Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Slowly does it

I'm slowly getting more moths on my tally, with a list now totalling 30 species. I've only run the trap 6 times, due to it being in my friends garden, meaning I don't get there as much as I'd like, but I'm really enjoying the process, learning and identifying new moths each time I open the lid. Catches have steadily increased as time has gone on, starting with one common quaker sitting solitary in my trap to start with, to my last catch being the biggest, with 45 moths of 15 species. Not much compared to the catches i've been avidly reading about here, but i still love it.

They have all been great and new for me, but highlights have included:

Buff arches

Figure of Eighty

Angle Shades

Small Magpie

Sycamore (and dark arches)

The Coronet
I've been trying to identify the Micros I've been catching too but without an ID guide it is quite difficult, trailing through UKMoths is a bit of a chore when looking at endless micro photographs. I've ID'd (or someone else has ID'd) 7 of the 11 micro species caught, but would like help from these photos to nail the last 4. The photos are pretty poor, but were the best i could manage sadly, hopefully it'll be enough.

Archips xylosteana?

Clockwise from top left
i) No clue?
ii) Lozotaeniodes formosanus? Unsure due to habitat and the patterning seems striped rather than chequered.
iii) Dipleurina lacustrata???
iv) No Clue?




  1. Hi Tom,

    Your 'Archips xylosteana?' is Red-barred Tortrix (Ditula angustiorana).

    Clockwise from top left: Pammene aurita, Lozotaeniodes formosanus correct, Dipleurina lacustrata correct, and last one is probably Crambus perlella (but can't see it properly).


  2. thanks very much. yeh the last one is a bit rubbish, i did have another shot but its also quite poor, i thought of C.perlella but those two black dots on top put me off..