Advertisement

Journal Of Insect Conservation

, Volume 8, Issue 2–3, pp 167–171 | Cite as

Successes in conserving the Barberry Carpet moth Pareulype berberata (D. & S.) (Geometridae) in England

  • Paul WaringEmail author
Article

Abstract

Since the end of the 19th century the Barberry Carpet moth (Pareulype berberata) has declined from being widespread and fairly well distributed in England to highly localised and endangered, due mainly to large-scale removal of the sole larval foodplant Berberis vulgaris. In the 1980s the moth appeared to be restricted to a single site. Since 1987 the moth has been surveyed and studied, its habitat requirements identified and three additional, self-maintaining populations established, each in a different part of its former range, using large-scale captive breeding and release techniques. The decline has been reversed and major plantings of additional B. vulgaris are now underway to offer a more secure future for this moth.

Keywords

Captive-breeding Conservation Establishment Lepidoptera Moths 

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. 1.
    Barrett, C.G. 1902The Lepidoptera of the British IslesReeve. Lond.8138140Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Clancy, S. 1997Reports from coastal stations – Dungeness areaKentAtropos27475(These P. berberata records are also mentioned in Atropos 2: 12–13 & 55)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Corley, M.F.V. 1985Pareulype berberata (D. & S.) (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) in Oxfordshire(Barberry Carpet) Entomologist’s Gazette36152Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    De Worms C. 1962. The macrolepidoptera of Wiltshire. Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Fust, H.J. 1868On the distribution of Lepidoptera in Great Britain and IrelandTrans. R. Entomol. Soc. Lond. Ser.4417Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Joint Committee for the Conservation of British Insects 1986 Insect re-establishment – a code of conservation practice Antenna 10 13 18Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Karsholt, O., Razowski, J. 1996The Lepidoptera of Europe. A Distributional Check-listApolloStenstrupGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Newton, J. 1963Notable Lepidoptera in Gloucestershire in 1961–62Entomologist’s Rec. J. Var.754647Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Newton, J., Meredith, G.H.J. 1984The Macrolepidoptera of GloucestershireCotteswold Naturalists Field ClubGloucesterGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    Pierce, C.W. 1970, 1971, 1974, 1975Barberry Carpet moth. Reports 1,2,3,4Trans. Suffolk Nat. Soc.15273511, 16: 316, 17: 394Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Porritt, G.T. 1883–1886List of Yorkshire LepidopteraEntomological Transaction of the Yorkshire Naturalists Union1190Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Richardson, A. 1960Pareulype berberata in DevonEntomologist93185Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Skou P. 1986. The geometroid moths of north Europe. Entomonograph 6.Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Sterling, D.H. 1991A possible new colony of Pareulype berberata D. & S. (Lepidoptera: Geometridae), the Barberry Carpet in Hampshirevice-county 12Brit. J. Entomol. Nat. Hist.4118Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Sterling, D.H. 1993Exhibition reportBrit. J. Entomol. Nat. Hist.657Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    Waring, P. 1989Conserving the Barberry Carpet moth in SuffolkTrans. Suffolk Nat. Soc. Plate Adult Larva253741Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Waring, P. 1990Conserving Britain’s rarest mothsBrit. Wildlife1266284Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    Waring, P. 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999Wildlife reports – mothsBrit. Wildlife11691702(1) 50–52, 373–375, 3(1) 49–51, 4(2) 119–120, 8(3) 188–189, 9(5) 326, 10(3) 202Google Scholar
  19. 19.
    Waring, P. 1991Barberry Carpet moth Pareulype berberata D. & S.: the discovery of a second colony in Britain and other recent recordsEntomologist’s Record J. var.103287292Google Scholar
  20. 20.
    Waring, P. 1992aScarce Tissue mothRheumaptera cervinalis (Lep.: Geometridae) and a search for the Barberry carpet mothPareulype berberata (Lep.: Geometridae) in LincolnshireEntomologist’s Record J. Var.1046366Google Scholar
  21. 21.
    Waring, P. 1992bPresidential contributionBull. Amateur Entomol. Soc.51257263Google Scholar
  22. 22.
    P.Waring 1994 Conserving Britain’s rarest moths Proceedings of the VIII Congress of European Lepidopterology. Helsinki 19–23 April 1992. Nota Lepidopterologica Supplement No.5 51 64Google Scholar
  23. 23.
    Waring, P. 2000Conserving the Barberry Carpet mothBritish Wildlife11175182Google Scholar
  24. 24.
    Waring, P. 2001Some moth conservation news updatesEntomologists’ Record J. Var.113121129Google Scholar
  25. 25.
    Waring, P. 20022001 update on the English Nature Species Recovery Projects for three endangered mothsEntomologists’ Record J. Var.114149153Google Scholar
  26. 26.
    Waring, P. 2003News on the conservation of some UK Biodiversity Action Plan moths in 2002Entomologists’ Record J. Var.115213219Google Scholar
  27. 27.
    Waring, P. 2004News on the conservation of some UK Biodiversity Action Plan moths in 2003Entomologists’ Record J. Var.116134137Google Scholar
  28. 28.
    Waring, P., Grearson, J. 2002Funds raised by National Moth Night help conserve endangered Barberry Carpet moth Pareulype berberataAtropos154043Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Environment & Rural Affairs (CERA)Writtle CollegeEssex
  2. 2.Windmill View1366 Lincoln Road, WerringtonPeterboroughU.K

Personalised recommendations