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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Persevering with Micros.... Part 1.

In the past, I hardly bothered with micros, except for the pyralids which had Goater`s excellent little book. I would do the odd, easy-to-identify one and Barry Stewart and Jon Baker would kindly identify others. Now, with the new Sterling & Parsons book and much-appreciated help on the blog from Barry, Sam and George, several of us are `having a stab` at micros. Sam`s postings on micros also help a lot, especially the ones with i/d hints.
There`s a bit of a `micro catch-up` below, and I`ve had a go at identifying some though, as usual, several i/ds may well be incorrect. I`d welcome corrections/comments or help from Barry, Sam or George please. The photos are numbered for ease of reference - click on them to enlarge.

1-14 - all E of Burry Port, 25.7.14 (dry grassland, tree plantings etc, on coast).

                                         1. Above: the pyralid Acrobasis consociella.
                                  2. Above: another pyralid - Dioryctia simplicella; associated with pines.
                                         3. Above: Ancylis sp. - which one?
                                         4. Above: Clavigesta purdeyi - associated with pines.
                                         5. Eucosma campoliliana - associated with ragwort.
                                         6. Above: Eudonia lacustra?
                                         7. Above: Pammene regiana.
                                         8. Above: Argonopteryx sp - nervosa?
                                          9. Above: Blastobasis sp?
                                         10. Above: Gypsonoma sp? ....dealbana?
                                         11. Above: Elachista sp?
                                         12. Above: Scoparia subfusca, nice and plain! (pyralid)
                                         13. Above: Udea prunalis (pyralid).
                                         14. Above: unknown.

To be continued as `Part 2`....please advise on these too.


  1. This is far too distracting and Richard will tell me off if he finds out I'm having a report break, so I'll do just one to get this started - 14 is Helcystogramma rufescens

  2. I`ll tell him straight away! ....thanks Barry!

  3. 1. yes
    2. yes
    3. Ancylis badiana
    4. yes - and only 10th record
    5. yes
    6. yes
    7. yes
    8. Agonopterix needs more study
    9. yes
    10. I think so, the palps look nice and pale
    11. Aethes dilucidana - best of the bunch!!
    12. yes
    13. yes
    14. H rufescens, as Barry said.


  4. I think you're right on 8. Agonopterix nervosa, with a slightly falcate apex and pink cilia

  5. Thanks Sam...glad to see that I`m improving re micros too!