Friday, 8 August 2014

Thorn of the Month?


I believe that this beautiful orange moth might be an August Thorn, but I'm not absolutely sure so it's open to scrutiny.
Even less certainty surrounds this mini-micro.  I'm thinking that it may be a Mompha species, and if so the lack of dorsal scale tufts suggests that M.divisella is a likely candidate.



These were the highlights from last night's MV trap.  It was a clear, cool night here, so expectations were not high.  It might be OK tonight, but thereafter everything weather-wise looks to be going downhill fast.  It's amazing to think that NMN 2013 was exactly a year ago!

4 comments:

  1. I agree on both IDs. The August Thorn is a particularly boldly-marked individual. Very nice!

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  2. I'd have said that was Mompha propinquella - the palps and head look too white for divisella.

    George

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  3. I was put off M.propinquella by the absence of significant dorsal scale tufts, which are very prominent on the examples (and illustrations) of propinquella that I've seen. However, I do see George's point about the whiteness, which also seems to extend back further dorsally on divisella.

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  4. The scale tufts are prone to being worn off, so they are a useful feature if they're there but not if they're not!

    George

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