Sunday, 26 May 2013

Micropterix etc

Micropterix calthella is on the wing (has been for a week or so, I guess).  Look for metallic micros in buttercup flowers, munching on pollen.  I'd guess that M aruncella, usually in drier places and with a silver band across the wing of males, should be around as well but I haven't seen any yet, neither have I seen any Glyphipterix simpliciella (Cocksfoot Moth) yet.  All rather late, as expected.

On the theme of rather grotty micros: 1 Psychoides filicivora (a common little metallic job with a pale spot, which feeds on fern spores) was resting on a window here a couple of days ago, and 1 Monopis weaverella (a detritus feeder) was fluttering around at dusk yesterday evening.

There should be plenty of micros on the wing by day if you've got time to look.  Wish I did!

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