Species Audit

Butterflies and moths

There are several recorders for this group and new records are regularly being added to the district list. Feedback is awaited on the current list, which could well be extended as further information comes to light. Butterfly recording is organised nationally by Butterfly Conservation, and this group of invertebrates is fairly well recorded locally, with 22 species confirmed in the District.

Common name: Ghost moth

Scientific name: Hepialis humili
National: -
Regional: -
Local: Rare
Habitat: Unimproved grassland
Ref: 1
Notes:A Calderdale Priority Species. Under recorded

Common name: Small copper

Scientific name: Lycaena phlaes
National: -
Regional: -
Local: Declining
Habitat: Unimproved grassland
Ref: 1
Notes: A Calderdale Priority Species.

Common name: Emperor moth

Scientific name: Pavonia pavonia
National: -
Regional: -
Local: Rare
Habitat: Upland heathland and blanket bog
Ref: 1
Notes: A Calderdale Priority Species. Under recorded

Common name: Northern eggar

Scientific name: Lasiocampa quercus
National: -
Regional: -
Local: Rare
Habitat: Upland heathland and blanket bog
Ref: 1
Notes: A Calderdale Priority Species. Under recorded

Common name: Chimney sweeper

Scientific name: Odezia atrata
National: -
Regional: -
Local: Declining
Habitat: Unimproved grassland
Ref: 1
Notes: A Calderdale Priority Species.

Common name: The wormwood

Scientific name: Cucullia absinthii
National: Nationally notable (Uncommon in Great Britain occurring between 31 – 100 km squares of National Grid)
Regional: -
Local: Rare
Habitat: Waste land
Ref: 1
Notes: A Calderdale Priority Species.

Common name: Golden-rod brindle

Scientific name: Lithomoia solidaginis
National: Nationally notable (Uncommon in Great Britain occurring between 31 – 100 km squares of National Grid)
Regional: -
Local: Rare
Habitat: Upland heathland and blanket bog
Ref: 1
Notes: A Calderdale Priority Species.

Common name: Sword grass

Scientific name: Xylena exsoleta
National: Nationally notable (Uncommon in Great Britain occurring between 31 – 100 km squares of National Grid)
Regional: -
Local: Rare
Habitat: Upland heathland and blanket bog, Open woodland
Ref: 1
Notes: A Calderdale Priority Species.

Common name: The butterbur

Scientific name: Hydraecia (Gortyna) petasitis
National: Nationally notable (Uncommon in Great Britain occurring between 31 – 100 km squares of National Grid)
Regional: -
Local: Rare
Habitat: Canals
Ref: 1
Notes: A Calderdale Priority Species.

Common name: Scarce silver Y

Scientific name: Syngrapha interrogationis
National: Nationally notable (Uncommon in Great Britain occurring between 31 – 100 km squares of National Grid)
Regional: -
Local: Rare
Habitat: -
Ref: 1
Notes: A Calderdale Priority Species. Under recorded

Common name: A micro moth

Scientific name: Gynnidomorpha alismana
National: Nationally notable (Uncommon in Great Britain occurring between 31 – 100 km squares of National Grid)
Regional: -
Local: Rare
Habitat: Ponds and lakes, Rivers and streams
Ref: 2, 3
Notes: A Calderdale Priority Species.

Common name: A micro moth

Scientific name: Phyllonorycter platanoidella
National: Nationally notable (Uncommon in Great Britain occurring between 31 – 100 km squares of National Grid)
Regional: -
Local: Rare
Habitat:
Ref: 2, 3
Notes: A Calderdale Priority Species.

Common name: A micro moth

Scientific name: Pammene fasciana
National: Nationally notable (Uncommon in Great Britain occurring between 31 – 100 km squares of National Grid)
Regional: -
Local: Rare
Habitat: -
Ref: 2, 3
Notes: A Calderdale Priority Species.

Common name: A micro moth

Scientific name: Grapholita lunulana
National: Nationally notable (Uncommon in Great Britain occurring between 31 – 100 km squares of National Grid)
Regional: -
Local: Rare
Habitat: Unimproved grassland
Ref: 2, 3
Notes: A Calderdale Priority Species.

Common name: A micro moth

Scientific name: Stenoptillia millierdactyla
National: Provisional Red Data Book 3
Regional: -
Local: Rare
Habitat: Urban
Ref: 2, 3
Notes: A Calderdale Priority Species.

Common name: White-letter Hairstreak 

Scientific name: Satyrium w-album
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: Elms, BLW
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Dark Green fritillary

Scientific name: Argynnis aglaja
National: -
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: Violets
Ref:
Notes:

Common name: Wall

Scientific name: Lasiommata megera
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat:
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Grayling

Scientific name: Hipparchia semele
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Oak Hook-tip

Scientific name: Watsonalla binaria
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Barred Hook-tip

Scientific name: Drepana falcataria
National: -
Regional: -
Local: R
Habitat: -
Ref: 14
Notes:

Common name: Orange Underwing

Scientific name: Archiearis parthenias
National: -
Regional: -
Local: R
Habitat: Scrub
Ref: 14
Notes: One site

Common name: Red Carpet

Scientific name: Xanthorhoe munitata
National: D
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet

Scientific name: Xanthorhoe ferrugata
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 15
Notes:

Common name: Shaded Board-bar

Scientific name: Scotopteryx chenopodiata
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Galium Carpet

Scientific name: Epirrhoe galiata
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Grey Mountain Carpet

Scientific name: Entephria caesiata
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Dark Spinach

Scientific name: Pelurga comitata
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 15
Notes:

Common name: The Spinach

Scientific name: Eulithis melinata
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 15
Notes:

Common name: Small phoenix

Scientific name: Ecliptopera silaceata
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Argent and Sable

Scientific name: Rheumaptera hastata
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Grass Rivulet

Scientific name: Perizoma albulata
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 15
Notes:

Common name: The Streak

Scientific name: Chesias legatella
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Latticed Heath

Scientific name: Chiasmia clathrata
National: PS
Regional: D
Local: R
Habitat: -
Ref: 14
Notes: One site

Common name: V-Moth

Scientific name: Macaria wauaria
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: Gardens, currents
Ref: 15
Notes:

Common name: August Thorn

Scientific name: Ennomos quercinaria
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Dusky Thorn

Scientific name: Ennomos fuscantaria
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 15
Notes:

Common name: September Thorn 

Scientific name: Ennomos erosaria
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 15
Notes:

Common name: Brindled Beauty 

Scientific name: Lycia hirtaria
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Garden Dart  

Scientific name: Euxoa nigricans
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 15
Notes:

Common name: Figure of Eight  

Scientific name: Diloba caeruleocephala
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 15
Notes:

Common name: Wood Tiger 

Scientific name: Parasemia plantaginis
National: -
Regional: D
Local: R
Habitat: -
Ref: 14
Notes:

Common name: Green Tiger  

Scientific name: Arctia caja
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: White Ermine  

Scientific name: Spilosoma lubricipeda
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Buff ermine 

Scientific name: Spilosoma lutea
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: The Cinnabar  

Scientific name: Tyria jacobaeae
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: White-line Dart  

Scientific name: Euxoa tritici
National: En
Regional: D
Local: D
Habitat: -
Ref: 15
Notes:

Common name: Double Dart 

Scientific name: Graphiphora augur
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 15
Notes:

Common name: Autumnal Rustic  

Scientific name: Eugnorisma glareosa
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 15
Notes:

Common name: Small Square-spot

Scientific name: Diarsia rubi
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Neglected Rustic 

Scientific name: Xestia Castanea
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Heath Rustic 

Scientific name: Xestia agathina
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Dot Moth 

Scientific name: Melanchra persicariae
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Broom Moth 

Scientific name: Ceramica pisi
National: D
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Hedge Rustic 

Scientific name: Tholera cespitis
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 15
Notes:

Common name: Feathered Gothic

Scientific name: Tholera decimalis
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Powdered Quaker 

Scientific name: Orthosia gracilis
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Shoulder-Striped Wainscot 

Scientific name: Mythimna comma
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Minor Shoulder-knot

Scientific name: Brachylomia viminalis
National: D
Regional: -
Local: ?
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Red Sword Grass

Scientific name: Xylena vetusta
National: -
Regional: R
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 14
Notes:

Common name: Green-brindled Crescent 

Scientific name: Alophyes oxyacanthae
National: PS
Regional: WY
Local: ?
Habitat:
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Dark Brocade 

Scientific name: Mniotype adusta
National: D
Regional: -
Local: ?
Habitat:
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Feathered Ranunculus 

Scientific name: Polymixis flavicincta
National: -
Regional: -
Local: R
Habitat: -
Ref: 14
Notes:

Common name: Flounced Chestnut

Scientific name: Agrochola helvola
National: PS
Regional: WY
Local: ?
Habitat:
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Brown spot Pinion 

Scientific name: Agrochola litura
National: PS
Regional: WY
Local: ?
Habitat:
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Beaded Chestnut

Scientific name: Agrochola lychnidis
National: PS
Regional: WY
Local: ?
Habitat:
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Centre-barred Sallow 

Scientific name: Atethemia centrago
National: PS
Regional: WY
Local: ?
Habitat:
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: The Sallow 

Scientific name: Xanthia icteritia
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat: -
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Dusky-lemon Sallow 

Scientific name: Xanthia gilvago
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat:
Ref: 15
Notes:

Common name: Grey Dagger 

Scientific name: Acronicta pisi
National: PS
Regional: WY
Local:
Habitat:
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Knot Grass

Scientific name: Acronicta rumicls
National: PS
Regional: WY
Local: ?
Habitat:
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Mouse Moth 

Scientific name: Amphipyra tragopogonis
National: PS
Regional: WY
Local: ?
Habitat:
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Dusky Brocade 

Scientific name: Apamea remissa
National: PS
Regional: WY
Local: -
Habitat:
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Rosy Minor

Scientific name: Mesoligia literosa
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: -
Habitat:
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Ear Moth 

Scientific name: Amphipoea oculea
National: PS
Regional: WY
Local: ?
Habitat:
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Haworth's Minor 

Scientific name: Celaena haworthii
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: ?
Habitat:
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: The Crescent 

Scientific name: Celaena leucostigma
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: ?
Habitat:
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: The Rustic 

Scientific name: Hoplodrina blanda
National: PS
Regional: -
Local:
Habitat:
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Mottled Rustic 

Scientific name: Caradina morpheus
National: PS
Regional: -
Local: ?
Habitat:
Ref: 6
Notes:

Common name: Cream-bordered Green Pea

Scientific name: Earias chlorana
National: -
Regional: -
Local: R
Habitat:
Ref: 14
Notes:

Common name: A Micro moth 

Scientific name: Prays fraxinella f. rustica
National: NS
Regional: -
Local: R
Habitat:
Ref: 3
Notes:
  1.  Anon (1996) Halifax Flora & Annual Reports
  2.  Talbot, P. (2003) (Pers. Com)
  3.  Beaumont. H. E. (Pers. Com)

Last Updated: 02/08/2016