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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Llansteffan Moths

Trapped last night 2nd Sept like a few others, some of mine match what Ian caught e.g.. Silver Y x1, Gold Spot x1, Celypha lacunana x2, Celypha striana x1, Dusky Thorn x6, and four I'm not sure about. Help please.
Calybites phasianipennella?

Don't know?

Don't know?

Acleris laterana/comariana?
Is there a better way of photographing small micro's, as every time I think the light is good the camera causes shading by trying to get too close to the subject. Although I put them in the fridge to calm them down, as soon as I pop them out they liven up again and start leaping about like little frogs. I have lost a few just because I thought they were temporary sleeping this way!
Cheers everyone.


  1. The first one looks like that one I`m asking about ie Calybites phasianipennella var. quadrupella.

  2. Sorry, Mel - I`ve just noticed that you`ve already named No1!
    Tempted to shove traps out tonight but have hospital appt at 9.00am, so not possible! Might trap tomorrow night, though Friday night looks better at present.

  3. George beat me to the exciting news that Mel's Eucalybites phasianipenella is correct - it's the 2nd Carms record, following one that came to Jon's MV in Carmarthen. I was shown one from Pembs about 10 years ago as well, though I can't remember the details.
    The Bactra looks like a candidate for robustana - do you have a side view?
    The 3rd micro looks very intriguing. Another photo would help. I'm wondering about Bucculatrix maritima.
    The 4th is A laterana.

  4. Ok all four moths are in my fridge and I'll try and put more photo's of no. 3

  5. I'm happy it's a Bucculatrix maritima. Matches the poorly-patterned bred individual on UK Moths, with cilia bands and pale dots near apex.

    The Bactra needs more thought...