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2008 summary
 
Definitive figures will appear in the "Report on migrant and notable Lepidoptera in Ireland, 2008"  in the Irish Naturalists' JournalLast updated 12 March 2010.

Provisional recorded monthly and all-Ireland totals of migrant / vagrant moths (adults) in 2008

 

Subject to validation of rarer species and updating with further records; 2007 totals are shown for comparison in final column

 

Species

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

Total

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2008

2007

Plutella xylostella (Diamond-back Moth)

 

 

 

 

66

12

24

11

2

 

 

 

115

289

Euchromius ocellea V

 

3

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

0

Urespihita gilvata V

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

1

Udea ferrugalis (Rusty-dot Pearl)

 

 

 

 

15

7

3

23

34

1

2

 

85

128

Nomophila noctuella (Rush Veneer)

 

1

 

 

8

 

1

2

10

 

 

 

22

61

Palpita vitrealis V

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

1

Rhodometra sacraria (Vestal) N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

1

Orthonama obstipata (Gem) N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

1

 

 

 

5

11

Agrius convolvuli (Convolvulus Hawk-moth)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

6

 

 

 

7

2

Macroglossum stellatarum (Hummingbird H.-moth)

 

 

 

1

4

1

11

12

1

 

1

 

31

33

Hyles livornica (Striped Hawk-moth) V

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

8

Agrotis ipsilon (Dark Sword-grass)

 

 

2

7

29

3

16

108

12

2

1

 

180

48

Peridroma saucia (Pearly Underwing)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

2

1

 

 

6

16

Eurois occulta (Great Brocade) V

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

2

Discestra trifolii (Nutmeg) V

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

1

Mythimna vitellina (Delicate) N

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

2

19

Mythimna unipuncta (White-speck) N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

1

 

 

8

1

Spodoptera exigua (Small Mottled Willow) N

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

Spodoptera cilium (Dark Mottled Willow) V+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

0

Helicoverpa armigera (Scarce Bordered Straw) N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

2

Heliothis peltigera (Bordered Straw) N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

3

Autographa gamma (Silver Y)

 

 

 

 

18

17

77

79

291

33

3

 

518

1150

Eilema sororcula (Orange Footman) V+

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

0

Euchoeca nebulata (Dingy Shell) V+

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

0

Watsonalla binaria (Oak Hook-tip) V +

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

0

 

Figures given are the sum of daily/nightly totals and may include some duplication of individuals.  However, figures include observations involving only minimum estimates of numbers thus may be conservative.  Data were compiled from the MothsIreland and Butterfly Conservation Northern Ireland databases; available online sources, including the MothsIreland newsgroup; published sources (including Atropos ‘coastal reports’); personal contacts; and records via email from individuals or online newsgroups.  

 

V = Moth species for which photographic or specimen evidence is required for acceptance by both the Moths Ireland Validation Committee and the Northern Ireland Lepidoptera Records Committee (NILRC). 

 

N = Further species for which the NILRC requires substantiating evidence.

 

+ = Species added to the Irish list in 2008.

The Irish Moth & Butterfly Group.