Friday, 10 June 2016

which Crambid?

can anyone confirm?

Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford


  1. I'll have my guess Mark, because I love a challenge - Eudonia delunella!.

  2. Looks like Scoparia pyralella to me Mark.

  3. My vote goes for the exceedingly common Scoparia ambigualis although I'd want to know the size before ruling out basistrigalis which starts flying about now (my earliest record for the latter is 8th June, confirmed, as most of them have been, by dissection).

    It is not Eudonia delunella, a moth which in any case I doubt very much is found locally (although I would be happy to be proved wrong!). I'm certainly suspicious of the one record which currently exists for Bucks. It is also not Scoparia pyralella which is usually one of the easiest scoparids to recognize, having very clean, bright white areas which provide a much greater contrast with the darker markings than is shown here.


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