Thursday, 2 July 2015

All that glitters...

... isn't gold, but in certain lights this moth looks like a tiny sliver of that metal.  Does that fact help to identify it?  I've been through all available illustrations and have failed to find a match, but perhaps some kind person could help.



More photos are available and the moth hasn't been melted down yet!

5 comments:

  1. Argyresthia pygmaeella might be worth consideration, Chris (usual caveats apply).

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  2. Thank you Steve, you may well be right, the book description of this and one or two other Argyresthia spp. is 'brassy' which certainly fits the bill. I was put off this family by the resting position in the illustrations which is bums in the air rather than heads! I don't know how important that is.

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  3. Try this, http://www.lepiforum.de/lepiwiki.pl?Argyresthia_Pygmaeella

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  4. Bums in the air when at rest, but yours looks quite active (antennae are on the alert).

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  5. Thank you kind persons. I guess that decides the matter and I'll get the gold melted down right away.

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