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Over the past 100 years there have been two societies which have been instrumental in the development of Moth Recording in the North West, these being the 'Lancashire and Cheshire Entomological Society' and the 'Lancashire and Cheshire Fauna Society'. Both have encouraged the evolution of lepidoptery though nowadays, as at 2002, the Fauna Society tends to concentrate on birds and ornithological aspects of natural history.
The first known publication to deal with the Moths of Cheshire is 'The Lepidopterous Fauna of Lancashire and Cheshire" by J.W. Ellis in 1890. Ellis was, at that time, the Honorary Secretary of the Lancashire and Cheshire Entomological Society, and his paper was revised in 1940 by William Mansbridge FRES. This revision repeated all the relevant data published by Ellis as well as including all that had been collated in the intervening period.
A further revision was published over a number of years as adjuncts to the LCES Journal by S. Gordon Smith for the Butterflies and Macro-moths and by Hugh N. Michaelis for the Micro-lepidoptera (e.g. LCES Sessions 1953/54 and 1954/55 - Records of Butterflies and Moths found in the Counties of Lancashire, Cheshire, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Caernarvonshire, Anglesey, Merionethshire, Montgomeryshire, Cardiganshire and Radnorshire by: S.Gordon Smith, F.L.S., F.R.E.S., - and - Records of Microlepidoptera from Lancashire and Cheshire by: H.N. Michaelis).
Late in 2001 a new Cheshire Moth Group was formed to promote all moth recording in the Cheshire region (both macros and micros), as well as to work towards a distribution atlas for all moths in the area. As well as these aims the group has put in place a Validation Panel to vert each years records in a similar manner to validation panels run by ornithological groups (birdwatchers) for many years. For further information about the group please contact: Adrian Wander.
If you have plant or animal records for the Cheshire region (Chashire, Halton, Warrington, Wirral or Stockport areas) then please add them to the growing database at the Cheshire Local Record Centre here !!
Provisional Distribution maps for Cheshire Moths can be found on the web-site for "rECOrd - The Biodiversity Information System for Cheshire, Halton, Warrington and Wirral" - over at: www.record-lrc.co.uk.
Cheshire Macro-Moth Project - Meetings - 2002\2003:
The following meetings are set for recording/moth-trapping of both macro-moths and micro-moths during the 2002 season:
Hope to see all interested at these meetings, beginners
to experts, with or without equipment. All are welcome.
Quite a few of our moths and butterflies migrate to this country from other countries, usually as a dispersal mechanism in order to attempt to expand their range. Records of these migrant lepidoptera are collated and analysed each year by two intrepid moth'ers (Bernard Skinner and Graham A. Collins) and they are then published in The Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation.
Obviously, to be able to analyse the records they have to recieve them and most County Recorders, including myself, send the collated County records in on an annual basis. However, should you wish you can also send them in yourself to Graham Collins as a "*.txt" file or should you have specific records of unusual species they can be posted at a migrant lepidoptera web-site, run by Steve Nash, where they are instantly available for all to see - a sort of 'hot' migrant news. This Migrant Lepidoptera site is an excellent resource for the collation of migrant information and Steve sends in all the collated records to Bernard and Collin on an annual basis.
Please help if you can, send all your moth records to me (Steve McWilliam) and I will ensure that the migrant information reaches the necessary people and post 'special' information at Steve Nash's site for more immediate use.
For a list of the migrant species for which information is required for this publication please click here for the Migrant Species List.