Sunday, 19 April 2015

Llansteffan

I also trapped on Friday night, a few Quakers but numbers dwindling, a couple of Engrailed and two micro's which I need help with. Elachista (canapennella)?
 Coleophora?
I also had a Diamond-backed & Oak Nycteoline. Many thanks.

5 comments:

  1. I think the Elachistid is a Cosmiotes, probably C freyerella because of the grubby-looking head and neck. That's quite regular here in April, unlike most Elachista. It's hard to be certain from a photo though.

    The Coleophora should be C otidipenella or C striatipenella this early, but looks rather dark for both. Again a certain ID from a photo isn't a great idea.

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  2. Thanks Sam, as both were so tiny the photo's aren't great.

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  3. The photos are great, it's just that these are two of our most difficult moth families. Dissection would be the ideal.

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  4. Ok thanks, I was hoping to get better at i/d but lol I catch two difficult moths. Actually I had two of the first moth!

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  5. If it was in my Cardiff garden I'd have called it Elachista canapennella, but not sure of the common Carms species in this family.

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