Sunday, 15 June 2014

Llansteffan Moths

I trapped on friday the 13th and it wasn't unlucky.  I had 42 different species, 7 Elephant Hawk-moth but that could have been because last year I was given 10 Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillars which were eating a friends Fuchsias and I kept them until they changed to pupa.  This last few weeks 9 have hatched out and been released into my garden, beware my Fuchsias.

Anyway I have a few undecided id's so help is needed.






 Cnephasia?






5 comments:

  1. The Tort is Epiblema (Notocaelia) rosaecolana I believe (though it looks more interesting because of the way the wings are overlapping so one can't see the full wing pattern); the narrow micro looks like a member of the Swammerdamia group, but its worn head and lack of other obvious markings makes it problematic (are there any other photos?); the Cnephasia is indeed a Cnephasia (I'm not sure of its size but I suspect C stephensiana); I'm not going to risk anything on the Pug.

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  2. The brownish head on the 3rd one probably means it's Prays fraxinella f. rustica or Prays ruficeps.

    I'd have said the pug was a worn Common based on the brownish coloration and wing shape, but hard to be sure.

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  3. I did wonder about Prays, but the head looks totally scale-less and there seem to be hints of dotting towards the wingtip. Fingers crossed Mel will have another photo!

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  4. Thanks Mel, still not diagnostic I'm afraid. One that got away...

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