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Priority Moths

The South-central England RAP (2000) recognised 37 macro-moths as high priority species, namely:

  • Argent & Sable (Rheumamptera hastate) *
  • Barberry Carpet (Pareulype berberata) *
  • Barred Tooth-striped (Trichopteryx polycommata) *
  • Beautiful Gothic (Leuchoclaena oditis)
  • Blair's Wainscot (Sedina buettneri)
  • Bordered Gothic (Heliophobus reticulate)
  • Brighton Wainscot (Oria musculosa) *
  • Buttoned Snout (Hypena rostralis)
  • Chalk Carpet (Scotopteryx bipunctaria) *
  • Common Fan-foot (Pechipogo strigilata) *
  • Dark Crimson Underwing (Catocala sponsa) *
  • Dingy mocha (Cyclophora pendularia) *
  • Double Line (Mythimna turca)
  • Drab Looper (Minoa murinata) *
  • Heart Moth (Dicycla oo) *
  • Light Crimson Underwing (Catocala promissa) *
  • Lunar Yellow Underwing (Noctua orbona) *
  • Marbled Clover (Heliothis viriplaca)
  • Morris's Wainscot (Photedes morrisii)
  • Narrow-bordered Bee hawk-moth (Hemaris tityus) *
  • Olive Crescent (Trisateles emortualis) *
  • Orange Upperwing (Jodia croceago) *
  • Pale Shining Brown (Polia bombycina) *
  • Portland Ribbon Wave (Idaea degeneraria)
  • Reddish Buff (Acosmetia caliginosa)
  • Reed Leopard (Phragmataecia castaneae)
  • Scarce Merveille du Jour (Moma alpium)
  • Shoulder-striped Clover (Heliothis maritima warnecki) *
  • Southern Chestnut (Agrochola haematidea)
  • Speckled Footman (Coscinia cribraria bivittata) *
  • Square-spotted Clay (Xestia rhomboidea)
  • Striped Lychnis (Shargacucculia lychnitis) *
  • The Four-spotted (Tyta luctuosa) *
  • The Triangle (Heterogenea asella)
  • White Spot (Hadena albimacula) *
  • White-line Snout (Schrankia taenialis)
  • White-spotted Pinion (Cosmia diffinis) *

A further 96 medium priority macro-moths were also recognised.

The 2007 review of UKBAP species resulted in a major revision of the UK high priority moth list, with many new additions of both macro- and micro-moths (for further detail, see Bourn (1997) pp. 19-21 in Issue 96 of Butterfly). The Hampshire & Isle of Wight list is currently under review, but of the 37 High Priority macro-listed above, those on the current UKBAP priority list have an asterisk (*) after their name.


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