Butterflies will be found in a separate list)

List compiled by David Wedd, updated 4.10.2008 and this document prepared from it by BB

Recorders: RA, Rich Austin (Guernsey); PC, Peter Costen (Guernsey); RL, Roger Long (Jersey);

GN, Graeme Neal (Alderney); HR, Henry) Rowe, (Alderney); ML, Mark Lawlor (Guernsey);

TP, Tim Peet (Guernsey; LP, Lindsay Pyne (Alderney); PS, Phil Sterling (UK),


This page prepared 9th January 2009

British Checklist      
number English Name Scientific Name Notes
14 Ghost Moth Hepialus humuli L (2) 7.06, females [immigrants], the only recent CI records
15 Orange Swift Hepialus sylvina L Common resident
17 Common Swift Hepialus lupulinus L Fairly common resident
161 Leopard Moth Zeuzera pyrina L Probably an uncommon resident. Several at Farm Court in 2004; none since
162 Goat Moth Cossus cossus L Probably an uncommon resident. 2 in 2004 (Farm Court/Platte Saline); none since
163 The Forester Adscita statices L Resident: first recorded in 1990s; then found in 2006 in the Houmet Herbé area, in small numbers from the lighthouse to Longis Bay. In 2007 & 2008, more numerous & widespread, including Braye Bay and Trois Vaux
169 Six-spot Burnet Zygaena filipendulae L Resident, first found in small numbers in the eastern part of Alderney in 2006-7, & in 2008 discovered at Clonque Bay by HR
170 Five-spot Burnet Zygaena trifolii Esp Represented in CIs by s-sp subsyracusia, a small, very brilliant race; abundant resident, especially in the SE corner of the island
171 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Zygaena lonicerae Sch Resident, less common than trifolii, but widespread
373 Currant Clearwing [pheromone lure] Synanthedon tipuliformis Cl Common resident, found wherever currants are grown
Red-belted Clearwing [ph] Synanthedon myopaeformis Bork Resident, found in small numbers at the Market Gardens and in Col. Walter's orchard in the Picaterres
380 Red-tipped Clearwing [ph] Synanthedon formicaeformis Esp  
382 Six-belted Clearwing [ph] Bembecia ichneumoniformis D&S Uncommon resident, first seen in 1980; recently recorded in small numbers from near the Odeon, Mannez & Platte Saline
383 Thrift Clearwing [ph] Synansphecia muscaeformis Esp Abundant resident, found in all rocky coastal areas
384 Fiery Clearwing [ph] Pyropteron chrysidiformis Esp Probably resident, recorded in Houmet Herbé area, 2.7.2007 to pheromone lure. Red data book species, so the attractant was not used again.
1632 Pale Eggar Trichiura crataegi L Recorded in C19th, but not since
1634 Lackey Malacosoma neustria L Abundant resident
1636 Grass Eggar Lasiocampa trifolii D&S Resident: typical form is abundant; form flava also occurs (4 in 2006, 3 in 2007, 3 in 2008) and there are intermediates.
1636 Pale Grass Eggar L trif. form flava Ch-H  
1637 Oak Eggar Lasiocampa quercus L Abundant resident
1638 Fox Moth Macrothylacia rubi L 2 females to light in 2006; males seen flying by day at Trois Vaux, 5.07
1640 Drinker Euthrix potatoria L Abundant resident
1642 Lappet Gastropacha quercifolia L Common resident; c 20 recorded at light in 2006, 30+ in 2007, 14 in 2008
1643 Emperor Moth Saturnia pavonia L Abundant resident, in all habitats
1651 Chinese Character Cilix glaucata Scop Common resident
1652 Peach Blossom Thyatira batis L Common resident; abundant in the wet summer of 2007
1653 Buff Arches Habrosyne pyritoides Hufn Abundant resident
1654 Figure of Eighty Tethea ocularis L Common resident; a large, pale form.
1657 Common Lutestring Ochropacha duplaris L Status uncertain: 4 records in 2008, 3 at La Vallée Clos, 1 at Essex Farm
1663 March Moth Alsophila aescularia D&S Uncommon resident: 3 recorded in 2006; none in 2007 or 2008
1665 Grass Emerald Pseudoterpna pruinata Hufn 2 in 2006; none in 2007 or 2008. Status uncertain
1665a Jersey Emerald Pseudoterpna coronillaria Probably scarce resident: 5 in 2006, larvae & adults; 1 in 2007 at light in La Vallée
1666 Large Emerald Geometra papilionaria L Status uncertain: 1 in 2006 is the only Alderney record
1669 Common Emerald Hemithea aestivaria Hubn Common resident
1673 Small Emerald Hemistola chrysoprasaria Esp Resident at low density, wherever Old Man's Beard grows
1674 Little Emerald Jodis lactearia L Status uncertain: several at Farm Court in 2004, but none since
1676 Mocha Cyclophora annularia Fab Status uncertain: probable immigrant. 2 records, 2 & 5.8.2006, to light at Platte Saline & Essex Farm
1677 Birch Mocha Cyclophora albipuncta Hufn Resident at low density? Only 1 record, ex larva at Essex Farm, emerged 3.3.06
1678 Blair's Mocha Cyclophora pupillaria Hb Scarce immigrant: 2 in 2005; 5 in 2006; 1 in La Vallée, 6.10.07
1678a Jersey Mocha Cyclophora ruficiliaria Status uncertain: probably new colonist. 5 in 2006; 1 on 9.6.2007, 1 on 25.8.2008, all in La Vallée
1680 Maiden's Blush Cyclophora punctaria L Fairly common resident
1681 b Clay Triple-lines Cyclophora linearia H Probably scarce immigrant: 3 records, 2 at Essex Farm on 28.7.06, & 1 of 2nd brood at La Vallée Clos on 26.8.08
1682 Blood-vein Timandra comae Schmidt Common resident
1689 Mullein Wave Scopula marginepuntata Goeze Abundant resident, occurring everywhere, often in dozens at Essex Farm
1690 Small Blood-vein Scopula imitaria Hb Common resident
1699 Least Carpet Idaea rusticata D&S Common resident. A recent arrival, increasing fast.
1701 Dotted Border Wave Idaea sylvestraria Hb Not common; a few each year, mainly in La Vallée
1702 Small Fan-footed Wave Idaea biselata Hufn Common resident
1704 Silky Wave Idaea dilutaria Hb One from 1980 must be a doubtful record?
1705 Dwarf Cream Wave Idaea fuscovenosa Goeze Fairly common resident
1707 Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata Schrank Abundant resident. Seldom comes to MV light, but found on walls & tree trunks all over the island. Numerous on shop windows in St. Anne
1708 Single-dotted Wave Idaea dimidiata Hufn Common resident; enjoyed good seasons in 2007 & 2008
1709 Satin Wave Idaea subsericeata Haw Resident: abundant in La Vallée; less common elsewhere
1711 Treble Brown Spot Idaea trigeminata Haw Uncommon resident; 2 or 3 each year
1713 Riband Wave Idaea aversata L Abundant resident
1714 Portland Ribbon Wave Idaea degeneraria Hb Common resident, with 2 broods between June & October; most numerous in Sept/Oct. (In UK the species is univoltine.)
1716 Vestal Rhodometra sacraria L Immigrant, varying greatly in numbers: 2005 & 2006 abundant; 2007 only 1 recorded, 2008 none at all.
1718 Oblique Striped Phibalopteryx virgata Hufn Status uncertain. Only 1 record, at Essex Farm 1.7.06
1720 Gem Orthonama obstipata Fabr Immigrant, sometimes common (2006) but only 4 recorded in 2007 & 2 in 2008
1722 Flame Carpet Xanthorhoe designata Hufn Resident, common in 2005-6 but not recorded in 2007 or 2008
1724 Red Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe spadicearia D&S Common resident
1725 Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe ferrugata Cl Resident, but far less common than spadicearia
1727 Silver-ground Carpet Xanthorhoe montanata D&S Resident: common at Essex Farm but only occasional elsewhere
1728 Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata L Abundant resident
1730 Spanish Carpet Scotopteryx peribolata Hb Increasingly common resident; 6 in one trap at the lighthouse on 20.9.08
1732 Shaded Broad-bar Scotopteryx chenopodiata L Status uncertain: 2 recorded in 2005, 3 in 2006; none in 2007
1736 Royal Mantle Catarhoe cuculata Hufn Status uncertain: 2 records, Essex Farm 19.6.06 & Reine des Pres 24.7.08
1738 Common Carpet Epirrhoe alternata Muller Abundant resident
1739 Wood Carpet Epirrhoe rivata Hb Recorded in 1899, but not since
1740 Galium Carpet Epirrhoe galiata D&S Common resident, especially on Longis Common
1741 Many-lined Moth Costaconvexa polygrammatica B Immigrant & possibly transitory resident. 1 recorded in 2005; more than 40 in 2006; 1 in 2007 & none in 2008
1742 Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata L Common resident
1745 Mallow Larentia clavaria Haw Abundant resident in all areas where mallow grows
1746 Shoulder-stripe Anticlea badiata D&S Status uncertain: 2 records, both from La Vallée, 4.06
1747 The Streamer Anticlea derivate D&S One from La Vallée Clos, 27.4.08
1749 Dark Spinach Pelurga comitata L Recorde in 1880s & 1985; now resident at low density, & recently recorded from Essex Farm & the Market Gardens
1750 Water Carpet Lampropteryx suffumata D&S  
1752 Purple Bar Cosmorhoe ocellata L Fairly common resident, and increasing
1755 Chevron Eulithis testata L Status uncertain: 2 recorded in 2006; none in 2007 or 2008
1754 Phoenix Eulithis prunata L Resident: widespread, but at low density
1756 Northern Spinach Eulithis populate L One in 1980 is the only Channel Islands record
1758 Barred Straw Eulithis pyraliata D&S Resident: abundant on Longis Common; less common elsewhere
1759 Small Phoenix Ecliptopera silaceata D&S Abundant resident
1760 Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata Hufn Increasingly common resident
1762 Dark Marbled Carpet Chloroclysta citrata L Status uncertain: only 1 record, from La Vallée 4.10.06
1764 Common Marbled Carpet Chloroclysta truncata Hufn Abundant resident
1765 Barred Yellow Cidaria fulvata Forster Status uncertain; recorded from Longis Common in some numbers in 2004 & 2006
1766 Blue-bordered Carpet Plemyria rubiginata D&S Status uncertain: 2 records only, 1 from 1970 & a recent one from Essex Farm, 27.7.06
1767 Pine Carpet Thera firmata Hubn Status uncertain: 3 records, La Vallée Clos 5.06 (2); Essex Farm 9.06
1768 Grey Pine Carpet Thera obeliscata Hb Abundant resident
1769 Spruce Carpet Thera britannica Turner Status uncertain: 2 records, Essex Farm 5.06 & 9.06
1771a Cypress Carpet Thera cupressata Geyer Resident: a new colonist which is rapidly becoming very common
1773 Broken-barred Carpet Electrophaes corylata Thun Status uncertain, probably resident: common 2006-7, but none in 2008
1776 Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria Knoch Abundant resident
1777 July Highflyer Hydriomena furcata Thun Abundant resident
1778 May Highflyer Hydriomena impluviata D&S Status uncertain: 1 record, La Vallée Clos 26.5.06
1779 Ruddy Highflyer Hydriomena ruberata Freyer Status uncertain: 1 record, Essex Farm 14.6.06
1781 Small Waved Umber Horisme vitalbata D&S Status uncertain: probable resident at low density: Recorded in singles from La Vallée & Essex Farm in 2005-6, but not seen since
1782 Fern Horisme tersata D&S Uncommon resident, but increasing; 12 recorded in 2007-8
1784 Pretty Chalk Carpet Melanthia procellata D&S Status uncertain: 4 records, Essex Farm 18.6.06 & 3 more in 2008 at La Vallée Clos & Reine des Pres
1786 White-banded Carpet Spargania luctuata D&S Probable immigrant: one record, Essex Farm 31.7.06
1789 Scallop Shell Rheumaptera undulata L Uncommon resident, but increasing: 5 recorded in 2007 & 6 in 2008
1790 Tissue Triphosa dubitata L Status uncertain: 1 record, La Vallée Clos 31.6.06
1794 Sharp-angled Carpet Euphyia unangulata Haw Status uncertain: 2 records, both from Les Picaterres, 30.7 & 1.8.2008
1795 November Moth Epirrita diluta D&S Resident, widespread but at low density
1797 Autumnal Moth Epirrita autumnata Bork Probably scarce but under-recorded resident: 1 record, Victoria Street 9.05, not identified until 2007
1799 Winter Moth Operophtera brumata L Common resident
1802 Rivulet Perizoma affinitata Thun Uncommon resident, recorded mainly from Essex Farm
1803 Small Rivulet Perizoma alchemillata L Status uncertain: one record, La Vallée Clos 21.7.08
1808 Sandy Carpet Perizoma flavofasciata Thun Fairly common resident
1811 Slender Pug Eupithecia tenuiata Hb Common resident
1812 Maple Pug Eupithecia inturbata Hubn Uncommon resident, recorded mainly from La Vallée
1813 Haworth's Pug Eupithecia haworthiata Doubleday Probably recent colonist: several to light in La Vallée & larvae found, 2008
1816 Toadflax Pug Eupithecia linariata D&S Status uncertain: 1 record, Essex Farm 20.7.06. The larval foodplant is not common in Alderney, but garden snapdragons may be a substitute.
1817 Foxglove Pug Eupithecia pulchellata Steph Resident: increasingly common
1819 Mottled Pug Eupithecia exiguata Hb One record from 1981; none since
1821 Valerian Pug Eupithecia valerianata HB Probably scarce resident: one record, La Vallée Clos 24.7.08
1823 Netted Pug Eupithecia venosata Fabr Probably uncommon resident: first recorded in 1970, then 1981, then several at Farm Court in 2004, but none since
1825 Lime-speck Pug Eupithecia centaureata D&S Abundant resident
1827 Freyer's Pug Eupithecia intricata arceuthata Fr Resident at low density; recorded mainly in St. Anne & La Vallée
1830 Wormwood Pug Eupithecia absinthiata Cl Fairly common resident, recorded mainly at Essex Farm
1832 Currant Pug Eupithecia assimilata Doubleday Increasingly common resident
1834 Common Pug Eupithecia vulgata Haw Abundant resident
1835 White-spotted Pug Eupithecia tripunctaria H-S Uncommon resident, recorded mainly from Essex Farm
1836 Jasione Pug Eupithecia denotata jasioneata Crewe Larvae found in small numbers on sheep's-bit scabious, at Trois Vaux & the Giffoine
1837 Grey Pug Eupithecia subfuscata Haw Abundant resident
1838 Tawny-speckled Pug Eupithecia icterata Villers Fairly common resident
1839 Bordered Pug Eupithecia succenturiata L One record, 1985
1840 Shaded Pug Eupithecia subumbrata D&S Resident, occurring regularly on Longis Common & occasionally elsewhere
1841 Yarrow Pug Eupithecia millefoliata Rossler Uncommon resident, found only as larvae: 3 in 2006 in Mannez Quarry; 1 in 2007 on Braye Common; 1 in 2008 near Saye; specimens bred for confirmation
1842 Plain Pug Eupithecia simpliciata Haw Resident, in increasing numbers: 7 recorded at Essex Farm in 2007 & 10 from several sites in 2008
1845 Pimpinel Pug Eupithecia pimpinellata Hufn Resident: not common, but recorded regularly at several sites, especially Platte Saline
1846 Narrow-winged Pug Eupithecia nanata Hb Fairly common resident, often seen by day in the Giffoine & Houmet Herbé heather areas, although seldom coming to light
1849 Ash Pug Eupithecia fraxinata Crewe Resident in small numbers? An enigma: 2 records, Essex Farm 6.06, of thelarge ash-feeding sub-species, but also Platte Saline, 30.8.07, a diminutive 2nd brood specimen, taken by RL (possibly s-sp tamarisciata Freyer, feeding on tamarisk?)
1852 Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata Steph Increasingly common resident: a few in 2006 but numerous in La Vallée in 2007 & 2008
1853 Oak-tree Pug Eupithecia dodoneata Guenee Resident: first recorded at Barrack Master's, 15.5.04 by GN, then 1 in 5.06 and in 2007-8 at least 20 seen in La Vallée & 3 at Essex Farm, a very large, brightly marked form. Larval foodplant seems to be hawthorn.
1855 Cypress Pug Eupithecia phoeniciata Ramb Common resident
1855a Channel Islands Pug Eupithecia ultimaria Boisd Resident, found regularly as larvae on tamarisk but seldom seen at light as an adult
1857 Dwarf Pug Eupithecia tantillaria Boisd Status uncertain: 1 record, 26.4.07 at La Vallée Clos
1858 V-Pug Chloroclystis v-ata Haw Common resident
1860 Green Pug Pasiphila rectangulata L Abundant resident
1862 Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Haw Abundant resident, occurring in every month of the year
1864 Streak Chesias legatella D&S Status uncertain: 3 in 10.06 at Essex Farm & in Victoria Street, but none recorded since
1868 Lesser Treble-bar Aplocera efformata Guenee Status uncertain: 1 record, 28.8.06 at Essex Farm
1874 Dingy Shell Euchoeca nebulata Scop Resident in small numbers: recorded only from La Vallée, where the larval foodplant (alder) grows at Vert Cotil
1876 Small Yellow Wave Hydrelia flammeolaria Hufn Resident in small numbers: first recorded at Essex Farm, 21.7.06, & 6 more in 2007-8 in La Vallée
1881 Early Tooth-striped Trichopteryx carpinata Bork Resident: a few in 2006, but at least 20 to light in 2007-8, mainly at Essex Farm
1882 Small Seraphim Pterapherapteryx sexalata Retz Probably resident in small numbers; several at Farm Court in 2004; 2 at Essex Farm in 2006; none in 2007 or 2008
1883 Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata Hb Abundant resident, occurring from April to October
1884 Magpie Abraxas grossulariata L Resident: occurring regularly in small numbers, with an increase (21) in 2008
1887 Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata L Abundant resident; several extreme aberrations recorded
1888 Scorched Carpet Ligdia adustata D&S Status uncertain. 3 records, Essex Farm 1.7.06 & La Vallée Clos (2) 24.5.07. The larval food-plant (spindle) is uncommon in Alderney [but there is plenty of Japanese Spindle all over the island]
1888b Ringed Border Stegania canaria Hb Vagrant: one to light, Essex Farm 26.7.08; the 4th C.I. record (other 3 from Jersey), with none from UK
1889 Peacock Moth Macaria notata L Probable resident, but uncommon
1890 Sharp-angled Peacock Macaria alternata D&S Fairly common resident
*1891 Dusky Peacock Macaria signaria Hb Listed record, Essex Farm 5.7.06, is probably incorrect*
1893 Tawny-barred Angle Macaria liturata Clerck Resident in small numbers, including the melanic form
1894 Latticed Heath Chiasmia clathrata L Scarce immigrant. 3 records, all from Essex Farm 5.9.06
1901 Little Thorn Cepphis advenaria Hb Immigrant: recorded at Farm Court 7.04 & 7.05, & at Essex Farm 7.06
1902 Brown Silver-line Petrophora chlorosata Scop Abundant resident in all areas where bracken grows
1904 Scorched Wing Plagodis pulveraria L Probably resident; fairly common 2004-6 but not seen since
1905 Horse Chestnut Pachycnemia hippocastanaria Hb Status uncertain: found by day (6+) in the Houmet Herbé area, 9.07 & one extreme variety to light at Essex Farm, 23.8.08
1906 Brimstone Moth Opistograptis luteolata Hb Abundant resident
1907 Bordered Beauty Epione repandaria Hufn Resident in small numbers, recorded mainly from Essex Farm
1910 Lilac Beauty Apeira syringaria L Resident in small numbers: 2 records in 2004 from Farm Court; 5 in 2006 from La Vallée & Essex Farm; only 1, from La Vallée Clos, in 2007 & none in 2008
1911 Large Thorn Ennomos autumnaria Werneburg Status uncertain: common 2004-6, all over the island, but none recorded in 2007 or 2008. It is a well-known migrant, and was perhaps a transitory resident in Alderney.
1912 August Thorn Ennomos quercinaria Hufn Status uncertain: probable immigrant, noted in the 1890s, in 1902 & 1973, but with only 1 recent record, from Essex Farm, 6.9.06
1913 Canary-shouldered Thorn Ennomos alniaria L Fairly common resident
1914 Dusky Thorn Ennomos fuscantaria Haw Probably an uncommon resident, 2 or 3 recorded each year from 2004-6, but none since
1915 September Thorn Ennomos erosaria D&S RA lists as rare, but no dates given
1917 Early Thorn Selenia dentaria Fabr Abundant resident
1918 Lunar Thorn Selenia lunularia Hb Probable immigrant: 5 recorded in 2006 & 1 in 2008, all of the 2nd brood, which is rare in UK;
1919 Purple Thorn Selenia tetralunaria Hufn Status uncertain: 4 recorded in 2006 from La Vallée & Essex Farm but none since
1920 Scalloped Hazel Odontopera bidentata Clerck Common resident
1921 Scalloped Oak Crocallis elinguaria L Abundant resident
1921a Dusky Scalloped Oak Crocallis dardoinaria Donzel Resident in small numbers; 2 larvae & 2 adults recorded in 2006; a single adult to MVL in La Vallée 9.07, but the hazardous search for the nocturnal larvae at Trois Vaux was not repeated !
1922 Swallow-tailed Moth Ourapteryx sambucaria L Common resident
1923 Feathered Thorn Colotois pennaria L Fairly common resident
1926 Pale Brindled Beauty Phigalia pilosaria D&S Status uncertain: 2 records only, from La Vallée Clos 7.3.06, both male.
1927 Brindled Beauty Lycia hirtaria Clerck Status uncertain: 1 record, from La Vallée Clos on 23.4.06
1930 Oak Beauty Biston strataria Hufn Probable resident in small numbers: 3 records, at Essex Farm 24.4.06, & in Victoria Street (2) in 4.07
1931 Peppered Moth Biston betularia L Abundant resident
1933 Scarce Umber Agriopus aurantaria Hb Status uncertain: 2 records, both from Vert Cotil, 11.11.06
1934 Dotted Border Agriopus marginaria Fabr Fairly common resident
1935 Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria Clerck Resident, but not common: recorded from La Vallée & Victoria Street
1936 Waved Umber Menophra abruptaria Thun Common resident
1937 Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria D&S Abundant resident, recorded in every month from April to November
1938 Bordered Grey Selidosema brunnearia Vill Status uncertain: 2 records only, from Longis Common 19.7.06, flying by day
1941 Mottled Beauty Alcis repandata L Increasingly common resident
1944 Brindled Beauty Hypomecis punctinalis Scop Pale Fairly common resident; most records from Essex Farm
1945 Brussels Lace Cleorodes lichenaria Hufn Abundant resident, recorded in considerable numbers both as larvae & adults, especially in La Vallée
1947 Engrailed Ectropis bistortata Goeze Abundant resident, in at least 3 broods
1948 Small Engrailed Ectropis crepuscularia D&S Fairly common resident
1950 Brindled White-spot Parectropis similaria Hufn Status uncertain: 2 records only, both from La Vallée Clos on 3 & 4.6.2006
1952 Common Heath Ematurga atomaria L Probably uncommon resident: several seen in 2004 on Longis Common; 2 in 2006
1955 Common White Wave Cabera pusaria L Common resident
1956 Common Wave Cabera exanthemata Scop Common resident
1958 Clouded Silver Limographa temerata D&S Common resident, abundant in the wet summer of 2007
1960 Early Moth Theria primaria Haw Resident in very small numbers; recorded only from La Vallée
1961 Light Emerald Campaea margaritata L Abundant resident
1962 Barred Red Hylaea fasciaria L First recorded at Wide Lane 17.7.04, by B&PP. Now a common resident with at least 2 broods, most numerous in September/October (univoltine in UK). The colour-range, from red to grey to bright green & including many intermediate shades, is remarkable.
1964 Annulet Charissa obscurata D&S Presumably resident: noted in 1892, but a single record by RL (Platte Saline,
1968 Yellow Belle Semiaspilates ochrearia Rossi Abundant resident
1972 Convolvulus Hawk-moth Agrius convolvuli L Immigrant: frequently in large numbers (2005, 100+; 2006, 20+) followed by barren years (2007, 1 only, 3.9.07 at La Trigale, 2008, 2 at Platte Saline)
1973 Death's-head Hawk-moth Acherontia atropos L Immigrant, which has occurred in Alderney in the past as both adult & larva; 1 recent record, 4.6.07 at La Trigale, by HR
1976 Privet Hawk-moth Sphinx ligustri L Fairly common resident
1978 Pine Hawk-moth Hyloicus pinastri L Increasingly common resident: in 2007 recorded in every month from April to October & in 2008 also found as larvae
1979 Lime Hawk-moth Mimas tiliae L Presumed immigrant: only 1 record, from La Vallée, 8.6.07
1980 Eyed Hawk-moth Smerinthus ocellata L Probably resident in small numbers: recorded in 1972 & 1996; 5 in 2006 (1 larva, 4 adults) but none in 2007 or 2008
1981 Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi L Common resident
1982 Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth Hemaris tityus L Status uncertain: 2 seen on Longis Common, 5.06, but not captured
1983 Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth Hemaris fuciformis L Probably resident in small numbers: several seen by day at Vert Cotil in 2007 & 2008 (specimens captured for confirmation on 10 & 12.6.07)
1984 Humming-bird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum L Immigrant in varying numbers (hundreds of larvae & adults in 2004-6; far fewer in 2007 & 2008). Some evidence of over-wintering in bunkers, & moths observed flying in Stony Lane in February & March 2007 & 2008
1986 Spurge Hawk-moth Hyles euphorbiae L Recorded in C19th but not since
1990 Striped Hawk-moth Hyles livornica Esp Scarce immigrant, noted in 1965, but only one recent record, Essex Farm 4.8.06
1991 Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor L Uncommon resident, recorded in C19th, & again as both larvae & adults in 2005-6, but none seen since
1992 Small Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila porcellus L Abundant resident
1994 Buff-tip Phalera bucephala L Resident: recorded in1980, then by RA as common; seen in small numbers in 1999, but none in 2008
1995 Puss Moth Cerura vinula L Status uncertain: several at Farm Court in 2004, but none since
2000 Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedarius L Probably uncommon resident: as with C vinula, seen at Farm Court in 2004, but not since
2003 Pebble Prominent Notodonta ziczac L Common resident, as larvae & adults
2007 Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula Clerck Common resident
2008 Coxcomb Prominent Ptilodon capucina L Status uncertain: 1 record, Essex Farm 18.8.06
2009 Maple Prominent Ptilodon cucullina D&S Status uncertain but probably transitory resident: 3 records from 2006, 21.5, 4.6 & 18.8, & 5 more in 2008 from several sites. These are the only records from the Channel Islands
2011 Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina Clerck Common resident
2015 Lunar Marbled Brown Drimonia ruficornis Hufn Status uncertain: 1 record, La Vallée Clos 21.4.06
2018 Scarce Chocolate-tip Clostera anachoreta D&S First recorded in 2004, on 14.5 by PS/PC in Victoria Street & on 16.6 by GN at La Brecque. Now resident, recorded annually in varying numbers, the maximum at least 50 in 2006 when there were 3 broods during the year.
2019 Chocolate-tip Clostera curtula L Fairly common resident
2020 Figure of Eight Diloba caeruleocephala L Uncommon resident; a few each year as larvae & adults, max. 4 recorded in both 2005 & 2006
2022 Oak Processionary Thaumetopea processionea L Rare immigrant: 6 recorded, 1 in 2005, 4 in 2006, 1 at La Vallée Clos on 1.8.07 but none in 2008
2026 Vapourer Orgyia antique L Resident in small numbers, occurring mainly in Victoria Street gardens, with males flying in sunshine; larvae & females also found
2028 Pale Tussock Callitera pudibunda L Abundant resident
2029 Brown-tail Euproctis chrysorrhoea L Abundant resident, but not oppressively so!
2030 Yellow-tail Euproctis similis Fuessly Abundant resident
2031 White Satin Leucoma salicis L Resident in small numbers: recorded in 1899; then not again until 2006, 2 larvae, 2 adults; only one noted in 2007, at La Vallée Clos 21.7 & one in 2008, at Reine des Pres 7.7
2033 Black Arches Lymantria monacha L Resident: widespread, but in small numbers
2034 Gypsy Moth Lymantria dispar L Immigrant, but also at least transitory resident: several at Farm Court in 2004, including newly-emerged female; recent records 18.8.06 at La Vallée Clos, 1.8.07 in Victoria Street & 26.7.08 at Essex Farm
2035 Round-winged Muslin Thumatha senex HB Probably uncommon resident: several in 2004 at Farm Court & on Longis Common. None recorded since.
2037 Rosy Footman Miltochrista miniata Forster Abundant resident, with 20+ a night recorded frequently, especially in La Vallée; 2 specimens of bright yellow form flava taken at MVL, both at La Vallée Clos.
2038 Muslin Footman Nudaria mundana L First recorded in 1996-7, then rediscovered in 2007, when 9 were recorded in July, at La Vallée Clos & Pine Springs, & 2 more in 2008 also in La Vallée
2039 Red-necked Footman Atolmis rubricollis L First recorded in 1970. Now abundant resident, but mainly confined to La Vallée, where it sometimes appears in swarms (max.70+ to MVL in one night, recorded in both 2006 & 2007)
2041 Dotted Footman Pelosia muscerda Hufn Presumed scarce immigrant; 1 record, Essex Farm 24.6.0
2043 Orange Footman Eilema sororcula Hufn Not recorded until 2005, but now abundant resident, found mainly in La Vallée. Another 'swarming' species, occurring from May to September, with maximum number (to one MV trap) of over 100 three times, and many times 50+.
2044 Dingy Footman Eilema griseola Hb First recorded in 1973, & now an abundant resident in all wooded areas; larvae common on the white poplars by Longis Pond
2045 Hoary Footman Eilema caniola Hb Common and widespread resident, with a long season, occurring from May to November
2046 Pygmy Footman Eilema pygmaeola Doubl Status uncertain: 2 records, from Essex Farm 10 & 24.6.06
2047 Scarce Footman Eilema complana L Common resident
2049 Buff Footman Eilema depressa Esp Abundant resident with a long season, recorded in every month from May to November
2050 Common Footman Eilema lurideola Zincken Abundant resident
2051 Four-spotted Footman Eilema quadra L Abundant in all wooded areas, especially in La Vallée: yet another 'swarming' species, with numbers to the trap at La Vallée Clos frequently exceeding 25. Larvae also common on lichens in La Vallée.
2053 Speckled Footman Coscinia cribraria L Resident in small numbers on Longis Common & possibly elsewhere; most specimens found by torchlight, with only one (at Le Chalet) taken at light
2054 Crimson Speckled Utetheisa pulchella L Scarce immigrant: 1 record, to actinic light at Essex Farm 16.10.06
2057 Garden Tiger Arctia caja L Resident in small numbers, 5 or 6 recorded each year
2058 Cream-spot Tiger Arctia villica L Abundant resident, seen frequently as both larvae and adults
2059 Clouded Buff Diacrisia sannio L Resident: seen by day at Trois Vaux, the Giffoine, & in the Houmet Herbé area; taken at MV light at La Vallée Clos, the Market Gardens, Essex Farm & Reine des Pres
2060 White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda L Abundant resident
2061 Buff Ermine Spilosoma luteum Hufn Abundant resident, with a very long season, on the wing from May to October
2063 Muslin Moth Diaphora mendica Clerck Common resident, males found at light at many sites, & females by day on Longis Common
2064 Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa L Abundant resident, occurring in every month from March to October
2067 Jersey Tiger Euplagia quadripunctaria Poda Abundant resident: the yellow form lutescens occurs frequently (1 in 3 in 2006, 1 in 4 in 2007 & 2008)
2068 Scarlet Tiger Callimorpha dominula L Status uncertain: probable immigrant; 2 records, 16 & 29.6.06, from Longis Common & La Vallée, both flying in sunshine
2069 Cinnabar Tyria jacobaeae L Common resident, abundant where ragwort is allowed to grow!
2076 Black Arches Meganola albula D&S Kent Common resident, taken at light in many sites & often seen on windows in St. Anne
2077 Short-cloaked Moth Nola cucullatella L Resident in small numbers, perhaps under-recorded
2078 Least Black Arches Nola confusalis H-S Common resident
2081 White-line Dart Euxoa tritici L Abundant resident
2082 Garden Dart Euxoa nigricans L Resident in small numbers, mainly recorded from Farm Court
2083 Coast Dart Euxoa cursoria Hufn Uncommon resident, recorded only from Longis Common; all specimens so far have been of the pale pinkish-grey form
2085 Archer's Dart Agrotis vestigialis Hufn Fairly common resident
2087 Turnip Moth Agrotis segetum D&S Common resident: a very variable species
2088 Heart & Club Agrotis clavis Hufn Resident, appearing in small numbers 2004-6, but abundant in 2007 & 2008
2089 Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis L Abundant resident
2090 Crescent Dart Agrotis trux lunigera Stephens Abundant resident, with a long season, late May to November
2091 Dark Swordgrass Agrotis ipsilon Hufn Common immigrant
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta Hb Abundant resident, with a long season, from May to December
2093 Sand Dart Agrotis ripae Hb Resident on sandy shores, probably under-recorded; larvae found on Longis, Braye & Saye Beaches; adults to light at Essex Farm & Le Chalet
2094 Great Dart Agrotis crassa Hb Abundant resident; a form with jet-black forewings recorded in 2008
2098 Flame Axilia putris L Common resident, abundant in 2007 & 2008
2102 Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta L Abundant resident
2107 Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba L Abundant resident, frequently 50+ to a single light trap; has appeared in every month of the year
2109 Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes Hb Abundant resident
2110 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata Schreber Common resident, with a long season, June to November
2110a Langmaid's Yellow Underwing Noctua janthina D&S Formerly rare immigrant, but now resident and common, although much less numerous than janthe: in 2006-8, 1 : 5 in the early part of the season.
2111 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe Borkh Abundant resident, recorded in every month of the year
2112 Least Yellow Underwing Noctua interjecta Hb Common resident: the Alderney form is usually large & well-marked
2117 Autumnal Rustic Eugnorisma glareosa Esper Fairly common resident, abundant in 2007, when all specimens were of a markedly pinkish shade
2118 True-lover's Knot Lycophotia porphyrea D&S Common resident, especially on Longis Common & in heather areas
2119 Pearly Underwing Peridroma saucia Hb Common immigrant, recorded in all months from February to November
2120 Ingrailed Clay Diarsia mendica Fabr Common resident; abundant on Longis Common
2122 Purple Clay Diarsia brunnea D&S Recorded in 1972, but not since
2123 Small Square-spot Diarsia rubi View Abundant resident
2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum L Abundant resident
2128 Double Square-spot Xestia triangulum Hufn Common in Jersey & UK mainland, but in Alderney, several at Farm Court in 2004, but surprisingly, none recorded since
2134 Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa D&S Abundant resident
2135 Heath Rustic Xestia agathina Duponchel Resident in small numbers; all records to light are from Essex Farm/Longis Common, although the species has been seen by day at Trois Vaux & the Houmet Herbé area
2137 Great Brocade Eurois occulta L Scarce immigrant from E Europe: 3 in 2006, 6.8(2) & 8.8, at La Vallée Clos & Essex Farm; 2 in 2007, 24 & 25.8, at La Vallée Clos & La Trigale
2138 Green Arches Anaplectoides prasina D&S Status uncertain: 1 record, from La Vallée Clos, 8.6.06, a very heavily-marked specimen
2139 Red Chestnut Cerastis rubricosa D&S Status uncertain: 1 record, from La Vallée Clos, 16.4.06
2145 Nutmeg Dicestra trifolii Hufn Common resident
2147 Shears Hada plebeja L First recorded in 1994; now resident, increasing in numbers: especially common in 2007
2150 Grey Arches Polia nebulosa Hufn First recorded in 1980; now fairly common resident; the Alderney form of this species is invariably silver-grey
2152 White Colon Sideridis albicolon Hb Status uncertain: recorded in 1974, then several in 2004 on Longis Common, but none since
2154 Cabbage Moth Mamestra brassicae L Abundant resident
2155 Dot Moth Melanchra persicariae L Fairly common resident, seen most frequently as a larva
2157 Light Brocade Lacanobia w-album Hufn Fairly common 2004-6, but none recorded in 2007
2158 Pale-shouldered Brocade Lacanobia thalassina Hufn Status uncertain: 3 to light in 2005 are the only records, 5 in 2006 from Essex Farm & La Vallée Clos, but none in 2007
2163 Broom Moth Melanchria pisi L Common resident in all areas where bracken grows; frequently reported as larvae
2159 Dog's Tooth Lacanobia suasa Hufn Status uncertain: probably uncommon resident; one at Platte Saline, 4.7.73 by RL; several at Farm Court & on Longis Bay in 2004, & one more on 20.8.2008 at Essex Farm
2159a Splendid Brocade Lacanobia splendens Probably scarce immigrant & transitory resident: first 2 records on 4 & 10.7.2006 at La Vallée Clos & several in same locality between May & September 2007, but none in 2008
2160 Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea L Abundant resident, destructive in gardens
2162 Glaucous Shears Papestra biren Goeze Status uncertain: 2 records from 1970 & 1 more from 1994. Alderney is a very southerly locality for this species, which has not occurred elsewhere in the Channel Islands
2164 Broad-barred White Hecatera bicolorata Hufn Common resident, especially numerous at La Trigale
2165 Small Ranunculus Hecatera dysodea D&S Extinct for many decades but recently making a comeback, & probably now an Alderney resident: 1st recorded from La Vallée Clos, 27.9.06, & 3 more adults came to light at the Clos in 2007, while 2 larvae were found in the Houmet Herbé area. None in 2008, however.
2166 Campion Hadena rivularis Fabr Common resident, most often recorded as larvae
2167 Tawny Shears / Hadena perplexa D&S + Both forms are resident & common, with many intermediate specimens,
2167 Pod Lover Hadena perplexa capsophila Duponchel suggesting that the division into two sub-species is of doubtful validity.
2169 Barrett's Marbled Coronet Hadena luteago barrettii Doubleday Common resident; a large, clearly-marked form
2170 Varied Coronet Hadena compta D&S Probably a recent colonist and almost certainly under-recorded: 8 records for 2006 and another 7 for 2007, of which all but 2 were discovered as larvae on Sweet William flowers. Not searched for in 2008.
2171 Marbled Coronet Hadena confusa Hufn Common resident, mainly recorded at Essex Farm
2172 White Spot Hadena albimacula Bork Probably resident in small numbers: 6 recorded in 2006 & 4 more in 2007. 5 of these were found as larvae in the Chateau a L'Etoc area, The rest came to light at La Vallée Clos, where the Nottingham Catchfly does not occur, so there may be an alternative larval food-plant. None recorded in 2008.
2173 Lychnis Hadena bicruris Hufn Common resident, often abundant in the larval state, especially on Campion along the path to Frying-pan Cottage
2176 Antler Moth Cerapteryx graminis L Status uncertain: recorded at Farm Court & on Longis Common 2004-5, but not seen since
2177 Hedge Rustic Cerapteryx cespitis D&S Status uncertain: 1 record, at La Vallée Clos 9.9.05, a very small specimen
2178 Feathered Gothic Tholera decimalis Poda Probably resident in small numbers: recorded on Longis Common in 2005, & not seen again until 1 was found dead in Victoria Street, 22.10.07
2179 Pine Beauty Panolis flammea D&S Fairly common resident, increasing rapidly as the pine trees along the golf course develop
2182 Small Quaker Orthosia cruda D&S First recorded in 1985; now resident in very small numbers, noted mainly from La Vallée
2183 Blossom Underwing Orthosia miniosa D&S Scarce immigrant, recorded twice, both times at La Vallée Clos, 15.4.06 & 21.4.07
2186 Powdered Quaker Orthosia gracilis D&S Resident: widespread, but in small numbers: max. 5 in 2007
2187 Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi Fabr Abundant resident
2188 Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta Hufn Abundant resident
2189 Twin-spotted Quaker Orthosia munda D&S Fairly common resident, recorded mainly from La Vallée
2190 Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica L Abundant resident
2193 Clay Mythimna farrago Fabr Common resident, abundant at La Trigale
2194 White-point Mythimna albipuncta D&S Formerly common immigrant; now resident reinforced by immigration
  Delicate Mythimna vitellina HB Formerly immigrant, first recorded in 1979; now abundant resident reinforced by immigration, with a very long season, recorded from May to November, often 25+ in a trap during the summer. The resident population is distinctive, deeper yellow & with strong cross-lines.
2196 Striped Wainscot Mythimna pudorina D&S Probably scarce immigrant: 2 recorded at Essex Farm on 15.7.08, at a time of migrant activity
2197 Southern Wainscot Mythimna straminea Treitschke Recorded in 1972 & 1993; now fairly common resident, noted most frequently from Longis Common
2198 Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura Hb Common resident
2199 Common Wainscot Mythimna pallens L Abundant resident, which has appeared in every month of the year
2201 Shore Wainscot Mythimna litoralis Curtis Fairly common resident: records confined to sandy beach areas, Platte Saline, Longis, Saye, etc
2202 L-album Wainscot Mythimna l-album L First recorded in 1890s, when the species was a rare immigrant; now abundant resident with a very long season, March to November; in 2008 totals of 15+ per light trap were recorded several times.
2203 White-speck Mythimna unipuncta Haw Common resident, reinforced by immigration; recorded most frequently in October & November
2205 Shoulder-striped Wainscot Mythimna comma L Common resident, recorded most frequently from Essex Farm
2206 Devonshire Wainscot Mythimna putrescens Hb Common resident; a very large, strongly-marked form
2208 Cosmopolitan Mythimna loreyi Duponchel Immigrant in variable numbers, max. 8 in 2006
2214 Chamomile Shark Cucullia chamomillae D&S Resident in small numbers, recorded mainly from Essex Farm
2216 Shark Cucullia umbratica L Common resident
2221 Mullein Shargacucullia verbasci L Resident: first recorded in 1980s, then not again until 1 record for 2006 (larva), but since, many larvae have been found in the Essex Farm area in 2007 & 2008, & several adults have been recorded at light in widespread localities throughout the island. With the increase in mullein plants at Essex Farm this species may become common.
2223 Toadflax Brocade Calophasia lunula Hufn Status uncertain: 3 recorded in 2006, at the Market Gardens & La Vallée Clos, & recorded again in La Vallée 12.6.07. The larval food-plant does not occur in this area, but the species may have been feeding on cultivated snapdragons. Not recorded in 2008.
2225 Minor Shoulder-knot Brachylomia viminalis Fabr Resident in small numbers, mainly recorded from Longis Common
2226 Beautiful Gothic Leucochlaena oditis Hb Abundant resident
2227 Sprawler Asteroscopus sphinx Hufn Status uncertain: possibly uncommon resident; 3 recorded to lighted windows in La Vallée on 3 & 4.12.07, in cold, damp weather.
2229 Brindled Ochre Dasypolia templi Thunb Common resident; more than 40 recorded in 2006 & 2007
2230 Feathered Brindle Aporophyla australis Boisd Resident, but not usually common
2231 Deep-brown Dart Aporophyla lutulenta D&S Status uncertain: 2 records only, from Essex Farm 13 & 14.10.06
2232 Black Rustic Aporophyla nigra Haw Abundant resident
2235 Tawny Pinion Lithophane semibrunnea Haw Probably uncommon resident: only 2 records to date, both from Victoria Street, on 14 & 16.3.07.
2236 Pale Pinion Lithophane hepatica Clerck Probably uncommon resident: 1 record, also from Victoria Street, on 16.3.07. The status of both these species is unclear.
2240 Blair's Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri Boisd Common resident, & increasing
2243 Early Grey Xylocampa areola Esp Abundant resident: the island's commonest springtime species
2245 Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae L Status uncertain: 1 record, from Essex Farm 12.10.06
2246a Oak Rustic Dryobota labecula Esp Resident in small numbers, but increasing: first recorded in 2005 at the Garden Centre, then from Farm Court, La Vallée Clos & Essex Farm; all Alderney specimens (to date) are of the white-marked form albomacula.
2247 Merveille du Jour Dichonia aprilina L Status uncertain: 4 records from Essex Farm & La Vallée Clos, 10.06, probably immigrants.
2248 Brindled Green Dryobotodes eremita Fabr Resident in small numbers, but increasing; recorded from Essex Farm, La Vallée Clos & La Trigale
2248b Sombre Brocade Dryobotodes tenebrosa Esper Scarce immigrant: 1 to light, La Trigale 6.10.07, (HR), not recognised until 10.08
2251 Flame Brocade Trigonophora flammea Esp Common resident, sometimes abundant
2252 Large Ranunculus Polymixis flavicincta D&S Common resident: a very brightly-marked form
2255 Feathered Ranunculus Polymixis lichenea Hb Abundant resident, several times 100+ in one night; very variable, often resembling ssp scillonea
2256 Satellite Eupsilia transversa Hufn Resident in small numbers; seldom seen at light but found more often on ivy blossom or hibernating in German bunkers
2258 Chestnut Conistra vaccinii L Common resident
2259 Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula Esp Fairly common resident, although less numerous than vaccinii
2261 Red-headed Chestnut Conistra erythrocephala D&S Scarce immigrant: 1 record, at Essex Farm, 30.10.06
2262 Brick Agrochola circellaris Hufn Status uncertain: 1 record, La Vallée Clos 3.10.06
2263 Red-line Quaker Agrochola lota Clerck Fairly common resident; increasing
2264 Yellow-line Quaker Agrochola macilenta Hb Resident: seen in numbers in 2005-6, especially at Essex Farm, but none recorded in 2007
2264a Southern Chestnut Agrochola haematidea Duponchel Resident: first recorded at Farm Court at light on 16.10.2005; then found in numbers on Longis Common in 10.06; still present in 2007, but only sought for on one occasion. The species' habits & brief evening flight-time means that it is probably under-recorded.
2265 Flounced Chestnut Agrochola helvola L Status uncertain: only 2 records, from La Vallée Clos 16.10.06 & Essex Farm 18.10.06
2266 Brown-spot Pinion Agrochola litura L Status uncertain: 1 record, at La Vallée Clos 23.9.06
2267 Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis D&S Abundant resident: a very varied species
2269 Centre-barred Sallow Atethmia centrago Haw Status uncertain: 1 record, Victoria Street 29.9.06
2270 Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa Haw Abundant resident: even more varied than A lychnidis
2271 Orange Sallow Xanthia citrago L Probably immigrant, (the larval food-plant, lime, is rare in Alderney;) 1 record, La Vallée Clos 28.9.06
2272 Barred Sallow Xanthia aurago D&S Probably resident: 4 recorded between 1979 & 1995; common in 2005-6, but none recorded in 2007.
2273 Pink-barred Sallow Xanthia togata Esp Probably resident: first recorded from Essex Farm, 28.9.06; in 2007 11 recorded from many localities
2274 Sallow Xanthia icteritia Hufn Fairly common resident: increasing. The dominant Alderney type is very dark & heavily marked, but the pale yellow form flavescens also occurs
2275 Dusky-lemon Sallow Xanthia gilvago D&S Status uncertain: 1 record, from La Vallée Clos 13.10.06
2278 Poplar Grey Acronicta megacephala D&S Common resident, seen most frequently as adults on Victoria Street windows or as larvae crossing the road
2279 Sycamore Acronicta aceris L Not recorded until 1996, but now a common resident, especially in Stony Lane & La Vallée
2280 Miller Acronicta leporina L Probably resident in small numbers: first recorded in 20061 as 1 larva in Victoria Street & 1 adult to light at La Vallée Clos, & 1 more to light on 18.7.07, in Victoria Street
2281 Alder Moth Acronicta alni L Resident in small numbers in La Vallée, where there are alders at Vert Cotil; recorded at light at La Vallée Clos on 1 & 18.6.06, & again on 1.7.07
2283 Dark Dagger Acronicta tridens D&S  
2284 Grey Dagger Acronicta psi L Both species are resident, & have been bred from larvae to confirm this. No attempt has been made by dissection to clarify which of these almost identical species is more common.
2292 Tree-lichen Beauty Cryphia algae Fabr Immigrant, & probably transitory resident: 8 recorded in 2006, mainly in La Vallée; only 1 in 2007, 8.8, on Ormer House wall; 3 in 2008 all at La Vallée Clos, one seen emerging from pupa.
2293 Marbled Beauty Cryphia domestica Hufn Resident: common at Farm Court in 2004; none at all in 2005-6, but reappeared in 2007, with records from La Vallée, Victoria Street, La Trigale & Essex Farm
2295 Marbled Green Cryphia muralis Forster Abundant resident: a very variable species, with several white specimens recorded, & in 2008 2 closely resembling form impar
2297 Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidea L Resident, occurring in small numbers to sugar & wine ropes, at the Terrace & in La Vallée; not yet recorded at light.
2298 Svensson's Copper Underwing Amphipyra berbera Rungs Uncommon resident: 1 record, from the Terrace, 8.9.06
2299 Mouse Moth Amphipyra tragopoginis Clerck Resident; recorded as common by early recorders & several seen at Farm Court in 2004; since then, only 1 record, Essex Farm 6.9.06
2300 Old Lady Mormo maura L Fairly common resident, probably under-recorded; in Alderney the species occurs mainly in September
2301 Bird's Wing Dypterygia scabriuscula L Resident: common at Farm Court & on Longis Common in 2004; since then, widespread, but much scarcer.
2302 Brown Rustic Rusina ferrugina Esp Common resident; abundant in 2007 & 2008
2302a Guernsey Underwing Polyphaenis sericata Esp Resident: larvae found by torchlight at Clonque Bay in 2006, but not searched for since; 3 adults to light at La Vallée Clos in 2006 & 2 more in 2007, & newly emerged female found on the Zigzag on 21.7.08.
2303 Straw Underwing Thalpophila matura Hufn Common resident, abundant in 2007-8
2304 Orache Trachea atriplicis L First recorded in 1994; now a common resident, especially at the Market Gardens & in La Vallée
2305 Small Angle Shades Euplexia lucipara L Abundant resident
2306 Angle Shades Philogophera meticulosa L Abundant resident, occurring in every month of the year
2311 Double Kidney Ipimorpha retusa L Status uncertain: 2 records, Essex Farm 10.8.06 & 21.7.08
2312 Olive Ipimorpha subtusa D&S Resident in small numbers, found at Essex Farm & in La Vallée, 3 in 2006, 4 in 2007, 2 in 2008
2314 Dingy Shears Parastichtis ypsillon D&S Uncommon resident: recorded in 1995 & 1997; more recently, 2 in 2006 & 1 each in 2007 & 2008
2316 Lesser-spotted Pinion Cosmia affinis L Probably resident: fairly common 2004-6, but none in 2007 or 2008
2318 Dun-bar Cosmia trapezina L Common resident with a long season, May to November
2321 Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha Hufn Abundant resident
2322 Light Arches Apamea lythoxylaea D&S Status uncertain: several at Farm Court in 2004, but none since
2326 Clouded-bordered Brindle Apamea crenata Hufn Resident: first recorded in 1985; only 2 in 2006, but numerous in 2007 and 4 in 2008; both colour forms recorded
2327 Clouded Brindle Apamea epimidion Haw Status uncertain: 2 records from Essex Farm on 16.7.06
2330 Dusky Brocade Apamea remissa Hb Fairly common resident
2331 Small Clouded Brindle Apamea unaminis Hb Status uncertain: first recorded in 1976; 2 recent records from La Vallée Clos on 22.6 & 7.7.06
2333 Large Nutmeg Apamea anceps D&S Fairly common resident
2334 Rustic Shoulder-knot Apamea sordens Hufn Resident in small numbers, but widespread
2335 Slender Brindle Apamea scolopacina Esp Resident in small numbers, but widespread
2337 Marbled Minor Oligia strigilis L  
2338 Rufous Minor Oligia versicolor Borkh  
2339 Marbled Minor Oligia latruncula D&S All three of these very similar species are resident in Alderney. O. strigilis is definitely the commonest, but the other two appear regularly. I do not propose to dissect 'overlapping' specimens to determine even the approximate numbers [June 2008: PC has dissected numerous oligia specimens from Guernsey, without finding latruncula]
2340 Middle-barred Minor Oligia fasciuncula Haw Fairly common resident
2341 Cloaked Minor Mesoligia furuncula D&S Abundant resident, although markedly fewer in the wet summer of 2007
2342 Rosy Minor Mesoligia literosa Haw Common resident, especially numerous at Essex Farm & Le Chalet
2343 Common Rustic Mesapamea secalis L  
2343a Lesser Common Rustic Mesapamea didyma Esp As with oligia (above) these variable species are almost indistinguishable in some forms, without dissection. In the 'recognisable by eye' types, both species are common to abundant.
2350 Small Wainscot Chortodes pygmina Haw Fairly common resident, especially at Essex Farm since the refilling of Longis Pond
2353 Flounced Rustic Luperina testacea D&S Abundant resident
2354 Sandhill Rustic Luperina nickerlii Probably resident in small numbers: first recorded at Essex Farm, 29.9.06, & several more, in wide-spread localities, during August & September 2007 & 2008. The Alderney form most closely resembles sub-sp. demuthi. It is not clear where, if at all, the species is breeding.
2357 Large Ear Amphipoena lucens Freyer Status uncertain: 2 records, from 1961 & 1986
2358 Saltern Ear Amphipoea fucosa Freyer Fairly common resident: 9 recorded in 2006, mostly from Platte Saline, & a similar number in 2007, at Essex Farm, La Trigale & La Vallée Clos. 4 more in 2008. All specimens to date have been of the greyish form.
2360 Ear Moth Amphipoea oculea L Probably resident in small numbers: first recorded at light at Essex Farm, 1.8.06, but in 2007, 2 more came to MVL & in 2008 2 others were found by torchlight on Longis Common, feeding on ragwort flowers.
2361 Rosy Rustic Hydraecia micacea Esp Common resident, abundant in 2006
2364 Frosted Orange Gortyna flavago D&S Fairly common resident, recorded most commonly at Essex Farm
2368 Crescent Celaena leucostigma Hb Status uncertain: one record, Essex Farm, 15.9.06
2369 Bulrush Wainscot Nonagria typhae Thunberg Resident: first recorded in 2005 & singles at Essex Farm every year since, with pupae found at Longis pond
2370 Twin-spotted Wainscot Archanara geminipuncta Haw Resident in small numbers: several recorded 2004-6, mainly on Longis Common; in 2007-8 pupae were found at Longis Pond but no adults came to light.
2371 Brown-veined Wainscot Archanara dissoluta Treit Resident in small numbers: 2 to light at Essex Farm, 8.8.06, and pupae found at Longis & Mannez Ponds in 2007.
2373 Webb's Wainscot Archanara sparganii Esp Status uncertain: 1 record, from La Vallée Clos, 21.9.06
2375 Large Wainscot Rhizedra lutosa HB Common resident, abundant in 2006
2379 Small Rufous Coenobia rufa Haw Resident: first recorded in 1973; now widespread in small numbers
2380 Treble Lines Charanyca trigrammica Hufn Presumably resident: common at Farm Court & on Longis Common in 2004-5, but not seen since
2381 Uncertain Hoplodrina alsines Brahm Common resident
2382 Rustic Hoplodrina blanda D&S Fairly common resident
2383 Powdered Rustic Hoplodrina superstes Ochs Status uncertain; first recorded in 1899; reappeared in 2005-7 (at least 6 in all), & probably under-recorded through similarity to related species
2384 Vine's Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua D&S Abundant resident, recorded in every month from April to December & several times 100+ to light at the Vallée Clos trap in the autumn
2385 Small Mottled Willow Spodoptera exigua Hb Immigrant in varying numbers: abundant in 2005-6 but few in 2007 & only 1 in 2008
2387a Clancy's Rustic Platyperigia kadenii Freyer Successful recent colonist & now abundant resident, appearing in every month from late April to December, often in large numbers.
2389 Pale Mottled Willow Paradrina clavipalpis Scop Common resident, sometimes abundant
2396 Rosy Marbled Elaphria venustula Hb Scarce immigrant: 2 records, Essex Farm & La Vallée Clos, 6.6 & 14.7.06
2399 Bordered Sallow Pyrrhia umbra Hufn Fairly common resident, seen as larvae on Braye Common & as adults in the Houmet Herbé area & on Longis Common; not found in the other Channel Islands.
2400 Scarce Bordered Straw Helicoverpa armigera Hb Immigrant in variable numbers, & probably transitory resident: in 2005, abundant; in 2006 appeared in every month from March to November, & in dozens at MVL for much of the autumn; but in 2007 only 5 recorded, & none in 2008
2403 Bordered Straw Heliothis peltigera D&S Immigrant in even more variable numbers: abundant in 2005-6 at light, & larvae seen all around the island, but in 2007 & 2008 not one recorded!
2404 Eastern Bordered Straw Heliothis nubigera H-S Scarce immigrant: 1 record, Essex Farm 15.8.06
2408 Small Marbled Eublemma parva Hb Scarce immigrant: 1 record, Essex Farm 12.6.06
2410 Marbled White-spot Protodeltote pygarga Hufn Abundant resident
2415 Pale Shoulder Acontia lucida Hufn Scarce immigrant & transitory resident: 7 records for 2006, all at light, between 14.7 & 22.8. In 2007 & 2008 the moths were seen flying by day in the Houmet Herbé area & on Longis Common.
2418 Cream-bordered Green Pea Earias clorana L Fairly common resident, breeding in sallows on Longis Common; many specimens recorded have been of the supposedly rare form flavimargo.
2421 Scarce Silver-lines Bena bicolorana Fuess Status uncertain: probably scarce immigrant; 2 records, 21 & 22.7.06, both from La Vallée Clos.
2422 Green Silver-lines Pseudoips prasinana L Status uncertain: possibly resident in small numbers. Recorded at Farm Court in 2004, & 2 specimens came to light at La Vallée Clos on 8 & 11.7.06.
2423 Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana Scop Status uncertain: recorded at Farm Court in 2004-5, but none since
2425 Nut-tree Tussock Colocasia coryli L Status uncertain: 1 record, La Vallée Clos 2.7.06, a specimen of the grey, 2nd brood intermediate form
2432 Ni Moth Trichoplusia ni Hb Scarce immigrant: 2 records, Essex Farm 6 & 7.8.06
2434 Burnished Brass Diachrysia chrysitis L Abundant resident
2436 Dewick's Plusia Macdunnoughia confusa Steph  
      Scarce immigrant, recorded in 2005 (1), 2006 (3) & 2007 (3), widely dispersed throughout the island. Many adults were bred from 2 captured females.
2437 Golden Plusia Polychrysia moneta Fabr Status uncertain; probably resident in very small numbers: 3 records, to light at La Vallée Clos 8.6.& 1.7.06, and a larva on monk's-hood flowers in St. Anne, August 2007.
2439 Gold Spot Plusia festucae L Fairly common resident, probably breeding on Longis Common
2340 Lempke's Gold Spot Plusia putnami gracilis Lempke Status uncertain: 2 records, but probably under-recorded: 1 on Longis Common 7.2005, 1 at La Vallée Clos, 1.8.07
2441 Silver Y Autographa gamma L Abundant resident, reinforced by immigration, often in colossal numbers
2442 Beautiful Golden Y Autographa pulchrina Haw Status uncertain: 1 record from Farm Court, 7.05
2443 Plain Golden Y Autographa iota L Status uncertain: 1 record from 1961
2449 Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia L Common resident
2450 Spectacle Abrostola tripartita Hufn Common resident
2451 Nonpareil Catocala fraxini L Clifden Scarce immigrant: 2 records, La Vallée Clos 10.10.06, & La Trigale 6.10.07 by HR
2452 Red Underwing Catocala nupta L Common resident
2453 Rosy Underwing Catocala electa View Status uncertain: probably scarce immigrant; 5 records, 10 & 12.9.06, & 12, 19 & 21.9.08
2460 The Passenger Dysgonia algira L Scarce immigrant: 1 record, Essex Farm 22.8.06
2462 Mother Shipton Callostege mi Clerck Fairly common resident: first recorded in 1974; now seen most frequently in sunshine on Longis Common, at Platte Saline & in the Houmet Herbé area.
2463 Burnet Companion Euclidia glyphica L Probably resident: first record, 3.6.06 from Longis Common, but in 2007 found to be more widespread, & seen in some numbers in sunshine in Mannez Quarry & the Houmet Herbé area; none in 2008.
2465 Four-spotted Tyta luctuosa D&S Status uncertain, but possibly new colonist: first recorded on 30.7.07 in the Houmet Herbé area, with several specimens observed flying in hot sunshine. Seen subsequently in the same area, flying with A lucida.
2469 Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix L Common resident, recorded occasionally at light & frequently found overwintering in German bunkers. Larvae sometimes numerous on willow at Essex Farm.
2473 Beautiful Hook-tip Laspeyria flexula D&S Status uncertain: 1 record, Essex Farm 9.7.06
2474 Straw Dot Rivula sericealis Scop Increasingly common resident
2475 Waved Black Parascotia fuliginaria L Status uncertain: probably scarce immigrant; 1 record, La Vallée Clos 30.7.06
2477 Snout Hypena proboscidalis L Abundant resident
2478 Bloxworth Snout Hypena obsitalis Hb Abundant resident: seldom taken at light, but frequently seen at dusk fluttering over Wall Pellitory plants, especially in La Vallée & Stony Lane, & many found hibernating in German bunkers. Larvae common on pellitory, especially where it grows outside bunkers & disused buildings.
2480 Buttoned Snout Hypena rostralis L Probably resident in small numbers, restricted by scarcity of food-plant, Wild Hop. Recorded at wine-ropes & sugar on the Terrace, 9.06, 9/10.07 & 21.9.08, & also seen several times on Ivy flowers in La Vallée.
2484 Pinion-streaked Snout Schrankia costaestrigalis Steph Common resident
2489 Fanfoot Zanclognatha tarsipennalis Treits Common resident
2492 Small Fan-foot Herminia grisealis D&S Common resident
      This page prepared 9th January 2009