Gelechiid Recording Scheme


Anarsia innoxiella. A recently published paper has detailed the discovery of a new species looking very similar to Anarsia lineatella. Details can be found at the link provided here. Initial examination of recently light-trapped British material, which were thought to be A. lineatella, suggest many could well be referable to the new species, Anarsia innoxiella, which feeds on Acer sp.

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Provisional Distribution Maps - the species maps contain all verified data submitted to the GRS prior to March 2016. Data for the 2016 season onwards will now be sent via the National Moth Recording Scheme (NMRS). As this is the first year of the extended NMRS (now including validated micro-moth records) it will take a while for data to filter through and be checked. The next map refresh is now anticipated to be complete by early 2018.

Dichomeris acuminatus (Staudinger, 1876) has been added to the British fauna with a single, probable migrant, attracted to MV light in Dorset, 2016.

Additional photographs of habitats, larval feeding signs, larvae and imago are being regularly added.  Please contact us if you have material you would like to contribute to the website (s.palmer12(at)

The Gelechiid Recording Scheme covers the 162 species in the family Gelechiidae (comprising 54 genera) recorded in the British Isles. It also, following common practise within recently published books, includes species recorded from the Channel Islands.

The aims of the Scheme are:

    • to encourage interest in, and recording of, gelechiid moths
    • to produce provisional species distribution maps at 10km level or better
    • to increase knowledge of this family's ecology and status to aid their conservation
    • to highlight areas where further research is needed



Full details of records contributed to the Gelechiid Recording Scheme may be shared with other moth recorders, Butterfly Conservation, County Moth Recorders, the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) and other Conservation linked organisations. The only exception will be where, after discussion with the data provider, it is felt release of precise location details would be inappropriate.