are four essential items that we require for each moth record.
of the species recorded. Scientific names are acceptable for all species
as well common names for the macro-lepidoptera. Common names for most micro-lepidoptera
are not commonly used so it is preferred if these are avoided.
on which the record was made, this may be a precise date e.g. 3rd May 1997
or just a year e.g. 1997
of the recorder and contact details (eg address, telephone number, email
reference at which the record was made (at least 4 figure, preferably 6
figure) along with a site name
Survey maps give instructions on how to work out grid references.
information enables us to plot distribution maps for species and to check
back with the recorder if there are any queries regarding the record.
very useful information which we would like to receive is
of the species recorded (ova, larva, pupa, adult (imago))
of each species where recorded
the species identification if different to the recorder
species requiring examination of the genitalia whether this was done or
used to record species; e.g. light-trapping, sweeping, beating
description of the site recorded
conditions at the time the recording took place
records in the form of species lists for sites and dates are more easy
to enter into the computer than lists of sites and dates for individual
species. It also helps data entry if the species lists are sorted
alphabetically or by Bradley & Fletcher number.