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Friday, 27 June 2014

Some Morfa Bychan Micros

The following micros were also collected (as well as many other identified species) at Morfa Bychan on 25/6/14.
I would be grateful if the identifications can be confirmed/corrected or identifications given where no identity is given. I apologise for the small size of the photos in advance - it`s as close as my `toy camera` will allow; click on the photos to enlarge. The photos are numbered for ease of reference. I also include a number of easily-identified Morfa Bychan micros, simple because I took photos. Thank you for any i/d help.

                                         1. Above: Trachycera adventella, a hawthorn-feeder (Tortricid).
                                          2. Above: Homeosoma sinuella, feeds on plantain roots (Pyralid).
                                          3. Above: Eucosma cana - feeds on thistles and knapweed (Tortricid).
                                         4. Above: Aethes cnicana or rubigana or something else?
                                         5. Above: Udea olivalis. (Pyralid)
                                         6. Above: mystery moth.
                                          7a. Above: mystery moth (NB more grey in colour in `real light`).
                                         7b. Above: the same moth as 7a, but side view.
                                         8. Above: another view of 6 above.
                                         9. Above: mystery moth....a `micro-micro`!
                                         10. Above: the bee moth Aphomia sociella (pyralid)
11. Above: Catopria pinella (pyralid) - a strange find for Morfa Bychan, as associated with conifers; presumably a wanderer.

The weather tonight (Friday 27th) is looking good for trapping....


  1. I'll check the Aethes and micro when I get home after the weekend. 6 reminds me of Blastobasis.

  2. Thanks Sam. Yes, (after looking it up) no 6 does look like Blastobasis decolorella....`a now-widespread sp from Madeira, first recorded in Britain in 1946`.

  3. I thought more like a faded B lignea

  4. I was comparing it with the pic in Chris Manley`s book...but you know far more micros than me, so lignea it is -thanks.

  5. 7 is Teleiodes vulgella.

    9 is a Coleophora - take your pick from 100 species!!

  6. Good call on the Teleiodes!!