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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Friday Night at Maenol

It was good here, too, but the final tally won't be ready for some time owing to uncertainty regarding some of the catch, in particular the Scoparines and the Yponomeutids - which look like arriving in force this year as they did in 2011.  Large numbers of the former group, nothing like as many as Barry encountered but certainly dozens of them, almost certainly a combination of Dipleurina lacustrata and Eudonia mercurella.  Unfortunately I haven't the confidence to make on-the-spot identifications, so have to photograph as many as I reasonably can and decide at leisure.  It was nice to have Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing here, too, the first I've seen since 2011 - I had a photo lined up, but Sam's beaten me to it so I won't post! Other notable arrivals were another Cloaked Carpet, FFY Six-striped Rustic, a Common Footman and several Buff Footmen amongst the very numerous Dingy ones, and Tawny-barred Angle, new to me and I believe that it might be the dark variety  f. nigrofulvata:

Regarding the Yponomeutids, I believe that most if not all of them are Y. padella, but will have to post a photo or two once I've had a closer look.  Other micros included what I believe to be Phycita roborella but if not, please put me right:

and a very small but distinctive-looking white one which I can't put a name to (Elachista sp.?):

In view of the recent Agriphila selasella/tristella discussion, and after consulting Barry's reference, I've concluded that my two were the more common one, A.tristella:

Finally, I would appreciate advice on the identity of this pug - the grey colour, large crooked discal spot and distinct white tornal spot don't seem to fit any species very well:


  1. The white on is Caryocolum blandella - recorded new to Carms by Vaughn in 2013. I agree with your Phycita. Check Larch Pug just in case, though I've not got the right book to hand.

  2. Thanks for the C. blandella ident Sam, I wouldn't have arrived at that one, no photos in the books I have. I'm not convinced about the Larch Pug though, not much Larch around here as far as I know, and it lacks the white thoracic spot that's supposed to be diagnostic. Pity if it can't be identified because the features seem so distinctive.

  3. There's a distinctly paler spot at the back of the thorax in your photo, admittedly not white, and the shapes of the markings match Larch Pug really rather well I think (banding shapes, and those little black ticks along the outer edge of the median fascia). Pug ID from photos is a nightmare, but I wouldn't rule out Larch Pug just because there aren't any Larch nearby - some of my moths on Saturday must have travelled several km.

  4. Chris - the first Agriphila is certainly selasella and I suspect the second one may also be, but I'm not sure. If you look at the white stripe as if it were a cigar that is fattest in the middle, with two convex edges then this should put you on the right track ;-)

  5. Thanks Barry, but your analogy is risky, I try hard not to think of the Hamlets that I gave up on six years ago! Looking again at my photos the streaks seem to be quite similar in shape and don't taper much towards the termen, so it seems odds on that they're the same species.