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2009 summary
 
Definitive figures will appear in the "Report on migrant and notable Lepidoptera in Ireland, 2009"  in the Irish Naturalists' JournalTable added 4 July 2011.

Provisional recorded monthly and all-Ireland totals of migrant / vagrant and newly recorded moth species (adults) in 2009

 

2008 totals are shown for comparison in final column

 

Species

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

Total

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009

2008

Acrolepia autumnitella

 

 

 

 

1

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

4

0

Plutella xylostella (Diamond-back moth)

 

2

2

3

63

211

167

35

5

13

1

 

502

115

Syncopacma polychromellaV+

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

0

Epinotia pygmaeanaV+*

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

0

Pammene fermmanaV+*

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

0

Udea ferrugalis (Rusty-dot pearl)

 

 

 

 

 

4

3

 

4

7

1

 

19

85

Nomophila noctuella (Rush veneer)

 

 

 

 

8

134

397

123

198

62

4

 

926

22

Rhodometra sacraria (Vestal)N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29

1

 

30

0

Orthonama obstipata (Gem)N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

5

Ennomos fuscantaria (Dusky thorn)V+*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

0

Agrius convolvuli (Convolvulus hawk-moth)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

4

7

Acherontia atropos (Death’s-head h.-moth)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

 

 

2

0

Macroglossum stellatarum (Hummingbird h.-moth)

 

 

1

 

21

95

18

13

16

9

 

 

173

31

Hyles livornica (Striped hawk-moth)V

 

 

 

 

12

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

1

Agrotis ipsilon (Dark sword-grass)

 

 

1

2

25

25

27

21

16

56

2

 

175

180

Peridroma saucia (Pearly underwing)

 

 

 

 

2

1

1

 

3

7

 

 

14

6

Mythimna vitellina (Delicate)N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

2

Mythimna unipuncta (White-speck)N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

8

Mythimna loreyi (Cosmopolitan)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

0

Spodoptera exigua (Small mottled willow)N

 

 

 

 

 

2

1

 

 

 

 

 

3

1

Spodoptera cilium (Dark mottled willow)V

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

1

Helicoverpa armigera (Scarce bordered straw)N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

 

 

3

0

Heliothis peltigera (Bordered straw)N

 

 

 

 

1

8

1

 

 

 

 

 

10

0

Trichoplusia ni (Ni moth)V

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

2

0

Autographa gamma (Silver y)

 

 

 

1

6434

570

716

1271

14849

150

8

 

24000

520

 

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 2009.

The Irish Moth & Butterfly Group.