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Thursday, 16 May 2019


Halfway through May already; only 73 moths found in the alder grove at Cwmllwyd last night (15 May) and yet I'm still pleased?!!

Well, there were 10 FFYs, including some very pretty ones! Maybe this is not a particularly scientific method of determining the merit of the endeavour, but it will do to be going on with, I think.

In no particular order the FFYs were Chinese Character, Common Carpet, White-spotted Pug, Knot Grass, plus:

Scorched Wing and very close relatives, Barred Umber ( x 3 ).

4 FFY micro-species were also present; Syndemis musculana, Epinotia immundana, Epiblema scutulana and what I think is Monochroa tenebrella. The moth was 5 - 5.5mm overall length, has white tips to the antennae and was in a grove next to a meadow with ample Sheep's Sorrel.

Please tell me if I've got this one wrong - my reputation as the least competent micro-mother in Carms is renowned and entirely justified!

Added on 20 May.

And this one from this morning, again not a good pic , but enough evidence (I think) to prove Pachyrhabda  steropodes.


  1. Scorched Wing is always a treat.

  2. Monochroa seems logical given the plant composition of your meadow rather than the similar Eulamprotes atrella which is a Hypericum feeder.
    Apart from a single bee moth, I did n`t have any micros in my trap last night (17/5).

  3. Could the micro be Pachyrhabda steropodes? Those legs sticking out would fit.

  4. Many thanks for your input Gentlepersons, very much appreciated. Following on from PP's input: The moth was very shiny and this may have masked patterns on the wings. I have added a second photo which shows some markings a little more clearly and they seem to resemble some of the markings in Chris Manley's illustration in his superb "British Moths 2nd Edition." The legs very much resemble those in CM's photo. Aberglasney, where the 1st UK sightings were made, is about 8 miles from Cwmllwyd. I seem to remember that there was some excitement 2 or 3 years ago about P. steropodes having been found at Llandeilo (about 3.5 miles from Cwmllwyd (as the P. steropodes flies)). I have tried to search for info from the Carms Group newsletters, but they don't seem to be working properly on my PC. The question now is whether or not I should record this moth as Pachyrhabda steropodes. Once again, very many thanks for your efforts.

  5. Updated this morning 21st May.