Lancashire Moth Recording


Group Mapmate Renewals

Butterfly Conservation Lancashire are kindly renewing our group Mapmate renewals for those members that sync their records with the group (via Graham Dixon). Jane Jones has managed to contact most members requiring a renewal, there are however a small number of people that, to her best attempts, she has not managed to get a response from. If you sync your Mapmate records with Grahaam and have not yet been in touch with Jane, please do so soon at with your name and Mapmate CUK.

Failure to confirm with Jane that you would like to renew means that those CUKs will not be renewed.

Brian Hancock's "Pugs of North-west England" available from NHBS

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! If you bump into Brian around Leighton Moss, I'm sure he'll avail you of a copy.

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.'

Ideas for a Butterfly and Moth Garden

I was contacted recently by Mia, a local Girl Scout Troop Leader.

Her troop have become very interested in entomology, especially butterflies and moths. One of the Guides, Kim, came across this article about creating a butterfly garden and asked if I would like to add it to our website. The article is very interesting and although it is American, everything it says is true for us here too, and of course, what is good for butterflies is good for moths. I am delighted to encourage Kim and her friends in their interest, so well done.

Here is the link

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