EBTS, the RHS and the County Moth Recorders have collaborated and shared their data to write a paper documenting the spread and current status of the Box Tree Moth in the UK. The paper was published in ‘The Entomologist’s Record’ on the 25th May and it is now available to download.
The collaboration and sharing of information came about following contact from Colin Plant of the network of formally appointed County Moth Recorders (CMR) who hold many reports of Box Moth. He is the CMR for Hertfordshire and Middlesex and also Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Entomologist’s Record & Journal of Variation (www.entrecord.com). He expressed an interest in writing a paper on the moth, its spread across the UK and a look at how it is dispersing so quickly.
The Dr Stephanie Bird and Dr Andrew Salisbury of the RHS also joined the project so that data from all three sources could be combined to enhance the data set being used – this data has been used for the animation showing the spread since 2007. Colin lead the writing with multiple reviews of both the data, text and sources of information that were cited and after peer review and editing the paper has been published.