Welcome to the Sussex Moth Group website
Recording for The National Moth Atlas
Following the publication of the National Moth Recording Scheme’s Provisional Atlas of the UK’s Larger Moths, they will be publishing an atlas ‘proper’ in 2018. So, we have three mothing seasons to get out in the ﬁeld and ﬁll some of those under-recorded 10km squares to show how great Sussex is! We have created a map showing the under-recorded squares (post-2000), and a list of likely sites to head for in the under-recorded 10km squares. Some of the events in our events calendar have been targeted at these under-recorded squares.
Click HERE or on the map to visit the Atlas Recording page.
The main intention of this site is to provide as accurate and up to date a picture as is possible of the status, distribution and phenology of all the species of moth that have been recorded in Sussex.
The site aims to provide, not only up to date information and news on moths and mothing events in Sussex but also, on our sightings page, an insight into the more interesting moth species that are being recorded by our members. For more information on both butterfly and moth sightings go to the Sightings Page on the Sussex Branch of Butterfly Conservation's website.
*NEW* For the January 2014 edition of Butterfly Conservation's "E-moth newsletter" go to the Downlaods page.
The Aims of the Sussex Moth Group:
- To promote the study of Sussex moths
- To educate and inspire young naturalists
- To protect and enhance the environment for the benefit of moths
- To develop good relations with other ecological agencies
- To increase awareness of the importance of insects generally
The "Species search" on the left of each page on the site allows you to look for a particular species by starting to type its name (either vernacular or scientific) in the Species? box. The search results appear automatically in the box below. Simply click on the name of the species you are looking for and you will be directed to its page.
The "Quick finder" allows you to select all the members on the British list of any particular family, the species with an entry on this site will appear as hyperlinks in bold.
The presence of a diamond (♦) next to a search result indicates there is a record for that species for today, 29 May, in the database and so therefore it is currently within its flight season.
The box above, right lists the ten most frequently recorded species on this day in Sussex, the species are listed in order of frequency, the arrows indicate the change in rank from the previous day.
Current photo count: 3476 images of 1263 species.
* well, hopefully...
Most recorded species on:
Treble Lines, Charanyca trigrammica
Heart and Dart, Agrotis exclamationis
White Ermine, Spilosoma lubricipeda
Flame Shoulder, Ochropleura plecta
Shuttle-shaped Dart, Agrotis puta
Silver Y, Autographa gamma
Setaceous Hebrew Character, Xestia c-nigrum
Common Swift, Hepialus lupulinus
Vine's Rustic, Hoplodrina ambigua
Poplar Hawk-moth, Laothoe populi
Latest Sightings for May 2015:
24 May 2015: Charles Waters, Crowborough.
25 May 2015: Caroline Moore, Etchingham.
21 May 2015: Charles Waters, Crowborough.
24 May 2015: Keith Alexander, Devils Dyke.
24 May 2015: Caroline Moore, Etchingham.
23 May 2015: Mike Snelling, Findon Valley.
19 May 2015: Bob Eade, Cradle Valley.
22 May 2015: Jeremy Patterson, Belton Road, Brighton.
20 May 2015: Derek Lee, Bracklesham.
11 May 2015: Tim Wilton, Saltdean.
18 May 2015: Keith Alexander, Bexhill.
15 May 2015: Derek Lee, Bracklesham.
17 May 2015: Elliot Dowding, Crawley.
02 May 2015: Olly Ellis, Exmouth, Devon.
09 May 2015: Olly Ellis, Steyning.
07 May 2015: Tim Wilton, Saltdean.
09 May 2015: Charles Waters, Crowborough.
07 May 2015: Derek Crawley, Bexhill-on-Sea.
09 May 2015: Jeremy Patterson, Belton Road, Brighton.
03 May 2015: Mike Snelling, Findon Valley.
Latest news & Events:
Common Micro-moths of Berkshire
Moth trapping session - East Head - Tuesday 9th July
Ash dieback disease
Cookies and the law...
Species Watch: More photos required...
Garden Moth Scheme 2012
Sussex Moth Group Events for 2015
The distribution and phenology data used on this site is supplied by:
The Sussex Biodiversity Records Centre.
Sussex Moths Yahoo Group.