Carpatolechia proximella - 8th May 2003
This species is pretty common around most of the UK, and the larvae feed on birch and alder - seems a very good candidate for something that you should be able to find pretty much anywhere. And yet one I jointly recorded at Pickworth Great Wood on 25th May 2001 was the first for VC55 for almost 100 years since the VCH was published. Since then it has been recorded pretty widely and regularly around the vice-county, and I've recorded it from 11 sites. But the individual above remains the only record from my garden. No idea why it's not re-appeared - there is plenty of birch around here and alder not too far away. I like the Gelechiidae and I'm 100% sure I wouldn't miss one the in the trap.
Ironically I've recorded more of the related but much more scarce Carpatolechia decorella from my garden (okay, two) a species I added to the VC55 list from Enderby Quarry on 5th July 2003 and as far as I know this has only been recorded by me from this site and my garden.
So - Carpatolechia proximella is definitely overdue!