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National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Not proven.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

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72.008 Black V Moth 02
© Dave Shenton
72.008 Black V Moth 01
© Alan Miller, 2010

Species Account

Sutton and Beaumont, 1987: There are several references to specimens of this moth from near Sheffield (VC63) in the early nineteenth century, one mentioned locality being Tinsley Park (Garland, 1979; Skinner, 1984; Barrett, 1895; MBGBI 9). However, we have no record of the source of these records which had either been missed or discounted by Porritt.

2012 (CHF): I have located the original description by Barrett in 1895 from The Lepidoptera of the British Islands Vol 2 p302. It reads as follows:
"30 years ago the late E. G. Baldwin recorded the capture of the specimens of the nativity of which he felt satisfied as follows - "I have a specimen which was given me by Mr S. Jessop of Rawmarsh. The insect was taken 20 years ago in Tinsley Park, between Rotherham and Sheffield by a man called Siddell who did not know the value of the moth he had captured. Mr Jessop informs me that he met him early in the morning and asked what he had in his box, which, being opened revealed four or five specimens of vau-nigrum (at the time considered by them to be only S. salicis [ie White Satin Moth]). They were pinned with large common pins and some were alive not having been killed by the pinch they had received in the thorax". However it may have been fifty years ago, there is no reason to suppose that this species has at any more recent period inhabited this country."
So should this species be on the Yorkshire list? Sutton and Beaumont puts the species in brackets which means unconfirmed. Other literature such as MBGBI Vol 9, Waring and Skinner include the Yorkshire record without question. Do we believe Mr Siddell or had he bred them from foreign stock? Is the whole story rather fishy or did this moth have a population in Yorkshire around 1845?

On 8.8.2012 we received a good description of what could have been a Black V-moth outside a shop in Hull "stuck to a dish cloth that somebody seemed to have rescued from inside the shop and placed the dish cloth outside the shop with moth still attached." The finder was quite certain that it was not a White Satin Moth, Brown-tail or Yellow-tail but without a photograph or specimen the record cannot be accepted.

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