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Monday, 28 May 2018

Flustered by Micros in Burry Port

I like getting new micros out of the trap and I'm always reassured when I recognise familiar species, such as the Epiblema cynosbatella and Tachystola acroxantha I found this morning. It's exciting when new species pop up.
Spuleria flavicaput
Opsibotys Fuscalis - an obscure moth with faint crosslines and marks
However, with micros I always end up feeling stupid, I thought this Tortrix would be obvious, but not to me!
And I'm not sure about this longhorn.
I felt that in the light it had a faint metallic sheen, but I'm reluctant to commit myself. Any ideas?
There are more micros calming down in the fridge, but they aren't ready for the camera yet!


  1. I have a feeling that your longhorn might be a caddis fly, Adam, but I'll be happy to be proved wrong! Well done on the Spularia, a very striking moth.

  2. Curses, didn't think of that. Looks quite mothy though, and hairy round the snout.

  3. Yes, definitely a caddis - note the long and strangely angled palps.

    The tortrix is a somewhat worn Hedya pruniana.

    That Spuleria is a cracker! Not a common moth.

  4. So the "bump" has worn off the Hedya!

  5. Just 4 previous Spuleria records from Carmarthenshire - it's definitely a cracker!