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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Not Borkhausenia fuscescens!

According to both the Sterling and Parsons field guide and Chris Manley's photo guide, this moth is common; but Sam's 2013 list shows only three records, with the last (prior to 2013) occurring in 1989! Seriously under-recorded I guess! Although, I note that Chris Handoll and Sam B both recorded them in 2015. Are there other more recent records, I wonder?


  1. Yes Steve, B.fuscescens is one of those micros that turns up in my woodshed. I caught several of them in late July/August last year. I don't recall seeing the species before then, but I'll certainly be watching out for it this year.

  2. I think that's a Brown House-moth, Steve. Real Borkhausenia is tiny and has rather different markings, see

  3. Whoops! And I had already seen your Gwent blog note. Mortified.

  4. If it's any consolation Steve I didn't spot the difference, the markings on fuscescens are more subtle (photo in my blog of 3 August last year) and as Sam says it's a tiny moth, but in fairness the size isn't obvious from your photo.