Thursday, 16 April 2015

Central Oxford Mothing

I thought that I'd better catch up on my moth trappings over the last week or so. The clear nights have meant that catches have remained modest but there have been some points of interest: a Nut-tree Tussock was a first for my modest garden and a Small Quaker was also noteworthy. Last night I caught a couple of noctuids that have had me scratching my head: the first I think is a Satellite but for the second the closest match that I can find is Dotted Rustic though according to the book it's the wrong time of year for them.

Dotted Rustic??
 I've also got a couple of micro queries. The first I think is an Oegoconia species and the second I think is actually a Caddis Fly but would like to double check.

Oegoconia species?
Caddis Fly?


  1. First is definitely Satellite. I think second may be Pale Mottled Willow and Third is Mompha subbistrigella. Just my guesses, i'd wait for the experts. I hope I'm right though.

  2. I agree with Darren: Satellite, Pale Mottled Willow and Mompha subbistrigella. The fourth does look like a very sickly Caddis!

  3. Thanks very much for the fast response there! I must admit that I dismissed Pale Mottled Willow (which I catch a lot of) because of the strong dark markings near the tip. We live and learn!

  4. The third insect is a Coniopterygid, a type of lacewing.


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