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Friday, 7 July 2017

Wednesday Night at Maenol

The Skinner MV and small actinic traps produced a relative bonanza of 192 moths of 74 species, not including a small handful of micros which have yet to be identified.  Notable FFYs were Garden Tiger, Cinnabar, second-generation Double-striped Pug, and Common Rustic (species), the first of many no doubt.  SFYs Drinker Moth and Sharp-angled Carpet, worthy of mention Cloaked carpet x3 and the Pyralid Phlyctaenia coronata.

Common though they are I couldn't resist posting photos of these beautiful moths (Cinnabar is not so common here because Ragwort is banned from the property!)  Hardly less striking are DS Pug and P. coronata:

Several micros are in the uncertain category and help would be welcome in their identification:

                           1                                                           2
                           3                                                           4
Suggestions are:  1.  Physita roborella;  2.  a species of Dichrorampha, possibly D. montanana;  3.4.  a species of Epinotia, possibly E. signatana.

Alternative thought for 3 & 4:  Eucosma cana

Most puzzling of all is this very small, pale, triangular moth which I took to be a Pyralid, but cannot find any to match it.  Small China-mark seems to be similar in size and shape but according to the book illustrations it has very distinctively-patterned hindwings.  Those of my moth appear to be uniformly grey:



  1. Your puzzle moth at the end is a marsh oblique-barred Chris, a tiny noctuid.

  2. Thank you for that, Ian, I thought there might be an easy solution, went through the macro book as well but missed that one. It's easily overlooked in the wild and in the books! A new one for me.

  3. No problem Chris - I`ve taken loads of `wrong turnings` on the i/d front, missing something obvious and then pondering for ages over incorrect options.
    That species is one (like oak nycteoline, the `joking tort`) put on this planet to confuse us. It`s certainly easily missed in the books - who would expect something small like that amongst the big noctuids!

    1. George had Marsh Oblique-barred this week (image in his blog on the Glamorgan site, Thursday,) stronger markings than mine but I might well have noticed the similarity if you hadn't already put me on the right path, Ian.