Still February, just, but this beast was sunning itself on a window frame yesterday afternoon!
I'm guessing Double-striped, but please put me straight. If so, shouldn't be flying yet?
To add to the queries on over-wintering species of this genus (below), on a night earlier this month my garden light trap yielded the following two micros:
Moth 1 (left) with a forewing length of 8.5 mm has an elongated costal blotch (or two overlapping blotches), the outer getting close to the wing apex, and could therefore be A. schalleriana.
Moth 2 (fw 8 mm) with a narrower profile, a costal blotch with a central clear area, and a slightly reticulate wing appearance. This one I thought more likely to be A. ferrugana/notana.
Both moths have short raised scales in rows, on the inner margin of the blotch and elsewhere. Pleased to have any comments.
John Thacker (Harwell, Oxon)
Friday night's haul was thin - just four moths of three species. I suspect that the full moon and clear sky had an impact, as did the forced substitution of one of my lights, my actinic strip having been shattered on Wednesday night by an especially strong gust of wind acting on an inadequately-secured trap. While I'm waiting for a replacement light to arrive, I used a 40W U-shaped fluorescent light last night, but I think it doesn't give out much UV.
The March Moths and the Common Quaker were quickly written down, which left me with the micro below to scratch my head over. Initially, I was wondering if it was Acleris hastiana or A. cristana. A look at Sterling & Parsons and at MBGBI eliminated cristana. The location and size of scale tufts are a factor; hence the approximately side-on photo (taken in the lid of one of the few pots that I haven't cleaned since last year!).
I find that the ability to search this blog is really useful (top-left corner on the desktop version; unfortunately absent on the mobile version). When I searched it for A. hastiana, I came across Dave's post of 16th December about a possible A. hastiana or A. umbrana, with Martin T's comment pointing towards A. schalleriana, which I hadn't considered.
Further research does suggest to me that "my" moth is A. schalleriana, but searching this blog for that species brought up my post of 5th October last year in which I had misidentified a moth as A. schalleriana which was really A. variegana. Most examples of A. schalleriana have a notable trianglar mark on the costa, but they can be obscure, which is certainly the case here. Incidentally, while writing this entry this evening, I decided that I needed to re-take the top-down photo to better show the triangular mark, so the photo below is in artificial light.
The forewing length is 9mm, which puts it precisely in the overlap between schalleriana and hastiana. I'm definitely leaning towards schalleriana, but it might be hastiana, so perhaps I should get it dissected. Either of those species would be new for the garden list.
Newton Longville, Bucks
|Acleris hastiana, Westcott 20th February|
|Acleris hastiana, Westcott 21st February|
|Silver Y, Westcott 24th February|
|Agonopterix alstromeriana, Westcott 25th February|
First good night this year. Only 5 moths but it feels like a good start.
First moth I saw was a particularly smart Satellite
Second out of the gate was what I think is a Small Quaker
And then what I assume is a sooty looking Spring Usher
Inside the trap was this Chestnut. The clear black & white edging suggests a Dark Chestnut rather than Chestnut, but I wonder if this one is actually an early dark Red Chestnut?
The final moth was a standard looking Hebrew Character.
Other than the Satellite I'd appreciate some definate IDs.
Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford