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Saturday, 31 May 2014

More daytime micros

Following on from group efforts with Micropterix calthella and other micros, here are a couple more to check for:

Adela (Cauchas) fibulella can be found fluttering around patches of Germander Speedwell.  It's only slightly larger than the Micropterix species and has a pale blob in the middle of each wing. There are 27 Carms records but from only 5 sites: most are from here at Cnwc.  It often takes a while to spot them when staring at a patch of Germander, so please persist.

Micropterix thunbergella is distinctively purple-barred and I most often see it on Hawthorn flowers.
Micropterix aureatella was also on the Hawthorn flowers.

Totals were 19 Adela fibulella, 8 M aureatella, 1 M thunbergella, as well as 15 M aruncella, 30 M calthella (purple wing bases), 3 Glyphipterix simpliciella, 6 Celypha lacunana, 3 Epiblema cirsiana, 7 Anthophila fabriciana, 1 Bucculatrix nigricomella, 2 Eupoecila angustana, 1 Stigmella aurella, 1 Mompha raschkiella, 2 Crambus lathoniellus, 1 Udea olivalis, 1 Schrekensteinia festaliella, 1 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, 1 Nematopogon swammerdamella, 1 Phyllonorycter nicellii, 2 Monochroa tenebrella (1 male 1 female) and 1 Epinotia tedella.  In contrast I saw only 2 spp of micro: 10+ Silver-ground Carpet & 1 Flame Carpet.

Epinotia tedella: a spruce-feeding Tortricid with pale palps

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