Sunday, 7 September 2014

Mursley moths

Getting some nice moths again now, amongst the swarms of Large Yellow Underwings! Canary-shouldered Thorn is becoming a regular, but no August or September Thorns. A new one yesterday was Carnation Tortrix Cacoecimorpha pronubana.

There are a couple of queries:

I think this must be a particularly vivid white form of Acleris variegana. I had never noticed the tufts before.
I had a lot of trouble searching for this one in the books. I can only think it is a very faded White-banded Carpet. Any thoughts?
Mick Jones


  1. Hello Mick, I'm sure your Acleris will be variegana (which does have scale tufts like that, although they're not normally quite so noticeable!) but a picture from slightly higher up would have helped. The other moth is, I'm afraid, simply one of the many forms of Common Marbled Carpet.

  2. Thanks Dave. I should have got the carpet from the oblique dark line in the white band - I can see that now!


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