Two new species added to the Irish Trichoptera list – Hydroptila vectis Curtis, 1834 and Oxyethira mirabilis Morton, 1904

August 28, 2019

Two new species, Hydroptila vectis Curtis, 1834 and Oxyethira mirabilis Morton, 1904, have been added to the Irish Trichoptera list by O’Connor (2019a; 2019b). Males of Hydroptila vectis were discovered in preserved malaise trap samples taken in 1998 in Glenveagh National Park, Co. Donegal by Dr Martin Speight, and deposited with the National Museum of Ireland. Females of Oxyethira mirabilis were similarly discovered in preserved malaise trap samples taken in 1997 in Ballycroy National Park, Co. Mayo by Dr Martin Speight. This brings the number of Trichoptera known from Ireland to 155. The first adult of Tricholeiochiton fagesii was also discovered in the samples from 1997 taken in Ballycroy National Park, with the species only known previously in Ireland from larval material.

References

O’Connor, J.P. (2019a) Hydroptila vectis Curtis, 1834, new to Ireland and the first Irish adult of Tricholeiochiton fagesii (Guinard, 1879) (Trichoptera: Hydroptilidae). Entomologist’s Monthly Magazine 155: 163–167.

O’Connor, J.P. (2019b) Oxyethira mirabilis Morton (Trichoptera: Hydroptilidae), a caddisfly new to Ireland. British Journal of Entomology and Natural History 32: 231-234.

Last updated: 28/08/2019

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