Saturday, 5 July 2014

For confirmation / ID

This is a catch up from the last three days - I have a few more but this is most of them.

I caught a couple of smoky wainscot candidates and despite a trip to the fridge they got a bit agitated - I managed to get some shots.

I've been getting a few Common Footmen - this one on the basis of the shape I thought might be a Dingy Footman?

Think this one is  Endotricha flammealis

I found this apparently moribund moth the other day - along with I think a few dead ones - I was thinking it would be a hopeless case but it looks like a Water Veneer? If so it's a fascinating thing - used for biological control apparently. 

This one I had as Light Arches

Small Angle Shades

Lesser Yellow Underwing?

I went over this one several times - so maybe just another form of the Common Marbled Carpet?

Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford.


  1. You are doing well. From top to bottom they are: Smoky Wainscot, Dingy Footman, Endotricha flammealis, Acentria ephemerella, Light Arches, Small Angle Shades, Lesser Yellow Underwing and Garden Carpet

  2. As you say, Acentria ephemerella is an interesting moth. Like the China-marks, its early stages are aquatic and at this time of year you can get hundreds of them to a light trap seemingly anywhere - often well away from any water which seems a bit odd as in my experience they are such weak creatures that few seem to survive being caught.

    A tip on how to quickly differentiate between Large Yellow Underwing and Lesser Yellow Underwing when you've got lots of them sitting head-out inside the recesses of your egg-boxes is to learn what their faces (particularly the eyes) look like - they're both completely different.

  3. thanks both. I'll try Dave's tip on the Yellow Underwings. The other one I get here is the Broad Boarded but that is very different.


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