Thursday, 16 January 2014
Just before Christmas, a new checklist of Lepidoptera was published, which completely overhauls the out-dated Bradley list and brings us into line with the current European classification of moths and butterflies. This book entitled RES Handbook: Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the British Isles is the result of a huge amount of work led by David Agassiz, Stella Beavan and Bob Heckford. The new checklist will be adopted by Butterfly Conservation and the National Moth Recording Scheme. However, there will undoubtedly be months or even years of transition from the ‘old’ to the new checklist as the field guides and species dictionaries used in recording software and websites are updated. There is no need to worry about the new names or checklist. For now, it is fine to continue to record the way you have been and we will be happy to receive datasets and moth records using the ‘old names’ and numbering systems as the new ones become familiar.
Wednesday, 1 January 2014
I was out and about collecting leaf miner pupae this morning in N.Dean before the rains set in. The ones on oak and Beech are really easy to find at the moment so I've got quite a few pupae overwintering in my garden at the moment ready to bring inside in a couple of months.
One pupa I didn't expect to find was what I think is that of a Green-veined White butterfly. It's attached to a Sycamore on the towpath near Copley - you can just make out the silk girdle round it's middle. I'd be interested to hear what others think, maybe it's just a well marked Small White? I'll go back and collect it soon and try and rear it through just to be 100%.