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Friday, 27 March 2020

Mompha divisella?

Found indoors this morning (at Ffairfach). I would be grateful for species I.D. from those who are better with micros than I am - that includes everyone in Carms Group!


  1. I've had M.divisella several times in the past, Steve, and they've tended to have more extensive white areas than yours, judging from the photos. Take a look at Ian's M.bradleyi posted on 7 April 2015, if you haven't done so already, it looks quite similar to yours.

  2. Many thanks for your input, Chris, and humble apologies for the lateness of this response.

    In addition to Ian's 2015 moth I have found my own photo of M. divisella from Cwmllwyd in 2016 and it's nothing like the illustration above. The orange markings usually found on divisella are absent on the moth shown above. The moth was released after the photo was taken, so there's no chance of proving it to be M. bradleyi: in fact, it may be much more likely to be M. subbistrigella - described as common and known to hibernate in houses.

    Once again, thanks for your comments, Chris.

  3. No problem Steve, I don't expect immediate replies, people have other things to do even when locked down! I've only had M. subbistrigella once, on 17 May 2017, posted a photo which is a bit hazy but is a good likeness for the one in Chris Manley. Only one other record came up when I did the blog search routine, a post by Sam but no photo.

  4. My first non-definitive thought is that it is subbistrigella, though better people may have more learned opinions.