Tuesday 18 July 2017

Three New Micros

Burnished Brass
Good mothing conditions last night with 48 macro species recorded - Buff Arches, Common Emerald, Small Fan-footed Wave, Single-dotted Wave, Riband Wave, Red twin-spot Carpet, Garden Carpet, Common Carpet, Barred Straw, Slender Pug, Double-striped Pug, Brimstone Moth, Early Thorn, Swallow-tailed Moth, Willow Beauty, Brussels Lace, Poplar Hawkmoth, Elephant Hawkmoth, Brown-tail, Rosy Footman, Dingy Footman, Common Footman, Buff Ermine, Heart and Dart, Heart and Club, Dark Sword Grass, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Flame Shoulder, Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, True Lover's Knot, Double Square-spot, Square-spot Rustic, Bright-line Brown-eye, Clay, Smoky Wainscot, Knot Grass, Coronet, Dun-bar, Dark Arches, Slender Brindle, Minor Agg, Uncertain, Burnished Brass, Silver Y, Spectacle and Straw Dot.
Higher than usual numbers of micros this morning included at least 2, possibly 3 new micros -possible Orchard Ermine, Apple Leaf Skeletonizer and Bordered Carl.

Presumed Orchard Ermine - Yponomeuta padella - a distinctive silvery-grey wash to the wings .

Apple Leaf Skeletonizer - Choreutis pariana - an unusual 'head-down' resting posture and propensity to jump round ninety degrees, as if to try and avoid having its photo taken, made this a characterful little moth. The larvae eat Crab Apple leaves, leaving them with a skeletal appearance by eating the parenchyma from the upper surface of the leaf, according to UKMoths.

Slender Brindle - new for the garden and presumably a wanderer from more wooded surroundings.

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing - 4 or 5 last night. The first I've had this year.

Ringed China-mark

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Bordered Carl - Coptotriche marginea - a miniature (c5mm long) but fairly distinctive micro.

White Cloaked Shoot - Gypsonoma sociana

Southern Bell - Crocidosema plebejana

Ox-tongue Conch - Cochylis molliculana

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