Gelechiid Recording Scheme


February 2020

Eulamprotes becomes Oxypteryx. An update to Agassiz, Beavan and Heckford, 2013 (Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the British Isles), published in the Entomologist's Record 132: 2-7 announced that the genus Eulamprotes is now a junior synonym of Oxypteryx. This affects four British species and the website will reflect these changes in due course.

Conservation publication. A study entitled Complex long-term biodiversity change amongst Invertebrates, Bryophytes and Lichens has recently been published. Data from the Gelechiid Recording Scheme (GRS) covering a number of Gelechiid moth species were used in this study and the senior author, Dr. Charlotte Outhwaite, has asked that the GRS share the outcome with those who have provided records to the Scheme. Charlie says "I would like them to know what their efforts have contributed to and that I am very grateful for their contribution". If you'd like to view the trends for the individual Gelechiid species picked for this study see If you'd like a link to the whole publication please email Steve Palmer s.palmer12(a)

February 2019

Syncopacma becomes Aproaerema. An update to Agassiz, Beavan and Heckford, 2013 (Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the British Isles), published in the Entomologist's Record 131: 1-7 announced that the genus Syncopacma has been synonymised with Aproaerema. This affects nine British species and all relevant content has been updated accordingly on this website.


Provisional distribution maps and data submission procedures.

The provisional distribution maps displayed on each species home page has been updated with all records submitted direct to the Gelechiid Recording Scheme (GRS) by the end of February 2018.

Data for future map updates should be sent, by the appropriate Vice County Moth Recorders (VCMRs), to the National Moth (micromoth) Recording Scheme at Butterfly Conservation as part of their annual micromoth records submission and NMRS will forward the Gelechiid data to the GRS. On receipt of this data a comprehensive comparison will be carried out by the GRS to ensure minimal duplication. VCMRs are asked to please notify the GRS of any records where subsequent redeterminations are made or records are withdrawn.

Data Protection Legislation 2018

The Gelechiid Recording Scheme accepts records on the basis that they may be collated and disseminated manually or electronically, including via the Internet, for conservation, environmental decision-making, education, research and other public benefit uses in accordance with Butterfly Conservation’s data access policy.

Names and contact details of recorders will be used for administration and verification purposes only. Your contact details will not be passed to other parties without your consent, whilst your name will form part of the record that is collated and disseminated in accordance with Butterfly Conservation’s privacy policy.


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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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 165 species in the family Gelechiidae (comprising 54 genera) recorded in the British Isles. It also, following common practise, 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