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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

New moths and id challenges

A warm and cloudy night brought some new species to the trap last night as well as some welcome returners.
A gorgeous Black Arches was  a very welcome return visitor.
A new macro was this Round-winged Muslin - quite an odd little moth.

Another returner was a tiny well marked noctuid, which I believe to be Cloaked Minor. Any ideas?
I was puzzled by this next moth until I understood what the dorsal view was telling me - it's not a torticid!
I believe this is Acrobasis marmorea, new to my trap!

And finally a new Tortix, but which one? I'm pretty sure its Endothenia and leaning towards marginana - what do you think?


7 comments:

  1. Yes, to all your dets in my opinion Adam, though I can`t be 100% sure re Endothenia marginana v gentianaeana - size would help as gentianaeana is bigger than marginana. Also male marginea would have whitish hind-wings. But looking at it I would personally tend towards marginana.
    All are really excellent photos.

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  2. Note that I mis-spelt `marginana` as `marginea` in the 2nd sentence...I saw it literally just as I pressed the publish button! You can`t edit comments, hence this correction.

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  3. Interestingly I caught my first ever Round-winged Muslin on the same night.

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  4. The Endothenia was noticeably small which reinforced my wobbly opinion. Round-winged Muslin is an odd little moth Jane.

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    1. It is isn't it? I thought it was a micro at first and wasted time.....

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  5. If the Endothenia was that `noticeably small` then E. oblongana also possibly comes into the equation but, having said that, the colouration etc still looks more like marginana to me.

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  6. Colour and pattern didn't look right for Oblongana

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