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Sunday, 5 April 2015

It's getting better

50 moths of 17 species came to the MV trap in the alder grove at Cwmllwyd last night. Nothing uncommon; a few FFY that have already been reported from elsewhere in the County, but one odd micro - see picture below.

 Clouded Drab - colour variations

Edit: Acleris hastiana

Anyone care to identify this one? Much appreciated if you can! It looks to me like a very battered Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana: the field guide has mid June to early November as the flight period, but has been recorded in May. Could this one have managed to overwinter, perhaps? Or have I simply misidentified it (as usual)! The moth is about 12mm in length.


  1. I think it's one of the more unusual forms of Acleris hastiana - try doing a Google images search; there are some photos of similar specimens.

    A. variegana is shorter in the wing, i.e. squarer in outline.


  2. Excellent! I would never have found that. Most grateful George.