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Monday, 2 June 2014

Friday Night's Results

It was a productive night here with over 30 species recorded, which is good for this location.  FFY Alder Moth, Dagger sp., Double Square-spot, Dusky Brocade, Elephant Hawk, Fox Moth (female, laid eggs), Green Arches, Heart & Dart.  Several micros including Diamond-back Moth, the others I'm not sure about, one I suspect is Bactra lacteana but I'd welcome suggestions from the attached photos if any of them are identifiable.

 Moth 1 - Bactra lacteana?
Above & below: Moth 2

 Above & below - Moth 3

 Above & below - Moth 4

P.S  Sorry to be publishing all these drab photos, but I leave the exciting ones to Ian!


  1. `Drab jobs` are always welcome Chris! Keep up the good work....I`m literally off out now to load the car with my traps and also set up the home traps. Tonight looks good weather-wise.
    I`ll be a zombie again tomorrow after a couple of nights` welcome rest `off the moths`!
    I`ll leave your micros to the experts...must go..

  2. Good luck Ian. If you think the weather's going to be OK tonight you've seen a different forecast from the one I saw at lunchtime. Sam's prayer has been answered, but we knew it was coming!

  3. I think that all apart from the tiniest of those moths are Bactra lancealana, which is exceedingly common in rushy places and very variable. The very rare B lacteana would need to be dissected to prove a first for the county. That upside-down V-mark on the wing of the final individual is characteristic of the species, as is the relatively long & narrow wing (for a Tortricid). Along with Celypha lacunana this is an essential micro for moth'ers to learn as you'll catch a lot of both!

  4. Thanks Sam, my mistake, I meant B.lancealana! I guess that the identity of the small moth will have to remain a mystery. I will add another photo just in case it helps, but there are no stand-out features that I can see apart from its small size. Pity there isn't a key which might eliminate many species because they're too big!

  5. It's probably a wretched Elachista canapennella but impossible to be sure.