Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Friday Night at Maenol

I put the MV in the greenhouse on Friday night but in the event there was no need, it didn't rain until well after sunrise.  Plenty of moths turned up, final tally 170 of 65 species, good for here.  Nothing unusual amongst the macros, but FFYs were Swallowtail Moth, Double Line (3), Peach Blossom, Drinker and White Pinion-spotted.  As usual, there's uncertainty regarding some of the micros and comments would be appreciated.


Cnephasia sp. (?) and Agriphila tristella


One of the 'metallic' Coleophora spp. (?)




Looks as though it should be a Mompha sp. but doesn't seem to match any of them


Yponomeuta malinellus/padella

My wife returned from work at Carmarthen hospital last week with a squashed moth found in a corridor.  Without looking I knew what species it would be!


10 comments:

  1. I think that the Grey Mompha-like moth is the Gelechiid Exotelia dodecella.
    Dave

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    1. That's a pretty good call, Dave, if the illustration in Chris Manley is anything to go by, the only concern I would have is the lack of conifers in the immediate neighbourhood

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  2. I agree it's Exotelia - thanks Dave. The Coleophora needs more work. It's remarkably early for Agriphila tristella too, so I need to ponder that one.

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  3. It has to be tristella, a very early one as Sam says. I've only just started seeing straminella.

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  4. Thank you Dave, Sam & George for your help. I didn't consider time to be a factor with tristella because the books say June-September. Sam, when you say 'more work' on the Coleophora do you mean that you might be able to make more from the photos? The moth has been liberated!

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    1. P.S. I do have a few more photos of the Coleophora but doubt whether they'll add anything to the ones I posted.

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    2. I've not checked the measurements, but it looks like the Coleophora is quite big - i.e. Coleophora trifolii?

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    3. The photos indicate that the fw is 7-8mm long, which suggests trifolii because the other 5 metallic spp. are apparently significantly smaller.

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  5. The antennae don't look quite pure white at the tips, and the Melilotus food plant of C trifolii is rather rare in the Teifi valley, so I would be cautious over IDing this one.

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  6. Sad but true, Coleophora sp. it will have to be, pity there isn't a sub-category for the 'metallic' ones!

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