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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Two Productive Nights

Yes, Friday night and last night were quite productive; although nothing unusual turned up there were several FFYs including Four-dotted Footman on both occasions (more spots for Sam's map!), Light Emerald, Coronet,Cinnabar, Garden Tiger, Rivulet, Small Dotted Buff, Barred Red, and what I'm fairly sure must be an Ash Pug - very similar to the one I had a week or two ago, which was never conclusively agreed:

Again, several Double Darts turned up.  Are they occurring anywhere else? - Sam, would one of your excellent maps help here?  This one this morning was a particularly dark example:

As usual, I have spent a long time puzzling over micros.  There were several Tortricids which I might post separately in due course, but if anyone could help with the two tiny critturs below I should be grateful (and surprised!):

Unfortunately, it's simply not possible for me to get better images of such small moths with available facilities here!  Finally, a pretty moth that arrived a week or so ago and I've failed to put a name to:

Surely someone will recognise it!  As usual, any help will be gratefully accepted.


  1. The Coleophora photo is excellent with clear views of the antennae ringed to half way etc. it's C alticolella common on rushes. The other thing is a caddis. The tort is Celypha lacunana, as per my post of a few days ago.

  2. I think that I'll give it all up! I did see your post Sam, but failed to see much resemblance to my moth here. And as for the caddis - oh well, I'm not the first to confuse a caddis with a moth, and this one was very small and very hairy - sorry, scaly.

  3. Don't get disheartened Chris. Everyone who launches into micros gets confused by C lacunana, which is why I added that blog post. I'm sure you'll know its appearance all too well now! In addition, the illustration in the Field Guide seems to throw people off the scent.

    1. Only joking of course Sam, but I am going to ration the time I spend puzzling over unfamiliar micros, only to find that genitalia examination is needed to determine species (Cnephasia spp., for example).

  4. As for the Pug, I'm just not confident with photos. It does seem to match Ash Pug, though it also resembles Pimpinel Pug (X rare in Wales so highly unlikely). If you thought the wing shape was suitably long and narrow for Ash Pug when it was in front of you, then that's a better judgement than trying to work out the shape from the photo. Your first one looked at least as convincing as this one; I just think everyone is (rightly) fearful of naming Pugs on-line from photos.

  5. Regarding the two 'Ash Pugs', I simply can't see what else they can be since they seem to tick all the right boxes - size, forewing shape, elongated discal spot and sharply angled lines beyond it. True, these features were better seen in the moths themselves, but I believe that the angular features can be seen in the photos. Today I have been photographing two more pugs (Grey, I think) and have found that doing so in reduced light conditions gives more contrast and shows up the subtle features more clearly.