The Suffolk Moth Group first produced a checklist in 1997 gathering records and opinions from active moth recorders in the county. The aim of the checklist was to produce an up-to-date view on what moths had recently been recorded in the county and included records from 1990 onwards.
Since the 1997 checklist was produced many more species not listed in the checklist have been recorded and it was thought by the group that a new version of the checklist should be produced to include these new species.
The recent increase in interest in recording moths has meant that the county moth recorders are receiving more records from more people in a variety of formats so guidelines on how the county recorders would prefer records submitted have been included which will helpfully ease their workload. This is described in the section titled ‘Guidelines for Submitting Moth Records’.
One of the problems that recorders have faced is that they have had little indication of which records were likely to be queried by the county moth recorders and have not retained evidence of a queried record which could easily have been done at the time if it was known that the record was likely to be queried. This version of the checklist gives an indication of what records are likely to be queried through categorising all the species on the checklist (The category for each species is specified in the ‘SMP Cat’ column of the checklist). This categorisation is described in further detail in the ‘The Suffolk Moth Panel and Validation of Suffolk Moth Records’ section.
Although it is not intended that a new checklist will be produced each year updates to the list, containing new species to the checklist, will hopefully be produced annually and published in the group’s newsletter.
The nomenclature used in the checklist is based on the ‘Checklist of Lepidoptera recorded from the British Isles’ by J D Bradley (1998).
Finally, please do not forget to send in your moth records to the county moth recorders, no matter how few, every record helps our understanding of the moths in the county.
Moth Group, March 2000