Thursday, 2 October 2014

Beaded Chestnut and a micro query

50 individuals in the garden trap last night comprising 22 species. Lunar Underwing was down to just 11, most of them on the lawn. New for the year were Blair's Shoulder-knot and Pink-barred Sallow. There was also a Common Footman which I guess is a later than usual record.
There were a couple of Beaded Chestnuts, plus this one photographed below. It has quite strong cross lines, but am I correct in thinking that this is a Beaded Chestnut as well?

I also discovered this small micro in the trap, measuring 6mm. Is it Gypsonoma dealbana?

Steve Trigg, Cookham


  1. Hi Steve, yes to them both. The books say that Gypsonoma dealbana occasionally comes back for another go in September/October. It must be fairly unusual locally, though, because the only late records for Bucks are a couple that I caught in Bernwood Forest on 4th October 2011.

    1. Many thanks Dave. It is always good to get a micro ID correct at the first attempt!


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