On 29th May, I collected a few larval spinnings from sallows at Median Farm, Cross Hands. This morning, two individuals of Agonopterix conterminella emerged almost simultaneously. Photos of the two specimens are shown below.
|Agonopterix conterminella (specimen 1)|
|Agonopterix conterminella (specimen 2)|
Rearing micros from spinnings can be rewarding - particularly for nocturnal species which aren't strongly attracted to light and therefore under-recorded. It is also fairly low-maintenance (compared to rearing macro-moths, which require more foodplant and more frequent mucking-out) and produces pristine specimens. Worth a try!