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Friday, 6 June 2014

I've spent several hours attempting to identify last night's micros (as mentioned in my earlier post) and there are still more to do - comments (and confirmation, or otherwise) would be much appreciated.

Plum Tortrix - Hedya pruniana 

Scoparia subfusca 

Scoparia basistrigalis


  1. I agree with your Hedya, Steve, but I'm afraid both Scoparia are the very common S ambigualis. The new Field Guide really doesn't do this incredibly difficult genus justice, as S ambigualis is much more variable than the single illustration suggests. Please identify Scoparia/Eudonia only with Goater's older book and/or with a lot of trepidation. S. basistrigalis would need a genitalia check to confirm here in Carms; S subfusca is much larger and plainer. Sorry!

  2. There's no need to be sorry for correcting errors, Sam - it's exactly what I asked to be done. I'm the fool here, as I have the Goater book and failed to consult it, relying entirely on Sterling, Parsons and Lewington. I should have known better, as I'm sure that a few of the illustrations in Waring, Townsend and Lewington for macros are a little bit dubious, too.