Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Last few micros from June

I'm hoping to put together a summary of June records in Wolvercote, Oxon, imminently, but it'll be subject to confirmation or denial of a few of these. The first I imagine is just a rather faded Elophila nymphaeata, but if there's another possibility I've missed, I'd be glad to know about it. The second looks fairly straightforwardly like Argyresthia curvella, which we've had before; but the third is a very tentatively-identified Euzophera pinguis - its resting position seemed to be with the antennae over its back: they assumed the position in the photo only when the moth was coaxed to pose beside the ruler. Fourth looks to us like Aethes rubigana, and the fifth seems to be an Yponomeuta malinellus - a rather poorer photo of it beside the ruler suggests a wing length of about 9mm. As ever, we're very grateful for any suggestions/corrections. Steve and Xander Goddard.

Presumed faded Elophila nymphaeata, 30/6/14

Presumed Argyresthia curvella, 30/6/14

Possible Euzophera pinguis, 30/6/14

Presumed Aethes rubigana, 30/6/14

Presumed Yponomeuta malinellus, 30/6/14


  1. Hello Steve & Xander, I'd say yes to the first, second and fourth while the third is Homoeosoma sinuella. As to the fifth, I've never been happy with separating those look-alike Ermines on sight and the micro field guide doesn't do us any favours by saying "it is probably reasonable..." etc. Either it is or it isn't, "probably" shouldn't come into it!

  2. Many thanks, Dave. I seem to recall having trouble with Ermines last year, too...


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