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Saturday, 7 May 2016

At last, something different!

Different, that is, from the Quakers, Shoulder Stripes and Brindled Beauties which have dominated the meagre catches during the past couple of weeks.  Last night was more productive though, with several FFYs including Least Black Arches, Lunar Marbled Brown, Pebbled and Lesser Swallow Prominents, Frosted Green, Puss Moth, Peppered Moth and May Highflier.  Most interesting though were the few micros, in particular Semioscopis steinkellneriana (x2), Pseudoswammerdamia combinella, and two which I'm struggling to obtain decent images of, but will keep on trying!

 Least Black Arches
 Semioscopis steinkellneriana
 Possibly Swammerdamia pyrella*
 Pseudoswammerdamia combinella
 May Highflier
Possibly Epinotia immundana*

* Apologies for the poor photos, certainly not up to Steve's standard, that one of Cydia ulicitana is very impressive - how did you get the beggar to stay put, Steve?  I'm hoping that patience will get me some better images in due course

Just when I thought I'd finished for the day this Barred Umber turned up in my greenhouse.


  1. What a terrific collection you caught last night, Chris - just a wee bit jealous here! As to photography - as usual, it's mostly down to luck, I think.

  2. You're too modest Steve. Camera work is the key and I'm not very good at it, but I'll keep trying.

  3. That is immundana. Sorry not sure about the other one.

    Well done with the steinkellneriana!


  4. Thank you George, I was reasonably confident about immundana after seeing Paul Parsons' photo on Saturday (Glamorgan blogsite). I don't think that the small grey moth is S. pyrella because it doesn't have a white head, may have more photos to post later. I've had steinkellneriana here before, but not for several years. Two more came to the trap on Saturday night.

  5. It could be Elachista canapennella, or is it too big for that?

    I've never seen steinkellneriana in Wales.

  6. I don't think that size would rule it out, George, fw 4.5-5.0mm. I've retained the moth for gen. det. but it might be some time before my skills are well-honed enough to tackle something that small.

  7. I think George's suggestion is right for that micro. I had several here (Dingestow) over the weekend. Shape and ill-defined patterning are right for canapenella. Other possibility is Cosmiotes sp

  8. Thanks Sam, but 'Cosmiotes sp' caused confusion, the genus wasn't familiar and I struggled to find it in my books or UKMoths website, it seems that they include the species in the Elachista genus. It seems that we're in the right place for my moth though.