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Monday, 21 May 2018

A bit disappointing last night

I expected a bumper crop of moths in and around my two traps last night because conditions seemed ideal - mild, overcast and still.  Not so, a tally of 50 moths of 29 species resulted, nothing to rival Steve's Alder Grove!

New for the year were Broken-barred Carpet, Peppered Moth, Broom, and Spectacle.  Also two micros, one I know to be Pseudoswammerdamia combinella:

The other is, I believe, a Parornix species, possibly P.devoniella or P.finitimella.  I would be grateful for help with this.  None of the published images of these species seem to show the distinctive dorsal diamond pattern of this one:

 Forgive the poor images, it's very small!


  1. My catches have been really disappointing recently, such cold, clear nights I suppose.

  2. I think the Parornix will have to stay as Parornix sp I'm afraid. The adults are all very tricky.

  3. Thank you George, I was afraid that would be the case. I released the moth last night so can't take it any further.