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2006 summary
 
The table below summarizes revised totals as in the "Report on migrant and notable Lepidoptera in Ireland, 2006"  submitted for publication in the Irish Naturalists' JournalLast updated 26 March 2009.

Recorded monthly and all-Ireland totals of migrant and vagrant moths (adults) in 2006

 

Species

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

Total

Plutella xylostella (diamond-back moth)

 

 

 

 

407

281

198

29

2

9

 

1

964

Udea ferrugalis (rusty-dot pearl)

 

 

 

 

17

92

53

235

113

136

33

4

685

Nomophila noctuella (rush veneer)

 

 

1

2

35

49

157

869

1229

254

1

 

2 597

Antigastra catalaunalisV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

3

Palpita vitrealisV

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

10

5

 

 

17

+Hypsopygia costalis (gold triangle)V

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

2

Cyclophora puppillaria (Blair's mocha)V

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

 

 

2

Rhodometra sacraria (the vestal)N

 

 

 

 

 

2

2

2

56

35

1

 

98

Orthonama obstipata (the gem)N

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

11

6

35

2

 

56

Agrius convolvuli (convolvulus hawk-moth)

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

1

27

5

 

 

35

Acherontia atropos (death's-head hawk-moth)V

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

Macroglossum stellatarum (hummingbird hawk-moth)

1

1

1

 

5

131

96

63

186

407

7

 

902

Hyles livornica (striped hawk-moth)V

 

 

 

 

4

4

1

1

 

 

 

 

10

Agrotis ipsilon (dark sword-grass)

 

 

1

 

7

27

32

361

144

20

 

1

593

Peridroma saucia (pearly underwing)

 

 

 

 

2

37

3

11

176

256

 

1

486

Eurois occulta (great brocade)V

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

2

Discestra trifolii (the nutmeg)V

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

1

 

 

 

4

Mythimna vitellina (the delicate)N

 

 

 

 

3

6

 

3

70

137

 

 

219

Mythimna unipuncta (white-speck)N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

10

 

 

12

Mythimna loreyi (the cosmopolitan)V

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

4

10

 

 

15

Spodoptera exigua (small mottled willow)N

 

 

 

 

1

27

14

74

17

7

 

 

140

Helicoverpa armigera (scarce bordered straw)N

 

 

 

 

1

3

4

2

88

31

 

 

131

Heliothis peltigera (bordered straw)N

 

 

 

 

3

51

9

15

4

 

 

 

84

+Heliothis nubigera (eastern bordered straw)V

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Eublemma parva (small marbled)V

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Trichoplusia ni (ni moth)V

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

3

 

 

 

9

Autographa gamma (silver y)

1

 

 

3

236

9780

1477

1854

4425

251

11

4

18 057

Catocala nupta (red underwing)V

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

 

 

 

3

 

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, and poorly quantified reports have been interpreted conservatively – e.g. “some”, “a few” have been interpreted as 2+ individuals; “many”, “lots” as 10+.  Totals include some records without precise month.  Data were compiled from available online sources, including the MothsIreland newsgroup; published sources (including Atropos ‘coastal reports’); personal contacts; and solicitation of records via email from individuals or online newsgroups. 

 

 +Species new to Ireland.  

 

VMoth 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).  

 

 NFurther species for which the NILRC requires substantiating evidence.

 

 

The Irish Moth & Butterfly Group.