Sunday, 3 July 2016

A few micros...

Chugging along over the last few weeks here in Wolvercote, Oxford; few really big catches, but a fair few NFYs, some of which I'll try to get round to posting (and I still haven't got round to posting the huge great Privet Hawkmoth we got a few weeks ago - our first, which provoked considerable excitement!). First, however, a few recentish micros which we've not identified, or which need confirmation: first, some on which we have some idea: a very tentative Argyresthia cupressella; what looks like a Grapholia funebrana; and a very poorly-photographed (because through a pot) Phycita roborella: any confirmations or other suggestions would be very welcome!

Possible Argyresthia cupressella, 20/6/16

Possible Grapholia funebrana, 27/6/16

Possible Phycita roborella, 2/7/16
A few where we have at best a very general idea (some of which may well simply not be identifiable): a possible Carpatolechia sp.; a possible Gynnidomorpha sp.; and a Cochylis sp., which I can't make up my mind about.

Possible Carpatolechia sp., 20/6/16

Possible Gynnidomorpha sp., 20/6/16

Presumed Cochylis sp., 20/6/16
And finally, a plume which I assume must just be an Emmelina monodactyla, but which seems to have some unusual markings - again, if there are any other possibilities, do let us know!

Presumably an Emmelina monodactyla, 24/6/16
Steve and Xander Goddard


  1. I think it's cupressella; possibly yes to funebrana, but maybe someone has a better idea; yes to roborella; rather worn, but maybe Teleiodes vulgella; pass; Cochylis but either dubitana or atricapitana - look at the face - if it's whitish then dubitana or black then atricapitana (it looks whitish in the photo but the whole moth is quite heavily black - as atricapitana often is); pass,but probably monodactyla.
    Andy King.

  2. Hi Steve & Xander, I'm afraid your 'Gynnidomorpha' is not even a tortrix but is instead the rather common yponomeutid Scythropia crataegella. As Andy suggests, the image above it is Teleiodes vulgella.

  3. Many thanks, Andy and Dave: that pretty well sorts them all out, I think. The Scythropia isn't bad news at all, as it's a garden first: I must say, I didn't even glance at the yponomeutids while trying to ID it...


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