Thursday, 30 June 2011

Micro moths

For the first time on here I’m going to dedicate a full post to micro moths.

Everyone sees them. To most, they are I guess, the tiny thing seen flying off through the grass that probably then lands somewhere and they can’t see it again. To Doug Fairweather and I, they are a little challenge to photograph and identify.

It has taken a while to photograph a selection in the field, not the easiest task taking reasonable shots, or sometimes record shots, when they are flying about, but here are some of the species Doug and myself have been seeing in recent weeks at Tophill Low, East Yorkshire. All are common, some are firsts for the site, and one species only had single record documented back in 1997 - until we had a little tour around and found 30+ a few days ago.

Nemophora degeerella

Nemapogon cloacella

Anthophila fabriciana

Agapeta hamana

Pseudargyrotoza conwagana

Celypha lacunana

Orthotaenia undulana

Eucosma cana

Grapholita compositella

Dichrorampha alpinana

Dichrorampha plumbana

Chrysoteuchia culmella

Crambus lathoniellus

Homoeosoma sinuella

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