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Monday, 22 September 2014


I'd like to echo Chris's sentiments about the micro-moth course yesterday - it was good to put some faces to names too.
As requested, I set the trap on the evening before and thankfully did manage to get a few micros - mainly Acleris sp. (effractana, rhombana, variegana) and an Eudonia angustea.
Some nice macros made an appearance too with brindled green and green-brindled crescent, gold spot, ruby tiger, flame, burnished brass, angle shades, sallow, pink-barred sallow, dusky thorn and canary-shouldered thorns providing an attractive mix. Commonest species were brimstone, flame shoulder and small wainscot, all with 8 or 9 individuals. 25+ species in total.


  1. Was the effractana gen conf? It would be a great relief if it was, as two potential examples of this new for Carms sp from 2013 weren't confirmed.

  2. I was going to say that surely A. effractana requires genitalia studied after the moth I had last September (9th, 10th or thereabouts) was so, so close, and I let it go!!

  3. Sorry, Sam, I should have said the moths we had, I've just remembered that you had a serious contender as well!

  4. I even dissected mine, but it got mangled and then dissolved because my KOH was too concentrated. The photos I took just weren't sufficient for confirmation as a Carms first.