Monday, 15 August 2016

A challenging micro from 13 August

Apologies for the awful photo; but could this be Roeslerstammia erxlebella?


Any idea why it's got a false ear made from Blu-Tack?


Here's an even worse pic from t'other side, after which the moth gave up in disgust and flew away!

The moth seems to be the right size and shape and holds the antennae correctly. there may be minor evidence of white on the legs and antennae, but the photos are dire. I just can't see anything else that fits - please help if you can.

7 comments:

  1. All the images of Roeslerstammia I've found show a distinctive white band on the antennae, can't see that on your photos Steve, otherwise it looks pretty good. Pity you didn't hang on to get some better pics!

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  2. Thanks, Chris- I agree with your comment. Any suggestions for an alternative?

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  3. I think this is Prays ruficeps too...

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  4. Thanks, Gents. Overlooked because there's no picture in the field guide (!), although Chris Manley has it in his British Moths 2nd Edition, but without forward facing antennae. Should this be recorded as P.ruficeps - CM has it as 448a - or just as Ash Bud Moth? Apologies for causing yet more grief.

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  5. Please record it as Prays ruficeps: it has been shown to be genetically distinct from P fraxinella. The melanic form of P fraxinella shows hints of the same patterning as the typical black & white form, whereas P ruficeps is entirely dark (and has a red head). It's a late summer species, and it appears that the only previous Carms records were mine from August 2013. However, there are several September records of Prays made by Jon Baker from before Prays ruficeps was split, and it's possible (indeed quite likely) that some of them might have been the dark form.

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  6. If it`s any help, I had what I believe is Prays ruficeps last week. I have n`t posted a photo of it yet (along with other moths) as I`ve been too busy. Was trapping `in the hills` last night - tired out...will post in due course.

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  7. Prays ruficeps looks good, loads of images online but no place for it on UKMoths!

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