Lancashire Moth Recording


New Macro recorder for VC60 (Lancashire north of the Ribble)

Pete Marsh, who for so long has been front and centre of the macro scene in Lancashire has had to retire from his role as Macro Recorder for VC60 due to ill-health. We all wish him well and know he'll be still as active as he can be. We are delighted to announce that Justine Patton has agreed to take on the role with immediate effect. Her contact details are on the Submitting Records page. I'm sure you'll all support her in the new role.

Newsletter 39 - July 2020 now uploaded to Newsletter page.

For MAPMATE USERS: Some guidance on updating MapMate maps and filters has been added to the Guidelines For Recorders page.

Update on the "Pug Moths of North-west England"

Brian Hancock has reviewed the records since the publication of the Pugs book and come up with a supplement which you can download. Pugs Update May 2020

Ling Pug - a new moth for Lancashire?

An article by Brian Hancock regarding the potential splitting of Ling Pug from Wormwood Pug can be found here

Change of Micro recorder for VC59

Richard Walker has decided to step down as Micro recorder for VC59 but will continue on as Macro recorder. Stephen Palmer, with the assistance of Ben Smart and Kevin McCabe, will take over the role. Further information here. Please note, records to be sent to Kevin - see Submitting Records

Other News & Reminders

Coronavirus advice for moth-ers from Butterfly Conservation

Belted Beauty count and Lancashire Moth Group Social Evening in April - CANCELLED due to Corona Virus measures

New spreadsheet masters (version 6.01 April 2020) now available to download.

Please submit your 2019 records to the County Moth recorders as soon as possible. NEW Spreadsheet masters have been uploaded to the Submitting Records page

New grading guidelines uploaded

The list of moths has been completely reviewed by Stephen Palmer and each species has been given a grade to help recorders determine what evidence is needed for acceptance by the county recorders. The Excel recording speadsheets have now been updated to include these guidelines. See Guidelines for Recorders page

The 2018 Cheshire Moth Report (VC58) has been published. A labour of love from Steve Hind. It can take a little while to load.

Butterflies and Day-flying Moths published March 2019

The publication is was published by the Lancashire and Cheshire Fauna Society in connection with teh Lancashire Moth Group and Butterfly Conservation. If you're interested in getting a copy, please e-mail

Brian Hancock's "Pugs of North-west England" available from NHBS or L&CFS

Brian's guide to moths on these pages has been an invaluable guide for moth'ers countrywide. It's been revised and fully updated with state-of-the-art mapping through Dave Bickerton and the Lancashire & Cheshire Fauna Society. Only £15 and available through all good stores or directly from Dave (email! If you bump into Brian around Leighton Moss, I'm sure he'll avail you of a copy of what's become a go-to publication on the identification of Pugs.

New Field Guide Published

Local moth expert Steve Palmer is co-author of a brand new field guide which has just been published....



Published by The British Entomological and Natural History Society

392 pp., full colour, softback with detachable vinyl cover. BENHS members price £16, RRP £24; plus postage.

Available through the usual booksellers such as Atropos Books and it will shortly be placed on the British Entomological and Natural History Society website (BENHS)

The book is designed to be an essential guide for anyone interested in finding micro-moths. For every species that breeds in Great Britain and Ireland, the full life-history details are set out concisely, in a standard way, with a thumbnail map.

For anyone familiar with "Emmet" (Maitland Emmet, A Field Guide to the Smaller British Lepidoptera, 2nd edition, 1988) the format is the same, with the addition of thumbnail distribution maps.

Much has been updated, reflecting the amount of new knowledge accrued since “Emmet”, and many new species have been added. It will be an essential reference if you have an interest in the life histories of the micros, but it is not a photographic id guide.'

Micro Moth Field Tips Book Published

Ben Smart's excellent book on Micro Moth Field Tips (2nd Edition) has now been published.

Lancashire and Cheshire Fauna Society, with Butterfly Conservation Lancashire Branch are co-funding the publication of this new guide. The book is £16 plus p&p from NHBS or L&CFS