Sunday, 4 August 2019

A couple of micro queries

My garden trap here in Cookham is still drawing in more micros than macro moths. On Friday night 2nd August, I managed to count 79 Diamond-back Moths, and there were probably some escapees.
The only macro of interest was a single Gypsy Moth.
I thought this micro below might be Phycitodes binaevella, although it seems rather small with a fw length of only 8mm.

And this small dark moth I really can't identify. It has a noticeable yellowish mark on the edge of the wing, and the fw length is 5mm.

Steve Trigg, Cookham


  1. Hi Steve, on size and pattern of dots, your first moth seems s better fit for Phycitodes maritima. The second is probably Aproaerema anthyllidella, but I think there are some confusion species for this one.

  2. Hi Steve,
    I agree with Adam on both. If you've had neither in your garden before then it would be worth getting them checked by Peter. Phycitodes maritima has been a regular here at Westcott since the beginning of this decade so shouldn't be dismissed just because the books say it has a coastal distribution!

  3. Thanks Adam and Dave. Phycitodes maritima would be a new record for the garden, while Aproaerema anthyllidella has been recorded once before. I'll hang on to both of them.


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