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Identifying Moths

If you're stuck trying to identify a moth or caterpillar that you've found then contact Peter Williams, Montgomeryshire County Moth Recorder, for assistance.

Submitting Records

We would like to receive all of your moth sighting records for Montgomeryshire.
All records should include
  • species
  • lifestage (e.g. adult, caterpillar etc)
  • quantity
  • date
  • OS Grid Ref (or place name)
  • your name
Any other relevant information that you can provide e.g. trap method, weather, altitude is useful too.


Records should be sent to Peter Williams, ideally, on a spreadsheet.
A purpose built moth and butterfly recording sheet can be obtained by contacting Peter Williams

To be accepted, new records of scarcer species need verification (checking by the County Recorder).
(See the County List Tables for each species status codes).

Status DefinitionDoes record need verifying?Photo/specimen required?
A Commonly found throughout the county.Only when you're unsure of identification. 
B Found relatively frequently during the last decade.Only when you're unsure of identification. 
C Rarely recorded or restricted to local habitat in Montgomeryshire within the past decade.See note (2) below.Yes unless note (2) conditions met.
D Recorded more than 10 years ago and less than 30 years ago but not observed since.Everytime.Yes
E Recorded more than 30 years ago but not since.Everytime.Yes
NoneNot previously recorded in the county.Everytime.Yes

Notes on submitting records

  1. All species with a county status of 'C' or below need verifying by the County Recorder.
  2. If the County Recorder is happy that the finder is familiar with a 'C' status species then no further verification will be required for this species.   
  3. Where a species has been verified, please include the verifiers initials in a spreadsheet column (BMR users should make a note in the 'life stage data' on the 'half year sheet'). 
  4. Species that can't be separated without genitalia determination should be aggregated (agg.) E.g. Dark Dagger and Grey Dagger will be Dark/Grey Dagger Agg. If gen.det has been undertaken, then this should be noted with the initials of the determiner in a spreadsheet column (BMR users should make a note in the 'life stage data' on the 'half year sheet').
  5. Any species with 'C' status or below that does not meet the requirements above will not be accepted as a record.

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