Anyone can record moths and all records
Please remember that at
all times the welfare of the moth is of paramount importance. Moths
should be kept in confinement for as short a period as possible and
released at the point of capture. Do not leave moths exposed to
sunlight or other sources of heat. Moths will keep well for a day in a
Correct identification is essential, so if you have doubt about a
record do not guess but seek advice from the County Moth Recorder or
from another experienced moth recorder. A digital photograph is an
excellent way of obtaining confirmation of a record and avoids harming
All records should be
submitted to the County Moth Recorder.
NOTE: Individual records are not detailed on this site but records
submitted to the County Moth Recorder will be submitted to national
recording schemes. Though national schemes records will be added to the
NBN Gateway with full public access. If you wish restrictions to
be made on the use of the data then make this clear to the CMR when
originally submitting records. Confidentiality will be respected.
One off records or small
batches of records can be submitted either as a written note or by
e-mail, but if records are to be submitted regularly it will be helpful
if you use the standard recording form obtainable from the County Moth
Recorder. This is based on an excel spread sheet which can be completed
by computer and e-mailed to the Recorder or completed by hand and
submitted by post.
The following information
should be submitted for each record if possible (headings in italics
are desirable but not essential):
Check List Number : if this
COMMON NAME: As used in
current field guides
Name: if this is known
RECORD: be as specific as possible
GRID REFERENCE: a six figure reference is preferred but two or four
figures are acceptable
VICE COUNTY NUMBER: in the case of Caithness this "109"
DETERMINER'S NAME: the name of the person confirming identification is
this is not the recorder, otherwise the recorders name
DATE OF RECORD: please use the form dd/mm/yyyy eg 01/01/2010
QUANTITY: the number of individual moths of the recorded species
METHOD: how the moth was recorded eg daytime observation, at lighted
window, MV Light Trap, resting on building
SEX: if known, if not known put "unknown"
STAGE: the period in the moths life cycle eg adult, egg, larval
If a macro moth
species does not have a dedicated page on this web site it has not been
recorded in Caithness. All claims for species recorded for the first
time in the County must be supported by a good digital photograph or a
specimen of the moth.
Some species probably occur in Caithness but have not been accepted on
the County list. These species have a dedicated page but the species
name is enclosed in square brackets [ ] and the page background is
pink. The reason why they have not been formally accepted is given
after the species name.