Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Maenol on Monday Night

Not the bumper harvest that others had, rather disappointing in fact particularly as far as macros were concerned, only two FFYs: Burnished Brass and Pale Mottled Willow.


I fared better with micros though, they comprised 18 of the 47 species recorded, and included the smallest moth I have seen:


I imagine that it could be any one of a number of Stigmella species, although S.aurella might be the most likely.  Any advice would be welcome.

Other species worthy of note were Notocelia (Epiblema) rosaecolana, Eucosma cana, and what I believe to be Gypsonoma dealbana:

           Notocelia rosaecolana                             Eucosma cana 

           Gypsonoma dealbana

As always I am open to alternative suggestions for any of these species!

4 comments:

  1. We have been without power today so only just picked up your post. I will take a closer look in the morning as you look to have a couple of torts O have been looking out for.

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  2. Hello Chris, I had what I think were E.cana & E.hohenwartiana last night, good for comparison.
    I think I have N.rosaecolana in the fridge.
    The last one looks like G.dealbana to me also but one that I didn't catch.
    Like you, I also find it useful to get feedback/assistance from others with more experience. I wish I could remember half the stuff I learned from Fred Butcher while living in Kent.

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  3. I think both of my moths are E.trimaculana. I am thinking that the curved end to the costa should be quite noticeable. Will follow this to see if you get any confirmation.

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  4. The costal strigulae are the key distinguishing features so I understand (rosaecolana v trimaculana) I had two more unidentified tortrixes(-ices) this morning in my small trap, will try to blog later. I will be sharing your power-cut grief tomorrow, Western Power are replacing high voltage supply cables on our land.

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