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Monday, 10 September 2018

The Late Show

Sunday night (9th September) saw 60 moths of 25 species attracted to the MV trap in the alder grove at Cwmllyd. Not a great haul, but not without interest, I think. The seventh Dark Sword-grass of the year was trapped: a very good year for the species.

Pinion-streaked Snout has been seen here four times this year.

There were several micros in the trap this morning, including this rather drab Pyralid which I think is Pyrausta despicata. It's the second  of these that I've caught - the first was a week ago. I took two photos today and would appreciate confirmation, or a correct ID for the moth.

There were also two Phyllonorycter species which I have tentatively named below - but I guess they would need dissection to be sure. Once again, comments would be welcome.

 P. geniculella?

P. blancardella?


  1. Hi Steve. Agree with the despicata. The geniculella is safe to record (seems to have been turning up in a few moth traps recently) but the other one would probably need dissecting.


  2. Many thanks George, much appreciated.

  3. Your Phyllonorycters were more photogenic than mine Steve, or perhaps it was a more skilled person behind the lens!