Several species were good records for Hertfordshire and one a good record for the UK, so all in all, a pleasing year. I also have photographic records of micros for June 2011 - Nov 2012 and shall go through these to add to the list on the right hand side of this page.
The first and last micro of the year was the common plume, Emmelina monodactyla with Diurnea fagella being taken in March, along with Ypsolopha mucronella. A 20 plume moth was also taken on the last day of March
Batia lunaris: 03.07.14
Lozotaeniodes formosanus 21.07.14 and another new moth for me.
August began quietly with Yponomeuta plumbella being taken on the 6th, and then the excitement really kicked in with a moth I had not seen before and was confident it was not in any field guides I had. Eventually identified at 1.30 in the morning with Graeme Smith's help as a Diaphania perspectalis, the box moth an invasive pest originally from Japan. Nevertheless, a great moth to get in the trap. An Acleris rhombana on the 18th and by the 25.08.14 I had taken my 3000th moth for the year, a lesser yellow underwing. How unexciting!
|Agriphila geniculea, common moth for August.|
|Identifcation of Ag selasella|
|Same scheme for Ag tristella|
Both identification guides compiled by Graeme J Smith of Bishop's Stortford. Many thanks.
|Distribution map of D. ramburialis. Note Herts dot is only previous record: 1963 and very few inland records.|
Edit: spent the whole day going through over 340 archive photos dating back to 2011 of micro moths. Have added a fair few to my records of ones that I can definitely now identify due to more knowledge and better selection of texts. These have now been added to the records on the right. Just 17 left to identify.