31.03.14: Pine Beauty (Panolis flammea)
25.07.14: Small Phoenix (Ecliptopera silaceta)
In all, 212 species of macro moth, with a few unusual records as well as these first sightings for my parish list.
Flame carpet were more common this year than ever before, with 7 records for the garden Skinner 125W.
On 22.06.14 a lilac beauty was taken, a 3rd garden record. 2 more were to follow over the following week.
So, all in all, a total of 212 macro species as well as 123 micro species, totaling 335 moth species for the garden trap in 2014. In all, my list for macro moths now stands at a reasonable 290 for the garden.
In total, I have forwarded 3622 moth records to Colin, our County Recorder.
I look forward to next year and passing, with luck, the 300 macro moth species for the garden and also adding to the total of 413 moth species in total. 500 would be a reasonable target, so best get busy with sorting out the more difficult micros. A return trip to Sri Lanka in January should be excellent as I plan on taking head torch and mothing net. Catching should be easy whilst identifying them, somewhat more tricky as I don't seem to be able to find a field guide for the moths of Sri Lanka. There are, however, a few on line photo guides, so I shall be downloading these soon and begin studying what ones I shall be taking in January.