Cryphia domestica 7 & 8
Marbled Minor Oligia strigilis 5-7
March Moth Alsophila aescularia 3 & 4
Middle-barred Minor Oligia fasciuncula 6&7
Mottled Beauty Alcis repandata 6&7
Mottled Pug Eupithecia exiguata 5 & 6
Mottled Rustic Caradrina morpheus 6-8
Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria 10-1
Mouse Moth Amphipyra tragopoginis 7-9
Mullein Cucullia verbasci 4&5
Muslin Moth Diaphora mendica 5 & 6
November Moth Epirrita dilutata 10& 11
Oak Beauty Biston strataria 3&4
Oak Hook-tip Drepana binaria 5 & 6/7 & 8
Orange Swift Hepialus sylvina 7-9
Pale Brindled Beauty Apocheima pilosaria 1-3
Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis 7-9
Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina 5 & 6/8
Pale-shouldered Brocade Lacanobia thalassina 5-7
Pale Tussock Calliteara pudibunda 5 & 6
Peach Blossom Thyatira batis 5-7
Pebble Prominent Eligmodonta ziczac 5 & 6/8
Peppered Moth Biston betularia 5-7
Pink-barred Sallow Xestia togata 9 & 10
Plain Golden Y Plusia jota 6-8
Poplar Grey Acronicta megacephala 6-8
Poplar Hawk Moth Laothoe populi 5-7
Powdered Quaker Orthosia gracilis 4 & 5
Purple-bar Cosmorhoe ocellata 5-7/8 & 9
Purple Clay Diarsia brunnea 6-8
Purple Thorn Selenia tetralunaria 5 & 6/7 & 8
Puss Moth Cerura vinula 5-7
Red Chestnut Cerastis rubricosa 3 & 4
Red-line Quaker Agrochola lota 9 & 10
Red Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe spadicearia 5 & 6/7 & 8
Red Underwing Catocala nupta 8&9
Riband Wave Idaea aversata 6-8
Rivulet Perizoma affinitata 5-7
Rosy Rustic Hydraecia micacea 8-10
Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa 4-6/8
Rustic Hoplodrina blanda 6-8
Rustic Shoulder-knot Apamea sordens 5 & 6
Sallow Xestia icteritia 9 & 10
Sandy Carpet Perizoma flavofasciata 6&7
Satellite Eupsilia transversa 9 & 10/hib/2-4
Satin Wave Idaea subsericiata 6&7
Scalloped Hazel Odontoptera bidentata 5 & 6
Scalloped Oak Crocallis elinguaria 7 & 8
Scarce Footman Eilema complana 7&8
Scorched Wing Plagodis dolabraria 5 & 6
September Thorn Ennomos erosaria 7-10
Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 5-7/9 & 10
Shaded Broad-bar Scotopteryx chenopodiata 7&8
Shark Cucullia umbratica 6&7
Short-cloaked Moth Nola cucullatella 6&7
Shoulder Stripe Anticlea badiata 2-4
Shoulder-striped Wainscot Mythimna comma 6&7
Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta 5 & 6/7-9
Silver Cloud Egira conspicillaris 4&5
Silver-ground Carpet Xanthoroe montanata 5-7
Silver Y Autographa gamma (a common migrant) 5-10
Single-dotted Wave Idaea dimidiata 6-8
Small Angle Shades Euplexia lucipara 6 & 7/occ.9
Small Blood-vein Scopula imitaria 7&8
Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata 6 & 7/8 & 9
Small Fan-foot Herminia nemoralis 6-8
Small Fan-footed Wave Idaea biselata 6-8
Small Phoenix Ecliptoptera silaceata 5 & 6/8
Small Quaker Orthosia cruda 3&4
Small Rivulet Perizoma alchemillata 6&7
Small Square-spot Diarsia rubi 5 & 6/8 & 9
Smoky Wamscot Mythimna impura 6-8
Snout Hypena proboscidalis 6-819 & 10
Spectacle Abrostola triplasia 5-7/occ.8 & 9
Sprawler Brachionycha sphinx 11 & 12
Spruce Carpet Thera brittanica 5-7/9 & 10
Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa 8&9
Straw Underwing Thalpophila matura 7&8
Streamer Anticlea derivata 4 & 5
Svensson's Copper Underwing Amphipyra berbera 7-9
Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula 5 & 6/8
Swallow-tailed Moth Ourapteryx sambucaria 6&7
Tawny-barred Angle Semiothisa litura 6 & 7
Tawny Marbled Minor Oligia latruncula 5-7
Tawny Speckled Pug Eupithecia icterata 7&8
Treble Bar Aplocera plagiata 5 &6/7 & 8
Treble Brown Spot Idaea trigeminata 6&7
Treble Lines Charanyca trigrammica 5-7
Tumip Moth Agrotis segetum 5 & 6/8 & 9
Twin-spotted Quaker Orthosia munda 3&4
Uncertain Hoplodrina alsines 6-8
Vapourer Orgyia antiqua 7 & 8/10 (DAY FLYING)
Water Carpet Lampropteryx suffumata 4&5
Waved Umber Menophra abruptaria 4-6
White Ermine Spilosoma lubricepida 5-7
Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria 6-8
Winter Moth Operophtera brumata 11-1
Wormwood Pug Eupithecia absinthiata 6&7
Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata 5 & 6/8 & 9
Yellow-line Quaker Agrochola macilenta 9 & 10
Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata 6-8
Yellow-tail Euproctis similis 7&8

Group B: Local and less common, although widespread, species.

Alder Moth Acronicta alni 5 & 6
Angle Striped Sallow Enargia paleacea 7-9
Antler Moth Cerapteryx graminis 7 & 8
August Thorn Ennomos quercinaria 8&9
Autumnal Moth Epirrita autumnata 10& 11
Autumal Rustic Paradiarsia glareosa 8&9
Autumn Green Carpet Chloroclysta miata 9 & 10/hib/3 & 4
Barred Red Hylaea fasciaria 6-8
Barred Rivulet Perizoma bifasciata 7&8
Barred Sallow Xanthia aurago 9 & 10
Barred Umber Plagodis pulveraria 5 & 6
Beautiful Brocade Lacanobia contigua 6&7
Beautiful Carpet Mesoleuca albicillata 6&7
Beautiful Hook-tip Laspeyria flexula 6-8
Bird's wing Dypterygia scabriuscula 6 & 7
Black Arches Lymantria monacha 7 & 8
Blackneck Lygephila pastinum 6 & 7
Blossom Underwing Orthosia miniosa 3 & 4
Blotched Emerald Comibaena bajularia 6&7
Blue-bordered Carpet Plemyria rubiginata 6-8
Bordered Beauty Epione repandaria 7 & 8
Bordered White Bupalus piniaria 5 & 6
Brindled Green Dryobotodes eremita 9
Brindled White-spot Paradarisa extersaria 5 & 6
Broad-barred White Hecatera bicolorata 6-s
Broken-barred Carpet Electrophaes corylata 5 & 6
Broom Moth Ceramica pisi 5-7
Broom-tip Chesias rufata 4-6
Brown Scallop Philereme vetulata 7
Brown Silver-lines Petrophora chlorosata 5 & 6
Bulrush Moth Nonagria typhae 7-9
Campion Hadena rivularis 5 7 6/8
Chamomile Shark Cucullia chamomillae 4-6
Chevron Eulithis testata 7 & 7
Chocolate-tip Clostera curtula 4 & 5/8
Clouded Brindle Apamea epomidion 6&7
Common Heath Ematurga atomaria 5 & 6/occ 8
Common Lutestring Ochropacha duplaris 6-8
Cream Wave Scopula floslactata 5 & 6
Currant Pug Eupithecia assimilata 5 7 6/8
Dark Dagger Acronicta tridens 6&7
Dark Marbled Carpet Chloroclysta citrata 7 & 8
Dark Sword Grass Agrotis ipsilon 4-10 (migrant)
Dark Umber Philereme transversata 7
Deep-brown Dart Aporophyla lutulenta 9 & 10
Dingy Footinan Eilema griseola 7 & 8
Dingy Shears Parastichtis ypsillon 6-8
Dingy Shell Euchoeca nebulata 6&7
Dotted Clay Xestia baja 7&8
Double Dart Graphiphora augur 6&7
Double Lobed Apamea ophiogramma 6-8
Drab Looper Minoa murinata 5 & 6/oec. 8 (day flying)
Dusky Brocade Apamea remissa 6&7
Dusky Sallow Eremobia ochroleuca 7 & 8
Dwarf Cream Wave Idaea interjectaria 6 & 7
Dwarf Pug Eupithecia tantillaria 5 & 6
Early Tooth-striped Trichopteryx carpinata 4&5
Ear Moth Amphipoea oculea 7-9
Eyed Hawk Moth Smerinthus ocellata 5-7
Feathered Gothic Tholera cespitis 8 & 9
Fem Horisme tersata 6-8
Flounced Chestnut Agrochola helvola 9 & 10
Four-dotted Footman Cybosia mesomella 6-8
Frosted Green Polyploca ridens 4 & 5
Garden Dart Euxoa nigricans 7 & 8
Ghost Swift Hepialus humuli 6&7
Golden Plusia Polychrysia moneta 6-8
Gold Swift Hepialus hecta 6&7
Gothic Naenia typica 6&7
Grass Emerald Pseudoterpna pruinata 6-8
Grass Rivulet Perizoma albulata 5-7
Great Prominent Peridea anceps 4-6
Green Arches Anaplectoides prasina 6&7
Green Silver-lines Pseudoips fagana 6&7
Grey Arches Polia nebulosa 6 & 7
Grey Birch Aethalura punctulata 5 & 6
Grey Chi Antitype chi 8&9
Grey Pine Carpet Thera obeliscata 5-7/9 & 10
Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus 9 & 10/hib/3 & 4
Heart and Club Agrotis clavis 6&7
Hedge Rustic Tholera cespitis 8&9
Humming-bird Hawk Macroglossum stellatarum 5-9 (migrant)
July Belle Scotopteryx luridata 6-8
Juniper Carpet Thera juniperata 10& 11
Juniper Pug Eupithecia pusillata 7-9
Lackey Malacosoma neustria 7&8
Larch Pug Eupithecia lariciata 5 & 6
Large Emerald Geometra papilionaria 6-8
Large Nutmeg Apamea anceps 6&7
Large Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe quadrifasciata 6 & 7
Latticed Heath Semiothisa clathrata 5 & 6/7 & 8 (DAY FLYING)
Lead-coloured Drab Orthosia populeti 3 & 4
Least Yellow Underwing Noctua interjecta 7&8
Leopard Moth Zeuzera pyrina 6-8
Lesser Treble Bar Aplocera efformata 5 & 6/7 & 8
Lilac Beauty Apeira syringaria 6&7
Lobster Moth Stauropus fagi 5-7
Lunar-spotted Pinion Cosmia pyralina 7 & 8
Lunar Thorn Selenia lunularia 5 & 6
Mallow Larentia clavaria 9 & 10
Maple Pug Eupithecia inturbata 7 & 8
Marbled Brown Drymonia dodonea 5 & 6
May Highflyer Hydriomena iinpluviata 5 & 6
Merveille-du-jour Dichonia aprilina 9 & 10
Miller Moth Acronicta leporina 6-8
Minor Shoulder-knot Brachylomia viminalis 7&8
Mother Shipton Callistege mi 5 & 6 (DAY FLYING)
Mottled Grey Colostygia multistrigaria 3 & 4
Narrow-bordered Five Spot Burnet Zygaena lonicerae 6 & 7 (DAY FLYING)
Narrow-winged Pug Eupithecia nanata 4-6/8
Northern Spinach Eulithis populata 7&8
Northern Winter Moth Operophtera fagata 10-12
Nutmeg Dicestra trifolii 5 & 6/8
Nut-tree Tussock Colocasia coryli 5 & 617-9
Oak Eggar Lasiocampa quercus 7&8
Oak Lutestring Cymatophorima diluta 8&9
Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana 9 & 10/hib/3-5
Oak-tree Pug Eupithecia dodoneata 4&5
Old Lady Mormo maura 7&8
Olive Ipimorpha subtusa 7-9
Orange Sallow Xanthia citrago 8&9
Orange Underwing Archieris parthenias 3 & 4 (DAY FLYING)
Pale November Moth Epirrita christyi 10& 11
Pale Eggar Trichiura crataegi 8&9
Pale Pinion Lithophane hepatica 10/hib/3-5
Pearly Underwing Peridroma saucia 9 & 10 (migrant)
Pebble Hook-tip Drepana falcataria 5 & 6/8
Phoenix Eulithis prunata 7&8
Pine Beauty Panolis flammea 3-5
Pinion-streaked Snout Schrankia costaestrigalis 6-8
Plain Pug Eupithecia simpliciata 6-8
Poplar Kitten Furcula bifida 5-7
Poplar Lutestring Tethea or 5-7
Pretty Chalk Carpet Melanthia procellata 6-8
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 9 & 10/hib/4 & 5
Rosy Minor Mesoligia literosa 6-8
Round-winged Muslin Thumata senex 7&8
Rufous Minor Oligia versicolor 6&7
Sallow Kitten Furcula furcula 5 & 6/8
Scalloped Hook-tip Drepana lacertinaria 5 & 6/7 & 8
Scallop Shell Rheumaptera undulata 6&7
Scarce Silver-lines Bena prasinana 6-8
Scarce Tissue Rheumaptera cervinalis 4-6
Scarce Umber Agriopis aurantiaria 10 & 11
Scorched Carpet Ligdia adustata 5 & 6/8
Seraphim Lobophora halterata 5 & 6
Shears Hada nana 5-7
Six Spot Burnet Zygaena filipenduiae 6 & 7 (DAY FLYING)
Six-striped Rustic Xestia sexstrigata 7 & 8
Slender Brindle Apamea scolopacina 6-8
Slender Pug Eupethicia tenuiata 6&7
Small Brindled Beauty Apocheima hispidaria 2 & 3
Small Clouded Brindle Apamea unanimis 6&7
Small Dotted buff Photedes minima 6-8
Small Elephant Hawk Deilephila porcellus 5-7
Small Emerald Hemistola chrysoprasaria 6-8
Small Engrailed Ectropis crepuscularia 5 & 6
Small Scallop Idaea emarginata 6-8
Small Wainscot Photedes pygmina 8&9
Small Waved Umber Horisme vitalbata 5 & 6/8
Small White Wave Asthena albulata 5-7
Small Yellow Underwing Panemeria tenebrata 5 & 6 (DAY FLYING)
Small Yellow Wave Hydrelia flammeolaria 6&7
Speckled Yellow Pseudopanthera maculata 5 & 6 (DAY FLYING)
Spring Usher Agriopis leucophaearia 2 & 3
Straw Dot Rivula sericialis 6-8
Streak Chesias legatella 9 & 10
Tissue Triphosia dubitata 8 & 9/hib/4 & 5
Toadflax Pug Eupithecia linariata 7&8
Triple-spotted Clay Xestia ditrapezium 6-8
Triple-spotted Pug Eupithecia trisignaria 6&7
True Lover's Knot Lycophotia porphyria 6-8
Twin-spot Carpet Perizoma didyma 6-8
V-Pug Chloroclystis v-ata 5 & 6/7 & 8
Varied Coronet Hadena compla 6&7
Waved Black Parascotia fuliginaria 6&7
Whiteline Dart Euxoa tritici 7&8
White-marked Cerastis leucographa 3 & 4
White-pinion Spotted Lomographa bimaculata 5 & 6
White-spotted Pug Eupithecia tripunctaria 5-7
Yellow Horned Achyla flavicomis 3&4

Group C: Rare and infrequently recorded, and very localised species.

Alder Kitten Furcula bicuspis four recent sites. ? Becoming more uncommon.
Annulet Gnophos obscuratus Malverns and Kidderminster Heaths only.
Archers Dart Agrotis vestigialis Hartlebury Common.
Argent and Sable Rheumaptera hastata Wyre Forest. DAY FLYING in May. Likes small Birch. and may now be extinct. Any recent records in Wyre
Ash Pug Eupithecia fraxinata confirmed record North Malvern in 1970's and a few other unconfirmed records. Photo or voucher required.
Barred Chestnut Diarsia dahlii Wyre Forest and a few other unconfirmed records in north of county.(Could be confused with Square-spot Rustic).
Barred Hook-tip Drepana cultraria five sites
Barred Tooth-striped Trichopteryx polycommata last record 1979. Now rare nationally. Sits on Wild Privet bushes after dark in March and April.
Beautiful Snout Hypena crassalis two sites in north of county.
Beautiful Yellow Underwing Anarta myrtillii Kidderininster Heaths and on Lickey hills.
Bedstraw Hawk Moth Hyles gallii migrant
Bilberry Pug Chloroclystis debiliata Wyre Forest only.
Birch Mocha Cyclophora albipunctata four recent sites.
Blomer's Rivulet Discoloxia blomeri Only recent records from Crews Hill and North Malvern.
Bordered Sallow Pyrrhia umbra last record 1978. ? Migrant or transient resident in county only.
Bordered Straw Heliothis peltigera migrant
Brown-veined Wainscot Nonagria dissoluta Upton Warren reedbed only.
Buff Footman Eilema deplana only recent record Blakeshall Common 1995.
Burnet Companion Euclidia glyphica DAY FLYING. Only four recent sites.
Butterbur Hydraecia petasitis recorded at Knapp 1966. not rediscovered there again although habitat and food plant still look right for it.
Buttoned Snout Hypena rostralis ?extinct in county
Campanula Pug Eupithecia denotata very local in west of county
Chimney Sweeper Odezia atrata confined to Pignut-containing meadows in the north of the county.
Clay Triple-lines Cyclophora linearia three recent records. Feeds on Beech. Can easily be confused with Maiden's Blush. Photo or voucher please.
Cloaked Carpet Euphyia biangulata only recent record Wyre Forest 1984.
Clouded Magpie Abraxas sylvata three recent records only.
Common Fan-foot Pechipogo strigilata confined to Wyre Forest.
Confused Apamea furva on Malvern Hills.
Convolvulus Hawk Moth Agrius convolvuli migrant
Coronet Craniophora ligustri Pershore 1976 is only recent record.
Crescent Celaena leucostigma only two recent records.
Currant Clearwing Synanthedon tipuliformis DAY FLYING
Dark Spectacle Abrostola trigeminai Formerly widespread but has suffered sharp decline in past 20 years for no obvious reason. Last record Moseley 1984.
Dark Spinach Pelurga comitata five records only. Easily confused with other 'Spinachs' and Barred Straw. Photo or voucher please.
Death's-head Hawk Moth Acherontia atropos rare migrant
Delicate Mythimna vitellina migrant
Dog's Tooth Lacanobia suasa ?migrant or rare resident
Dotted Border Wave Idaea sylvestraria Hartlebury Common only.
Dotted Rustic Rhyacia simulans 15 records 1980-89 but since then it has disappeared again! This historically is typical for this species. ?Only transient resident in county.
Dusky-lemon Sallow Xanthia gilvago rare since Elm disease struck in early 1970's
Emperor Moth Pavonia pavonia a few records only away from Kiddenninster Heaths.
False Mocha Cyclophora porata declining species of oak coppice. Last record 1974. Photo or voucher please.
Festoon Apoda limacodes last record 1974 Trench Wood. ?Still present there.
Four-spotted Footman Lithosia quadra migrant
Fox Moth Macrothylacia rubi locally common on Kidderminster Heaths only.
Gem Orthonama obstipata migrant
Gold Spangle Autographa bractea ?migrant or transient resident. Last 1992.
Gold Spot Plusia festucae only four recent records
Grass Wave Perconia strigillaria Devil's Spittleful and Hartlebury Common only.
Great Brocade Eurois occulta migrant
Great Oak Beauty Boarmia roborariai confined to a few ancient oak woods in north of county only. Not found away from oak woodland. I think some recorders are confused by an illustration in Bernard Skinner's book which shows this species having a pale area on the underside of the apex of the forewing. This is true and is to separate it from the Pale Oak Beauty. However the common Willow Beauty also has a pale area under the apex of forewing
Heath Rustic Xestia agathina Hartlebury Common and Devil's Spittlefull.
Homet Moth Sesia apiformis DAY FLYING. Larvae in poplars in Worcester City
Lappet Gastropacha quercifolia five recent records only.
Large Red-belted Clearwing Synanthedon culiciformis now confined to Wyre forest.
Large Wainscot Rhizedra lutosa three records
Lead Belle Scotopteryx mucronata four sites. Easily confused with July Belle
Lead-coloured Pug Eupithecia plumbeolata larvae found in three old woodlands.
Lesser Cream Wave Scopula immutata supposedly recorded from six sites but I suspect most records are misidentifications. Probably only two good records. Found in damp sites often with Meadowsweet. Easily confused with other "waves". Photo or voucher please.
Lesser-spotted Pinion Cosmia affinisi Rare since elm disease. Four recent records
Light Brocade Lacanobia w-latinum ?Migrant or transient resident. Last 1992.
Light Orange Underwing Archearis notha four sites on aspen. DAY FLYING.
Ling Pug Eupithecia goosensiata Hartlebury Common. ?Just an ecological form of Wormwood Pug.
Lunar Homet Moth Sesia bembeciformis larvae local in big Goat Sallows in five old woodland areas. DAY FLYING.
Map-winged Swift Hepialus fusconebulosa very local in north of county.
Marbled Coronet Hadena confusa one record 1966
Marbled White Spot Protodeltote pygarga very local in woodland
Mere Wainscot Photedes fluxa Trench Wood only.
Mocha Cyclophora annulata Tiddesley and Trench Woods only.
Muslin Footman Nudaria mundana Bredon Hill
Neglected Rustic Xestia castanea Hartlebury Common and Wyre Forest only.
Netted Pug Eupithecia venosata Bredon Hill and Malvern Wells.
Ni Moth Plusia ni migrant
Northern Drab Orthosia opima only recent record near Redditch.
Oblique Carpet Orthonama vittata two records only. Uncommon resident.
Obscure Wainscot Mythimna obsoleta Upton Warren and Feckenhan Wylde Moor..
Ochreous Pug Eupithecia indigata six sites.
Orange-tailed Clearwing Synanthedon andrenaeformis DAY FLYING
Orange Upperwing Jodis croceago Wyre Forest on coppice Oak. ?now extinct
Pale Oak Beauty Serraca punctinalisi Wyre Forest. two records.
Pale Shining Brown Polia bombycina calcareous grassland species
Peacock Moth Semiothisa notata one record only
Pimpinel Pug Eupithecia pimpinellata declining species of open grassland
Pine Carpet Thera firmata three recent records.
Pine Hawk Moth Hyloicus pinastri one ?vagrant
Pinion-spotted Pug Eupithecia insigniata three recent records.
Plain Wave Idaea straminata very local in north of county and on Malverns. Easily confused with Riband Wave. Photo or voucher please.
Red-belted Clearwing Synanthedon myopaeformis DAY FLYING
Reddish Light Arches Apamea sublustris only record Bredon Hill 1996.
Red-necked Footman Atolmis rubricollis one recent record at Newland 1984
Red Sword grass Xylena vetusta onr recent record 1984 at Malvern Wells.
Rosy Footrnan Miltochrista miniata in Monk Wood
Rosy Marbled Elaphria venustula one record at Bransford 1987
Ruddy Carpet Catarhoe rubidata only recent records are three at Bransford 1996-8 and Windmill Hill and Pershore 1978.
Satin Beauty Deileptenia ribeata three records only. Probably under recorded and unrecognised. Often associated with conifers.
Satin Lutestring Tetheella fluctuosa confined to Wyre Forest.
Satyr Pug Eupithecia satyrata two sites for downland form on calcareous grassland.
Scarce Bordered Straw Heliothis armigera migrant
Scarlet Tiger Callimorpha dominula Malvern Wells 1994-5
Shaded Pug Eupithecia subumbrata only site is Windmill Hill.
Sharp Angled Carpet Euphyia unangulata four records. Uncommon resident.
Silky Wainscot Chilodes maritima Upton Warren reedbed only.
Silvery Arches Polia hepatica Wyre Forest
Six-belted Clearwing Bembecia scopigera DAY FLYING
Sloe Pug Chloroclystis chloerata four sites. Larvae can be beaten from sloe blossom in April.
Small Autumnal Moth Epirrita filigrammaria one at West Malvern 1989
Small Mottled Willow Spodoptera exigua migrant
Small Purple-barred Phytometra viridaria four sites on heathland and calcareous grassland. DAY FLYING.
Small Seraphim Pteraphapteryx sexalata Monk Wood and Trench Wood only.
Southern Wainscot Mythimna straminea in reedbeds
Spinach Eulithis mellinata recent sharp decline and only four recent records. Easily confused with other 'spinachs' and Barred Straw. Photo or voucher please.
Square Spot Paradarisa consonaria only record from Fred Fincher at Randan Wood 1975. ?Overlooked. Out in May.
Square-spot Dart Euxoa obelisca Malverns only.
Stout dart Spaelotis ravida three records. Not since 1974.
Suspected Parastichtis suspecta five sites in north of county
Tawny Pinion Lithophane semibrunnea three recent records only.
Tawny Shears Hadena perplexa Bredon Hill only.
Twin-spotted Wainscot Archanara geminipunctata five sites in reedbeds.
V-Moth Semiothisa wauaria only two recent records. Has become rare.
Vestal Rhodometra sacraria migrant
White-barred Clearwing Synanthedon spheciformis Larvae in wood of Birch and Alder. DAY FLYING. Wyre Forest and Wilden Marsh only.
White Satin Moth Leucoma salicis A scatter of records from 1983-87
White-spotted Pinion Cosmia diffinis last record 1974. Possibly now extinct after decline following elm disease and loss of big elms.
Wood Carpet Epirrhoe rivata three records only. Easily confused with Common Carpet. Photo or voucher please.
Wormwood Cucullia absinthii four sites on 'waste' ground and river banks where foodplant occurs.
Yellow-legged Clearwing Synanthedon vespifomis six sites. Larvae most easily found in oak stumps 2-3 years after felling. DAY FLYING.

GROUP D Extinct species. Last record

Bleached Pug Eupithecia expallidata Wyre Forest 1911
Bordered Gothic Heliophobus reticulata Woodforde 1902
Broad-bordered Bee Hawk Hemaris fuciformis Trench Wood 1946
Brussel's Lace Cleorodes lichenaria Knightwick 1955-61
Chalk Carpet Scotopteryx bipunctaria Bredon Hill 1903
Cistus Forester Adscita geryon West Malvern 1902
Clouded Buff Diacrisia sannio Hartlebury Common 1900
Cream-spot Tiger Arctica villica Rous Lench 1901
Dark Tussock Dicallomera fascelina Trench Wood 1834.
Dotted Chestnut Conistra rubiginea Nunnery Wood 1874
Double Kidney Ipimorpha retusa Grimley 1909
Five-spot Burnet Zygaena trifolii palustrella DAY FLYING. Croft Bank 1957. All 'Five' spot Burnets in county now are Z. lonicerae (Narrow Bordered Five spot Burnet) Only the.downland sub-species occurred in county
Forester Adscita statices Randan Wood 1948
Four Spotted Tyta luctuosa Bredon Hill area 1906.
Goat Moth Cossus cossus Knightwick 1955-61
Kentish Glory Endromis versicolora Wyre Forest 1972.
Lace Border Scopula ornata Bredon Hill 1896.
Large Ranunculus Polymixis flavicincta Knightwick 1955-61
Light Feathered Rustic Agrotis cinerea Wyre Forest 1899
Lunar Yellow Underwing Noctua orbona Malvern 1900
Marsh Dagger Acronicta strigosa Castlemorton Common 1900
Marsh Oblique-barred Hypenodes humidalis Hartlebury Common 1916
Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk Hemaris tityus Wyre Forest 1936
Orange Footman Eilema sororcula Tiddesley Wood 1902
Portland Moth Ochropleura praecox Hartlebury Common 1908
Privet Hawk Moth Sphinx ligustri Knightwick 1955-61
Red-tipped Clearwing Synanthedon formicaeformis Crown East 1877
Scarce Vapourer Orgyia recens Wyre Forest 1929
Small Argent and Sable Epirrhoe tristata Wyre Forest 1902
Small Chocolate-lip Clostera pigra Monk Wood 1853-70
Small Grass Emerald Chlorissa viridata Broadheath Common 1877
Small Eggar Eriogaster lanestris Holt 1896
Sword Grass Xylena exsoleta Bewdley 1932
Sycamore Acronicta aceris Wyre Forest 1898. ?Bromsgrove 1980
Wood Tiger Parasemia plantaginis Bredon Hill 1897
Yellow Belle Aspitates ochrearia Hartlebury Common 1901

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