Gelechiid Recording Scheme


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

The Provisional Distribution Maps have been updated with all data received and processed up to the end of February 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.