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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

More from the lead mine...

Many thanks to Ian, who kindly invited me along for a bit of mining!
I was very pleased to see 3 species new to me, all micros, which I've managed to photograph.
The Caryocolum vicinella (subject to confirmation) is Nationally Scarce A and should be coastal but the masses of Sea Campion on this site provide the food plant.
We saw a dozen or more of the very smart Catoptria margaritella (foodplant moss) and a single, worn, example of the 10mm long large tort Zeiraphera griseana (foodplant conifers).
There were several smart-looking Chevron.

35.130 Caryocolum vicinella

49.257 Zeiraphera griseana

63.100 Catoptria margaritella

70.090 Chevron, male


  1. Good to see that you put a name to that Zeiraphera (and the Caryocolum) both of which were - if I recall correctly - on the surface of your further trap last night. Beautiful photos.

  2. Yes indeed, when I see photos of this quality I'm intrigued to know what camera was used - it's got to be better than mine!

  3. Many thanks both. For what it's worth, I use a Panasonic Lumix FZ150 with one of those inexpensive Raynox clip-on macro lenses, as recommended by someone whose photos I admired some years ago. I got rid of my expensive slr macro lens which easily paid for the whole setup.

  4. Caryocolum vicinella has no (previous) Carms records, though it has been recorded from almost all the surrounding counties (presumably on abundant coastal Silene). It looks spot-on judging by MBGBI. I wonder what other members of the Micros Panel think.

  5. Thanks Sam. Steve Palmer at the Gelechid Recording scheme is happy with this and says it is the first British non-coastal record. I still have the moth if you want to see it.

  6. If Steve is happy then I am happy - I wouldn't add anything useful to his expert judgement!