Lancashire Moth Recording


Leighton Moss Moth Trappers end-of-year Social

Saturday November 27th, 2021, 2.30-5pm at Yealand Village Hall - see Events Page for details

You Tube of the presentation by Steve Palmer to the Lancashire Moth Group on the Moths of Lancashire Project can be viewed here:

New Identification Aid for Grey Pine/Spruce Carpet has been added.

"The Moths of Lancashire"

A three-year project to produce a definitive and full account of all moths in Lancashire (VC59 & 60) since the mid-1800's. You can read the introductory note here. The Moths of Lancashire Project

The first newsletter can be read here. Newsletter April 2021

Distribution Maps

Over the last year or so the Tanyptera Project (based at Liverpool World Museum) in association with the Lancashire Moth Group, have been working on the production of a set of distribution maps at Tetrad (2 x 2km) level covering all of Lancashire's 1523 moth species.

We are really pleased and excited to announce the maps and associated text are readily available for download in PDF format on Distribution in Lancashire page.

10Km Distribution tables updated

Kevin McCabe has done a spendid effort in geting the 10Km square records updated and the new 'Map' and the ever-useful 10Km Matrix excel files, correct to 2020, have been uploaded. See 10k Distribution Tables page.

This will hopefully spur you on to target 'missing' species or trap in poorly recorded areas.

BAP Priority Species Update

An update of the priority species can be found on the Rare Moths page. February 2021

Virtual Moth Social 26 March 2021

Limited to 100, pre-booking required. Detail on Events page

Moth Night 2021

8th - 10th July 2021. Detail on Events page

Latest Guidelines update for 2021

The guidelines for recording moths in Lancashire in 2021, as agreed by the County Moth Recorders, have been updated and placed on the Guidelines for Recorders page. Everything you need to know is in the one Excel document which can be downloaded or viewed on-line. New spreadsheet masters (Version 7) are now available with more detailed action information.

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.

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

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