Sunday, 18 May 2014

Salem (daytime)

I had a wander through the damp meadows on my parents land last night (where I usually trap) in search of Micropterix calthella (plenty) and disturbed a couple of other moths. One ruby tiger and a silver-ground carpet plus these two micros:
I believe this lovely longhorn is Adela rufimitrella resting on its foodplant?

I wasn't sure about this one though so if someone could help that would be great:

I also set the trap last night and had a good catch which I'll post in a bit.


3 comments:

  1. Second one looks like Bactra lancealana? Certainly the right kind of habitat but Sterling & Parsons mention similar species so not sure if it's identifiable to species by this photo?

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  2. Yep, I'd agree with those. In my experience all the Bactra in rush pastures inland have been lancealana, so I now record those I see in this habitat as this species (without dissection). Most of the scarcer Bactras are saltmarsh or other coastal habitat species.

    Sam - do you agree it safe to record these as lancealana in inland rush pasture?

    George

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  3. Thanks again George - good to know

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