Welcome to the Sussex Moth Group website
At the next Sussex Moth Group meeting and AGM on Tuesday 21st April there will be a talk by Jason Chapman from Rothamsted Research entitled Chasing the High Fliers: Radar Studies of Migration in Moths and Butterflies.
Sussex BC Members are very welcome to come along to hear this informative talk which will start at 7:30pm at Henfield Village Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9DB. If you are intending on coming (and are not a Sussex Moth Group member) please could you email Dave@heatmat.co.uk to let us know so that we can get an idea of likely numbers for the evening and provide you with further details.
An abstract of the talk can be downloaded here.
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, 25 April, 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: 3435 images of 1259 species.
* well, hopefully...
Most recorded species on:
Hebrew Character, Orthosia gothica
Common Quaker, Orthosia cerasi
Early Grey, Xylocampa areola
Clouded Drab, Orthosia incerta
Powdered Quaker, Orthosia gracilis
Brimstone Moth, Opisthograptis luteolata
Double-striped Pug, Gymnoscelis rufifasciata
Nut-tree Tussock, Colocasia coryli
Small Quaker, Orthosia cruda
Brindled Pug, Eupithecia abbreviata
Latest Sightings for April 2015:
18 April 2015: Dave and Pen Green, Wisborough Green and elsewhere.
16 April 2015: Caroline Moore, Etchingham.
16 April 2015: Caroline Moore, Etchingham.
15 April 2015: Tim Wilton, Saltdean.
15 April 2015: Hew Prendergast, Wych Cross, Forest Row.
15 April 2015: Mike Snelling, Findon Valley.
15 April 2015: Elliot Dowding, Three Bridges, Crawley.
15 April 2015: Bob Foreman, Lindfield.
12 April 2015: Dave and Pen Green, Mill Hill, Knepp Estate and Wisborough Green.
10 April 2015: Robin Harris, Mountfield.
10 April 2015: Charles Waters, Crowborough.
10 April 2015: Mike Snelling, Findon Valley.
10 April 2015: Caroline Moore, Etchingham.
07 April 2015: Hew Prendergast, Wych Cross, Forest Row.
06 April 2015: Tim Wilton, Saltdean.
06 April 2015: Charles Waters, Crowborough.
06 April 2015: Mike Snelling, Findon Valley.
04 April 2015: Charles Waters, Crowborough.
03 April 2015: Jeremy Patterson, Belton Road, Brighton.
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 2014
The distribution and phenology data used on this site is supplied by:
The Sussex Biodiversity Records Centre.
Sussex Moths Yahoo Group.