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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

`Every little helps`....

A couple of days ago (16/5), before the rains came, I had an enjoyable hour `sweeping and beating` in an area of diverse coastal habitat E. of Burry Port. I reported my finds in an earlier blog, in which I remarked that eleven species had been recorded. I now have another micro-moth, caught on the same day and at the same site, raising the tally to a dozen.
Last night, I looked at this last capture and came to the provisional conclusion that it is Epermenia chaerophyllea (NB- not this - read comments below)
I tried to take some photos this morning but not very successfully, and they are shown below. I think that it may be E. chaerophyllea but there is another which is vaguely similar but on the basis of the striping on the wings I guess that it is chaerophyllea. Of course, I could be `barking up the wrong tree` - any advice or corrections will be welcomed. Click on pics to enlarge.


  1. I'm afraid it's not an Epermenia Ian. The first thing to do when identifying a micro-moth when you don't know the family is to look at the head - this one has a tufty head, rather than a smooth head with obvious palps, so it's one of the more 'primitive' families. It looks a bit Phyllonorycter-ish but I wonder if it's Bucculatrix, perhaps maritima?

  2. Woof...woof!...I really was `barking up the wrong tree` then!Thanks George, I`ve still got the individual so I`ll have another look to see if I can make any progress. If not, I retain it as a specimen for `end of the year treatment`by someone more knowledgeable about micros.

  3. I`ve had another look and whilst emphatically not at all certain, it has the look of Phyllonorycter viminiella. I can get a better view looking at it with a hand lens in its glass tube (compared to my poor photos) but, as before, I`m not sure. I`ll keep the specimen. It was beaten off Salix purpurea and S. viminalis also grew nearby, which possibly may be relevant...but we`ll wait and see. Thanks again George.

  4. If beaten off willows then unlikely to be the Bucculatrix. P. viminiella looks a good shout.